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Posts Tagged ‘Melges 24’

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2016 M24 Worlds boss Petey Crawford is back with Episode 5 of “View from the Chair”, and he’s got a special sponsor prize for competitors who haven’t yet completed their replication; two brand new Velocitek Pro-Starts will be awarded to those who finish their registration (meaning…they pay) before July 14th.  Even if you ain’t coming to Miami this winter, click on Play and let Petey make you laugh.  And even if you don’t win one, you’d better have one on this 100+ boat starting line!

 

June 26th, 2016 by admin

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Penalty Box Productions’ Petey Crawford needs no introduction, and if you’ve ever seen Mr. Clean and Petey in action together, you won’t need much motivation to listen to a couple hours of their jawing about life, liberty, and the pursuit of the perfect regatta.  Petey pulls no punches as they discuss the latest in media news, the upcoming Melges 24 Worlds (run by Petey), and much, much more.

 

June 1st, 2016 by admin

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It’s the coolest competition in sailing, and our own Petey Crawford – the King Pimp himself – has hit the road to restore an old Melges 24 to ‘like new’ glory for the Pimp My Ride competition in association with Sailing Anarchy, a pile of sponsors, and the 2016 Miami Melges 24 Worlds.  The saga begins today and runs all summer long.  Who needs reality TV when we’ve got everythere right here on the interwebs?

 

May 24th, 2016 by admin

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The man in the hot seat is 2016 Miami Melges 24 Worlds Chairman Petey Crawford, and with 8 months to go before the expected record-setting fleet takes the line, our humble video guru posted the latest in his new bi-weekly series “The View From The Chair.”  No communications problems for this World Championship!  From Petey:

These episodes will contain information about the event, interviews with Melges 24 teams talking about Miami sailing, killer sailing pics and footage, and a place where you can get all of the latest news from behind the scenes and on the front line as we plan for the biggest Melges 24 Worlds ever. Stay tuned for more episodes of View From The Chair.

Episode 2, Petey talks about Marriott our official hotel partner ,”Get Registered, Get Swag, Get Stoked” and official merchandise suppliers Musto and Line Honors, 114 boats and counting, Melges Madness Regatta lineup and more. Episode 3 will contain some very big news as well as some killer video and interviews from the Madness Regatta. Stay Tuned….

 

March 17th, 2016 by admin

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ratz24With so many thousands of proud sailing parents realizing that ‘the way we do it’ isn’t creating lifelong sailors, we’re not quite sure why there aren’t dozens more programs like the Mudratz.  The New England youth-only team has been inspired by the chance to compete at the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship with an all-teen crew, and they’ve taken the first big step with the procurement of a Melges 24 donated by an unnamed area sailor.  

Starting this May look for the MudRatz “Sportboat Saturday” practices, followed by the team joining The Donzo Wednesday Night Series Melges 24 fleet with the Mystic River Mudheads. This all leads up to our first year goal of sending a youth team to the 2016 Melges 24 worlds in Miami this November…where we are already registered for what should be one of the most exciting events on anyone’s 2016 calendar!

Mudratz proud papa and co-founder said grass roots programs like the Mudratz are one of the keys to the long term health of yacht racing. “Bridging the gap between junior and adult sailing is one of the most challenging aspects of our sport today.   Enthusiastic kids often find themselves as young adults who drop out of sailing due to limited time and large financial constraints.  Having a boat like a Melges 24 will allow our youths to see first-hand what the next level of racing is all about.  This awesome platform will open up some huge doors for them into a world they might not have known even existed!”

If you or your kid might be interested in sailing with the Mudratz, or you want to contribute to our volunteer organization or make a tax deductible donation, please go to Mudratz.org today!

 

January 14th, 2016 by admin

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We’re seriously stoked to be part of the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds sponsors, and we can’t help but be amazed at the energy level and creativity behind Petey Crawford’s leadership for the first M24 Worlds in years to brave the open ocean.  Over 90 boats already registered for an event almost a year away?  Are you kidding?   Nope – we are not.  One of the coolest things to follow about this event will be the very cool Pimp My Ride contest, which ends in just days!  Miss this one and you’ll kick yourself.  Here’s Petey with more:

Just before Thanksgiving holiday, Miami Yacht Club hosted twenty Melges 24 teams from around the world that travelled to South Beach to compete in the 2016 Worlds Test Event and Act 1 of the newly designed Winter Series. With wind ranging from 8-18 knots and different directions over the 3 days everybody got to experience what Miami will deliver in a year from now at the World Championship.

After 3 great days of racing, Bruce Ayres and Team Monsoon were crowned Champions, barely holding off a late charge by Connor Clarke, who lost on  countback. Marty “Marty The One-Man Party” Kullman on the historic New Wave team finished a point back to fill out the podium.

As I walked around the boat park and talked with the teams, it became clear that most everyone had a great time racing Melges 24’s in the big water again. Santa Cruz [2007] was the last time these boats got to go surfing, and most everyone was psyched for some new thinking and revisiting old techniques to make the switch from flat water venues.  Some of the boys said so

Connor Clarke (IRL 829): Miami conditions are amazing, even in light breeze you can have fantastic fun. This is absolutely the best venue I have sailed in the US in my time with the Melges 24 class”

Gary Schwartling (USA 587):  “ Nothing better than sailing out in the ocean swell, ripping along, beautiful stuff. This was my first time in conditions like that and we had a blast.”

George Haynie (USA 687): “We had a ball in the ocean. Our pick-up crew from Ft Lauderdale was 11-year old Opti sailor, Connor Boland, who helped us out a lot.”

“He was our Traveller-Jockey, spinnaker stuffer and pulled sea grass off the rudder while we planed downwind in 18 knots. “He was loving it!”

Federico Valenti -  (ITA 841): “We prefer sailing in the ocean and the Melges24 is the best boat for the swell.”

As old man winter is knocking at the door, you may wish to consider the 2 additional opportunities for your Melges 24 team to test the 2016 Worlds Venue. Miami Yacht Club and Travis Weisleder / Lucky Dog Racing are co-hosting a 10 team Training Event Feb. 19-21. Details are here.

After that we roll into Act 3 of the Melges 24 World Winter Series at the Melges 24 Madness Regatta March 17-20.  Enter here.

Rich Tobin, Miami Yacht Club past Commodore, told me the entire club is psyched to do something they haven’t tried before. “Next March when we host the Melges 24 Madness Regatta we look forward to showcasing many of the upgrades to the club and venue that we have planned for the Worlds!  We are thrilled to be hosting the Melges 24’s for the next few events so we can show you all the hospitality and great racing that makes Miami such a great place to sail.”

BUT FOR NOW, Quantum Key West Race Week (Act 2  of the World Winter Series) is currently in our sights. This also happens to be where we will be announcing the winner of the Pimp My Ride 2016 Worlds Edition. If you haven’t heard about this or haven’t entered yet don’t worry you still have a little time left. Pimp My Ride is a contest available for series 500 or older Melges 24 owners to win over $30,000 in upgrades to make your boat more competitive. Yup, you read that right over $30,000.00 of upgrades. The only other qualification is that you pay your 2016 Worlds Entry fee before January 20th 2016. We will announce the winner on the 21st.

People, this is a serious list of sponsors and upgrades. If you aren’t the lucky winner of tonight’s record Powerball payout, don’t cry, you can still enter this amazing contest and walk away with some serious kit. Your odds will be far better as well!

Check it out for official contest details, and Do Not Miss Out On This Opportunity!

 

 

January 9th, 2016 by admin

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The Canadian Melges 24 contingent loves Miami seafood, but 4-time Canadian Olympian Richard Clarke got more than he bargained for when two fat Spanish Mackerel nearly took his head off last weekend in the Miami Melges 24 Invitational – the ‘test event’ for next year’s Worlds.  One fish landed in the cockpit, but it escaped beforethe Zingara crew could bust out the rigging knives and make sushi…results are here.

Photo copyright Petey Crawford, Penalty Box Productions.

November 23rd, 2015 by admin

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We’re most of the way through the Sperry/Sailing Anarchy World Tour 2015 and we hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of the world’s most interesting classes and events so far.  Last week, we sent superstar sportboater and video legend Petey Crawford to the Columbia River Gorge to figure out why the sportboat that began the revolution some 23 years ago was experiencing such a huge resurgence in interest.  Part of the new blood comes from an exciting upcoming Worlds location, but most of it – like any successful Class – comes from the people, and that’s what Petey found in this video.  Get to know them – the pros, the n00bs, the groms, the chicks – and see why the Melges 24 still remains one of the best one-design classes in history.

And please head over to Sperry’s page and let them know how much you’ve enjoyed the coverage allowed by their support of the 2015 Sperry/Sailing Anarchy World Tour.  Keep your eyes out for two upcoming SA contests as well – one to win some great Sperry shoes, and one to win a whole lot more.

 

August 31st, 2015 by admin

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After coming in second over the line and fourth on handicap in the Bayview Mackinac Race, Curt Jazwiecki put his Melges 24 Gnarly Ruca into singlehanded mode for some outlaw racing in one of the last anti-sportboat regions left.  Here’s Curt’s blog page, and here’s his story:

Putting the M24 in Mac race mode took a considerable amount of prep work. I figured that with the boat in “coastal” mode I might as well check a few more items off of the bucket list. The Lake Erie Solo challenge is on that list. But it wasn’t meant to be, at least not this year. I set off on a race of my own, for my own reasons, instead.  Here’s the background on that.

IMG_2792.JPGNow, back to racing, err ahh, shadowing the fleet.  I made the decision on Friday night not to do the entire 270 nm course to Buffalo and then Erie, but instead to start with the fleet and follow them to Pelee Passage light and then turn to round Huron R2 to starboard, Toledo Harbor Light to starboard, then back to NCYC “W” mark where the race started.  This was roughly a 112 nm course and predicted in Expedition to take 27hrs with Saturdays forecast.  Just enough for the GLSS “qualifier”.  I raised my main and left the dock at 9:30 am.

At the start, most everyone was late. I intended to start 30 sec after the gun to stay out of the way, but did not realize that most people started minutes late.  Well, I was there and had already timed my “outside the box” start. Off I went in light air about 50-60 degree off the wind.  Auto on, A0/5 up, adjust rig….check.

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This was my first official/unofficial singlehanded race, I was on a boat that everyone said could’t be singlehanded, and had one of the the shortest waterlines in the fleet.  I had thought that I would be behind, but to my suprise I was out in front of everyone.  I did’t want to sit on the lead boat, so I made a course change to go below him.

By 1400 I quickly horizoned most of the fleet and could only see two boats.  This was an issue because I had spoke with the skipper of “Avatar” before we left the dock and agreed I would radio in every 2 hours starting at 1400 so he could make sure I was safe.  I really appreciated the gesture, and hoped to contact him in the future to say thank you.  I found myself out of radio transmission range of the handheld VHF from the rest of the fleet.  I couldn’t find my masthead antenna after the Mack so I only had handhelds on board.  I could hear them, but even climbing my mast a few feet and using the boost feature it seems I could not get a call out.  I hope I didn’t worry anyone.  I tried calling out to the boat behind that I could see, but got no response and figured he had his radio off altogether or on 16.

I played the routing game right and after tacking on a few big shifts the right way around Pelee Island, I couldn’t see another sailboat anywhere.  A huge advantage sailing the smaller boat was the ability to tack and and complete sail changes easily and quickly.  I reached Pelee Passage Light and found a fisherman in a bass boat.  He looked at me like I was nuts, I looked the same at him.  Considering the huge lead I had, I wanted to keep sailing on to Buffalo.  Had I been racing officially I would have surely continued on.  Logistics hassle and my Dad’s 64th birthday party Sunday afternoon said otherwise, besides I think the point was already proven about 5 min after the start.

After rounding I over-eagerly thought that I could fly the A1 to Huron.  I knew better but did it anyway, and managed to make a course about 10 deg off the mark, but my autopilot was not enjoying itself. Spinnaker down. The boat responds so much quicker than the auto can, I see why high-dollar integrated autopilots are used by the minis! That’s what I get for being cheap and ordering an inexpensive pilot a few days before.

Conditions piped up a bit and it was getting dark.  Time to grab a bite to eat and put my night gear on.  I rolled into Huron after dark doing 9 knots with 4 foot waves reaching under jib and main with the occasional wave coming over the bow.

I gybed around R2 and headed for the islands. Perfect downwind sailing weather. I wanted to light it up with the big blue A2, but the autopilot was not enjoying the wave angle and there was decent traffic in the area on a Saturday night. The last thing I wanted to do was risk a collision with a drunk powerboater that didn’t expect a sailboat to be going 15 knots.

I was treated to a fireworks display from Cedar Point and cracked open one of the two Coors Lights I brought along. It was hard to resist the urge to pull into Put-In-Bay for pizza at Frosty’s. This is why you don’t see people doing long overnights on M24′s. Sailing fast during the day and hitting the bar at night with your friends is usually the way to go. Why punish yourself?  Oh yea, the challenge and settling the debate….back to sailing.

Once I was in the lee of the islands around midnight, I hove-to, rigged the A2 and ate a MRE. After eating, my common sense prevailed and I left the A2 in the bag, after all it was only midnight and I still had to sail to 10 am.  I was so far ahead of schedule that I would have run out of lake in less than 2 hours and would have to sail back upwind.  I rolled up the jib and sailed under main alone making between 7 and 10 knots in perfect surfing conditions.

I was met with a big freighter at 5 am at the Toledo harbor light, I had to do a 720 to give it enough room to pass before I could round the lighthouse.  Once back at the west end of the lake, I did everything I could to slow the boat down, after all, I had to make my trip last 24 hours. I thought about sailing on to Detroit, but my car and trailer were here. I made coffee, had breakfast, and sailed in circles.  Hot Starbucks coffee on a Melges 24 sailing singlehanded, who would have thought.

The RO that started the race was out on his boat having coffee and kept and eye on the clock for me.  I put the motor in gear at 9:31 am on Sunday and slid up to the dock at NCYC, making the passage under sail right on 24 hours as required.  The Commodore and his wife welcomed me back and gave me a hand with the dock lines.

There you have it. 24 hours and 100 miles on a Melges 24. Done.

 

August 25th, 2015 by admin

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The Melges 24 Class ushered in a new way of thinking about one-design racing, and without it, we might never have the kind of big fleet sportboat action that’s one of the high points of the sport today.  Melges sailors – including our own Senior Editor – have been a big part of Sailing Anarchy since the beginning, and that’s why we’re so stoked to see the class continue to rebound after the lows of the past five years.  You wanna know how big a rebound?  How about an incredible 46 teams already registered (some 16 months early) for the Miami Worlds next December! Thanks to the support of Sperry and the Sailing Anarchy World Tour, Petey Crawford reports from the wild US Nationals at the Gorge.  His photos, too.

Over the past 2 months, I’ve attended the Melges 24 World Championship in Denmark and this past weekend’s US National Championship at the Gorge. My main focus on both of these trips was to get back in touch with my own Melges 24 roots while promoting  the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship in Miami. I’m glad to say that the positive trends in Melges 24 racing are evident, and that the entire Miami Worlds team will be working very hard to continue stoking the flames that are clearly burning in the Melges 24 class.IMG_3197

The most positive trend I’m referring to is the constantly increasing Corinthian participation numbers. The total entries at both events have been very high compared to previous years, and this is mainly due to non-pro teams getting on the line. 56 Corinthian teams showed up for the Worlds and 25 of the 36 teams at the Gorge were Corinthian as well.  While the AC and VOR guys get the headlines, it’s the average Joe or Josie and their family who’ve always made up the bulk of the fleet and have provided both the strength and the future of the class, and that’s what we are working so hard to promote.

I’ve been working on some exciting new ideas to promote the ’16 Worlds with IMCA Class President Jens Wathne, and have already begun plotting and scheming with new US Grand Poobah Steve Boho who took over just last week.  I can promise that we’ve got some stellar stuff in the pipeline, and of course you will see it here first.

Until then, there’s a gallery I shot at the Gorge here, and full results here.  We’ll have a Sperry/Sailing Anarchy video show from the Gorge for you as soon as my computer allows.

-The Rev (and 2016 Melges 24 Worlds Chairman) Petey Crawford – out….

 

August 12th, 2015 by admin

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