Melges 14 Midwest High Performance Sailing Camp

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19 November 2017

The Midwest's top junior sailors trained hard at the Midwest High Performance Sailing Camp. The US Sailing Olympic Development Program (ODP) event was sailed in Melges 14s at the Geneva Lake Sailing School.

17 athletes were selected by sailing resumé to represent the region at the ODP Clinic. These midwesterners received top-notch coaching, giving them a window into their dreams of sailing at an olympic level.

Each day started out with a workout led by Coach Caroline Atwood, a current olympic campaigner in the 49erFX class and the program director of the 29er Skiff Squad. Atwood played a key role, sharing advice, technical support, and stories from launching and training for her own campaign. US Sailing Youth DirectorJohn Pearce brought technical smarts and a knowledge of the sport through a youth development lens. USODA National Team CoachMarek Valasek directs the Geneva Lake Sailing School and the Buddy Melges Racing Team; the sailors learned from his experience sailing the Finn at the 1996 Olympic Games. Daily drone footage and stills provided by Melges Performance Sailboats and the Melges 14 Class helped sailors visualize difficult concepts and learn from their mistakes. Olympic Medalist & successful America's Cup skipperBuddy Melges was the honorary guest at the team dinner, sharing stories and showing the students that Midwest sailors can reach the highest level of the sport.

Sailors walked away from the clinic with a renewed excitement for sailing at an elite level, new techniques to improve their skills, and a deeper understanding of the Olympic pipeline and how it is accessible to Midwest sailors.

The Melges 14 proved to be a perfect training platform for the clinic. Sailors were ecstatic about sailing the hottest new one-design dinghy. The modern singlehanded boat won the coveted Boat of the Year seal from Sailing World Magazine in 2016 and the fleet has continued to grow at a rapid pace since it was first introduced two years ago. With a modern, fast design from Reichel/Pugh, the Melges 14 is built by Melges Performance Sailboats in Zenda, Wisconsin USA and sails with one or two people. The carbon mast and boom complements its flexible sail plan with three rigs. With boats in North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Melges 14 is emerging as a true one-design racer.



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  • October 28-29, 2017
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  • 2018 date soon to be announced
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  • Lake Geneva Yacht Club / Buddy Melges Sailing Center — Wisconsin
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New Boats and charters are offered for all upcoming regattas. Reach out to the Melges Team for availability: (262) 275-1110. Request A Melges 14 Demo.