Kip Meadows Wins Phrf A Division in Melges 32, 2007 Charleston Race Week

16 April 2007

1998 1D35 National Champion Kip Meadows on his brand new Melges 32 roXanne competed and won the PHRF A group five points ahead of second place. When asked how he likes sailing the little rocket, Kip said after Saturday's races, "I love the boat, but there is a LOT going on, even in the moderate air we've had so far."

On Friday, the two Melges 32's match-raced their way around the course, finishing within seconds of one another. According to Dan Dickison, crewing on Robby Wilkin's Melges 32 Vamoose, the racing between the two boats was more than just close. "I think the total elapsed time difference for all three races between us and roXanne was probably 70 seconds." That was enough for the North Carolina-based roXanne to take the lead of this tough class, despite her and Vamoose being the shortest boats in the class.

By Saturday, the story of the regatta was Meadow's Melges 32 roXanne. Kip absolutely dominated the fleet, with a margin of eight points over the second place Ker 11.5 Cracker. "I haven’t sailed for four years, because I couldn’t find a boat that I wanted," said Kip. "We bought the boat on April 6th, and she hit the water for the first time on Wednesday." Amazingly, only one of Kip's seven crew members has ever even sailed a Melges 32.

Kip Meadows was prepared for Sunday's battles. "We're not going anywhere – we want to win this thing no matter what, and we're ready for the breeze. We'll watch the lightning show tonight from our rented house on the beach."

No racing was conducted on Sunday due to severe weather and forecasted tornadoes. Meadows held on to first, Robby Wilkins from Lexington, South Carolina on Vamoose managed a third place finish overall.