2015 North American Fleet Summer E-News

2015 North American Fleet Summer E-News

©2015 JOY | IAM20CA

The 2015 U.S. National Championship is now in the books with Jason Michas and his team on Midnight Blue prevailing to win the overall title. Richard Davies on Section 16 placed second with Tom Kassberg on Flygfisk finishing third overall. The Corinthian title was won by Paul Currie and his young Wild Deuces team.

The Melges 20 Class was thrilled to welcome four new and very competitive teams in Charleston — Brian Porter, John Murphy, Amy Ironmonger and Robbie Wilkins!

We found that as a class, calling the Carolina Yacht Club (CYC) as home base worked very successfully with easy launching, hauling and berthing for the fleet. It was a great venue for the debrief that was sponsored by Kreidefels on Saturday — well attended and extremely educational!

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MEASUREMENT UPDATE
The Board, the technical committee, our class measurers and Melges Performance Sailboats (MPS) continue to work collaboratively to ensure that all Owners are aware of the importance of the one-design ISAF Melges 20 designation, the limitations such a designation places on every Owner and the measurement process and procedures that the class will utilize in North America.

The board has previously outlined and clarified the boat modification rules that are an important part of our one-design class and the three-pronged measurement process being utilized for all sanctioned events. Any owner wishing to review such details can find all information online at melges20.com.

We believe that Owner communication is a critical element for the Class to be successful and accordingly, we can report the following from the application of the new measurement processes in 2015:

  1. We have a North American measurer, Dave Lamere and he has attended three sanctioned events to date. 
  2. Many boats have been measured by Dave and our International Chief Measurer Egidio Babbi and have been compared to their individual MPS Shop Measurement Forms (SMF). 
  3. Measurements to date have focused on keel position and depth, shroud reinforcement, hiking straps, rear lifelines and shroud reinforcement alterations. 
  4. There were no material issues noted in any of the boats measured; although minor deficiencies were noted in hiking straps, they were resolved quickly by the teams. 
  5. The Melges SMFs indicate that an excellent, consistent one-design product is being built and the deviation in critical measurements between boats is extremely tight. 
  6. The measurers have developed repeatable processes for inspecting and measuring our boats. 
  7. Utilizing Melges SMFs and measurements performed to date: 
    1. Standard deviation of weight of keel and bulb was approximately one kg 
    2. Standard deviation of keel depth and positioning were less than two mm 
    3. Standard deviation of hull weights was approximately one kg

What does this tell us:

  1. The MPS quality control process is working and all boats are being produced to extremely high quality tolerances; measurement differences between boats are negligible. 
  2. The Melges SMFs for each boat are accurate and can be directly checked by our class measurers at regatta sites. 
  3. Any work performed to change a boat, such as shroud reinforcement, keel depth, position, mast step, shroud reinforcement, corrector weights and as we move forward keel and boat weight will be identified by our class measurers. 
  4. An efficient and effective measurement process is now clearly communicated and known to all teams; this is an important part of high intensity one-design sailboat racing and is valued by current and prospective Owners.

We have heard from you, our Owners and our goal is to maintain our great one-design class where skill and sheer brilliance determine the final results. There will be a zero tolerance policy in effect at all sanctioned Events.

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EXCITING & EXTRAORDINARY FORTHCOMING EVENTS

2015 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
MAY 29-31 | PORT CREDIT YACHT CLUB; TORONTO, CANADA

The 2015 Canadian National Championship will be held on May 29-31 and hosted by the fantastic Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC). Any owner interested in attending this awesome sanctioned event prior to heading West for the Pacific Coast Championship and Worlds is encouraged to contact Rhonda Joyce (CAN-214, Grinning Streak) to make arrangements for storage, launching and hauling easy. We asked the Canadian fleet to hold their Nationals at this time of year given the timing of Worlds in San Francisco. This will be an amazing time to race in Toronto as typically the area experiences a strong spring wind pattern so for sure we will see Audi Melges 20s rippin’ around Lake Ontario. In 2016, we do anticipate that the Canadian Nationals will return to its usual mid-September time slot. Stay close to melges20.com as a formal announcement regarding online registration, etc.
Register Online Today!

We would like to remind everyone that the Canadian Nationals is only one event of the five-part Lake Ontario Series. The Canadian Fleet would love to have anyone interested join the fleet for a great summer of racing. Further details regarding storage for the entire run of events can be made via Rhonda Joyce or Fleet Captain Justin Quigg.

2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 3 | SAN FRANCISCO YACHT CLUB; SAN FRANCISCO, CA

If you have not already, Register Online NOW to race at the World Championship!

The 2015 World Championship scheduled for September 30-October 3 and hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club (SFYC) in San Francisco, California is shaping up nicely with the fleet to be berthed together at the SFYC. As an added incentive for teams to travel to the event we have added three additional days of non-sanctioned fleet racing for all teams. The pre-worlds racing format will be less formal than Worlds, but nonetheless a great tune up for every team in an effort to "up their game" and enjoy the San Francisco yacht racing experience to the fullest degree.

For those teams sitting on the fence, and possibly looking for crew, there is discussion with some of the Olympic 49er representatives an idea that would have one of their training camps scheduled in California right after the Melges 20 Worlds, so that 49er teams can crew on a Melges 20 and then attend a 49er training camp. Additionally, Melges 20 Owners Skip Shapiro (Makaira) and Tom Kassberg (Flygfisk) have offered to coordinate with teams looking to attend the regatta so please reach out to them.

Exclusively for the 2015 Worlds, it is our intention to provide 2 complimentary Sail Limitation Marks (SLMs) to each team entered. These special World Championship SLMs will be provided to you at the start of the event and may be used for the Worlds competition. This is consistent and in line with the rule proposal currently with ISAF.

In order to assist with planning and budgeting for the event, please advise IAM20CA Admin, Joy Dunigan with your team details regarding your attendance at the event.

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SAIL LIMITATION MARKS
The Sail Limitation Mark (SLM) proposal approved by the board is now with ISAF for approval. The proposal retains participation as a key element of the system and in recognition of the fact that we now have a World Championship that more and more owners are attending in multiple regions, the arbitrary cap on SLMs has been removed and replaced by a participation cap.

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2015-16 RACING SCHEDULE
Three more major sanctioned events for the Spring-Summer-Fall North American schedule have been finalized:
     2016 U..S. National Championship • Sperry Charleston Race Week • April 14-17
     2016 Canadian National Championship • Toronto, Canada • September 10-11
     2016 North Americans • Royal Canadian Yacht Club • September 23-25

And as mentioned previously, we are pleased to confirm that Miami will once again host the Audi Melges 20 Class and its three-part Winter Series circuit, each event serving as a Friday-Saturday-Sunday affair. Shake-A-Leg Miami (SALM) has also just confirmed that they will be offering two options to better accommodate teams as they did this past year — full season storage with launch, berth and haul; and weekly use of launch, berth and haul. 
SAVE THE DATES 
     EVENT NO. 1 • Miami Winter Series Season Opener • December 11-13, 2015 
     EVENT NO. 2 • Miami Winter Regatta • February 5-7, 2016 
     EVENT NO. 3 • Melges Rocks Regatta • March 4-6, 2016

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CLOSING
It has been an interesting Winter season and one where we did not miss a single scheduled race in any of our regattas, most likely a first!

As a Class we have had to address some matters that are central to the long-term success of the Melges 20 Class. But with overwhelming support from you our fellow Owners, we believe we have addressed them in a professional, fair and fact based manner.

The strategic window we are working within can be best summed up as follows:

  1. We have a fun boat where fair and high quality sailing trumps everything. 
  2. The Class, sailmakers and MPS will collaborate to help de-mystify the boat for new and existing teams; through tuning guides, clinics, coaching and debriefs. 
  3. Our boats are built by a high quality builder, MPS, and all are ready to race competitively right from MPS: no changes are required nor allowed. 
  4. Ensure equipment, mast and sails are available to all sailors, no secret sauces. 
  5. Hold regattas in fun locations where the sailing is high quality, logistics are reasonable and lots of options for accommodations and eateries exist, and... 
  6. Lastly, but most important, great camaraderie on- and off-the-water.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their thoughts, ideas, support and well intentioned criticism — as a Class we are here to make it the best!


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