MIKEY WINS MELGES 24 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 27, 2016 – Kelowna, BC, Canada – Winners in the 2016 Land Rover Kelowna Canadian National Championship overall, and the Corinthian winners announced!
In first place for the Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Canadian National Championship are Ian Sloan and team on MikeyUSA 838 from Anacortes, Washington. 2nd place went to Fraser McMillan and the Wet Coast Sailing Team on SunnyvaleCAN 151 from Brentwood Bay, Canada and in 3rd place was Richard Reid on Zingara CAN 629 from Port Credit, Canada!
The definition of Corinthian is a team with no professional sailors on board. The 2nd in overall ranking and 1st place in the Corinthian Fleet is Fraser McMillan and the Wet Coast Sailing Team on Sunnyvale CAN 151 from Brentwood Bay, Canada in 2nd place; Gordon Shannon and team on Boaty McBoatface CAN 591 and in 3rd place; Seattle, Washington racer, Matt MacGregor on Good Enough USA 498!
The 2016 National Championship started three days ago with nothing but wind and March temperatures, keeping all sailors dressed for weather. The fleet raced four strong races with a couple of general recalls and by the end many wished they were the ones wearing water repellant Bluesmiths gear and toques. By day two the temperature rose, it stayed dry and the teams had solid wind for the first two races and then it eased off. The conditions were beautiful for the Banquet dinner in the Kelowna Yacht Club and a summer evening out on their deck.
Day three, at the 10am start time, the wind was blowing then shifted and by the time the marks were moved to a new course, the wind died, the sun came out and the temperatures rose to a hot 30C. So hot that someone finally slid down the Race Committee boat slide into the warm lake water. Early afternoon the race was called and all boats were off the water by 2pm.
The Three Stage North American Tour includes:
1. Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Canadian National Championship June 24-26, 2016
2. 2016 Melges 24 U.S. Championship, Lake Geneva October 7-9, 2016
3. Melges 24 World Championship, Miami November 26 to December 3, 2016
The Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Canadian Nationals 2016 are a great start to the Melges 24 Western Series including:
1. Whidbey Island Race Week July 11-15, 2016
2. Columbia Gorge One Design Regatta, Seattle July 29-31, 2016
3. Melges 24 Pacific Coast Championships, San Francisco August 12-14, 2016
The future is bright for the Melges 24 class and the Western North American fleets. To answer the 2016 Canadian Nationals in Kelowna the 2017 North American Championship will be at the Gorge and the 2018 Worlds in Victoria.