Harry Melges is runnerup at Melges 24 World event, a fair-dinkum ripper

Harry Melges is runnerup at Melges 24 World event, a fair-dinkum ripper

After an exciting and challenging series on Corio Bay off the Royal Geelong YC in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Harry Melges took second in the overall standings with 36 points behind 2013 and 2007 European champion Flavio Favini with 28 points. Favini, an Italian who sailed a Swiss boat, won the regatta after 11 races in the January 29 – February 2 series and did not need to sail in the finale. As it turned out, PRO Hank Stuart cancelled the 12th race when the afternoon breeze failed to materialize by the 3 pm cutoff. Favini, who was runner-up to Brian Porter at the World event in 2013, won the World Championship title in 2001.

One point back from runnerup Harry Melges in the 2014 standings for third overall was Detroit’s Bora Gulari, current and 2009 International Moth Class World Champion.The Australian regatta attracted 26 boats from seven countries.

The Melges crew of Andy Burdick (tactician), Federico Michetti, and Jeff Ecklund is the same team that won the World title with him in 2002, the year he won the North American title. Melges was US National champion in 2012. Burdick and Michetti crewed with Brian Porter for Porter’s 2013 World win on San Francisco Bay.

First overall in the Corinthian division (no professional sailors aboard) and ninth in the fleet standings was Australia’s Cameron Miles from the Royal Prince Alfred YC. (LGYC’s Tom Freytag won the 1999 Corinthian title at the World Championship off Long Beach, California.) Ten of the 2014 fleet qualified as Corinthians.

The Melges team set a fast pace the week before the World event by winning the ten-race Melges 24 Australian Open National Championship, January 21-27, also on Corio Bay. Flavio Favini took second.

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Favini takes Melges 24 title; Harry Melges and Bora Gulari in battle for second today

Favini takes Melges 24 title; Harry Melges and Bora Gulari in battle for second today

 Italian Flavio Favini, sailing the Swiss boat Blu Moon, took a 2-3 in the tenth and eleventh races at the International Melges 24 Class World Championship yesterday to win the event with 28 points and no need to sail the finale, scheduled for today. Going into this afternoon’s last race, Harry Melges stands second (2-2-3-5-1-1-9-[13]-3-6-4) with 36 points; Detroit’s Bora Gulari, current and 2009 International Moth Class World Champion, is right behind at third ([8]-7-6-2-6-2-3-6-2-1-2) with 37 points. In fourth is American Chris Larson, sailing a Canadian boat, with 44 points. Twenty-six boats are competing for the Open and Corinthian titles.

 The event is being sailed at the Royal Geelong YC on Corio Bay, about 45 miles southwest of Melbourne, Australia. Winds for the series have varied from a “honking northerly” to yesterday’s 7-15 knots. 

 Favini, who had a 6-3-7-1-2-5-1-4-1-2-3 series, was runner-up behind Brian Porter in the 2013 World Championship at San Francisco, won the Melges 24 World title in 2001, and won the Melges 24 Class European Championship in 2013 and 2007. Harry Melges, with crew tactician Andy Burdick, Federico Michetti, and Jeff Ecklund for this series, won the World Championship and the North American title in 2002, with the same crew.   

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Favini takes lead over Melges and Larson

Favini takes lead over Melges and Larson

After nine races of the 12-race Melges 24 World Championship off Australia’s Royal Geelong YC, 2001 World Champion and 2013 World runnerup Flavio Favini has taken the lead at the Melges 24 World Championship regatta, two points ahead of the Harry Melges team, who have a 2-2-3-5-1-1-8-(13)-3 for 25 points. In third is 2009 World Champion Chris Larson with 28 points. As crew, Melges has tactician Andy Burdick, Jeff Ecklund, and Federico Michetti. (Burdick and Michetti were on Brian Porter’s winning team in 2013.) Two races will be sailed today, with the final tomorrow. Geelong is about 45 miles southwest of Melbourne.
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Harry Melges’ Star takes the lead in Australia

Harry Melges’ Star takes the lead in Australia

Photo Credit - Teri Dodds

Photo Credit – Teri Dodds

After the second day of competition in Australia for the 2014 Gill Melges 24 World Championship in Geelong, Harry Melges has captured the lead.  With his crew of Andy Burdick, Jeff Ecklund and Federico Michetti aboard Star, they have a lead of 9 points to 14 points.  For the full story, CLICK HERE and to keep up with the action, CLICK HERE FOR REGATTA WEBSITE.

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Photo Credit - Teri Dodds

Photo Credit – Teri Dodds

Harry Melges Wins the Melges 24 Australian Open National Championship

Harry Melges Wins the Melges 24 Australian Open National Championship

harrymelges24 Harry Melges, with crew Andy Burdick, Jeff Ecklund, and Federico Michetti, compiled a 1-1-3-2-1-3-(7)-1-3-2 series on Corio Bay to win the Melges 24 Australian Open National Championship title, January 21-27, over a tough 23-boat fleet from seven countries. Host Royal Geelong YC served as “home to local and visiting yachties.”

 The Open National Championship was the warm-up regatta for the Gill Melges 24 World Championship at RGYC, January 27-February 2 (race one, January 29), the first Melges 24 World Championship in the Southern Hemisphere. Harry Melges (and Jeff Ecklund) won the World title in 2002 in Travemunde, Germany; Lake Geneva’s Brian Porter won the 2013 World title in San Francisco.  Second in the Open was Flavio Favini, 2001 World Champion, 2013 European Champion, and 2013 World runner-up behind Brian Porter, who is not competing in the Corio Bay event.

 Follow the daily action at the World Championship on the event website (www.melges24worldsaustralia.com).

 The Australian Open was part of Geelong’s annual Festival of Sails, which started in 1844, helps celebrate Australia Day weekend, and is Victoria’s oldest ongoing sporting event. This year the festival attracted more than 350 boats in 14 divisions and thousands of people for on-the-water and shoreside activities.

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Brian Porter is Rolex Yachtsman of the Year

Brian Porter is Rolex Yachtsman of the Year

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brianporterLake Geneva Yacht Club’s Brian Porter wins the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award. This honor bestowed upon Brian Porter caps off an exciting year for the Lake Geneva Yacht Club. To read the full story from US SAILING, CLICK HERE.

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