Melges 24

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Melges 24
Melges 24
Class symbol
Melges 24 2.jpg
Development
Designer Reichel/Pugh
Year 1993
Design One-design
Boat
Crew 2-5
Draft 5 ft (1.5 m)
Hull
Hull weight 1,783 lb (809 kg)
LOA 24 ft (7.3 m)
Beam 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m)
Sails
Mainsail area 264 sq ft (24.5 m2)
Jib/genoa area 126 sq ft (11.7 m2)
Spinnaker area 670 sq ft (62 m2)

The Melges 24 is a one-design class of sailboat commonly used for racing.[1] The monohull sportsboat is notable for its ability to plane over the water downwind in modest winds, and for its combination of a simple design that is highly tunable.[citation needed]

The Melges 24 has more than 850 boats sold, and is the most popular design produced by Melges Performance Sailboats, a United States company founded by Harry Melges, father of former Olympic sailor Buddy Melges.[2] The boat was designed in 1992 by the Reichel/Pugh design team, and went into production in 1993. Of the nearly nine hundred Melges 24s that have been produced, approximately half were sold in North America with the remainder in Europe, and with fleets in Japan as well.[citation needed]. Fleets are now growing in the Asia Pacific with Northshore Yachts taking the role of building boats for the Australasian Countries. They have built 9 so far with a growing fleet of around 10 Melges 24 in Australia.

The boat is 24 feet (7.3 m) long and 8 feet 2 inches (2.49 m) wide at the beam. The fractional rig carries around 1000 square feet (93 m²) of sail area, main, jib and spinnaker combined. Upwind, it has a mainsail and 100% jib. Downwind, it has a large 670 square foot (62 m²) Asymmetrical spinnaker that flies from a retractable bowsprit.[2]

The boat's hull is made from lightweight fiberglass. The mast, rudder, bowsprit, and keel fin are made from carbon fiber for light weight. The hull is generally flat on the bottom, making it plane easily. The 630 pound (286 kg) keel bulb can retract up to the hull bottom to make it easier to put on a trailer.

The boat is generally raced with a crew of four or five. Because the boat sails faster with a heavier crew, class rules for racing limit crew weight to 827 pounds (375 kg) total. Unlike most spinnaker-rigged keelboats, the Melges 24 is designed so that no foredeck work is required to fly the spinnaker; it is launched, trimmed, and doused from the cockpit.

Reichel/Pugh also designed other modern Melges boats, including the Melges 17, Melges 32 and Melges 20.


World Championships[edit]

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1998
Torbay  GBR
?? Boats
 Vince BRUN (ITA)
1999
Alamitos  USA
49 Boats
USA 415
 Vince BRUN (ITA)
ITA 139
 Giorgio ZUCCOLI (ITA)
USA 330
COLLINS
WOOTTEN
 JEFF MADRIGALI (USA)
2000
La Rochelle FRA
125 Boats
ALE ALI - ITA 139
 Giorgio ZUCCOLI (ITA)
FULL THROTTLE - USA 409
 Brian PORTER (USA)
PLAN GESTION - FRA 383
CHABANNE
2001
Key West  USA
?? Boats
 Flavio Favini (ITA)
2002
Travemunde GER
74 Boats
Star USA 409

 Harry MELGES III (USA)
 Andy BURDICK (USA)
 Tony KOLB (GER)
 Jeff ECKLUND (USA)

P & P Racing Team FRA 475

 Sebastian COL (FRA)
 Philippe LIGOT (FRA)
 Thomas ALLIN (FRA)
 Tanguy Cariou (FRA)
 William THOMAS (FRA)

Black Seal GBR 437

 Jamie LEA (GBR)
 Richard Thompson (GBR)
 Nigel YOUNG (GBR)
 T Schwerdt (GER)
 RobLarke (GBR)

2003
San Francisco  USA
58 Boats
PEGASUS 24-1

 Samuel KAHN (USA)
 Richard CLARKE (CAN)
 Mark CHRISTENSEN (NZL)
 Brian HUTCHINSON (USA)
 Brian LEE (USA)

Star
 Harry MELGES III (USA)
 Jeff ECKLUND (USA)
FULL THROTTLE
 Brian PORTER (USA)
2004
Marstrand  SWE
80 Boats
Partner & Partners FRA 571
 Sebastian COL (FRA)
Alina ITA 409
 Maurizio Abbà (ITA)
Blu Moon SUI 521
 Flavio FAVINI (ITA)
2005
Key Largo  USA
98 Boats
Luna Rossa -USA 515

 James Spithill (AUS)
 Jonathan McKee (USA)
 Charles McKee (USA)
 Manuel MODENA (ITA)
 Mac AGNESE (USA)

2006
Hyères  FRA
119 Boats
BETTE - ITA 643

 Nicola CELON (ITA)
 Ezio AMADORI (ITA)
 Manuel GIUBELLINI (ITA)
 Raimondo TONELLI (ITA)
 Alberto BOLZAN (ITA)

DRP-PARTNER-PARTNERS FRA 571 BLU MOON SUI 521
2007
Santa Cruz  USA
58 Boats
Pegasus 505 - USA 505

 David ULLMAN (USA)
 Bill HARDESTY (USA)
 Brent RUHNE (USA)
 Andy ESTCOURT (NZL)
 Shana PHELAN (USA)

2008
Porto Cervo  ITA
114 Boats
UKA UKA RACING - ITA 715

 Lorenzo BRESSANI (ITA)
 Lorenzo SANTINI (ITA)
 Federico MICHETTI (ITA)
 Francesca PRINA (ITA)
 Francesco BRUNI (ITA)

PILOT ITALIA - ITA 727

 Alberto BOLZAN (ITA)
 Pietro D'ALI (ITA)
 Stefano CIAMPALINI (ITA)
 Pietro CATALOGNA (ITA)
 Simone SPANGARO (ITA)

ALINA HELLY HANSEN - ITA 722

 Luca VALERIO (ITA)
 Maurizio ABBÀ (ITA)
 Daniele CASSINARI (ITA)
 Nicholas DAL FERRO (ITA)
 Roberta DE PAOLI (ITA)

2009
Annapolis  USA
51 Boats
West Marine / New England USA 655

 Chris LARSON (USA)
 Richard CLARKE (CAN)
 Mike WOLFS (CAN)
 Curtis FLORENCE (CAN)

Joefly 37 ITA 777 Full Medal Jacket NOR 804
2010
Tallinn  EST
79 Boats
 Lorenzo BRESSANI (ITA)

 Federico MICHETTI (ITA)
 Fabio GRIDELLI (ITA)
 Jonathan MCKEE (USA)
 Lorenzo SANTINI (ITA)

Baghdad - NOR 400

 Kristian NERGAARD (NOR)
 Harry MELGES III (USA)
 Sigurd HEKK PAULSEN (NOR)
 Johan Mats Rikard BARNE (SWE)

Hurricane - Murphy & NYE - ITA 727
2011
Torquay  GBR
32 Boats
UkaUka Racing - ITA 817  

 Lorenzo BRESSANI (ITA)
 Jonathan McKEE (USA)
 Federico MICHETTI (ITA)
 Fabio GRIDELLIE (ITA)
 Lorenzo SANTINI (ITA)

FULL THROTTLE - USA-749

 Brian PORTER (USA)
 Matt WOODWORTH (USA)
 Sam ROGERS (USA)
 Andy BURDICK (USA)

Embarr - IRL 607

 Conor CLARKE (IRL)
 Nathan Wilmot (AUS)
 Maurice O'CONNELL (IRL)
 David HUGHES (USA)
 Maeve JUDGE (IRL)

2012
ITA - Scarlino
125 Boats
Gullisara ITA 803

 Carlo FRACASSOLI (ITA)
 Andrea FELCI (ITA)
 Carlo ZERMINI (ITA)
 Enrico FONDA (ITA)
 Giovanni FERRARI (ITA)

Saetta ITA 716 (20)

 Alberto BOLZAN (ITA)
 Nathan Wilmot (AUS)
 Michele GIOVANNINI (ITA)
 Stefano CIAMPALINI (ITA)
 Simone SPANGARO (ITA)

AUDI ITA 819 (32)

 Riccardo SIMONESCHI (ITA)
 Gabriele BENUSSI (ITA)
 Vittorio ROSSO (ITA)
 Federico BUSCAGLIA (ITA)
 Lucia GIORGETTI (ITA)

2013
USA - San Francisco
58 Boats
"FULL THROTTLE" USA 749

 Brian PORTER (USA)
 Andy BURDICK (USA)
 Federico MICHETTI (ITA)
 Matt WOODWORTH (USA)

"BLU MOON" SUI 825

 Flavio FAVINI (SUI)
 Gabriele BENUSSI (SUI)
 Stefano RIZZI (SUI)
 Giovanni FERRARI (SUI)
 Nicholas DAL FERRO (SUI)

SOFFE DEN 782

 Kim CHRISTENSEN (DEN)
 Jamie LEA (GBR)
 Peter JAKOBSEN (DEN)
 Jesper JESPERSEN (DEN)

2014
Geelong  AUS
25Boats
BLU MOON (21) SUI 825

 Flavio FAVINI (ITA)
 Gabriele BENUSSI (ITA)
 Giovanni FERRARI (ITA)
 Stefano RIZZI (ITA)
 Nicholas DAL FERRO (ITA)

STAR (17) USA 841

 Harry MELGES (USA)
 Andy BURDICK (USA)
 Jeff ECKLUND (USA)
 Federico MICHETTI (ITA)

WEST MARINE RIGGING USA820

 Bora GULARI (USA)
 Jonathan MCKEE (USA)
 George PEET (USA)
 Jonny GOLDSBERRY (USA)
 Norman BERGE (USA)

2015
Middlefart  DEN
95 Boats
EFG Chistopher Rast (SUI) Altea Andrea Racchelli (ITA) Air Force One Bora Gulari (USA)
2016
Miami  USA
Boats
Embarr IRL829

Stuart McNay
Conor Clarke
David Hughes
Maurice O'Connell
Aoife English

2017
Helsinki  FIN
59 Boats
MAIDOLLIS ITA 854

Carlo Fracassoli
Enrico Fonda
Giovanni Ferrari
Luca Perego
Stefano Lagi

Monsoon USA 851

Bruce Ayres
Mike Buckley
George Peet
Jeff Reynolds
Jessica Koenig

MiKEY USA 838

Kevin Welch
MacDonald Ross
Jason Rhodes
Ian Sloan
Serena Vilage

2018
 CAN
41 Boats
ITA 722 Altea

 Andrea racchelli (ITA)
 Filippo Togni (ITA)
 Gaudenzio Bomni (ITA)
 Matteo Ranian (ITA)
 Michele Gregoratto (ITA)

USA 829 WTF USA 851 Monsoon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melges 24". Sailboatdata.com. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Melges 24". Melges Performance Sailboats. Retrieved January 13, 2014.

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