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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
With 315 days to go to the first gun, Petey and the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds crew just logged the 100th entry for what many are now expecting to be the biggest M24 Worlds ever. 100 boats on the line would already beat the biggest US-based M24 Worlds in history…three dozen more and they beat even all those huge European-based Worlds.
The 100th entry was no slouch; it was the mysterious man above. Some say his hands, feet, and buttocks are webbed, and that he swims the shallows of the Chesapeake Bay at night looking for his favorite prey; hammerhead sharks. All we know is he’s called the Hutch! (With thanks to Jeremy Clarkson). Number 99 ain’t no slouch either.
And check this out – the insane, >$30,000 (in gear and upgrades) grand prize of the Pimp My Ride contest will be selected in just 6 days at Quantum Key West Race Week, and all you have to do is (1) enter your sub-600 series Melges 24 in Worlds, agree with Terms and Conditions, and PAY YOUR ENTRY FEE. No brainer, right? Oh, by the way, your odds of winning are 1-in-18 right now. Seriously.
Title shout to Drake for what’s also now our regatta anthem.
January 15th, 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
We’ve always maintained that the Melges 24 probably provides the most enjoyable one-design racing experience for the average sailor. With the perfect blend of convenience, hard work, competition, adrenaline, and personality, the 20+ year-old class continues to fire on all cylinders, especially in Europe, where 100+ boat fleets are a common occurrence. But the debacle of an Annapolis Worlds in 2009 set the US Class down a bad road – 0ne that it’s finally recovering from, and with a vengeance. And with the appeal of a Worlds one of the best marketing tools of any class, organizers and sponsors behind the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds Miami have joined with Sailing Anarchy to bring you the coolest contest we have EVER run: It’s Pimp My Ride, Melges 24 Worlds Edition! Here are the details:
Are you thinking about going to Miami for the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds but are worried that your older boat won’t be competitive?
- How often have you taped the cover of your jib sheets hoping to get a few more races out of them?
- How often does your spinnaker halyard slip through the cleat leaving you shrimping while the fleet passes you by?
- Do you find yourself tightening the same screws race after race?
- Have you ever rigged “old” spinnaker sheets because they are in way better condition than your “new” ones?
If any of the above sounds familiar, than we want to PIMP YOUR RIDE!
Now of course we aren’t going to install a pop-up flatscreen with XBOX controls to pop out of the deck. Nor we will replace your corrector weights with 15″ subwoofers and a power amp. But with the help of a great group of supporters in the world’s best one-design class, we are going to PIMP YOUR RIDE!
The organizers for the 2016 Worlds and the IMCA Class President Jens Wathne have come up with a concept to get your older boat tuned up, dialed in, ready to race on the Worlds starting line. And in the process, we’ll show the rest of you older Melges 24 racers how it is done right.
The lucky winner of the Miami Melges 24 Worlds PIMP MY RIDE Contest will have a complete makeover for their boat, with the work done by some of the most skilled folks in the Melges racing world. We’re not talking a few sheet bags, folks – we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars in value for your prized speedster! New sails, electronics, sheets, halyards, standard rigging, lifelines, stanchions, graphics, team gear, and more! As the Donald would say, this is YUUUUUGE.
To qualify you MUST:
- Own (not charter) a 500 series Melges 24 or older.
- Join the OVER 65 HOT TEAMS ALREADY REGISTERED for the December 2016 event and PAY the 2016 Worlds entry fee before January 20, 2016 to qualify.
- Agree in writing to let us take your boat with us as it makes the journey into a modernized competitive state by going from vendor to vendor while we film every step of the way. *estimated 4 weeks total.
- Agree in writing to actually race your boat at Worlds, and if you are unable to race your boat, to allow a qualified and insured skipper and crew to race your boat if requested and provided by the organizer.
- Agree in writing to deliver your boat to Worlds a minimum of two days before Worlds.
- Agree to media appearances and several interviews during the event.
*additional rules may apply*
We will randomly select 1 winner during the awards ceremony of 2016 Quantum Key West Race Week (attendance not required). We will then send over our team of experts to evaluate your boat, set up a work schedule, and PIMP YOUR RIDE!
We know it can be hard to keep up with the latest and greatest, and boat work may have slid down the priority list, but its never too late to bring a Melges 24 back up to competitive condition. Some of the oldest M24s are still blazing fast today, it just takes some PIMPIN’. We’ll see you at the starting line. REGISTER AND PAY TODAY OVER HERE.
Got burning questions? Email the boss man at Petey@melges24worlds.com
Quantum Racing, Melges USA, Velocitek, Raptor, Line Honors, GT3 Creative, Evolution Sailing, Torreson Marine, George Peet Sailing, Hutchinson Sports, New England Ropes, Sailing Anarchy and Penalty Box Productions.
October 20th, 2015 by admin