Melges 32s Take First, Second and Third Overall At 2009 Harbor Spring Championship

7 August 2009

Article courtesy of Scott Nixon - The Little Traverse Yacht Club hosted the Harbor Springs Championship on July 31-August 2 in near perfect conditions. This event was the second event of the Great Lakes Gold Cup Series (after the Chicago NOOD in June). Harbor Springs in late summer is a beautiful sailing venue with crystal blue fresh water and great winds. Over 50 boats in a variety of classes showed up in Little Traverse Bay for three days of great racing. The race committee headed by Dick Neville was top notch and Friday saw the Farr 40, J105 and Melges 32 One Design classes get in three great races in 6-11 knots of wind. Three Melges 32 teams sailed the event and were treated to fantastic and close racing. After Friday’s racing all three boats were tied on points! 

Saturday the winds built to over 20 knots, as the famous harbor tour coastal race was completed. The Melges 32’s raced in PHRF C for this race and easily showed the other boats why sportboats are the future. We saw 18 knots downwind with great rides and lots of boat handling practice in the 22 mile course. The Melges 32’s took 1,2 and 3 overall after the times were sorted out. Alpha One helmed by Ryan DeVos led the way and won the race overall closely followed by Dalton DeVos and his strong team on Delta Racing. Dick DeVos and the Drumbeat team sailed a sold race to take third.

Sunday saw an even better day with warm temperatures in the 80’s, sunny skies and winds in the 18-24 knot range. The schedule was for three windward/leeward races with the Melges 32’s sailing in PHRF C again. The Alpha One team took the day with a 1,1,2 followed by Delta and Drumbeat. The racing was close and the crew enjoyed the two mile downwind runs in 2 to 4 foot waves with the boats hitting speeds of 18 knots.

Congratulations to all the teams that competed and thanks to the LTYC and the race committee for flawless conditions and racing.

For those that have not been Harbor Springs, this is a must visit for any sailor in the summer months. If the Melges 32 class has the Nationals here next summer it will be an epic regatta and a must do for all owners! 

Great winds, fresh water, warm (not hot!) weather, great town, great race committee and great facilities….how can you beat that?


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