Please select your home edition
RS Sailing 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Pensacola's Melges 24 Bushwhacker Cup on track for record turnout

by Talbot Wilson 14 Oct 06:43 BST November 12-14, 2021
In the 2019 inaugural Bushwhacker Cup, Bora Gulari [USA820] with his crew of Kyle Navin, Norman Berge, Ian Liberty and American Magic's CEO/Skipper Terry Hutchinson took second in the Bushwhacker Cup with a 4-5-1-2-2 record © Talbot Wilson

The Melges 24 Bushwhacker Cup is living up to its reputation as a competitive, fun regatta. With one month to the first warning, entries are equal to the numbers in the previous Pensacola event.

Following a great Melges 24 US Nationals in the Detroit area, with 22 boats competing, the racing focus now shifts south, to Pensacola YC in Northwest Florida. The combined Gulf Coast & Atlantic Coast Melges 24 Championship sailors, plus other national and international sailors not only race for regional honors; but also for the overall prize, the Bushwhacker Cup.

The Bushwhacker Cup is the final event of the 10-regatta US Melges 24 Class National Ranking Series, too.

After a practice day Nov 12th, wind willing, up to 10 races are scheduled for two days of racing on Pensacola Bay. PRO Hal Smith has a knack for getting in quick, back to back races that make sailors earn their dockside Bushwhackers back at the Pensacola YC sailing center.

As of this week, 20 boats had already registered. Pensacola YC and the US Melges 24 Class Association are shooting for 30 total entrants. The NOR, Registration and the up-to-date competitor list is available on Yacht Scoring.

"We are expecting close to 30 teams," predicts Race Chairman Commodore Tom Pace. "Long time class competitors tell us to watch Bora Gulari USA in New England Ropes, Peter Karrie GER in Nefeli, KC Shannon USA in Shaka, and Richard Reid CAN in Zingara should be the big battle for the top three places. Steve Suddath USA in 3 half Men, KC Shannon USA in Shaka and Brent McKenzie in Ex-Kahn look good in the Corinthian field."

Gulari finished second overall in the previous Pensacola event while Shannon finished third as the top Corinthian.

"But all bets could be off once the first warning sounds." Pace added. "There are some very strong sailors on the start line. We are hoping that our new home town Melges 24 Phoeniceus, owned by Pensacola YC members Nathan and Jennifer Simonson, will be on the Corinthian podium... a dark horse. "

The 2021 Bushwhacker Cup is the first step toward the 2022 Melges 24 World Championships scheduled for May in Ft. Lauderdale. In December after Pensacola sailors will move to Miami for the Bacardi Series, racing in Key West and St Petersburg and then back to Miami for the Bacardi Invitational then up to Charleston Race Week and back down to the Worlds. Then the 2022 Melges 24 National Championship will be held in Pensacola in conjunction with the third edition of the Bushwhacker Cup.

Related Articles

Inaugural Melges 24 Croatian Nationals
Šime Fantela & Team Tutta Forza claim the win On November 19-21 the inaugural Melges 24 Croatian National Championship was held in Split, organized by the JK Mornar. Posted on 25 Nov
Melges 24 Bushwhacker Cup at Pensacola
The travel was worth the trouble, as Canadian team lifts trophy Yes, the travel was worth the trouble. Canadian Richard Reid's 'Zingara' came all the way from Port Credit, Ont, to Northwest Florida to win first place overall in the 2021 Bushwhacker Cup hosted by Pensacola Yacht Club. Posted on 16 Nov
IM24CA on course for 2022
Members from all around the world met virtually on November 6 for the Annual General Meeting The World Council of IM24CA, which consists of the National Class Association chairs and the IM24CA Executive Committee members from all around the world met virtually on Nov 6 for the Annual General Meeting to discuss the past Melges 24 season Posted on 15 Nov
Talbot Wilson on the 2021 Bushwacker Cup
An interview with Talbot Wilson on the 2021 Melges 24 Bushwacker Cup I checked in with Talbot Wilson, marketing and publicity officer for the 2021 Bushwacker Cup, via email, to learn more about this exciting One Design regatta. Posted on 9 Nov
Bushwhacker Week - Pensacola is regatta ready
Practice, North Sails clinic, briefing and party kicks off the event on Friday Welcome to the countdown to the Pensacola Yacht Club's 2021 Melges 24 Bushwhacker Cup. Practice races, final registration, a North Sails clinic, the competitors briefing, and a party kick it off Friday (Nov 12). Posted on 9 Nov
Melges 24 European Sailing Series Trieste overall
Melgina and White Room are the champions of the series 2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series concludes after the earlier events held in Malcesine and Riva del Garda in Italy and Melges 24 Europeans in Portoroz, Slovenia with a total of fifty-one teams from fifteen nations that joined the circuit this season. Posted on 4 Oct
Melges 24 European Sailing Series Trieste day 2
Black Seal and Gill Race Team run the show on the penultimate day Three more races were sailed under the supervision of PRO Dario Motz in light conditions on the penultimate day of the final event of the 2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series in Trieste, Italy. Posted on 3 Oct
Melges 24 European Sailing Series Trieste day 1
Melgina dominates the opening day of racing Seventeen Melges 24 teams, from five nations, are competing for the final ranking points at the final event of the 2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series, which opened on Friday the world-famous regatta Barcolana week in Trieste, Italy. Posted on 2 Oct
2022 US Melges 24 Nationals awarded to Pensacola
USM24CA finalized the decision at their monthly conference call It's good news for Pensacola and the south's Finest Yacht Club - Lagniappe... an extra bonus. The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USM24CA) has selected Pensacola Yacht Club, home of the annual Melges 24 Bushwhacker Cup Posted on 30 Sep
Bushwhacker Cup adds Melges 24 Gulf Coast Champs
The Melges 24 Gulf Coast Championship has rejoined the annual event at Pensacola YC It's Back. Last year the combined Melges 24 Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast Championships were sailed on Mobile Bay because the Pensacola YC marina had been damaged by Hurricane Sally. Posted on 27 Sep