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Melges 24 Boat of the Week at Charleston Race Week

April 14, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Travis Weisleder and Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team are Sperry Charleston Race Week 2019 Champions!

Charleston, South Carolina (April 14, 2019) – Skipper Travis Weisleder and his Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team clinched the win in the Melges 24 class at the 2019 Sperry Charleston Race Week, which concluded under strong winds with very tight racing. The event fielded 266 entries, 37 of them Melges 24s, and Weisleder was further rewarded with the perpetual trophy — the Charleston Race Week Cup for best overall performance by a one-design entry.

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel/Pugh and built by Melges Boat Works and holds a unique position among the world’s one design sportsboats as one of the most successful classes of high performance yachts. “It’s fast, lively, feels great to drive, can handle the full range from calm and flat to big breeze and waves — all the things you look for in a class. Simply put, the Melges 24 is still the best sport-boat ever built. It was ahead of its time when introduced in the early 1990’s and it’s still the gold-standard today,” explains Melges 24 World Champion, 49er Olympic Coach and 470 Olympian Dave Hughes.

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Photos (Sperry Charleston Race Week 2019 April 11-14, 2019 Charleston, SC, USA by: Mauro Melandri / Zerogradinord,, Priscilla Parker, Rick Walo)

title photo: Skipper Travis Weisleder and his Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team rallied to victory in Melges 24 class at the 2019 Sperry Charleston Race Week – photo Mauro Melandri / Zerogradinord

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Rombelli is 2019 Melges 20 World Champion, Joyce is Corinthian

April 8, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

The winner of the 2019 Melges 20 World Championship is Alessandro Rombelli and the STIG team of Francesco Bruni, Giorgio Tortarolo, and Tea Faoro!

Reichel/Pugh sends best wishes to all competitors at the 2019 Melges 20 Worlds.

MIAMI (April 7, 2019) — Twenty-two teams representing nine countries sailed the 2019 Melges 20 World Championship held April 4-7 hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in Miami, Florida on Biscayne Bay. Alessandro Rombelli and the Italian STIG team of Francesco Bruni, Giorgio Tortarolo, and Tea Faoro can call themselves world champions! In the all-amatuer Corinthian division, the World title goes to Rhonda Joyce and the GRINNING STREAK team of Jeremy Edwards and Tony Bowman.

Day 3<br /> Melges 20 World Championship<br /> Coconut Grove Sailing Club<br /> Miami, 3 April 2019<br />

© Melges 20/Zerogradinord

HEARTBREAKER driven by Bob Hughes with Federico Michetti and Manu Weiller finished in second place, Igor Rytov’s RUSSIAN BOGATYRS with Konstantin Besputin and Anton Sergeev finished in third place. Daniel Thielman’s KUAI and Vladimir Prosikhin’s NIKA rounded out the podium.

© Melges 20/Zerogradinord

The Melges 20 Class and the Melges World League now look to Europe and Asia for racing, then back to North America for next winter’s Miami Winter Series. The 2020 World Championship will be in Europe, and the 2021 World Championship will be back in North America.

Up next: two weeks until the first race of the Melges 20 World League in Villasimius, Sardinia!

Photos by Zerogradinord / Melges 20

About the Melges 20
The Melges 20 Experience is simple, fun world-class racing at yachting’s most celebrated venues. Introduced in 2007, the Melges 20 is an-exclusive Reichel/Pugh design manufactured by Melges USA. For more information on the International Melges 20 Class Association, visit

About the Melges World League
Designed to increase rivalry and enhance the worldwide racing experience, the Melges World League (MWL) is the global racing platform and ranking system for Melges owners around the world. The MWL includes the Melges 14, Melges 20 and Melges 32 Classes. For Melges 20 World League information, visit

all photography © Melges 20/Zerogradinord

Winning Style | R/P Superyacht Wins Overall at St. Barths

March 25, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Hetairos 200’ Ketch Wins the St. Barths Bucket Overall. My Song Wins Final Race for 3rd in Class one point behind Hetairos.

My Song and Hetairos approaching finishing of Race 3 – St. Barths Bucket 2019

Gustavia (March 24, 2019) – On the final day of racing at the St. Barths Bucket, Reichel/Pugh Superyachts My Song and Hetairos took first and second place. Hetairos’ win in the first race of the regatta was a good omen as she went on to earn the overall Bucket for winning within the most competitive class. John Reichel raced on a different R/P design each day: Nilaya, Hetairos and Visione, with partner Jim Pugh sailing on the My Song. Read More …

Reichel and Pugh to attend the 2019 St. Barths Bucket Regatta

March 16, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Co-Founders Jim Pugh and John Reichel will be racing in the Bucket Regatta and look forward to seeing you in St. Barths March 21-24. To sit down for coffee or a cocktail during the event week please email: or whatsapp Jim at: +1.619.200.2972. John can be reached at

The R/P Team wishes everyone a fun event and safe racing!

Click for more details about the four R/P superyachts racing and in production.

2019 St Barths Bucket

Nilaya is First In Class at the 2019 Superyacht Challenge Antigua

February 4, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan


Antigua_TransparentAntigua (February 3, 2019) – The ninth edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua kicked off the 2019 superyacht regatta season and featured four races for six 24 to 44m yachts all racing under the superyacht rule ORCsy.

The Reichel/Pugh-designed 112’ Nilaya, helmed by owner Filip Balcaen, took 1st place in Class C: Corsairs. Nilaya was built by Baltic Yachts and launched in 2010. Read More …

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