First Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship Taking Shape, 2010 USA Sailing Series Announced

21 August 2009

With the Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2009 well underway, fourteen teams look forward to a great day of racing on Saturday with ideal conditions forecasted.

21 August 2009; Holland, Mich. - The enthusiasm surrounding the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Holland, Mich. at the Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship, title sponsored by Audi and supported by official footwear sponsorSebago is electric. The all-new Audi Melges 20 has attracted sailors from all over the world to participate at the very first Nationals, but also witness the start of something new and exciting - Melges Racing!

The Championship has drawn fourteen boats. The majority of the entrants reside in the U.S. with three international entries - two from Italy and one from Canada. Although the fleet is small to start, the goal in years to come is 100 Audi Melges 20s on the starting line. With the excitement currently generated by Audi Melges 20 owners in the U.S.A. and all over the world, it's only a matter of time before this becomes reality.

Racing was scheduled to commence today however, due to big breeze exceeding the class maximums teams were left on shore chomping at the bit. Instead, the fleet settled in around half-past five for a cocktail party hosted by Macatawa Bay Yacht Club with live music by Good Gravy.

Saturday's forecast is far more promising. Conditions are expected to be ideal with a northwesterly breeze around 10-15 knots and an attempt at five races. 

Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship Entry List
1.) Amy Todd - Grand Rapids, Mich. USA
2.) Benedetto Giallongo - Rome, Italy
3.) Chuck Holzman - Southfield, Mich. USA
4.) Dan Cheresh - Holland, Mich. USA
5.) Dave Hammett - Annapolis, Md. USA
6.) Eric Wynsma - East Grand Rapids, Mich. USA
7.) Erik Post - Macatawa, Mich. USA
8.) Joe Williams - Mercer Island, Wash. USA
9.) John Arendshorst - Holland, Mich. USA
10.) John Sherlock - Port Credit, Canada
11.) Marc Hollerbach - Grosse Pointe, Mich. USA
12.) Marco Morina - Rome, Italy
13.) Michael Kiss - Holland, Mich. USA
14.) Pieter Taselaar - New York, N.Y. USA

Along with race reports and results, photos will be posted online every day. View The Photo Gallery and check out the cool graphics on Marco Morina's Sei Tu 20 and Joe Williams' Habit (No. 40) prepping for competition. 

The North American Audi Melges 20 fleet is already prepping for 2010 with a maturing schedule of eight incredible events. This schedule is being circulated at the Championship, so now is the time to pull out those calendars, save the dates and plan to race!

2010 Audi Melges 20 USA Sailing Series 
Event No. 1 : Miami Event 1 | December 11-13, 2009 | Miami, Fla.
Event No. 2 : Miami Event 2 | February 5-7, 2010 | Miami, Fla.
Event No. 3 : Miami Event 3 | March 11-13, 2010 | Miami, Fla.
Event No. 4 : Charleston Race Week | April 7-11, 2010 | Charleston, SC
Event No. 5 : Sperry Top-Sider Detroit NOOD Regatta | June 4-6 | Bayview Yacht Club; Detroit, Mich.
Event No. 6 : Toronto Regatta | June 18-20 | Toronto, Canada
Event No. 7 : 2010 U.S. National Championship | August 27-29 | Lake Geneva, Wisc.
Event No. 8 : Fall Championship Regatta | October 2-3 | Lake Geneva, Wisc.

Stay tuned to the Official Audi Melges 20 Web Site, the Official Audi Melges 20 BlogMelges.com andMelgeseurope.com for all the details. You can also follow the Audi Melges 20 on Twitter. Join, bookmark and subscribe today to stay on top of all things Audi Melges 20.