Melges 20 Miami Winter Series: Raging Russian Bogatyrs

20171202 02Three up, three down on Day One at 2017-18 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series results in a European top podium line-up

MIAMI, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2017) - The first day of the 2017/18 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series opened with near perfect conditions. A pleasant 11-15 kts out of the Northeast and sunny Florida skies provided three great, tricky races. PRO Blake Middleton and his legion of volunteers from the Coconut Grove Sailing Club did a great job getting off racing on time and in efficient fashion. 

Race One gave the Melges 20 fleet of hint of what was to come with big shifts on the left and right sides of the course. Picking his way up the beat and hedging towards the right side was longtime Melges 20 owner Bo Boje Pedersen from Denmark on UPUPUP with a sizable lead at the first top mark. Not far behind was Daniel Thielman on KUAI and John Bailey on TALISMAN.  Showing his stellar first beat was no fluke, Pedersen led wire-to-wire for the win followed respectively by Thielman and Bailey.

The second race saw three Melges 20 veterans duking it out for the lead as Rob Wilber on CINGHIALE nailed the start and first upwind beat, followed by the World Champ on Drew Freides at the helm of PACIFIC YANKEE and Alexis Michas on MIDNIGHT SUN. Wilber maintained his lead at the second stop mark, but the speed and polish of the Freides and his team would prove to be too much as they passed Wilber on the run and grabbed the bullet. Overall Melges 20 World League leader Igor Rytov on RUSSIAN BOGATYRS snuck past Michas to grab third.

As the start of the third race approached, a big left shift descended on the race course forcing the course to be shuffled back to the left. Those that started near the pin and extended left struggled as those who got right early were able to ride a river of breeze and a thin vein of current to the top mark. John Brown's BLIND SQUIRREL rounded in the top group and sailed a great lap to gain the lead and hold on for the bullet. Rytov continued his solid day with a second place finish followed by Pederson finished in third for another podium finish.

The forecast remains the same for Day 2 with more breeze from the Northeast in the 11-15 kt range which should provide for another three race day. If Day One was any indication, Day Two will feature plenty of shifts to shuffle the fleet and the standings. 


As with other Melges 20 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Melges 20 Facebook Page. Be sure to also follow the fleet on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews and photos at


1.) (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS; 8-3-2 = 13

2.) (DEN) Bo Boje Pedersen, UPUPUP; 1-13-3 = 17

3.) (ITA) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO, JR.; 4-5-9 = 18

4.) (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE; 5-1-13 = 19

5.) (USA) John Brown, BLIND SQUIRREL; 10-11-1 = 22

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(After 14 Events Complete)

1.) (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 158 pts.

2.) (RUS) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA = 102 pts.

3.) (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE = 97 pts.

4.) (ITA) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO JR. = 85 pts.

5.) (USA) Liam Kilroy, WILDMAN = 81 pts.

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(After 5 Events Complete)

1.) (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE = 97 pts.

2.) (USA) Liam Kilroy, WILDMAN = 81 pts.

3.) (USA) John Kilroy, SAMBA PA TI = 79 pts.

4.) (USA) Jim Wilson, OLEANDER = 74 pts.

5.) (USA) Jason Michas, MIDNIGHT BLUE = 72 pts.

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Melges 20 Miami Magic

Three days of Melges 20 Miami Winter Series racing action kicks off 2018 racing agenda, the final event of the 2017 Melges 20 World League season

MIAMI, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2017) - Tis' the season for Melges 20 Sportboat action to be cranking up on Biscayne Bay! This coming weekend, December 1-3, the fifteenth and final event of the 2017 Melges 20 World League racing season, and the first of the Class' celebrated 2018 Miami Winter Series (MWS) hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) will take place. 

Teams from all over the country and around the world will race the inaugural 2018 event. The predominantly American-based fleet will also feature highly competitive teams from Russia, Italy, Monaco and Denmark.

Specifically, still riding high and with good reason is 2017 World Champion Drew Freides on PACIFIC YANKEE. To say the least, it's been a banner year for Freides. In additional to his Worlds title, he also earned the 2017 U.S. National Championship and Sail Newport titles, and is the defending Miami Winter Series Champion.

Another outstanding Owner and current overall Melges 20 World League Ranking leader, Igor Rytov at the helm of RUSSIAN BOGATYRS has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with. He too has celebrated many accomplishments in 2017 - in particular, he captured the European and Russian Championship titles in addition to winning the European division of the Melges World League last September in Riva del Garda, Italy.

These top two competitors, although outstanding in accolades, will not go unchallenged in Miami. In second and fourth overall respectively on the World League stage, Vladimir Prosikhin's NIKA and Achille Onorato's MASCALZONE LATINO, JR. will be both looking for the perfect moment to strike and advance on the overall ranking.

And, the list of potential event winners goes on. Rob Wilber's CINGHIALE, Daniel Thielman's KUAI, Jason Michas' MIDNIGHT BLUE, John Brown's BLIND SQUIRREL and Paul Reilly's RED SKY SAILING TEAM are among those expected to revel in the warm Miami breeze, and ready to bask in the Melges 20 limelight.

The International Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) is always delighted to see new faces. A very special welcome to fleet newcomer Steve Boho from Woodstock, Illinois sailing THE 300, and to David Eggleton from Whitehall, Maryland racing BLOWIN SMOKE.

Practice racing and registration takes place on Thursday, with official Miami Winter Series racing to commence on Friday.

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