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13_Yachtsman 2015.qxp_Yachtsman Magazine 19/08/2015 4:30 pm Page 31 Club Yachting Melges 24 Racing Australia By Tracey Walters winning the Corinthian Division of the regatta and placing seventh in the open fleet. The Nixon’s purchased a boat in the US to complete in the 2013 Worlds in San Francisco and continue to test themselves in selected US events. The Australian Melges 24 Association encourages youth and women sailors, each year the RPAYC hosts the Melges Young Guns Regatta where owners lend their boats to crews for a fun, competitive series. The 2015 Young Guns Regatta was won by one of RPA’s talented up and coming sailors Peter Kendall Amigos. Who recently placed second in the M24 division at the Sydney Harbour Regatta, it’s inevitable that time spent in the boat will see future success for Amigos. RPAYC sailors were well represented at the 2015 Melges 24 Nationals in January hosted by Adelaide Sailing Club. Chris Links steering Pussers Rum Cavallino and his RPAYC crew including Dean Pennell, Nathan and Shona Wilmot, Daniel Nixon were crowned Australian Champion on Pusser’s Rum Cavallino. Heath Walters combined with the RPA Amigos team including Dug Russell Andrew Kendall, Harley Walters and Chris Harrington placed third. Melges Racing on Pittwater The appeal of the Melges 24 class is gaining momentum and attracting sponsors like Pussers Rum, Gill, Vostok Europe, Yalumba, Kinawooka Mussels, Magic Marine, 2014 provided an outstanding year of Melges 24 racing, and saw excellent results Gottifredi Maffioli to support events and work collaboratively with the class. from the RPAYC members and fleet. Melges Asia Pacific / Northshore Marine is located at the RPAYC, the club is Melges Australia headquarters and hosts many of the NSW boats although fleets continue to grow in Queensland,Victoria, South Melges 32 Racing Australia Australia and WA due to the popularity of the class. The Melges 32 annual regatta schedule includes some of Australia’s best racing After many years of lobbying and organisation the highlight of 2014 was undoubtedly including Hamilton Island, Sydney Harbour, Lake Macquarie, Moreton Bay the Melges 24 World Championships hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club. RGYC locations and of course Pittwater. The RPAYC is home to many of Australia’s Melges 32’s. One provided a professionally run and successful event both on and off the water which of the most competitive and active owners and RPAYC representative to achieve included organising Après racing events as well as the opportunity for International success in 2014 is Chris Way Easy Tiger III. Easy Tiger III won the RPAYC Melges 32 teams to meet and interact with Australian native animals. The Australian crews East Coast Championships early in the year and placed second to Gregg Prescott benefitted from an informal Q and A session organised by Melges Asia Pacific with 2Unlimited at the 2014 Sydney Harbour Regatta. Easy Tiger III went on to win the international elite sailors including Harry Melges and Andy Burdick from Melges Super 30 division of the 2015 Sydney Harbour Regatta. Boat Works, multiple World Champion Federico Michetti, International class President Riccardo Simoneschi and local Olympic Champion Nathan Wilmot. Harry Melges The 2014 Melges 32 Australian Championships was hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht steering Star earned the title of 2014 Australian Champion winning the Nationals Club. Some of Australia’s best sailors battled it out in tough conditions. Easy Tiger which was run in conjunction with Geelong Race Week and treated as the Pre Worlds. III found himself finishing only three points behind winning boat Andrew Hunn RPAYC members were amongst the leaders during the eleven race world series, Voodoo Chile, Gregg Prescott 2Unlimited in third place. Easy Tiger III wedged in outstanding achievements included Cameron Miles skipping Roger That winning between the Tasmanian teams. the Corinthian Division, Geoff Fogerty Amigos, third Corinthian and the first Australian boat in sixth place overall was Melges Asia Pacific/Kaito skippered by Nathan Wilmot. Melges 32 teams are also able to compete internationally and one crew campaigned for the 2014 Worlds. Melges 32 owner Barry Cuneo Envy Scooters from RQYS took Cameron Miles Roger That continued to enjoy success during 2014, demonstrating his crew made up of fifty percent youth to Miami to compete in the Melges 32 World excellent crew work winning the 2014 RPAYC OD Mid Winter Regatta, ahead of Kevin Championships in November 2014. Cuneo’s admirable efforts provided an invaluable Nixon on Bandit/Accru and Peter Kendall Amigos in third place. Miles also led his opportunity, encouragement and support to youth sailors. The Envy Scooters crew team to victory winning the title of 2014 NSW State Champion at Lake Macquarie returned, taking advantage of their international experience to win the 2015 Melges Yacht Club in November. Peter Kendall Amigos from the RPAYC in third place. 32 Australian Championships on Lake Macquarie in February. RPAYC member Angus The sixth Melges 24 2014 East Coast Championships held at the RPAYC was won by Reid Maxstar finished the Championships in second place. club member and long standing one design sailor Stephen Girdis +GST. The Melges classes provide exciting One Design racing, an annual regatta schedule In addition to club racing in the RPAYC One Design or Sports boat Series, the Melges and club racing opportunities; they are well supported by Melges Asia Pacific and 24 Regatta Schedule provides options to race interstate or at International regattas. their Associations. Melges cater for all abilities and crew, look around at any regatta RPAYC / CYCA boat Acc