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Successful first regatta for the Melges 14 fleet

March 24, 2017 · Posted by kate


SARASOTA, Fla. (March 19, 2017) – Congratulations to Matthew Woodworth, the winner of the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship. Charlie Buckingham placed second overall and Mitchell Rogers took third. In the first sanctioned regatta for the Melges 14s, Woodworth held a commanding lead throughout and took home the very first Melges 14 Champion title.

The regatta drew 25 sailors of all ages who enjoyed three days of warm, sunny Florida weather with wind varying from light to very heavy. With great sailing conditions in every wind range, everyone got a chance to see how fun the Melges 14 is.

One race was sailed on the final day of the three-day event. The race started in wavy 11-14 mph conditions, built to 17-20 mph and gusted to 23. PRO Irene McNeill and the race committee team set a square starting line and a triangle windward leeward. Rogers punched out at the starboard end while Woodworth, Buckingham and Sean Fidler played the middle, and Bob Little won the pin end. Around the first windward mark, Woodworth held a 16 second lead on Buckingham. Behind them Fidler, Little, Rogers, and Dan Guildinger rounded within seconds. Chapman Peterson had an impressive downwind leg, picking off boats while sailing the Blue mid-range rig. Woodworth’s downwind maneuvering paid off again, and he extended his lead to one full minute by the time he reached the second windward mark rounding. Woodworth won the race, followed by Buckingham, Rogers, David Hillmyer, and Little. Breeze continued to build, so the race committee team called off racing for the day. On the way back to shore, Buckingham, Woodworth and Rogers lined up for speed testing. A few Melges 14 sailors sailed over to the Open Bic racecourse to cheer on their kids.

Charlie Buckingham shared his thoughts on the Melges 14:
“The controls are very accessible; the cunningham, the outhaul and the vang are all right there. The boat really responds. When you hit a puff and you sheet in and hike, the boat jumps. The other boats I’ve sailed really don’t do that. It’s my first time feeling that sensation,” said Buckingham, “The boat is really fast. I would love to see the class grow.”

The regatta saw a wide-range of ages and skillsets, from 13-year-old Peterson to seventy-something Dave Ellis who hopped into the Melges 14 for a race. The average age on the race course was forty. Peterson said, “There are some really good guys here. A couple of them are just getting into the boat and still learning a lot, but then there’s guys that are super competitive at the top.”

Special thank you to Sarasota Sailing Squadron, the race committee team and Melges 14 dealers.

Nels Curnow said it best: “Let’s do this again!”

Top Fifteen out of 24

1.) Matthew Woodworth: [2] · 1 · 1 · 1 · 1 · 1 = 5

2.) Charlie Buckingham: 1 · 3 · [5] · 2 · 2 · 2 = 10

3.) Mitchell Rogers: 3 · 2 · 2 · [8] · 3 · 3 = 13

4.) Sean Fidler: 5 · 4 · 4 ·3 · 4 · [8] = 20

5.) Bob Little: 6 · 5 · [7] · 4 · 5 · 5 = 25

6.) Dan Guidinger: 7 · 7 · 3 · 6 · 7 · [13] = 30

7.) Roger Link: 4 · 9 · 9 · 7 · 13 · [DNC] = 42

8.) David Hillmyer: [DNC] · DNC · 6 · 5 · 6 · 4 = 47

9.) Michael Gillian: [23] · 11 · 8 · 9 · 8 · 16 = 52T

10.) James Gillian: 9 · 12 · 10 · [13] · 12 · 9 = 52T

11.) Daniel Thielman: 12 · [13] · 11 · 10 · 9 · 10 = 52T

12.) Christian Oertel: 10 · 8 · 14 · 11 · 10 · [DNC] = 53

13.) Carson Hillier: 8 · 14 · [19] · 17 · 11 · 6 = 56

14.) Chapman Peterson: 14 · 15 · [OCS] · 12 · 17 · 7 = 65

15.) Steve Cameron: 16 · 10 · 15 · 15 · [19] · 15 = 71T

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Designed by Reichel/Pugh and built by Melges in Zenda, Wisconsin, USA, the Melges 14 is a modern one-design racing boat that also has the ability to sail with two people. The boat is 14 feet and features a large, open cockpit so no bailing is required. A carbon mast and boom complements its modern, flexible sail plan with three rigs: Gold (98 sq. ft.), Blue (85 sq. ft.), and Red (58 sq. ft.). Sailors can order a custom Melges 14 dolly, car top it or tow it behind any vehicle. Used as a beach boat, a family-style sailboat or a one-design racing platform, the Melges 14 was honored as Sailing World’s 2016 Boat of the Year – Best Dinghy. With fleets in North America, Europe, and Asia, the Melges 14 is emerging as a true high performance one-design racing boat, just two years after its introduction.

For more than 70 years, Melges has proudly delivered superior-built scows and sportboats around the world and now offers the Melges 14 and Melges 40. Melges Performance Sailboats provides continuous customer service and product support unlike anyone else. Every Melges boat is signed, sealed, endorsed and delivered race ready by the best, for the best. For more information about Melges Performance Sailboats, visit

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FEA-Optimized Carbon Fiber Anchor Arm

March 2, 2017 · Posted by kate


Anchor arm stowed in anchor locker (R/P) and deployed (Peter Schreiber)

Here’s another great example of Reichel/Pugh’s highly-refined engineering and optimization: the FEA-optimized carbon fiber anchor arm on the custom RP90 built by Southern Wind.

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Reichel/Pugh X-Treme 37 Taz Wins Class at 2017 RORC Caribbean 600

February 20, 2017 · Posted by kate

Antigua Yacht Club (February 19, 2017) – Persistence paid for Antiguan Bernie Evan Wong as his Reichel/Pugh X-Treme 37 Taz won IRC Class 1 in the 9th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600. Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design wishes a warm congratulations to Team TAZ – Carbon Beast as well as to all of the 2017 competitors.

Taz not only won their class, but also claimed Best Caribbean Boat. “Unbelievable, just amazing,” smiled Bernie, full of emotion. “The team worked so hard, but was also a really happy bunch. I remember trying to take a rest but I couldn’t sleep because there was so much laughter on the boat. We are the smallest boat in the race and to beat all of the big boats in our class is like a dream come true,” he told RORC press. Read More …

Alive Yachting Claims Line Honors in the 2017 Veolia Bruny Island Race

February 14, 2017 · Posted by kate

Congratulations to Alive Yachting for claiming Line Honors in the Veolia Bruny Island Race 2017! The Reichel/Pugh designed and Westerly Marine built 66’ Canting Keel Mini Maxi (formerly Black Jack & Stark Raving Mad) just missed setting a new course record by 12 minutes, but the performance earned the team both IRC and PHS corrected time victories. Read More …

RP130 My Song Voted Most Innovative Sailing Yacht of 2017

February 7, 2017 · Posted by kate

18 winners of the ShowBoats Design Awards 2017 have been announced and Reichel/Pugh’s 130′ My Song has been crowned The Most Innovative Sailing Yacht of 2017. Reichel/Pugh wishes all those who submitted and the winners a warm congratulations.

Reichel/Pugh, Nauta and Baltic triumph with things you don’t see: a sophisticated, fully retractable, azimuthing propeller, hydraulic and line runs hidden in the bulwarks to reduce deck thickness, a “crush nose” on the keel bulb to reduce impact and damage of a grounding, and a construction weight-shaving program by the yard that rendered even small parts such as electrical cable trays in carbon fibre. Even the interior has some weight-saving tricks with resin-coated linen used for floors, countertops and bulkheads. In three hours the rig can be switched from a typical cruising mainsail to a flat-topped main and split running backstays for racing. For stowing the 400kg Code Zero racing headsail, a very large drum hidden in the forepeak coils the 55m sail. For cruising, the wide stern creates a sheltered sunbathing area that features hydraulic seating integrated into the flush decks. Read More …


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