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2009 Spring Championship May 09-10 Lake Geneva, WI

© 2009 JH Peterson

2009 Melges 17 Spring Championship,
May 9-10, NOR Now Available

Preparations are in full swing this Spring on Lake Geneva for the 2009 Melges 17 Spring Championship. Scheduled to take place on May 9-10, the Lake Geneva Yacht Club extends a warm welcome and invitation to all Melges 17s. Sixteen teams showed for 2008, and as many as 20 are expected to attend in 2009. Be sure to Download The Notice Of Race (NOR) and Entry Form today!

Stay close to as updates and more news will be posted as it becomes available.

© 2009 JH Peterson

Jim Hilgard Wins 2009 Easter Regatta

Congratulations are pouring in from everywhere for 2009 Melges 17 Easter Regatta Champion Jim Hilgard! After a semi-triumphant effort in Lake Eustis, Fla. for the title of Midwinter Champion, only to be ousted at the last minute by the very consistent Lesa Gutenkunst, Hilgard finally got a piece of the action with the ultimate win in Charleston. As expected, the conditions and competition were primo. Way to go Jim!

Jim can not only add the Easter Regatta feather to his hat, he also won the Velocitek Speed Challenge in Charleston at 13.9! With big breeze conditions, the Melges 17s were rippin'!

A special thanks to all the participants, the Carolina Yacht Club and especially to Palmetto Performance Yachting for transporting services. A very special gesture of gratitude extends to Sonny Meavers for opening his beautiful home to the fleet for the awards presentation.

Full reports will be available shortly online at and

Get Your Copy Of The 2009 Melges 17 Yearbook Today!

The long awaited, highly anticipated Melges 17 Yearbook is now available online at One more time the Melges 17 dazzles the viewer with it's vision of speed and competitive sportboat racing. Featured previews include the 2009 Melges 17 U.S. National Championship and a recap of 2008, an interview with I.L.Y.A. Owners Representative Mary Anne Ward.

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© 2009 JH Peterson

Lesa Gutenkunst Wins The Melges 17 Midwinter Championship

The 2009 Melges 17 Midwinter Championship was held mid-March, unveiling the very first woman to ever win the coveted title — Lesa Gutenkunst from Pewaukee, Wisc. on the helm alongside her husband/crew John took top honors. Congratulations Lesa and John! Read The Full Final Report >>>

Day 2 Report: Wiggins and Hilgard Fight For the Midwinter Championship Lead
Zenda University Report: The Melges 17 Racing Season Kicks Off

Photo Gallery : 2009 Melges 17 Midwinter Championship By JH Peterson
Photo Gallery : 2009 Melges 17 Midwinter Championship

A very special thanks to the Andy Burdick and the Melges Team for their support with Zenda University, official apparel sponsor SLAM - Advanced Technology Sportswear and logistics partner Latis Yachting Solutions.

Palmetto Performance Yachting introduced a suitable compliment to Melges 17 Racing — the Velocitek's Speed Challenge! Congratulations to Midwinter Champion Lesa Gutenkunst and her husband John - they clocked 14.2 knots. A very special thanks to Velocitek for supporting the Melges 17!

2009 I.L.Y.A. Melges 17 Championship,
July 25-26, Website Now Open

The Minnetonka Yacht Club (MYC) is raring and ready to host the 2009 I.L.Y.A. Melges 17 Championship on July 25-26. Everyone is cordially invited to attend this inaugural event for MYC. Visit The Official Event Website where a host of regatta necessities can be found, including the Notice of Race (NOR), list of entries and accommodation options. Online Registration is available for this event. Do it now!

Stay close to the Official Event Website, I.L.Y.A., and for the latest news and updates.

Ramp Up To The 2009 Melges 17 National Championship, August 28-30

The 2009 Melges 17 U.S. National Championship will be here before you know it. Happening on August 28-30 — that's right, count it up — 1-2-3 days of sensational Melges 17 racing are scheduled for the fleet. Hosted by the Glen Lake Yacht Club in Glen Lake, Michigan, the red carpet is rolling out and the stops are being pulled to make this championship the very best ever!

View The Latest Nationals Update from Event Organizers Brad and Jandy Sprouse. They not only speak about all the cool things slated to happen at Nationals, but also offer up some other great events in the area such as the W.Y.M.A. Regatta, so you can prepare to be at the top of your game for the premiere Melges 17 event of the year.

Stay close to, Glen Lake Yacht Club and for all the latest news and updates.

Melges 17 Reminders : Melges 17 Parts. Visit your one and only provider of genuine Melges Performance Sailboats parts and accessories online today! The latest and greatest, ultimate gear Melges 17 products are for purchase at In addition, check out the coolest sportswear — hats, belts and vests. Go fast and look great on and off the water in 2009!

2009 Melges 17 Class Membership. Membership is a very important part of Melges 17 ownership. Join the class today and enjoy the incredible racing the M17 has to offer, as well as some other goodies — great friends, terrific regatta venues and much, much more! join the class today!

2009 Melges 17 Racing Is Hotter Than Ever

The Melges 17 racing season officially kicked off with Midwinters in Lake Eustis and rocked on to Charleston for the Easter Regatta. Now is the time to participate!

Lake Geneva Spring Regatta May 9-10 Lake Geneva, Wi

Blue Water Regatta June 12-14 Crystal Lake, Mi

I.L.Y.A. Melges 17 Championship July 25-26 Lake Minnetonka, MN

W.M.Y.A. Regatta August 6-9 Torch Lake, Mi

U.S. National Championship August 28-30 Glen Lake, Mi

Southeastern Regatta November 13-14 Lake Eustis, Fl

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