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Indy Melges 17 Fleet Season Championship Ends in a Tie!

posted Nov 2, 2014, 6:00 AM by Melges 17 Fleet 9

Congratulations to Bob Herdrich and Paul Kirkpatrick and John and Margo Schumacher! Both boats ended the season tied for our fleet championship.

View full results here:  http://fleet9.melges17.com/home/results


posted Nov 2, 2014, 5:54 AM by Melges 17 Fleet 9   [ updated Nov 2, 2014, 5:57 AM ]

14 OCTOBER 2014

Congratulations to Sean Fidler and his wife Tiffany as they are the 2014 Indianapolis Fall Regatta Champions. The event took place on October 11-12 at the Indianapolis Sailing Club in Indiana.

An incredible eight races were completed over the weekend.

Coming second overall was hometown favorite Bob Herdrich and Paul Kirkpatrick, followed by John and Margo Schumacher in third.


posted Nov 2, 2014, 5:52 AM by Melges 17 Fleet 9   [ updated Nov 2, 2014, 5:53 AM ]

8 AUGUST 2014

5 of 17 boats participating in M17 Nationals are from Indy!

The first day of racing at the 2014 Melges 17 U.S. National Championship, hosted by Gull Lake Country Club was nothing short of exciting with Monroe Melges at the helm of Zenda Express taking the overall lead with a 1-1-3 daily scorecard. Closing in fast is recently crowned Melges 17 W.M.Y.A. Champion Tom Munroe on USA-11, three points behind. Sean Fidler on Ludicrous Speed is seated third.

The racing conditions were fantastic with a nice 6-12 knots out of the Northeast with 20 degree shifts all day. At the ripe age of ten, Monroe sailed an almost flawless day. Can you say impressive! Way to go Monroe!

More racing continues on Saturday, August 9 with a breeze forecast of 8-12 — at least two more races tomorrow! The fun begins at 10:30 a.m.!

Casey Call Wins 2013 Fleet Championship

posted Nov 13, 2013, 5:26 PM by Melges 17 Fleet 9   [ updated Nov 13, 2013, 5:27 PM ]

Casey Call has won the 2013 Melges 17 Fleet 9 Championship.  He becomes the third different skipper to win this prestigious award in the brief four-year history of this fleet at ISC.  See results at http://fleet9.melges17.com/home/results.

Morphing into an Adult Sailor

posted Sep 24, 2013, 3:40 PM by Melges 17 Fleet 9

Source: ILYA Scowlines, a publication of the Inland Lake Yachting 

Griffin Rolander - ILYA Champ


Two summers ago I finished my last X-boat regatta, and was officially thrown into the intangible bubble where youth sailors morph into adult sailors. I had decisions that needed to be made, and plans that had to be executed. Of course I wanted to continue sailing, but how? What was my next step?


With plans to sail in college, but without direction on exactly how to accomplish that goal, I decided to train in the Club 420, the typical college sailing dinghy. I started a sailing team at my high school, sailed part of the East Coast 420 summer circuit, and managed to successfully navigate the college planning process. I committed to Tufts University and was excited to test my skills against some of the best sailors in the nation. I knew I needed to come into Boston in the best sailing condition of my life, but I was not interested in continuing in the Club 420 regattas.


This spring, with high school graduation looming, a grant application to charter a Melges 17 became available through my sailing school. I had been crewing on E-scows and A-scows off and on for a few years now and had already grasped the concept of the overwhelming speed and power scows had in heavy air. The Melges 17 provided an easy entrance into the scow world and performance sailing. Similarly sized to the Club 420 and X-boat, the Melges 17 has a much more buoyant and lightweight hull build, combined with more sail area, including an asymmetrical spinnaker. Not only does this provide a much faster boat, but also participating in the class itself requires responsibility. The sailors, who range from pre-teens to adults, largely run the class and the lack of coaching present in the youth boats forces transitioning sailors to become responsible for themselves. I had to ask questions to the elder sailors about the boat, research the best rigging techniques, and take notes of what worked well. Additionally, the boat itself is incredibly easy to travel, which helps build confidence in travelling on your own. On the water, the competition is stiff and the class is only increasing in popularity, as it requires just two sailors, is more affordable, and is every bit as fast as the other scows.


I was granted the sailing school charter and was ecstatic for the season to start. This experience offered no downsides. It would help me prepare for college with the required responsibilities of training and traveling on my own, and help me prepare for college sailing through the experience of skipping a performance sailboat.


The first race of the summer started in the only way I could have imagined: the breeze was on.  We arrived at the lake the night before, and foolishly, I rigged the boat for the very first time just an hour before the first club race started. Regardless, I had a beautiful start followed by a great first leg and found myself in second place at the top mark. We had a rough set, took more time than I would have liked getting on a plane, but we still sat in second. I looked over my shoulder and decided I needed to gybe. I was a little unsteady, as I only had the opportunity to practice one gybe and the wind had picked up since that point. I started slowly and things were looking decent. My crew was in the process of switching the spinnaker sheets as I moved to the other side of the boat. I ducked as the boom came over, but slowly found myself loosing my footing. I fell and turned the tiller sharply causing us to head up. The spinnaker filled and not long after, both my crew and I were in the water.


Regardless of tipping on my first downwind, the race was awesome. The speed of the boat really captured my attention, and I knew if I wanted to perform better in the class I needed to be able to react quicker and smarter on the water. With each week of racing, I finished in a better position, becoming satisfied with the improvements I was making. Additionally, I could that feel my reactions about boat on boat tactics were becoming sharper and were profitable on the water. As the summer was wrapping up, the Melges 17 Inlands were about to take place and I felt well prepared to race against some of the best Melges 17 sailors in the country.


The regatta was forecasted to be a windy event, and the competition was stiff. I scanned through the registration list and grinned when I realized not all of the competition was made up of parents. I was racing against many of the same kids I sailed X boats against, as well as sailors who I currently coach alongside with at the youth events. I decided I wanted to place in the top five. I knew that if I sailed smart and focused, my goal was attainable. The first day flew by and I was sixth in the standings, only two points out of fifth. During the last race of the regatta, however, I had an experience that will not be forgotten.


Around the last windward mark of the race, my crew and I finally had the perfect set, immediately filling the spinnaker and getting the boat up on a plane. I hiked out hard with my body angled significantly far back in the boat, and we started skipping down the water on starboard gybe in twenty knots. I glanced behind me and noticed that my best friend, who I had been sailing against since X boats and Optimists, was on my tail. It always felt good to be ahead of a buddy. While I sat in 5th place, I took a moment to reminisce about how much faster this 17-foot scow was than the similarly sized club 420 I had been training in, and how I've spent the last ten years of my life sailing a boat with a single dagger board. As it sped across the water, I thought about how a slight turn of the rudder caused such a significant change in the boat's direction. A moment later I lost myself in the ferocious spray of water formulated from an uneven powerboat wave. I shook my head, water dispersing to the edge of my sunglass lenses, and was already back up to full speed. I glanced under the boom and, eyes widening, I realized I had sailed right past the port lay line. I threw a painstakingly jerky gybe in to save some distance, but had a flashback of my first Melges 17 race. I slowed down the gybe and prevented a capsize, but in turn lost more distance to windward. Once on the new board, all I could say as I heated the boat up to point at the leeward gate was, "We might go over." The boat sped up, traveling faster than the wind, and I felt a sudden rush of euphoria. The foot of the spinnaker was on the water and my main was eased, but we kept accelerating, heeling up past my point of comfort. Miraculously, are hard work paid off, and we made it to the marks unscathed -- minus a few new calluses formed on my crew's hands hidden beneath his gloves. The amount of joy and relief I felt after we doused the spinnaker and turned upwind around the marks matches no other sailing experience I've had. Not only was a memory engraved, but also my goal was achieved, as I finished the regatta in fifth.


          After only one summer of sailing the Melges 17, I know that I want to continue my quest. The boat is humbling at first, being a class that takes practice to be successful in, but the practice prepared me for college sailing. The Melges 17 brings a whole new aspect of sailing to the table: one containing high speeds, quick movements, and more responsibility. 

I came out of the summer feeling much more prepared for college sailing and that extra bit of confidence gained will bode well for my sailing future. I highly recommend considering sailing in the Melges 17 class.


posted Sep 17, 2013, 5:29 PM by Melges 17 Fleet 9

26 AUGUST 2013

Lake Geneva, WI — Lake Geneva Yacht Club (LGYC) played host to the 2013 Melges 17 U.S. National Championship. Thursday was to be the first day of racing and stormy weather put an end to what was forecasted to be a somewhat nice afternoon of sailing. A forty-knot plus storm rolled through with some rain, sucking the wind right out of the area for the rest of the day. The Race Committee made several strong attempts to get something started but it just wasn’t meant to be. The fleet returned to the YC for a pizza party hosted by Melges Performance Sailboats and plenty of other special treats hand made by the local mom’s.

Friday was met with a nice easterly breeze ranging from 7-11, 85 degress and not a cloud in the sky. It took a little bit for the wind to settle in enough for the Race Committee to get a start off but once they did, the twenty-six strong Melges 17 fleet were on a roll. Five races ensued throughout the rest of the day giving us some of the most fun races we have experienced this season — lot’s of lead changes, lot’s of different boats duking it out for the top spot. It was a great day of sailing for everyone.

After the first day of real racing, Harry Melges IV was in first, followed by Sean Fidler in second, RJ Porter was third and Kyle Navin and Deb Gluek rounded out the top five.

The Friday evening party at the YC was festive with live music and a beautiful Lake Geneva sunset to top off a great day on the water.

Saturday morning arrived with a few fuzzy looking faces around the club after a bit too much fun on Friday both on and off the water. The wind surprisingly showed up early at about 8 a.m. out of the Southeast. The first race started on time and turned out to be a real battle for the top spot. Husband and wife team of Sean and Tiffany Fidler won the pin and punched out for a nice lead up the first beat while the rest of the fleet jockeyed for second position. At the top mark, they rounded with a four-boat-length lead, followed by the Harry's, the Navin’s and then the Porters. The run quickly turned fickle as the wind faded and once again filled in from the South mixing up the fleet a bit. The Fidler's maintained their lead until the final windward mark where the Melges’ were able to sneak in off the left under the guise of a big lefty while the Porters closed the gap in third place. The final run to the finish got very close half way down with the Porters catching to both the Fidler's and the Melges’ making it a race to the line. The Melges’ held on for the close win while the Porters snuck by the Fidler's for second moving them up the leader board to tie on points for second place.

The second race of the day and final of the regatta never got under way. The wind faded and became really fickle and the Race Committee, after waiting an appropriate amount of time sent the fleet home.

TOP TEN RESULTS (After six races, one discard)
1.) Harry Melges IV/Harry Melges III, Zenda Express; 1-[3]-3-2-2-1 =9
2.) RJ Porter/Vincent Porter, Full Throttle; 6-1-[7]-6-1-2 = 16
3.) Sean Fidler/Tiffany Fidler, Aquila; 2-[6]-5-3-3-3 = 16
4.) Kyle Navin/Dave Navin, Five Star; 4-2-[9]-4-9-4 = 23
5.) Deb Gluek/Jim Gluek, Snack Cakes; 3-5-1-5-10-[14] = 24

The Melges 17 fleet is full of family teams. This is really cool to see. There are many son/daughter/father teams, wife and husband teams, brothers, cousins, you name it. It’s great to see all of the families sailing together. It’s one of the greatest things about the Melges 17 class and our great sport of sailing. It ties us together with our siblings for life and our sailing friends. The age ranges in this class are vast and impressive. It really shows how versatile and fun these boats are and how young and old are having a blast while sailing intense, competitive races.

The winning set up was base the entire event, both the rig tension and the jib leads. Maybe a slightly looser rig for the heavier teams would be good. Our keys were to start clean, go fast, go with the flow and try to minimize mistakes. Not easy to do in the tricky conditions we had.

A big thank you to the LGYC for a great weekend and especially Julie and Dave Navin and Bill Barrett for organizing this great event. PRO John Zils and his RC staff did a great job running some awesome races in tough conditions!

ISC Sailor, John Call, Crowned 2012 Melges 17 Junior Champion

posted Sep 1, 2012, 7:32 AM by Bryan Sarber   [ updated Sep 1, 2012, 7:34 AM ]

ISC sailors arrived in Traverse City, MI last week with five boats, more than any other club, except the host club.  The sailing, club,  competitors, meals, and entertainment were outstanding.  Eleven races were held over three days.  Downwind speeds of 15+MPH were recorded on Sunday, the third and final day.

Most exciting was that our own John Call, sailing with his father, Casey, sailed a great regatta and was crowned Junior Champion, coming in eighth overall.

Come out and watch these fun fast boats when ISC hosts its third annual Melges 17 regatta at ISC on October 13-14.
Check out the photos of the ISC Sailors on Facebook or the ISC Site.
All the photos from GrandTraverse Yacht Club here http://gtyc.org/2012_Melges_17_Nationals

More from the Melges 17 class website...
27 AUGUST 2012
What makes a great one design class? Fun boats. Fun people. Fun events. The Fun this last weekend was in Traverse City, Michigan, at the 2012 Melges 17 National Championship. Thirty of these Fun little rocket ships arrived at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club for the three-day event from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Fun boats, check!
Eleven championship races were held on West Grand Traverse Bay. Conditions ranged from 5-18 and varied from race to race. Eleven races, zero protests, plenty of penalty turns, happy people on the water and on shore. Who showed up? Couples, Junior sailors, and parents sailing with their kids. Fun people, check!
The first start was at 1 p.m. on Friday and four races held. 10 a.m. start on Saturday, two races then lunch back at the club before two more races and then a great dinner party in the Grand Traverse Yacht Club tradition. 10 a.m. start Sunday, three races, lunch, awards for ten places, with everyone on the road by mid-afternoon. Fun event, check!
If your reading this and your last sailing event was missing some of the "Fun", maybe you should be looking at a Melges 17 so you can start having more Fun!

Six Boats from Indy Sail in Their First Melges 17 Nationals

posted Sep 9, 2011, 1:26 PM by Melges 17 Fleet 9   [ updated Sep 25, 2011, 4:48 PM ]

Here's what the Indy fleet had to say about Melges 17 Nationals hosted the last weekend of August on White Lake in Whitehall, MI.

Chris Katzfey "between racing in Lake Michigan to flying around the course on Saturday afternoon.  My crew said it gave him goose bumps when we rounded the windward mark on Saturday afternoon surrounded by 10-15 boats.  It was a great learning experience and look forward to sailing with everyone in the future."

John Schumacher "Who could ask for more out of three days."

Bob Herdrich "Our host, Dick Marvel, was a great host and a great place to stay. As far as memorable moments, I have never sank a M17 while still under sail, 3 times."

Casey Call "Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time - and really, really appreciated the wonderful job you and team did in hosting the event. It was first class all the way and a great time!"  

Bryan Sarber "Three Awesome days of sailing. Planing downwind on Saturday. Sailing on Lake MI. Traveling with the Indy fleet. 6 of 6 Indy boats participating. Good group of great friends.  Sailing my best race in the last race. Sort of like making birdie on the 18th, it keeps you coming back. Hanging out on back deck of the McMurray cottage with the Big Dipper and a billion stars lighting up the night. Let's do it all again in Indy Oct 7-9."

Tim Conder  “36 boats flying a 27 foot asymmetrical spinnaker at speeds toping 20 mph is the best thing ever!  I am just happy I got to share that experience with my wonderful wife.”


30 AUGUST 2011

Lake Geneva’s Vincent Porter and his Full Throttle Melges 17 won the 2011 U.S. National Championship this past weekend, hosted by White Lake Yacht Club. It was the largest championship ever for the sporty, Reichel-Pugh designed Scow. Porter won the event by an impressive 18 point margin.

Finishing second overall, is long-time Melges sailor Mike Dow on Flying Toaster and in third, is Deb Gluek on Snackcakes in third.

Article courtesy of Tommy Clough - DAY ONE of the 2011 Melges 17 U.S. National Championship, hosted by  White Lake Yacht Club has already proven itself as an outstanding host of the LARGEST EVER Melges 17 Nationals (33 boats). Virtually all attending competitors have been provided free housing from WLYC members. The event organization, management (Tom Munroe), food/drink and race committee work (PRO - Jamie Jones) have been nothing short of outstanding.

Today's featured another first for the Melges 17 class, racing out in the open water of Lake Michigan! PRO Jamie Jones was a bit skeptical when the WLYC team suggested adding “the nearby waters of Lake Michigan” to the SI’s, but he allowed it and everyone is glad he did. Conditions were perfect on Lake Michigan, SW from 5-12 kts and a little more than a slight chop. The northerly current from the previous days strong North winds was a big challenge at the starts and many boats found themselves over early with the I flag in effect for all starts. Race one was sailed in wind of 4-6 knots, a big left shift at the start launched Vincent Porter who was chased the entire race by Tom Munroe Sr. and Deb Gluek. Porter cruised to victory and team Gluek snuck by Munroe Sr. on the last downwind for a second place finish. As the breeze began to build the small waves were more than enough to surf and plane at well over 10-12 kts downwind. Race two saw Vincent Porter again take the win followed by WLYC’s Brian McMurray, then Dow, Biwer and Hilgard to round out the top 5. The third race of the day had the most breeze and chop putting a premium on sailing the boat flat upwind to avoid the planting the bow, and keeping the right angle of heal downwind to avoid diving the bow and swallowing up a whole bunch of lake Michigan. Brian and Deb McMurray again showed their speed on USA-188 taking the win, followed closely by two time National Champions Sean and Tiffany Filder. Mike and Stephanie Dow showed consistency finishing Third. Vincent Porter was fourth, and somehow Tom Munroe Sr. Battled back to 5th after being OCS.

Vincent Porter of Lake Geneva posted an impressive 1-1-4 to take the early lead in the even followed by M17 veteran Mike Stephanie Dow in 2nd with a consistent 8-3-3. Third place was held by Brian McMurray with and rapidly improving 17-2-1.

DAY TWO of the 2011 Melges 17 U.S. National Championship, hosted by White Lake Yacht Club (WLYC) forged ahead with four more races for a seven races series after two days of racing. Hanging tough is Vincent Porter on Full Throttle in first place with a four point lead. In second overall and making a nice jump in the overall standings from fourth to second is Sean Fidler's Ludicrous Speed. Mike Dow on Flying Toaster slipped a notch to third.

The fleet moved back onto the lake in the morning with the breeze out of the east around 6-8 knots to start the first race of the day. The conditions were shifty and the racing was close. But Fidler found a way to hold off a hard charging Porter and Tom Munroe Sr. on USA-11 to finish first second and third, respectively. But this is White Lake and the home turf should have some advantage to the locals. And it did. But they would have to work hard for it.

Race two saw the breeze pick up to a steady 8 and with a clean start the fleet was off. As everyone fought for the left side, it was Munroe Sr. and Brian McMurray on Catbird finding the perfect gear they were looking for to contend for the top. This race was led start to finish by Munroe sailing with 13 year WLYC Jr. Lauren Lopez. In the end it was Munroe Sr. and McMurray holding off the fleet to take a first and second in Race 5. The fleet went in for lunch giving the wind a chance to shift and fill in. And fill in it did. Just as the fleet was heading out to the lake, the wind shifted 50 degrees and started blowing a steady 15 with gust to 20 for Race 6 of the regatta.

With another clean start by the fleet, it was obvious that everyone wanted the pin end to get to the shoreline, except for one boat. Ben Biwer on Jakookin' tacked soon after the start and found better angles on the right side to round the weather mark in first. Now the real fun begins when sailing a Melges 17. Planing and wiping out were the words of the afternoon. New and experienced crews alike found themselves having a great time seeing what this boat can do. On the second beat, Fidler caught Biwer and the two rounded the weather mark together. Just then the breeze picked up more and Fidler recorded on his speed puck that Biwer and himself were going 17.4 knots downwind. What a ride! Fidler sailed on to win the race with Ben Biwer in second, Porter in 3rd and newcomer Myles Gutenkunst on E-9 in 4th.

The last race of the day saw the conditions get pretty hairy some times and with another clean start, the fleet was off again. Vincent Porter sailed off the line like a sling shot and never looked back. Fidler and Porter duked it out the whole race, covering and positioning. One false move and the fleet could sail right by. However, it was not meant to be as Porter held off Fidler to take first with Fidler second and Deb Gluek on Snackcakes finishing third.

DAY THREE, White Lake Yacht Club, 2011 Melges 17 Nationals. It really doesn't get any better than this. 

If there is a standard on how Saturday night socials should be held, the White Lake Yacht Club has just reset that bar. The WLYC threw out all the stops for the Saturday night event with steak and chicken on the menu and after seven races over 2 days, the skippers and their crews were ready for a great sit down dinner and some cut loose time. And cut loose was the norm for the night. After an incredible dinner with photos and videos presented on a big screen from the days racing, the Outer Vibe band started up and in no time the dance floor was packed, a strong contingent stayed on till Midnight, even after four races!! Sometimes the stress and pressures of sailing hard and sailing fast can wear you down and it is good to socialize with old friends as well as making new ones. This is why the Melges 17 fleet will continue to grow!!

Now onto racing. 

Sunday morning brought clear skies, a steady light easterly breeze and 66 tired sailors to WLYC for the last 2 races of the national championship regatta. But it was obvious the sailors we not too tired as the first race of the morning started off with a general recall. There was no clear cut winner at this point and everyone wanted the crown. The 2nd attempt at a start was successful with only an individual recall and the fleet was off. The fleet split up the race course, with some boats sailing for more pressure on the right and other boats sailing for better angle on the left. Picking the left side paid off in the end. Most of the boats jibed at the weather mark to sail in better pressure, but sailors like Rob Terry extended down the lake before jibing as this paid off for quite a few boats that stayed to the right sailing downwind. However, the fight was on as Vincent Porter and Sean Fidler were the first boats around the leeward mark, with Mike Dow, Tom Munroe Sr., Myles Gutenkunst and Rob Terry close behind. As it was unclear who was really in charge of the race, the finish told the tale. When the boats approached the finish line, Sean Fidler had fouled a boat and proceeded to do penalty turns. 9 boats sailed by as Sean Fidler completed his last turn. Vincent Porter has won the regatta. This is how tight the racing had been all weekend. As for the top boats, Mike Dow finished second, with Rob Terry and Myles Gutenkunst in third and fourth, respectively. 17 year old Tom Munroe Jr. sailed his best race of the series and finished 5th. A new champion will be crowned, but the race for second has really heated up.

While Porter secured the championship and was able to withdraw from the last race, there were still 4 more spots up for grabs with 6 boats still in contention. Take a look at the final scores and you will see how intense the fight was for 2nd place. The race committee moved the starting line one last time, to square the course up after another wind shift, and the stage was set for the final race of the 2011 Melges 17 National Championship. The starting gun sounded, and once again, the fleet split. The right side of the course had tempted the racers once again with more pressure, but the left side of the course was still the place to be. As boats fought up the race course, it was Tom Munroe Sr. coming in from the left side of the course to round the mark first, with Deb Gluek on Snackcakes in second and Ben Biwer sailing Jakookin’ in third. The remaining fleet was left to watch the 3 boat race for first. Biwer and Gluek had changed positions a couple of times downwind while still remaining close to Tom Munroe, but Gluek’s were able to get to the leeward gate first to maintain leverage. Tacking duels ensued amongst the 3 boats, each trying to gain an edge on the other 2 boats, but it was Munroe again who rounded the weather mark first by a narrow margin with Gluek and Biwer now right behind him. With the pressure heating up, this was the last race and Munroe found himself in a fight to the finish. A gybing duel again ensued between the 3 boats, and it was anybodies race. Boat handling was at a premium and each of the boats executed their gybes with precision. However, Gluek split from Munroe, finding more pressure in the middle of the course and crossing the finish line first with Munroe one second behind them and Ben Biwer finishing 1 second behind. And with the fleet screaming down the lake in the mid-morning, freshening breeze, this was a great way to end the regatta. With their first place finish in race 9, Deb and Jim Gluek secured an overall third place finish with 38 points, Tom Munroe with crew Loren Lopez, secured a top 5 finish with 39 points. Ben Biwer with crew Tommy Clough secured a 7th place finish overall and Mike and Stephanie Dow on Flying Toaster finished in front of the fleet to take fourth for race 9, placing 2nd overall with 34 points, behind Vincent Porter. Even though Fidler did not finish race 9, Sean and Tiffany Fidler placed 4th overall for the regatta also with 39 points, taking the tiebreaker over Munroe.

Congratulations to Vincent Porter and crew RJ Porter, the 2011 Melges 17 National Champions.

A special thank-you goes out to the race committee and PRO (Jamie Jones) for their hard work, dedication and tireless efforts in making this a world class event on the water. And to the Chair, Tom Monroe and his team, for their outstanding efforts to put on a regatta of this caliber, leaving every competitor exhausted, yet wanting more next year. 

TOP TEN RESULTS (After 9 Races)
1.) Vincent Porter, Full Throttle; 1-1-4-2-3-3-1-1-[34/DNS] = 16
2.) Mike Dow, Flying Toaster; [8]-3-3-6-6-6-4-2-4 = 34
3.) Deb Gluek, Snackcakes; 2-6-[12]-4-7-8-3-7-1 = 38
4.) Sean Fidler, Ludicrous Speed; 5-13-2-1-4-1-2-11-[34/DNF] = 39
5.) Tom Munroe, USA-11; 3-12-5-3-1-[18]-7-6-2 = 39
6.) Myles Gutenkunst, E-9; 7-8-9-5-10-4-6-4-[14] = 53
7.) Benjamin Biwer, Jakookin'; [20]-4-15-7-8-2-9-9-3 = 57
8.) Jim Hilgard, Dragonfly; 10-5-10-8-13-[17]-8-8-8 = 70 
9.) Brian McMurray, Catbird; 17-2-1-12-2-[26]-13-19-5 = 71
10.) Brad Sprouse, Yellfire; 15-9-6-11-5-[24]-5-13-12 = 76

YOUTUBE VIDEO LINKS (Courtesy of Jonathan Ahlbrand)

A note from the Author:

As I pack up my boat today, I look on the water. Envisioning one last time, 17’s crossing back and forth in slow motion. Remembering once again the exhilaration of each start, each mark rounding and each finish. As I glance around at all the faces in the boat area, I look at all the new friends I have made, and chuckle to myself as I watch my old friends, remembering the times we have shared over this weekend. We climb into the SUV and as my skipper and I drive away, no words are spoken, just a smile on our face. Both knowing that this is one of the best experiences and regattas we have ever attended, and finally, wondering, when we will sail with our old and new friends again. 

2011 Season (finally) Begins May 1

posted May 2, 2011, 4:09 PM by Melges 17 Fleet 9   [ updated May 2, 2011, 4:18 PM ]

Finally, the weather was acceptable yesterday for racing.  All five ISC Melges 17's were out racing yesterday in conditions that included rain, sunshine, and light to moderate wind.  There were the first day breakdowns and tweaks to be made.  It was good to see Cori back on the water with Tim taking advantage of his rock star crew to take a bullet in race 5.  Bullet Bob, gave up the helm after three bullets to trade the back half of the boat with co-owner, Paul.  Chris is looking for competitors to sail this Wednesday evening.

Thanks to Fleet Captain John for posting scores at https://sites.google.com/site/melges17indy/home/results.

First Annual ISC Melges 17 Fall Championship Wrap-up

posted Oct 12, 2010, 3:34 PM by Melges 17 Fleet 9   [ updated Oct 12, 2010, 3:44 PM ]

Wow. What a great Cap to the season for the Indianapolis Melges 17 Fleet 9’s first fall regatta. While clubs throughout the region were pulling their docks from the water for the winter, participants in Indianapolis enjoyed cloudless skies and temperatures into the 80’s. Crews came from Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. While many were seasoned M17 sailors, two crews raced the M17 for the first time with one of these two, skippered by Casey Call who took 3rd place in the regatta.

After a brief postponement due to lack of wind on Saturday a challenging afternoon of 4 races commenced. While the wind was a little shifty, it was more variable in wind intensity. Many sailors watched as leads they thought they had were handed to other crews on the lake traveling twice as fast 50 yards away. The finish to the 4thand what turned out to be the final race of the regatta was the highlight of the regatta and testament to the competitiveness of the racing. Finishing downwind, boats converged on the finish line from both side of the course with 8 of the 12 boats finishing within a 10 second time span. Sean Fidler took first place over Mike Dow with the same score and actually the same finishes (4-2-1-1). Sean was declared the winner based upon his first place finish in the 4th race. That’s close.

Following beer and banter around the boats, appetizers and wonderful hog roast dinner were served under the star filled sky. Sunday morning was quite a letdown from Saturday’s spirited racing. Sunday’s races were cancelled. All was not a total loss though. Most everyone learned something new and useful from Sean Fidler. I am excited about sailing, and sailing the M17 in particular, but Sean brings a passion that is inspiring. Sean, thanks for all of your help, campaigning to get boats to our regatta, for showing us how it is done and helping each of us sail better and be better representatives for the class.

The small fleet pulled together to provide the various meals and housing for all out of town guests. The race committee did a great job. A special thanks to fleet captain Bryan Sarber and his wife Michelle. They made it all come together. At a cost of $80 dollars, I think entrants would agree, they got their money’s worth. While we cannot promise 80 degrees and sun next year, we can promise that the racing will be competitive, the hostitality will be welcoming.



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