Posts Tagged ‘Melges 20’
The first-ever Melges 20 Worlds gets underway in just 3 months down in the Florida Keys. 36 are registered, 50+ are likely, with Samba Pa Ti, Mascalzone Junior, Bacio, and Stig the favorites. Check out this little promo video and tell us again: Will you be there? If so, register!
September 4th, 2013 by admin
Michael Kiss/Chris Rast/Wille McBride horizon-jobbed the Melges 20 fleet on the final race to win the European Champs today; here’s a beautiful shot of the Porto Rotondo venue from new Studio Borlenghi acolyte Andrea Pisapia with a gallery here. Full results here.
September 1st, 2013 by admin
With the C-Class stuff, some great scow films this year, and the upcoming E-Scow Nationals, Penalty Box Productions’ Petey Crawford is on a roll lately, and this 5-minute ‘story of the M20 Nationals’ is kickass from beginning to end. It gets you charged up, laughing, and makes you feel as though you were there; something precious few of the dozens of sailing reels we review weekly do. Check it out, and congrats again to the Audi Melges 20 Masters (and overall US) Champion John Kilroy! And if you think your club members’ kid with the nice HD camcorder and a pirated version of Final Cut is going to do your next national-level event proud, think again…and then give Petey a shout.
August 28th, 2013 by admin
California’s John Kilroy is a good example of where sailing is going in the USA, even for the guys that can afford to play on any level. From Maxis in the 90s and TP52s in the 2000s, Kilroy moved into the Melges 32 (and won the 33-boat Worlds last year), and last year, joined the Melges 20 Class. Like pretty much everyone who gets a taste, Kilroy has become a freak for one-design, and the smaller the boat, the bigger the victory for each player.
As the top of the M20 Class gets rolling on schedule to peak at the Class’s first-ever Worlds in December in the Florida Keys, Kilroy, along with tactician Jeremy “Troll” Wilmot and trimmer Jeff Reynolds, came from an overnight fourth-place to snake a come-from-behind victory from a deep field, winning the 2013 US National Championship in Macatawa Bay, MI. It was the first time in the four year-history of the Class that a Michigander didn’t win the US Nationals; Eric Wynsma (Superfly) in 2009 and Class standout Michael Kiss (Bacio) every year since, who both sail out of the gorgeous spot on the picturesque Eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Kilroy also grabbed the ‘Masters’ trophy for best over-60 skipper, Toronto badass Brian Hill took the Corinthian title, while 21-year old Morgan Kiss sailed daddy’s old boat to a 13th place and top female skipper and under-25 skipper.
Petey Crawford will be dropping a sexy highlight reel late tonight for your viewing pleasure; in the meantime, check out more Meredith Block photos like the one above at the Facebook Page or the Event site. All the racing action – well, most anyway – was reported in old-school OTWA style by our own Mr. Clean on the Class FB page as well, and the next few months should feature plenty of action there for the hottest amateur owner/driver 20 footer on the market – so stay tuned.
- Tags: Audi Melges 20, Jeff Reynolds, Jeremy WIlmot, John Kilroy, Macatawa Bay, Melges 20, Samba Pa Ti
August 27th, 2013 by admin
Petey Crawford’s tribute to Big Booty owner Pat Eudy premiered last night before the Melges 20 Nationals fleet, and there weren’t a lot of dry eyes once it was over. Here it is.
August 25th, 2013 by admin
The first On-The-Water Anarchy ‘Cocktail Hour’ in some time, Mr. Clean pulled a group of Melges 20 pros, amateurs, and owners together for a half hour of tuning tips and discussion of where the sexy sportboat class is headed. Jeremy Wilmot, Morgan Kiss, Cameron Dunn, Rob Wilber, Brian Hill, and Paul Goodison feature in this Ustream video from the Melges 20 US Nationals. With three races down and two days left, Michael Kiss (Bacio) leads first-time M20′er and former gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos…daily report here and photo galleries here and here.
Follow the action live throughout the day with Clean and Mer on the Melges 20 Facebook page. And be sure to check in late Saturday night for the world premiere of the Class’s video tribute to recently passed M20 racer Pat Eudy; Keep your Kleenex nearby.
August 24th, 2013 by admin
26 boats are on the line in Macatawa, Michigan for the US Nationals as the Melges 20 Class begins the build toward their first-ever World Championship this December in the Florida Keys. The world’s top sailors dot some boats while low-key family programs fill others; a nice mix for a sexy boat that’s now an International Class at a club that looks more Lake Garda than Lake Michigan for this well-branded Audi event.
Mer, Clean, and Petey are bringing their ‘lite’ OTWA program to the Melges 20 Facebook page; They’ll have photos, videos, and written updates, and a live-streaming program including tonight’s Opening Ceremony, an hour-long ’chalk talk’ with M20 owners, crew, and pros on Friday, and Sunday’s awards. Like the FB page for the most frequent updates; if all you want is live video, follow the Melges 20 Ustream page here. Meredith Block photo.
August 22nd, 2013 by admin
Here’s an idea for the next time there’s not enough wind to go Melges 20 sailing: Throw a great big party and get high — jet-powered high! Thanks to M20 and GL70 owner Lance Smotherman for a great party in Harrison Township, MI, and kudos to long time Bayview sailor Adam Hollerbach for pulling off the flight on his first try. Meredith Block iPhoto. Melges 20 Nationals will be on the other end of the Great Lake State August 23-25 in beautiful Holland, MI.
- Tags: Melges 20
July 8th, 2013 by admin