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Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Miami kickoff & Melges World League Finale

Congratulations to Igor Rytov and the Russian Bogatyrs, the newly crowned Melges 20 World League champions! ✨🍾🥂

There are times when a venue doesn't show its best. When it is cold, rainy, the wind won't cooperate or other adverse weather conditions make for a tough weekend of sailing. There are also times when a venue shines and you feel lucky to experience it. Miami was about as near perfect as a sailor could want – with breeze in the 10-13 kt range, smooth water and sunny, warm temps. Throw in an ultra deep fleet with eight awesome races and it was easy to see why Melges 20 sailors wore satisfied, sunbaked smiles at the awards ceremony. Cheers to Drew Freides for the event win at the 2018 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series kickoff!

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Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS, crowned champions of the 2017 Melges 20 World League, the season-long, global rankings of all Melges 20 teams

Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE, wins the 2018 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Season Opener

Results

2017 MELGES WORLD LEAGUE

Top Five – After 15 Events Complete

1.) (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 158 pts.

2.) (RUS) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA = 102 pts.

3.) (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE = 97 pts.

4.) (ITA) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO JR. = 85 pts.

5.) (USA) Jason Michas, MIDNIGHT BLUE

2017 MELGES 20 WORLD LEAGUE North American Division

Top Five – After 6 Events Complete

1.) (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE

2). (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS

3.) (USA) Jason Michas, MIDNIGHT BLUE

4). (USA) Rob Wilber, CINGHIALE

5). (USA) Alexis Michas, MIDNIGHT SUN

MIAMI WINTER SERIES EVENT NO. 1

Top Five – After Eight Races, One Discard

1.) (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE

2.) (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS

3.) (RUS) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA

4.) (RUS) Yurri Morozov, RUSSOTRANS

5.) (ITA) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO JR.

Russian Bogatyrs

2017 Melges 20 World League Champions, Igor Rytov RUSSIAN BOGATYRS

Nika

Second Place in the Melges 20 World League: Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA

Pacific Yankee

Third Place in the Melges 20 World League: Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE

Mascalzone Latino Jr.

Fourth Place in the Melges 20 World League: Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO JR.

Midnight Blue

Fifth Place in the Melges 20 World League: Jason Michas, MIDNIGHT BLUE

FINAL DAY

DAY TWO

With another three races in tricky, fun sailing conditions on Biscayne Bay, Drew Freides' PACIFIC YANKEE has leap frogged Igor Rytov's RUSSIAN BOGATYRS to assume the overnight lead. With a small, yet very deep fleet, one mistake or one missed shift results in an immediate ticket to the back of the fleet, and after a quick look at the results, the battle for consistent finishes is proving elusive.

TOP FIVE RESULTS

(Preliminary - After Six Races, One Discard)

1.) (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE; 5-1-[13]-2-2-1 = 11

2.) (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS; 8-3-2-1-6-[13] = 21

3.) (RUS) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA; 6-[12]-6-3-9-2 = 26

4.) (RUS) Yurri Morozov, RUSSOTRANS; 7-6-[11]-4-3-8 = 28

5.) (USA) Alexis Michas, MIDNIGHT SUN; 9-4-[12]-6-1-9 = 29

DAY ONE

Near perfect conditions for the first day of the Melges 20 Miami Winter Series kickoff. A pleasant 11-15 kts out of the Northeast and sunny Florida skies provided three great, tricky races. Bo Boje Pedersen from Denmark on UPUPUP, Melges 20 World League leader Igor Rytov on RUSSIAN BOGATYRS, and John Brown on BLIND SQUIRREL earned race wins in the first three races of the event. Russian Bogatyrs lead after three races.

Top Five Results

After Three Races

1.) (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS; 8-3-2 = 13

2.) (DEN) Bo Boje Pedersen, UPUPUP; 1-13-3 = 17

3.) (ITA) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO, JR.; 4-5-9 = 18

4.) (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE; 5-1-13 = 19

5.) (USA) John Brown, BLIND SQUIRREL; 10-11-1 = 22

PRACTICE DAY

Preview

Tis the season for Melges 20 Sportboat action to be cranking up on Biscayne Bay! This coming weekend, December 1-3, the fifteenth and final event of the 2017 Melges 20 World League racing season, and the first of the Class' celebrated 2018 Miami Winter Series hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) will take place.

Teams from all over the country and around the world will race the inaugural 2018 event. The predominantly American-based fleet will also feature highly competitive teams from Russia, Italy, Monaco and Denmark.

Preview

Still riding high and with good reason is 2017 World Champion Drew Freides on PACIFIC YANKEE. To say the least, it's been a banner year for Freides. In additional to his Worlds title, he also earned the 2017 U.S. National Championship and Sail Newport titles, and is the defending Miami Winter Series Champion.

Another outstanding Owner and current overall Melges 20 World League Ranking leader, Igor Rytov at the helm of RUSSIAN BOGATYRS has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with. He too has celebrated many accomplishments in 2017 — in particular, he captured the European and Russian Championship titles in addition to winning the European division of the Melges World League last September in Riva del Garda, Italy.

These top two competitors, although outstanding in accolades, will not go unchallenged in Miami. In second and fourth overall respectively on the World League stage, Vladimir Prosikhin's NIKA and Achille Onorato's MASCALZONE LATINO, JR. will be both looking for the perfect moment to strike and advance on the overall ranking.

And, the list of potential event winners goes on. Rob Wilber's CINGHIALE, Daniel Thielman's KUAI, Jason Michas' MIDNIGHT BLUE, John Brown's BLIND SQUIRREL and Paul Reilly's RED SKY SAILING TEAM are among those expected to revel in the warm Miami breeze, and ready to bask in the Melges 20 limelight.

The International Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) is always delighted to see new faces. A very special welcome to fleet newcomer Steve Boho from Woodstock, Illinois sailing THE 300, and to David Eggleton from Whitehall, Maryland racing BLOWIN SMOKE.

Practice racing and registration took place on Thursday, with official Miami Winter Series racing to commence on Friday.

The Melges 20 Experience

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Year after year, that's what the Melges 20 Experience is all about.

New boats and great used boats are available now. Jump in and come race! Keep scrolling to learn about the upcoming events.

Special thank you to Steve Bernstein, Power Play Action Images for sharing his time and talents with the Melges 20 Class.

UP NEXT:

MIAMI & CHARLESTON

The 2017-18 Miami Winter Series keeps on rocking with two more great events up next: the 2018 Winter Regatta on February 9-11 and the Melges Rocks Regatta 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 at these links:

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.

For More Information

ON NEW BOATS AND CERTIFIED USED BOATS:

Harry Melges III · harry@melges.com · (262) 275-1110

Andy Burdick · andy@melges.com · (262) 275-1110

Federico Michetti · federico@melges.com · +39.349.8569100

ON THE STORY:

Hannah Noll

hannah@melges.com

(262) 275-1110

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