Posts Tagged ‘Melges 24’
From 13 to 18 years old, this Mudratz Racing-produced crew is the youngest-ever Melges 24 Worlds team. They’re also fun, smart, and great at telling their story, and we enjoyed chatting with them on the eve of the final day of the biggest sailing event of their young lives. Enjoy this uplifting 20 minute Skype chat with the future of the sport of sailing, with lessons for anyone who cares where we go over the next 50 years in sailing.
December 3rd, 2016 by admin
It’s not going all that well for the current Melges 24 World Champion (while the US 470 team is showing the rest of the fleet their asses aboard Conor Clarke’s ultra-fast Embarr). Here’s the midweek report from Chris Rast’s EFG Bank team (thanks to Swiss Performance Sailing). Pierrick Contin photo with full galleries, interviews, and live video that’s so bad it’s fun to watch – all here.
Sailboat racing is a funny thing. You can feel so prepared for the first day of racing and still fall short. The EFG Sailing Team did not have such a great day out on the water. We had a few problems downwind and at times didn’t find the fastest upwind mode. Nevertheless, no one on the team gave up and we stayed focused until the finish of the last race of the day.
So what do you we do now? WE FIGHT! It has been only three races and we have another nine races to go. Anything can happen in this fleet and the forecast is for lighter wind over the next few days.
The winners of the day were Conor Clarke and his stellar crew including Dave Hughes and Stu McNay. They were the fastest and smartest boat how there. They are closely followed by Airforce One with Bora Gulari on the helm and Jonathan McKee on Tactics. We are looking forward to applying some of our learnings to tomorrow’s racing.
Time for a good night sleep and dream of better day.
Title inspiration thanks to Migos.
December 1st, 2016 by admin
Perhaps no sailing team in the world is inspiring more young racers than the Mystic River Mudratz. Full of Anarchists and driven by some very clever industry-insider parents, the New England-based youth sailing initiative continues to give anyone who sees them hope for the future. But now, their hope for competing at the Melges 24 Worlds may be in jeopardy, and if there was ever a cause that deserved your help, this is it. Here’s a note from one of those co-founding parents:
“You will never forget the day you break your first rig” were the words of encouragement from world-renowned pro sailor and Race Officer Anderson Reggio. Unfortunately for our team of youth sailors… it happened on the very last day of practice! After a full season that started back in May, the kids were finally getting the art of blow-through-jibes while ‘sending it’ off of waves in 18-22 knots last Saturday. We had a foiling UFO and Waszp in town for demos that morning, and the kids were inspired to just go faster and faster… the day could not have been going any better, until…BANG!
With the Melges 24 Worlds under 30 days away, our boat probably cannot be fixed in that time. These kids have scratched and clawed their way to respectability with over 20 days of racing and 40 days of practices. As guest coach Charlie Enright shared with them one night this past July “The hardest thing about big events – is getting to the starting line”.
We have fundraised relentlessly to cover travel costs and even lined up a final tune-up in Miami with former Rolex Sailor of the Year Stephanie Roble. These kids have worked so hard and are dying to become bright future members of our adult sailing community. Does anyone have a Melges 24 they would consider chartering to us?
The Mudratz are celebrating our three year anniversary while all this is going on. If you are interested to see what this team is about check out the video here. If you don’t have a spare Melges 24 lying around, PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING OUR TEAM TO HELP US GET BACK ON THE LINE!
October 30th, 2016 by admin
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
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
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
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
With 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
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  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
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