Legacy owners arrive ready to compete at Fort. Lauderdale for the 2022 Worlds • Live Sail Die
“It’s a badass fleet with all the top professional teams. Although we’re a Corinthian team, it’s exciting, as it has always been to race alongside some of the best sailors in the world,” said Paul Krak Arntson, North America member on the IM24CA executive committee racing with Nikita: “The pros are stiff and deep, so the competition will be very tough for us. Exposure to such undiluted talent will result in higher lessons and skill development, so our team is looking forward to some very valuable racing experience!
Arntson and his wife Kimberly visited a boat show in 1994 and saw the Melges 24. Since then he has been the proud owner of four Melges 24s over the years. They sailed as a family raising their two sons on the Melges 24.
“Our son Rudi slept in the spinnaker bag when he was a baby, so we had to be careful when we were going to hoist! “Don’t throw the baby out with the kite!” it is therefore intuitive and becomes one with the boat. At 17, he and his own junior team pulled USA 219 out of the bushes and rebuilt it, then he rode it to 2018 Worlds and 2018 Nationals.”
Die-hard owner of the Melges 24, Arntson continues his passion for the Melges 24: “Obviously the Melges 24 was ahead of its time and remains the undisputed standard in the sports boat classes. The boat sends it, you really feel like an intimate part of the boat and it’s really fantastic to feel when you sail.
And there are others who sing the praises of the Melges 24 just by the action alone. Repeat entrants such as eight-time United States National Champion Brian Porter on Full Throttle; 2009 Corinthian World Champion Bruce Ayres on Monsoon; Five-time Melges 24 world champion Federico Michetti, whose first title was won with a legendary Giorgio Zuccoli in La Rochelle, France in 2000, is now sailing Drew Freides’ Pacific Yankee; Recently crowned three-time Charleston Race Week Champion and reigning North American Champion Travis Weisleder on Lucky Dog has been in the class for over 20 years. 2018 World Champion on Altea, the Italian Andrea Racchelli, formerly married on a Melges 24.
Another longtime loyal supporter of the fleet is Geoff McFarland who flies a Woop-Woop charter. “The Melges 24 does not look 30 years old. One of my boats on the west coast is a 1993 original and it still competes in local races. The overall design and look is and always has been ahead of its time. No other boat looks this cool or this fast when sitting on a trailer! It’s quick, just sitting down.
Click on the names to learn more about the pillars of the class.
The current entry list promises a very strong championship, and we will present the teams to you just before the start of the races.
Click to learn more about the history of the Melges 24 World Championships.
May 7-10 – Registration and measurement
May 10 – Practice Run and Opening Ceremony
May 11 – 15 – 2022 Melges 24 World Championship Race
May 15 – Awards ceremony and closing ceremony at the Lauderdale Yacht Club