Melges Trifecta Triumphs At Charleston Race Week 2010

12 April 2010

Considered the biggest multi-class regatta in the South, Charleston Race Week 2010 entertained more than 1,500 sailors for a grand total of 191 entries last weekend. Sixty-five teams in all sailed on one of three classes of Melges sportboats, the largest manufacturer represented.

Proving that it’s stronger than ever, big fleet racing is very much intact within the Melges 24 fleet as it was the largest in attendance at 31. Bora Gulari on Flying Elvis edged out Charleston local David Dabney on Conejo Racing for the title. Big breeze conditions led to three heated days of battle and for the most part, Gulari commanded by a substantial margin. In fact, he appeared almost unmatched. The final day brought out the best in the fleet with Dabney finishing with an equal amount of points to Gulari. With 34 points a piece, Gulari won the tiebreaker and the trophy with an impressive three-bullets-out-of-ten performance. Dabney was second and Travis Weisleder aboard LayLine finished third overall.

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1.) Bora Gulari, Flying Elvis
2.) David Dabney, Conejo Racing
3.) Travis Weisleder, LayLine
4.) Steve Kopf, Blur
5.) Christof Weiland, Unsponsored

In the Audi Melges 20 division, class stalwart Michael Kiss on Bacio beat out fellow midwesterner Joel Ronning on C-4 in second place overall by a whopping 13 points. Kiss came on strong, commanding an early lead to capture the title of Charleston Race Week Champion. Finishing in the third position was Rob Wilber on Cinghaile.

1.) Michael Kiss, Bacio
2.) Joe Ronning, C-4
3.) Robert Wilber, Cinghaile
4.) Jeff Ecklund, STAR
5.) Anthony Tabb, Vaya Con Dios

2010 was the first time the Melges 32 made a formal racing appearance. Kip Meadows on roXanne simply killed the competition with a string of bullets taking the top seat in the Offshore North Circle Division. John Knoll on Black Ice held a steady second spot throughout the entire event.

1.) Kip Meadows, roXanne
2.) John Knoll, Black Ice

Congratulations to all the race winners and the division champions! And, as always a very special thanks goes out to everyone who traveled from near and far to make this Charleston Race Week 2010 a great success. 

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