Cox edges Melges 14 Midwinters
Published on March 3rd, 2019
Sarasota, FL (March 3, 2019) – Lots of boats, sun, fun and folks from all around the country attended the third annual Melges 14 Midwinter Championship held by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron from March 1-3, 2019. Eddie Cox beat out Harry Melges IV to win the 2019 Melges 14 Midwinter Championship in the final moments of the final race.
The day before racing began, Melges Performance Sailboats sponsored Zenda University, a Melges 14 racing clinic with expert coaching and drone & video review. This allowed the fleet a great opportunity to learn, improve and gain confidence in their boats and equipment.
For the first day of racing, the morning brought warm humid air, sunshine and warm water for easy beach launching in Sarasota Bay. A casual morning of friends and competitors and the opportunity to meet new friends from many different sailing venues.
Race day one started with three solid races in breeze of 8-14 knots. The perfect start for the championship. The tone was set by Harry Melges IV as he was working to defend his 2018 Midwinters crown. Continually pushing “H4” on the first day were his father Harry Melges III, Jeff Solum and Eddie Cox, but none could catch him. Also having a great day were Finn Rowe, Adam Ankers and Daniel Thielman.
The second day of the regatta was another ideal day of sailing with winds starting a bit lighter. Eddie Cox had a great day and was once again battling it out with H4. As the day progressed, the wind would reach 10 knots, nice conditions for the Melges 14 Gold Rig. There were a handful of Blue Rig sailors on the course as well. One of the great things about the Melges 14 are the three rigs that vary in sail area allowing many different size sailors to compete and enjoy the boat.
Rolling into the final day there was even more sunshine. H4 entered the final day with a five point lead over Cox. Anticipation was building with two races left. In the first race today, H4 placed fifth, setting up the final race as an epic showdown for the trophy.
It was a ‘who-beats-who’ race as Harry Melges IV and Eddie Cox both had their eyes on the prize. The showdown lasted until the final moments with Cox successfully holding off H4 by inches and earning his crown.
The Melges 14 World League has now officially kicked off. The stage is set for a great Melges 14 World League with 8 total championship-level regattas around the world. With his win this weekend, Cox is officially the World League leader for now. Next up are the Melges 14 Euro Warm-Up (Liguria, Italy) and the Melges 14 Spring Championship (Chattanooga, Tennessee).
Source: Melges 14 Class Association