Courtesy – melges17.com
31 May 2015
Macatawa Bay, MI — Congratulations to Harry Melges IV and team mate Vincent Porter on White Heat as they are the 2015 Melges 17 U.S. National Champions. With only four races completed — two on Friday and, an additional two on Saturday amidst some rain, fog and light breezes, Melges IV came from behind to take the top overall position putting him 3 points ahead of Sean Fidler on Ludicrous Speed. Early event leader Rob Terry on Thrillseeker was third on count back.
The story of the day on Saturday was Melges’ younger sibling, his sister and defending Melges 17 U.S. National Champion Monroe (sailing with her father Harry Melges III) on Teal. Her double bullet day took her from fourteenth to fourth overall.
R.J. Porter on Full Throttle had a great Race Three to follow Monroe across the finish line for second, just ahead of Fidler.
Race Four in particular was fantastic as it featured an all-star, top-three-youth sailor finish — Monroe Melges, Harry Melges IV and Kyle Navin on 5-Star finishing first, second and third respectively.
Unfortunately no racing took place on Sunday, so Saturday’s results stand as final.
TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After Four Races)
1.) Harry Melges IV, White Heat; 6-1-4-2 = 13
2.) Sean Fidler, Ludicrous Speed; 1-6-3-6 = 16
3.) Rob Terry, Thrillseeker; 3-2-7-4 = 16
4.) Monroe Melges, Teal; 9-13-1-1 = 24
5.) Tom Munroe, USA-11; 2-5-9-9 = 25
6.) Kyle Navin, 5-Star; 14-4-6-3 = 27
7.) Pablo Gallyas, Gallyas Marine; 7-11-8-8 = 34
8.) Chad Coberly, USA-3; 5-8-11-14 = 38
9.) Casey Call, USA-71; 8-7-12-12 = 39
10.) R.J. Porter, Full Throttle; 11-14-2-13 = 40