Melleby and Revkin are the winners of the 2019 Vintage Gold Cup
Sunday, October 6, 2019 9:05 AM
After an eight-race series with very challenging conditions, Eivind Melleby from Norway and Joshua Revkin from Boston, are the 2019 Vintage Gold Cup winners with an impressive four bullets in the score sheet.
A beautiful brisk and sunny morning welcomed the 26 teams competing at the Gull Lake Yacht Club. The wind was blowing from the southeast at about 12 knots and soon the fleet was on the water very eager to get going with the final three races scheduled on the last day.
Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua Revkin (USA) were leading the series by a mere three point advantage over Lars Grael (BRA) and Arnis Baltins (USA), and the competition between the two on the race course was palpable. On the first of today’s three races, the Norwegian team got the their third bullet and the Brazilian team was right behind them in second. In the second race, Olympic medalist Lars Grael was the first across the finish line. Evind Melleby scored the highest number of the series, a 10th, which was then was dropped after the last race. The playing field remained open between the two for the final race. The Norwegian/American duo did not miss their opportunity to win the race and the series, while Grael/Baltins scored a fifth that brought them into second overall at the 2019 Vintage Gold Cup regatta. Arthur Anosov and Dave Caesar (USA) are third overall, with just seven points from the winners. They were very consistent on the last two days of the regatta, winning two races and claiming two seconds out of today’s three races.
“It was good that we pulled the longer straw in the last race to seal the deal.” Commented Star World Champion Eivind Melleby. “We had some troubles in today’s second race and we were back in the pack, but we luckily sorted that out. It’s been great racing here at the Vintage Gold Cup, with the lake very shifty conditions, we even had a couple of auto-tacks today and it is always fun. We had a good week, it’s fantastic to sail on these beautiful wooden boats and seeing 26 of them on the line is just a great sight.”
“Dilly Dilly is a fantastic boat the Jon VanderMolen gave us.” Added crew Josh Revkin, he continued, “We loved it, everything was working very well and we are very happy to have won it for him.”
The perpetual “Robert M. Boudeman Family Trophy” will pass tonight from the hands of the two time Vintage Gold Cup, Paul Cayard, to Eivind and Josh, at the official awards ceremony at the impressive Gilmore Car Museum.
Co-chair of the event Don Parfet, will also receive the prize for winning the Classic category, reserved to wooden Star boats that have a wooden mast and boom.
“It was a fabulous event, I am biased of course!” Said Don Parfet, “but we have four classic rigs and I have the privilege of winning that category with the oldest boat in the fleet, it was a lot of fun. We had tight racing among the Classic and super tight among the Performance wooden boats, so I couldn’t be happier about the turnout and the conditions... maybe just a little cold but we are sailors, we love it like that! In a few months we will begin to think about the 2020 edition, there’ll be a lot more to come, we’re going to have to find more wooden boats because more sailors want to join this event!”
Top 10 after 8 races:
1. Eivind Melleby Joshua Revkin NOR 5177
2. Lars Grael Arnis Baltins BRA 5805
3. Arthur Anosov Dave Caesar USA 4985
4. Tomas Hornos Jon Klerk USA 4648
5. Paul Cayard Danny Cayard USA 4789
6. Larry Whipple Austin Sperry USA 4736
7. Mark Reynolds Hal Haenel USA 4504
8. Luke Lawrence Bryne Milne USA 4583
9. Bobby Lippincott Chad Easley USA 4876
10. Mylse Pritchard TC Belco BAH 5093