Welch/Ratliff Win 2019 U.S. Melges 24 National Ranking Series Titles
Monday, December 16, 2019 8:12 PM
(16 December 2019) - With the completion of the first Bacardi Winter Series’ event, the 2019 Melges 24 racing season in the U.S. is officially over. As the Class looks forward to a red hot 2020, it is super thrilled to congratulate Kevin Welch with Jeff Madrigali at the helm of MiKEY as the very first USM24CA National Ranking Champions (Open), and Megan Ratliff’s Decorum team are the big Corinthian victors.
It has been a wildly successful inaugural year for the National Ranking Series boosting Melges 24 participation all across America and Canada, featuring eight world-class events which welcomed 97 teams representing seven countries.
Welch raced five out of eight events beating runner-up, 2019 North American Champion Travis Weisleder on Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team by three points. Wes Whitmyer’s Slingshot finished the year strong in third place. Canada’s Richard Reid on Zingara followed in fourth, then Bruce Ayres’ Monsoon. These are five very strong teams that are certain to be back for the 2020 season and tougher to beat than ever.
The all-amatuer division was hotly contested with Ratliff as the clear winner ahead of 2019 Corinthian U.S. National Champ Steve Suddath on 3 ½ Men, followed by reigning Corinthian North American Champion Fraser McMillian on Sunnyvale from Canada in third. Michael Lenkeit’s Rapscallion finished in fourth and 2019 Canadian National Champion Roger Counihan on Jaws is fifth.
From left to right, top to bottom. Row 1: Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog / Gill Race Team; Wes Whitmyer, Slingshot. Row 2: Steve Suddath, 3 1/2 Men; Fraser McMillan, Sunnyvale. Row 3: Richard Reid, Zingara; Bruce Ayres, Monsoon. Row 4: (lower right) Michael Lenkeit, Rapscallion; Roger Counihan, Jaws
The 2019 USM24CA National Ranking Series overall event winners are:
No. 1: Bacardi Cup Invitational - (ITA) Andrea Pozzi, Bombarda
No. 2: Sperry Charleston Race Week - (USA) Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog / Gill Race Team
No. 3: U.S. National Championship - (USA) Michael Goldfarb, Warcanoe
No. 4: NYYC One Design Regatta - (CAN) Richard Reid, Zingara
No. 5: Columbia Gorge Regatta - (USA) Kevin Welch/Jeff Madrigali, MiKEY
No. 6: North Americans - (USA) Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog / Gill Race Team
No. 7: California Cup - (USA) Kent Pierce, Average White Boat
No. 8: Canadian National Championship - (USA) Roger Counihan, Jaws