2017 MELGES 24 NORAM TOUR: ‘MIKEY LIKES IT’
October 20, 2017 - Submitted by Brian Hutchinson, Melges 24 USA201 - Kevin Welch's MIKEY(USA835) of Anacortes, Washington gave an unparalleled overall performance on the 2017 M24 NorAm Tour. Mikey likes this sport and sails with a very high level of intensity and joy that often accompanies those who deliver on race day. Of course, this accomplishment was not reached by chance. A couple centuries of collective crew commitment to the sport and the constant refinement of technique helped. MIKEY was also tuned into Mother Nature who usually led them the right way up the course.
After placing 3rd at NorAm Stage 1- U.S. National Championship in Charleston, MIKEY went on to win 8 out of 12 races at NorAm Stage 2- North American (NorAm) Championship with great speed and tactics in big breeze at the Gorge. Solid starts, smarts and patience helped deliver a win at NorAm Stage 3 (the finale) – an uncharacteristically light Autumn Canadian Nationals in Toronto, to put an emphatic "Mikey stamp" on the Open Division perpetual trophy of the M24 NorAm Tour.
In addition to taking the Open Division title on the 2017 M24 NorAm Tour, MIKEY made the podium (3rd Overall) at the 2017 World Championship in Helsinki.
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Upcoming North American Events
2017 November 11-12: Davis Island Yacht Club Melges 24 Invitational
2018 January 19-21: Miami Midwinter and Tuneup
2018 February 16-18: St. Petersburg NOOD
2018 March 7-10: Bacardi Miami Sailing Week
2018 April 12-15: Charleston Race Week
2018 May 5-6: Lake Lanier SE Inland Championship
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Check out these key 2018 North American Ranking Series events:
2018 June 2-3: 2018 Canadian National Championship - Victoria, Canada
2018 June 5-9: Melges 24 World Championship - Victoria, Canada
2018 September 9-7: U.S. National Championship - San Francisco, California
Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Jan Anderson and Trevor Bobyk Productions for the photography.