47 Boats at Charleston Race Week 2011, 38 Boats at Nationals in Lake Geneva, and currently nearly 20 boats at Miami Bacardi registered with still 2 months out. You guessed it, the Melges 24 class is back, and this is the fleet to be in.
10 Years ago we saw 80+ bows on the line at KW, those days are long gone. 10 years ago, the Melges 20 and the Melges 32 were not even a thought or even a design in the works. The 24 class had all those sailors. Now we have to share our pros, owners, crew, ect with the 3 other Melges sport boats. Now that the 32 and 20 bubble has inflated and settled off, it finally seems the 24 has a good place in between these two great classes, without being strangled to death.
The proof is in the pudding folks. The numbers at our regattas are climbing each year for Melges 24′s steadily. Between being able to sail your 24 in huge breeze and waves while the 20′s are benched, or if your a super pro you don’t need to own the boat to drive a regatta, which gives us all the opportunity to truly sail against the Kobe Bryant’s of our sport. This is the premier sport boat to be sailing in.
Bummed you have to hike? Well man up, the Melges 24 class is here to stay and stronger then ever. The Melges 24 class is booming huge in europe with 83 teams assembling for last years volvo cup, this will ultimately trend back to the United States.