30 Melges 17s Invade Lake Geneva Yacht Club

28 September 2008

The fourth Annual Melges 17 U.S. National Championship is taking place this weekend at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In just the 4th year of existence the Melges 17 Class carries a lot of momentum. 30 boats are lined up to contend for the championship!

On Friday afternoon, the club ran a few practice races so that teams could get tuned up and excited about the lake and the conditions. The fleet stayed out until nearly dark. After pulling their boats out of the water there was plenty of food and drinks at the LGYC bar. The official tally was 30 boats and the fleet was amped up over the momentum this new class is carrying.

Saturday morning hit – softly. No wind as we approached the LGYC docks. The forecast was not good either. As lunchtime approached a little wind moved down the lake from a westerly direction. PRO Mike Sherin had the boats get out on the water. As the judging team began to place marks the winds slowly faded and we never saw wind the rest of the day. No Racing Saturday.

The Melges 17 fleet all gathered together for the classes first AGM (Annual General Meeting). A 2-hour meeting was lead by Art Brereton. he explained to the fleet the by-laws and the class rules. The fleet is now in place and there are a lot of active boats nationwide. So, the fleet is poised to grow even more in 2009.

The fleet did discuss regattas. The Midwtiners in Eustis, Florida in March ‘09, the Inland Championship will again be on Pewaukee in mid-July. The 2009 Nationals has produced several bids so the class will need to determine what venue will be best for next year!

Sunday morning, teams awoke to 10-12 out of the northeast — perfect Melges 17 sailing! Go Melges 17!

Stay tuned to this website as a full race report including the official final standings will be posted once racing is complete.