North Sails clients finish 1,2,4,5 in the class National Championships in Newport
The 2017 Melges 20 Nationals started off with a bang with 22 teams from six nations arriving in Newport, RI for the last U.S. event before the World Championship in October. Light air ruled the day for the North U Melges 20 Speed Clinic on Wednesday. North U experts Tim Healy, Chuck Allen, Jeremy Wilmot, and Melges 20 sailor and Olympian, Stu McNay focused on sail trim, boat speed, and weight distribution. After sailing, images and video were shown on the big screen at Sail Newport, triggering a lively discussion on set-up techniques. Sailors of all experience levels were able to take something away that would be handy for the predicted light air racing during the event.
Thursday was tricky with light air conditions as predicted, giving sailors a chance to use the techniques they had practiced during the clinic. Drew Freides’ Pacific Yankee won the second race of the day, putting them in the lead going into day two. On Friday conditions were more promising with an approaching frontal system bringing a solid twelve knot breeze. Samba Pa Ti with skipper John Kilroy started the day with a 1-1, putting them at the top of the scoreboard. Drew Freides was able to finish strong, securing the lead yet again with a 2-1 at the end of the day. Samba Pa Ti held onto 2nd place, followed by Liam Kilroy’s Wildman.
Saturday’s conditions brought a nice southerly which gave the Race Committee ample wind to run two races before the cut off time. North-powered Pacific Yankee was able to hold on to their lead, winning this year’s National Championship Title. Samba Pa Ti stayed consistent, maintaining their 2nd place finish. Liam Kilroy’s Wildman ended their regatta in 4th position, followed by James Wilson’s Oleander in 5th. Congratulations to Drew Freides and John Kilroy for their performances.