June 14, 2010

Melges 24 action! Detroit & Texas Style!!

Detroit, MI

2010 Detroit NOOD Regatta

Photo Credit: Andy Burdick @ Melges Performance Sailboats

Team ‘WTF’ convincingly wins the Melges 24 class at the Detroit NOOD by 29 points! In a fleet of 18 boats and predominately light shifty conditions, ‘WTF’ surely possessed some special magic. The California based team skippered and organized by Alan Field is on a winning streak having just won the 2010 Gulf Coast Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas (see Erik's report below). Alan’s team is made up of Jeff Reynolds, Sarah Curran, Tactician Steve Hunt, and Ullman Sails Newport Beach’s One Design Coordinator, Erik Shampain.

Consistency shows in her 1-1-8-3-1-2-2-1-2 scorecard. Amongst the benefit of having a rock solid team, a solid owner/ driver and a professionally run boat, Alan’s team benefits from the countless hours spent by Ullman Sails to develop fast sails. ‘WTF’ uses an all Ullman Inventory to power here to the podium.

Even amongst a little excitement the team prevailed. In the first race of the last day, a lifeline connector broke and sent the four crew members swimming. Fast action by Field led to a quick recovery and the team sailed on to loose only one boat and finish second in the race!

Next up for the ‘WTF’ team is the Melges 24 Nationals in Newport, RI.

Corpus Christi

2010 Gulf Coast Championships

Photo Credit: © Meredith Block

Strong, warm winds met 10 competitors on this “to be” venue of the 2011 Melges 24 World Championships. Corpus lived up to its reputation throwing 18-28k knots of wind at the fleet for three days. Only 8 races were scored over two days after the final day was abandoned to lighting, thunder, and the fleet’s lack of desire to be on the racecourse with lightning.

Finishing on top of the leader board was Alan Field’s “WTF” team of Steve Hunt, Jeff Reynolds, Sarah Curran, and Ullman Sails own One Design Coordinator, Erik Shampain. “WTF” uses 100% inventory from Ullman Sails and used the new AP+ spinnaker design to finish with only first and second places on her score card. “WTF” was followed by Scott Holmgren’s “Rosebud”, Simon Strauss’ “Simplicity”, and Kristen Lane’s “Brickhouse” respectively.

“Simplicity” and “Brickhouse” flew an all Ullman Sails upwind inventory as well to help them to the podium.

The Melges 24 fleet is already getting exited to come back in a year for the Worlds Championships and experience the great weather, venue, hospitality, and committee work. For full results visit www.ccyc.com.

Call or email Erik Shampain @ at Ullman Sails Newport Beach (714-432-1860) to find out how to get around the racetrack faster! More great Melges 24 information can be found at:

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