North Sails: News Details


2013 Audi Melges 20 World Championship

Extract from Int'l Audi Melges 20 Class Association


Key Largo, FL - Congratulations to 2013 Audi Melges 20 World Champions John Taylor, owner of Ninkasi, tactician Bill Hardesty and Joey Mello on bow. After ten races, against 52 of the world's greatest Audi Melges 20 teams, Taylor cashed in big at the finish line on Saturday to win the Class' first World title.
Taylor has never won an Audi Melges 20 regatta, nor any other regatta for that fact. "I guess if I'm going to win one, this was the one to win." said an elated and very happy Taylor at the daily awards. "I am honored to be in the presence of so many great owners and fellow sailboat racers. This is by far the best class, with the best owners in the world."

Ninkasi was powered by North Sails along with Alessandro Rombelli's STIG in fourth, Richard Davies and Charlie McKee on Section 16 in sixth,  Jeff Ecklund and John Kostecki on Star in seventh and John Kilroy and Jeremy Wilmot's Samba Pa Ti in eigth.

See the event website for more photos and results.

See our Melges 20 class page for more details on the winning sails.