Mike Dow's Flying Toaster Crowned 2012 Melges 17 U.S. National Champion

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27 August 2012

What makes a great one design class? Fun boats. Fun people. Fun events. The Fun this last weekend was in Traverse City, Michigan, at the 2012 Melges 17 National Championship. Thirty of these Fun little rocket ships arrived at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club for the three-day event from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Fun boats, check!

Eleven championship races were held on West Grand Traverse Bay. Conditions ranged from 5-18 and varied from race to race. Eleven races, zero protests, plenty of penalty turns, happy people on the water and on shore. Who showed up? Couples, Junior sailors, and parents sailing with their kids. Fun people, check!

The first start was at 1 p.m. on Friday and four races held. 10 a.m. start on Saturday, two races then lunch back at the club before two more races and then a great dinner party in the Grand Traverse Yacht Club tradition. 10 a.m. start Sunday, three races, lunch, awards for ten places, with everyone on the road by mid-afternoon. Fun event, check!

If your reading this and your last sailing event was missing some of the "Fun", maybe you should be looking at a Melges 17 so you can start having more Fun!

TOP FIVE RESULTS (After 11 Races, 1 Discard)
1.) Mike & Stephanie Dow 
2.) Deb & Jim Gluek 
3.) Hans Meyer and Susan Shernkopf 
4.) Mitchell Kiss and Rob Hallawell 
5.) Tom & Reed Munroe