Please select your home edition
Edition
Allen Brothers

Melges 24 Regional Championships move to Mobile Yacht Club

by Talbot Wilson, Pensacola Yacht Club 1 Oct 2020 21:16 BST November 13-15, 2020
Kelly Shannon, a Lake Lanier Sailing Club sailor from the Atlanta GA area, sailed Shaka [USA 801] to third place with scores of 3-4-3-4-5 for 20 points. Sailing with Shannon were Ben Lynch, Elizabeth Lynch, Jackson Benvenutti, and Tommy Sawchuck © Talbot Wilso

Due to damage from Hurricane Sally, Pensacola Yacht Club must cancel all organized water-based events for the remainder of 2020 including the Melges 24 Atlantic & Gulf Coast Championships for the Bushwhacker Cup.

However, the 2020 Melges 24 Atlantic and Gulf Coast Championships will now be sailed out of Mobile Yacht Club on the original scheduled dates... Nov 13-15. Hal Smith confirmed the move. Smith, the PRO for the Pensacola YC Bushwhacker Cup, will continue as the PRO in Mobile with part of the Race Committee that would have run the regatta in Pensacola.

All of the 21 current entries will be honored for the replacement location. Future entries will continue to be made on Yacht Scoring. The location and race documents are being updated on the Melges 24 Atlantic & Gulf coast Championships page on the site.

The event was moved because of the damage inflicted on the Pensacola YC marina and hoist area by Hurricane Sally. Pensacola YC learned that Gulf Power will not be able to restore power to the club marina, docks and ancillary facilities for at least 2 months after removal of the 11 boats which are sunk in the marina or aground ashore.

Work to repair the dock and hoist cannot start until power is restored. An optimistic plan is that it will take 3 months for this to happen. Even without COVID, Pensacola YC has a major hurdle to clear in restoring normal functions to our marina and shore areas. A powerboat is on the bottom leaking 600+ gallons of diesel, slowly. Other boats on the bottom also have leaking problems, but not on the scale of this powerboat.

Local government and the USCG have placed strict limits on how this and other sunken vessels are handled. It seems that at the end of each day of recovery we find that we are farther from completion.

Pensacola YC looks forward to hosting the next Melges 24 Atlantic & Gulf Coast Championships for the Bushwhacker Cup in November 2021.

Related Articles

Entry open for Melges 24 Bushwhacker Cup
The final event of the 10-event 2021 U.S. Melges 24 National Ranking Series The Notice of Race for the Pensacola Yacht Club's 2nd 'annual' Melges 24 Bushwhacker Cup [delayed one year by the pandemic and Hurricane Sally] has been posted and entries are now open. Posted on 26 Jul
Melges 24 European Sailing Series Event 2 overall
Estonian Lenny takes the overall and Corinthian victory in Riva The second event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021, considered also Act 4 of the Italian Melges24Tour 2021, finished in Riva del Garda today, where two final races were held to constitute the series of nine. Posted on 26 Jul
Melges 24 European Sailing Series Event 2 day 2
Peter Karrie's Nefeli jumps to the top in Riva Second day of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021 second event, considered also Act 4 of the Italian Melges24Tour, presented normal Garda weather conditions with Ora wind shuffling the cards in top rankings. Posted on 25 Jul
Melges 24 European Sailing Series Event 2 day 1
It's tight at the top, but Paolo Brescia's Melgina takes an early lead in Riva After starting the season of the European Sailing Series 2021 in Malcesine in June, the second event of the series for the international Melges 24 class is under way in another beautiful spot of Garda Lake, Riva del Garda this weekend, on July 23-25. Posted on 24 Jul
Laura Grondin on the state of the Melges 24 class
An interview with Laura Grondin on the state of the Melges 24 class I checked in with Laura Grondin, who serves as chair and treasurer of the International Melges 24 Class' executive committee, via email, to learn more about the current state of the Melges 24 class. Posted on 14 Jul
2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series overall
For Andrea Racchelli's crew it all seemed easy The first Act of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021 and Act 3 of the Italian Melges24Tour goes in the archives with completion of the program and a solid winner in Altea. Posted on 27 Jun
2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series Day 2
With four bullets Altea flies to the edge On the second day of regatta valid for the inaugural Act of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series and Act 3 for the Italian Melges24Tour, the Garda Lake does not betray expectations and offers ideal conditions to complete four races Posted on 27 Jun
2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series Day 1
White Room leads in Malcesine A classic Garda afternoon was the backdrop to the first day of races valid for the inaugural act of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021, organized by Fraglia Vela Malcesine. Posted on 25 Jun
The opening of Melges 24 European Sailing Series
Fleet arrives in Malcesine ahead of the three day event Hoping to have definitively left behind the pandemic issues, the International Melges 24 Class Association's specialists are confidently looking to the near future and are preparing to be protagonists of a revised and amended calendar. Posted on 22 Jun
Stage is set for Chicago NOOD
150 sailboats arrive to compete in the Chicago stop of the nation's largest regatta series The colorful battle flags and race boats are filling the docks outside Chicago Yacht Club's Monroe Harbor station as more than 150 sailboats arrive to compete in the Chicago stop of the nation's largest and longest-running regatta series Posted on 11 Jun