Lead Changes at Melges 20 Worlds
Published on April 5th, 2019
Miami, FL (April 5, 2019) – The Melges 20 fleet is five races and three socials into the 2019 Melges 20 World Championship. Consistent racing has been paying off for Robert Hughes’s Heartbreaker who leads the pack at the halfway point, along with Manu Weiller and Federico Michetti.
Today’s race wins went to Vladimir Prosikhin’s Nika and Daniel Thielman’s Kuai. Overnight leader Daniel Thielman and his team of Rayleen Thielman, Jeremy Wilmot, and Alec Anderson have won three of the five races so far, but one mid-fleet finish today was enough to knock them to the second position today.
The Melges 20 fleet boasts racing around the globe, and 2019 is no exception. The Melges World League’s North American Division has welcomed new owners to the class this year and is fully energized for the 2019-2020 Miami Winter Series – now in its 11th year.
Melges 20 Worlds will be in North America again in 2021. Before next year’s winter series kicks off, sailors will head to Europe for a summer circuit of great Melges World League racing across six events organized by Melges Europe. The MWL Asian Division is in full action in Japan with regular racing and five sanctioned regattas organized by Melges Japan on a backdrop of Mount Fuji.
Twenty-two teams representing nine countries are entered for the 2019 Melges 20 World Championship to be held April 4-7. Up to 10 races are scheduled for the fleet on Biscayne Bay.
Source: Melges Performance Sailboats