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An Interview with Two-Time Melges 24 World Champion Vince Brun

July 27, 2017 · Posted by kate

This Monday racing for the 20th edition of the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship will commence in Helsinki, Finland, comprising 59 teams from 15 nations. 33 teams will also compete for the Corinthian division title. Since the inaugural event in 1998, fifteen skippers have joined the hard-fought fraternity of World Champions. We caught up with two-time Melges 24 World Champion Vince Brun of San Diego who won the inaugural Championship in 1998 and shared his observations and experiences with the class as it has emerged to become the gold-standard for one-design racing over 20 vibrant years.

“I was aware of a new, fast boat being developed by Melges and the Reichel/Pugh office in San Diego, and remember when I first saw the Melges 24 sailing in our backyard,” reflects Vince. “I loved the simplicity of the layout and how easy it was to sail. My experience up to then was other one-design boats with a regular spinnaker pole, which awkwardly had to be moved from side to side for gybes. The Melges had a super light carbon mast that could be easily stepped, retractable keel for trailering and ramp launching. It came standard with everything we always dreamed of on a boat. There is still no other sportboat on the market that offers the thrill and fun that one will have on the Melges 24.”

Vince has had a few boats during his Melges 24 sailing years and when explaining the realities of building a team and rigging for racing says with confidence, “that there are no ‘special’ boats as you have in some one design classes. The rigging is very simple and there is not much one can do if you are to stay within the class rules. The general tuning of the rig and how you sail the Melges 24 haven’t changed much over time, but sure has gotten refined over the years. Being well informed is key to running a successful program.” Brun, who is also a Star and 3-time Soling World Champion, recognizes how important his teammates have been to his success. “As on any other racing boat, how you pick your crew will define your position on the leaderboard. My results are a direct reflection of the people I had crewing for me. It’s not only about talent, but getting along well together and working hard at the mutual goals.”

Now away from the class for some time, Brun still closely follows the activity and results. “My highlights on the Melges 24 were the many friends made throughout the years, some racing, some tuning, some at the bar. I enjoyed every minute, and the two Worlds I won (Torquay – UK and Long Beach – USA) were just a small bonus. I think the class is extremely strong and do not see anything that prevent the class from actively attracting all levels of sailors worldwide.” For those competing at the 2017 Worlds next week, Vince advises, “Do not let small details get in the way and focus on things that will have the biggest impact on your performance. Good luck my Melges 24 friends!!!!”

* 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.

Photo caption: Simon Russell and Simon Fry, both of Great Britain, with skipper Vince Brun of America and tactician Ian Walker of Great Britainon board North Sails One Design during the inaugural Melges 24 World Chamionship hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

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Teams Mikey and Sunnyvale are the 2017 Melges 24 North American Champions

July 22, 2017 · Posted by kate

Cascade Locks, Oregon  (July 22, 2017) It was all smiles (and adrenaline) at the 2017 Diversified MELGES24 NorAm (North American) Championship. Mother nature generously delivered a banner week of warm and sunny planing conditions to an international fleet of MELGES24 sailors. Thanks to the river’s natural elevator the beats were trimmed and the runs extended for maximum enjoyment, which is typical for the Columbia River Gorge, one of the world’s top destinations for big-wind junkies. Read More …

Melges 24: Still the Gold Standard

April 4, 2017 · Posted by kate

Reichel/Pugh caught up with Olympian Dave Hughes to discuss sailing the Melges 24 which was designed by Reichel/Pugh in 1992 and remains one of the premier sportboat classes. Dave was tactician on the newly crowned 2016 Melges 24 World Champion team of Embarr.

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. Challengers come and go, but we all tend to circle back to the Melges 24. 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. I’m encouraged by a recent wave of enthusiasm for the boat. Amateurs and pros are drawn to the qualities of boat, let alone the talent of the fleet. The last couple of Worlds Championships have chalked up big turn-outs and I hope to see that trend continue. Read More …

Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2016 – 2018 Announced

December 24, 2015 · Posted by kate

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel/Pugh and 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. The 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series, 2016 Melges 24 European and World Championships, Melges 24 future title events up to 2018 have been announced.

(December 23, 2015) – At the end of another great season the World Council of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IM24CA) met up for its Annual General Meeting to discuss about the feedback of the 2015 season and to draw the main line of the future events. Read More …

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2015 Melges 24 World Rankings

December 18, 2015 · Posted by kate

Riccardo Simoneschi Wins 2015 Melges 24 World Ranking, Miles Quinton/Geoff Carveth Claims European, Steve Boho North American and Chris Links Australasian Ranking

2015 Melges 24 World, European, North American and Australasian Ranking Results

The 2015 Melges 24 World and Continental Ranking series featured 14 events across Europe, North America and Australia including the main title event of the year – Melges 24 World Championship incorporating National Championships and major regional events all around the world. Every continent hosted 4-6 ranking series events in conclusion of which the winners of continental rankings were found out and World Ranking consisted of all events from three continental series. 213 competitors from 23 countries took part. Read More …

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