Inside Melges

Featuring the History of the Melges Rabbit Ears, Drone Footage of Melges 20s, Chilean Melges 24s, E Scow Third Hands, and more
Inside News from Melges Performance Sailboats

We’ve been firing on all cylinders in Zenda, Wisconsin at the Melges Headquarters. Every single boat that leaves our shop is crafted with the utmost precision. Most recently, we’ve been building Melges 14s, Melges E Scows, Melges C Scows, Melges MCs, and Melges X Boats. Last year we built over 100 Melges 14s! This year is shaping up to be another great year for the new fleet with lots of 14s already in production. We recently shipped out 3 of these speed machines to Japan, and in the current production line we’re building 10 bound for Germany. To get scow country ready for the new season, we’ve been building a great number of boats including a 2017 Melges E Scow soon to be in the hands of Jeff Solum of the Minnetonka Yacht Club.

Successful Launch of the Melges World League in Miami
The Melges World League is officially off to the races! The new worldwide racing format unites global circuits for an active 2017 season of professionally managed events.

The League is in full gear, starting off with a light winds at the Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta. Congratulations to regatta winners Jason Michas and Midnight Blue! Drew Freides and Pacific Yankee placed second overall with Igor Rytov taking third, tying for points aboard the new Russian Bogatyrs. Congratulations to Corinthian champions Jay Golison and Midlife Crisis.

The racing wasn’t the only heated competition during the event: the Miami Winter Regatta Selfie Contest got teams campaigning for the most likes. Congratulations to Wes Whitmyer and the SlingSHOT team for taking home the prize. The final showdown of the Miami Winter Series will be March 3-5 in Coconut Grove. Rob Wilber’s Cinghiale has promised another smashing good pig roast, and of course, get ready to party it up at the Melges Rocks Party on Saturday.

Let’s go to the drone footage & regatta photos here.

History of the Melges Rabbit Ears
This version has been shortened from the original, handwritten story by Buddy Melges.

The Rabbit Ears first came into the world in 1965 when Cuppy Goes, the head of Goes Lithography, brought to Zenda what he thought identified both sails and Melges all in one. Cuppy used two jib shapes back to back to create what would evolve into the Melges Sails emblem, identifying all Melges Sails. The two jibs were mirrored — One was blue, and one was red. The cursive “Melges Sails, Zenda, Wis” drew the reader’s eyes. In 1996, Melges Sails, Inc. joined forces with North Sails, the number one international sailmaker, to establish North Sails Zenda. The business, the sails, and the boats have continually evolved since the days of the original rabbit ears. In 2005, Melges Boat Works officially rebranded to Melges Performance Sailboats. Today, the rabbit ears signify Performance. Family. Leadership. Speed. Unparalleled Customer Service. Innovation. History. Community. And the Ultimate One-Design Sailing.

What do they mean to you?

We just received word from Sailing World that the magazine is searching for personal stories from sailors about their own one-design class. In the new ‘My Class, My Story’ column, Sailing World’s editor Dave Reed invites sailors to write about one-design boats and the communities that make them stand out. Here at Melges, we’re confident that we have some very special one-design communities. Dave says, “They’re simply fiberglass objects that provide us immense pleasure, a competitive outlet, and a social network for life. It’s the people and the stories that make each of them unique. So I invite you to share your story, your class. Write me at” We would love to hear from you, so we can share it too:

Will you tell us your story about your one-design community?

Tell Your Story

Melges 40 Grand Prix — Inaugural Event
The Melges 40 Grand Prix will be the ultimate one-design keelboat racing series. The inaugural event will take place April 19th – 22nd at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club.

Next, the Melges 40s will head to Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia for the second event in the Melges 40 Grand Prix, June 14th – 17th.

Blistering Winds & Tight Competition at Monaco’s Primo Cup
It came down to the wire in the Melges 20 class – The top 3 boats battled it out at the Primo Cup hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco. Up until the final race, Achille Onorato onboard Mascalzone Lantino could not have predicted his victory because Matteo Marenghi Vaselli with Raya was close on his heels. They ended up finishing with equal points, closely followed by International Melges 20 Class Association President Manfredi Vianini Tolomei and Maolca. Click the image above to check out the 360-degree video onboard Raya captured by renown photographer Carlo Borlenghi. More photos here.

Melges 24 NorAm Championship — Get to the Gorge!
Submitted by the Melges 24 2017 NorAm Championship Committee

Welcome to the Melges 24 2017 NorAm Championship, hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association in cooperation with USM24CA and CM24CA in Cascade Locks, Oregon July 19-22. This will be Stage 2 of the 2017 NorAm Tour. The NorAm Championship draws sailors from Canada, the US, and around the world.

The Melges 24 class is making an enthusiastic return to the site of the hugely successful 2015 CSR Marine Melges 24 US National Championship for four days of what two-time Olympic medalist, America’s Cup sailor, and multiple Melges 24 World Champion Jonathan McKee calls, “Some of the most spectacular sailing in the world.”

Visitors to the Gorge will be captivated by its breathtaking beauty and reliable warm wind at the transition from rainforest to desert where snow-capped volcanoes make streams that cut through steep tree-lined walls to create 600-foot waterfalls down to the Columbia River below. The Gorge is a crowned destination for windsurfers, kite boarders, mountain bikers, hikers, skiers, and many outdoor enthusiasts.

“This is just an excellent spot to race Melges boats! You are virtually guaranteed to have wind…just the right amount of wind for some exciting performance sailing. The entire atmosphere there is family-oriented. This is one of the best venues I’ve raced in, for sure. Melges boats are designed to be moved around, transported, and rigged easily — Get to the Gorge!” said Andy Burdick, President of Melges Performance Sailboats.

Sally Lang of San Francisco agrees: “Sailing the Gorge…was the most fun Team Posse has ever had…We’re coming back for more!”

Here’s to a great regatta!
The Melges 24 2017 NorAm Championship Committee

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Magical Melges 24 Chilean Nationals
We are a worldwide Melges community! 🇨🇱

Congratulations to Pablo Gallyas’ Magic Marine team for taking the Chilean National Championship title.

Read more on the regatta here.

Starting off the Melges 24 European Sailing Series
The Melges 24 European fleet is launching into a new season! The kickoff will be in Port Oroz, Slovenia in April, followed by five more events through the season. The second event will lead sailors to Riva del Garda, Italy. Next, sailors will head to Marstrand, Sweden for an event hosted together with the Swedish and Nordic Championships in June. In what’s shaping up to be an incredible event, the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship is coming to Helsinki, Finland July 28 to August 4. The fifth event will go to Medemblik, Netherlands in September. The European Series will conclude with the Lino Favini Cup in Luino, Italy in October.

Learn more about the Melges 24 European Sailing Series here.