North Sails LOFT NEWS


A Robust Support Program Planned for the Class Championship on May 7-15 at Lauderdale Yacht Club

Melges 24 WORLDS

The world’s leading one design sailmaker is proud to announce their participation as official sailmaker to the 2022 Melges 24 Worlds.

Matching the best products with the best support, North Sails will offer multifaceted educational support starting with a regatta prep webinar in advance of the event and hosting clinics on and off the water during the 2022 Melges 24 World Championship. Our expertise and experience in the Melges 24 class ensures racers will have in-depth, cutting edge knowledge at their disposal to improve their overall performance.

“We want to support those teams that can benefit from good coaching, but might not have the budget for it,” said John Bowden, a North Sails Melges 24 class expert. Constantly looking to push the envelope, both performance and design wise, John is the go to person for teams looking to leave it all out on the water. “I am the go-between for the sailors and our production and design team. It gives me a chance to work on a product and see how it helps our teams.” Bowden is looking forward to sharing his fleet specific tips with competitors leading up to racing in a pre-event webinar.

Bowden, alongside Taylor Canfield and Mike Buckley have an unparalleled depth of class experience.  Together these three will be at the sailors’ disposal during the webinar in April, and Bowden will be onsite for the event with on-water and post-race support. Racers can assess their daily performance while gaining insight and tuning tips from Bowden during shoreside debriefs. These contributions are sure to raise the level of competition. 

North Sails Support Schedule: 

  • Tuesday April 5: Pre-Event Webinar – John Bowden, Taylor Canfield and Mike Buckley will cover regatta prep, long and short term preparation for the Worlds. 
  • Tuesday May 10: Practice Day 1 – On-water coaching followed by shoreside debrief featuring photo & video analysis
  • Wednesday May 11: Practice Day 2 – On-water coaching followed by shoreside debrief featuring photo & video analysis
  • Thursday May 12: Race Day 1 – Shoreside debrief featuring photo & video analysis

Recently North Sails Melges 24 teams have been topping the leaderboards in events like the Bacardi Series, North Americans, and Charleston Race Week. The 2022 Worlds allows North Sails experts to engage with sailors looking to get more out of their race days. Lauderdale Yacht Club Regatta Chairman Tom Lihan praised the partnership, “North Sails is helping level the playing field for more sailors, and we look forward to the competition.”

2022 Melges 24 World Championship Racing begins May 11 in Fort Lauderdale, with pro-teams and amateurs, taking to the water seeking victory. North Sails invites racers to get prepared for the race and sign up for the upcoming webinar today.  

  • #GoBeyond