June 24, 2016.
DAY 1 was nothing but wind and back to back races for North America’s Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Canadian National Championship!
Blowing S/SSW8-14 knots with gust up to 20 gave the Melges 24 teams lots to work with and each race was steady start to finish. Nothing got in the way of fast racing except for a couple of general recalls every few races, driving the fleet back behind the line.
Anacortes Washington USA racer Ian Sloan and team on Mikey took the lead followed by Canada’s Wet Coast Sailing Team from Brentwood Bay BC, on Sunnyvale in 2nd place and Gordon Shannon, Vancouver, BC on Boaty McBoatface, in 3rd.
Photo: Ian Sloan, Hunter Lowden, Jeff Madrigali, Jason Rhodes, and Serena Village. (not in that order)
For the Corinthian standings on Day 1, Canada’s Wet Coast Sailing Team on Sunnyvale took 1st place, Gordon Shannon on Boaty McBoatface in 2nd and Seattle, Washington racer, Matt MacGregor on Good Enough, came in 3rd.
Okanagan temperatures went from highs of 38C and 2 weeks of sun a few short weeks ago to cool summer showers for the first day of racing, but there was nothing but great feedback from our guests from the racing conditions to the first class Kelowna Yacht Club venue. The minute boats came off the water, the winds eased and the sun came out for a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” Dinner party on the docks with a Mount Gay rum tasting and Tree Brewing Beer.
Photo: Scruffy’s crew waiting for Brian Hutchinson and North Sails Drew Mitchell’s de-briefing session at Tree Brewing Pre-Race Day, June 23rd.
Photo: Steve Boho and crew from Elkhorn, Wisconsin, USA on “The 300” for pre-race day.
For more information contact:
President Canadian Melges 24 Class Association
phone: 250 260 0253