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Drew Freides Wins the Melges 20 World Championship. Justin Quigg clinches the Corinthian title.
“I bought this boat three years ago because my mom was dying of cancer. She made me get a Melges 20 before she passed away because she knew how much it meant to me. This win’s for her. We did it.”
– Drew Freides, Pacific Yankee owner
“When I got the boat three years ago, Charlie Smythe came with it. I’ve only left the dock without him once,’ said Freides. “We worked really hard. We’ve been to every event. We’re fortunate that the chips went our way this week. Things fell into place for us this year. The Melges 20 fleet is second to none. And that’s what drives all of us to race the Melges 20. Not only are the boats exhilarating but the people are amazing. Everyone’s fun to be around and the talent is incredible.”
THE RESULTS ARE IN
Congratulations to Pacific Yankee, Nika, and Samba Pa Ti for their podium finishes at the 2017 Melges 20 World Championship!
1.) Drew Freides – PACIFIC YANKEE – 30 points
2.) Vladimir Prosikhin – NIKA – 37 points
3.) John Kilroy – SAMBA PA TI – 46 points
4.) Alessandro Rombelli – STIG – 53 points
5.) James Wilson – OLEANDER – 56 points
6.) Liam Kilroy – WILDMAN – 57 points
7.) Jason Michas – MIDNIGHT BLUE – 62 points
8.) Mattea Marenghi Vaselli – RAYA – 65 points
9.) Daniel Thielman – KUAI – 66 points
10.) Rob Wilber – CINGHIALE – 73 points
11.) Igor Rytov – RUSSIAN BOGATYRS – 75 points
12.) Russell Lucas – SHIMMER – 80 points
13.) Wes Whitnyer Jr – SLINGSHOT – 83 points
14.) Dario Levi – FREMITO D’ARJA – 84 points
15.) Alexis Michas – MIDNIGHT SUN – 85 points
Full Scores: bit.ly/2017Melges20WorldsResults
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WHERE TO GO FROM HERE…
MIAMI & CHARLESTON
The 2017-18 Miami Winter Series is up next featuring three great events: the Season Opener happens December 1-3, the 2018 Winter Regatta on February 9-11 and Melges Rocks on March 16-18 each hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Melges 20s live for Biscayne Bay racing excitement and action. Online registration is open for all three regattas at these links:
EVENT NO. 1: December 1-3, 2017
EVENT NO. 2: February 9-11, 2018
EVENT NO. 3: March 16-18, 2018
Post Miami, teams can anticipate an awesome Spring racing season in the low-country. Charleston, SC will not only play host to the famous 2018 Sperry Race Week on April 12-15, but shortly thereafter, the North American fleet will host its U.S. National Championship in the same location on May 18-20.
WORLDS IN REVIEW
A very special thanks to our World Championship hosts — the New York Yacht Club and Sail Newport, especially to PRO Peter 'Luigi' Reggio and phenomenal race committee. A big thanks to our chief sponsors Melges Performance Sailboats and North Sails.
About North Sails 3Di
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