Melges 24

Summary

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]

Melges 24
Melges 24
Class symbol
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Development
DesignerReichel/Pugh
Year1993
DesignOne-design
Builder(s)Melges Performance Sailboats Edit this on Wikidata
NameMelges 24
Crew2-5
Boat
Crew2-5
Boat weight809 kg (1,784 lb) Edit this on Wikidata
Draft5 ft (1.5 m)
Hull
Constructionfiberglass Edit this on Wikidata
Hull weight1,783 lb (809 kg)
LOA24 ft (7.3 m)
Beam8 ft 2 in (2.49 m)
Hull appendages
Ballast295 kg (650 lb) Edit this on Wikidata
Rig
I foretriangle height8.49 m (27.9 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
J foretriangle base2.42 m (7 ft 11 in) Edit this on Wikidata
P mainsail luff8.71 m (28.6 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
E mainsail foot3.79 m (12.4 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Sails
Mainsail area264 sq ft (24.5 m2)
Jib/genoa area126 sq ft (11.7 m2)
Spinnaker area670 sq ft (62 m2)

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 a launch bag in the pit.

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


World ChampionshipsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
1998
Torbay   GBR
?? Boats
  Vince BRUN (ITA)
1999
Alamitos   USA
49 Boats
USA 415
  Vince BRUN (ITA)
  Ben Mitchell (USA)
ITA 139
  Giorgio ZUCCOLI (ITA)
USA 330
COLLINS
WOOTTEN
  Jeff Madrigali (USA)
2000
La Rochelle  FRA
125 Boats
ITA 139 - ALE ALI
  Giorgio Zuccoli (ITA)
USA 409 - FULL THROTTLE
  Brian Porter (USA)
FRA 383 - PLAN GESTION
CHABANNE
2001
Key West   USA
77 Boats
SUI 483 (59) - Blu Moon

  Flavio Favini (ITA)
  Franco Rossini (SUI)
  Tiziano Nava (ITA)

USA 525 (77) - Star

  Harry Melges III (USA)
  Jeff Ecklund (USA)

USA 458 (57) - Flipper

  Vince Brun (USA)
Rick Merriman
Jeff Pape
Brian Terhaar

2002
Travemunde  GER
74 Boats
USA 409 - Star

  Harry Melges III (USA)
  Andy Burdick (USA)
  Tony Kolb (GER)
  Jeff Ecklund (USA)

FRA 475 - P & P Racing Team

  Sebastian Col (FRA)
  Philippe Ligot (FRA)
  Thomas Allin (FRA)
  Tanguy Cariou (FRA)
  William Thomas (FRA)

GBR 437 - Black Seal

  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
FRA 571 - Partner & Partners
  Sebastian COL (FRA)
ITA 409 - Alina
  Maurizio Abbà (ITA)
SUI 521 - Blu Moon
  Flavio FAVINI (ITA)
2005
Key Largo   USA
98 Boats
USA 515 - Luna Rossa

  James Spithill (AUS)
  Jonathan McKee (USA)
  Charles McKee (USA)
  Manuel Modena (ITA)
  Max Agnese (USA)

ITA 636 (26) - MARRACHECH EXPRESS

  Gabriele BENUSSI (ITA)
  Giuliano CHIANDUSSI (ITA)
  Andrea BUSSANI (ITA)
  Riccardo Gratton (ITA)

USA505 (73) - Pegasus 505

  Dave ULLMAN (USA)

2006
Hyères   FRA
119 Boats
ITA 643 - BETTE

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

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

  David ULLMAN (USA)
  Bill Hardesty (USA)
  Brent RUHNE (USA)
  Andy Estcourt (NZL)
  Shana Phelan (USA)

USA 649 - Full Throttle

  Brian Porter (USA)
  Harry Melges III (USA)
  Andy Burdick (USA)
  John Porter (USA)

FRA 571 - EFG/GroupPartouche

  Brenac FRANCOIS (FRA)
  Christian PONTHIEU (FRA)
  Benjamin COHEN (FRA)
  William THOMAS (FRA)
  Thomas ALLIN (FRA)

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)

ITA 727 - PILOT ITALIA

  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
USA 655 - West Marine / New England

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

ITA 777 - Joefly 37

  Gabrio ZANDONA (ITA)
  Daniele CASSINARI (ITA)
  Giovanni MASPERO (ITA)
  Andrea FELCI (ITA)
  Nicholas DAL FERRO (ITA)

NOR 804 - Full Medal Jacket

  Eivind MELLEBY (NOR)
  Espen STOKKELAND (NOR)
  Petrus EIDI (NOR)
  Lars Horn JOHANNESSEN (NOR)

2010
Tallinn   EST
79 Boats
  Lorenzo BRESSANI (ITA)

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

NOR 400 - Baghdad

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

ITA 727 - Hurricane - Murphy & NYE

  Alberto BOLZAN (ITA)
  Paolo TESTOLIN (ITA)
  Daniele CASSINARI (ITA)
  Stefano CIAMPALINI (ITA)
  Simone SPANGARO (ITA)

2011
Torquay   GBR
32 Boats
ITA 817 - UkaUka Racing

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

USA 749 - FULL THROTTLE

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

IRL 607 - Embarr

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

2012
ITA - Scarlino
125 Boats
ITA 803 - Gullisara

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

ITA 716 - Saetta (20)

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

ITA 819 - AUDI (32)

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

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

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

SUI 825 - "BLU MOON"

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

DEN 782 - SOFFE

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

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

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

USA 841 - STAR (17)

  Harry Melges III (USA)
  Andy BURDICK (USA)
  Jeff ECKLUND (USA)
  Federico Michetti (ITA)

USA 820 - WEST MARINE RIGGING

  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
74 Boats[3]
IRL 829 - Embarr

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

ITA 822 - Maidollis 3

Gian Luca Perego
GIOVANNI FERRARI
ENRICO FONDA
Carlo FRACASSOLI
STEFANO LAGI

USA 849 - Full Throttle

Brian Porter
Andy Burdick
Sam Rogers
Matt Woodworth

2017
Helsinki   FIN
59 Boats
ITA 854 - MAIDOLLIS

Carlo Fracassoli
Enrico Fonda
Giovanni Ferrari
Luca Perego
Stefano Lagi

USA 851 - Monsoon

Bruce Ayres
Mike Buckley
George Peet
Jeff Reynolds
Jessica Koenig

USA 838 - Mikey

Kevin Welch
MacDonald Ross
Jason Rhodes
Ian Sloan
Serena Vilage

2018
  CAN
41 Boats
ITA 722#678 - Altea

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

USA 829 - WTF

Alan Field
Erik Shampain
Willem Van Waay
Steve Hunt
Lucas Calabrese

USA 851 - Monsoon

Bruce Ayres
Chelsea Simms
George Peet
Jeff Reynolds
Mike Buckley

2019
Sardinia   ITA
61 Boats[4]
Maidollis ITA 854

  Carlo Fracassoli (ITA)
  Enrico Fonda (ITA)
  Stefano Lagi (ITA)
  Gianluca Perego (ITA)
  Matteo Ramian (ITA)

Monsoon USA 851

  Bruce Ayres (USA)
Mike Buckley
  Federico Michetti (ITA)
  George Peet (USA)
Chelsea Simms

Bombarda ITA 860

  Andrea Pozzi (ITA)
  Stefano Ciampalini (ITA)
  Nicholas Dal Ferro (ITA)
  Matteo Ivaldi (ITA)
  Carlo Zermini (ITA)

2020 & 2021
Charlestone (USA)
CANCELLED COVID

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Melges 24". Sailboatdata.com. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Melges 24". Melges Performance Sailboats. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1352
  4. ^ https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=9411

External linksEdit

  • Melges 24 at Sailboatdata[dead link]
  • "Melges 24". Melges Performance Sailboats. Retrieved January 13, 2014. — Manufacturer website[dead link]
  • CM24CA - Canadian Melges 24 Class Association - Owners racing class
  • IMCA - International Melges 24 Class Association - Owners racing class
  • USMCA - US Melges 24 Class Association - Owners racing class
  • UK Melges 24 Class Association - Owners racing class
  • Melges Aus - Australian Melges Class Website
  • NS - Northshore Yachting Services
  • Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship
  • "Melges 24 Sails, Tuning & FAQs". onedesign.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014.