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Melges 14 Midwinters at Sarasota

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Midwinter Championship

March 17 – 19, 2017
Sarasota Sailing Squadron
Sarasota, Florida

The Regatta
In March Sarasota Sailing Squadron will play host to the first annual Melges 14 Midwinters fleet. With at least 25 boats on the line, the racing on Sarasota Bay is shaping up to be the largest gathering of Melges 14s since the boat’s inception. Be there!

Go to the official event webpage here. The Notice of Race is posted at the bottom of this page.

Don’t Miss out on the Fun! Don’t have a Melges 14, yet?
Regatta demos and boat charters were available, but have been spoken for. Questions regarding charter boats? Email Eddie Cox at

There is still time to have a boat manufactured and delivered to Sarasota free of charge by Shoreline in time for the regatta. Contact us at

About Sarasota Sailing Squadron
Sarasota Sailing Squadron offers some of the best sailing on Florida’s West Coast and is a great venue for One Design racing. Every year around mid March, One Design fleets from all over the USA and Canada escape the winter’s chill and participate in the “One Design Midwinters”, an event that has been going for almost 25 years. Back then, Andy Hodgeson and Jim Barr were spending back-to-back weekends running individual One Design regattas, often for small fleets of 10 boats or less. Then, one day, following a discussion during a snack of coffee and donuts, they decided to combine all the One Design fleets the following year into one grand regatta, thus the Sarasota One Design Midwinters was born.

SSS has hosted midwinter fleets that include the E Scow, MC Scow, International Canoe, Daysailer, Albacore, S2 7.9, VX One, Windmill and Flying Scot, I-20, Laser and Viper 640… and now include the Melges 14!

Find out more about the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on their Visiting Sailors page.

Expected Weather in March
In Sarasota the month of March is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 74°F to 79°F over the course of the month, exceeding 84°F or dropping below 66°F only one day in ten.


About the Melges 14
Built by Melges and designed by Reichel Pugh, the Melges 14™ exudes innovation and excellence in one design sailing. It’s speed, quality, durability, comfort and fun wrapped into one dynamic and modern sailing package. In development for over two years, it offers a fun and exciting upwind and downwind experience when compared to other boats in its size range. Perfect for all ages, it features a large, comfortable open cockpit — so no bailing. An ultra-cool carbon mast and boom complements its modern, yet flexible sail plan (full or mid-range). You can either car top or tow it behind any vehicle. It’s easy to move it around on a custom Melges 14 dolly. It’s a fantastic beach boat — a fun, family-style sailboat or a one-design racing platform.

Lets sail cool boats — the new Melges 14!

More information about the Melges 14 or Melges 14 Midwinter Championship
Shoreline has boats in stock! Contact Darren and Kyle at Shoreline Sailboats:

One Design
Midwinter Regatta
Sarasota Sailing Squadron
Notice of Race
March 17-19, 2017

1. Organizing Authority
The organizing authority is the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.

2. Rules
The regatta will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) for 2017-2020 and applicable One         Design Class Rules.

3. Eligibility
The regatta is open to all one design classes with seven (7) or more entries. Expected classes include,       but are not limited to: Melges 14, E Scows, MC Scows,Finn, Albacore, Windmill and Windsurfers.

4. Registration and Fees
4.1. 3-day racing: $150.00 per boat; includes Friday Opening Social, 1 Saturday Dinner Ticket & 1 T-Shirt (open to M14, Windmill and Albacore,– other classes may be added to 3 days of racing)
4.2. 2-day racing: $95.00 per boat; includes Friday Opening Social, 1 Saturday Dinner Ticket & 1 T-Shirt
4.3. 1 day racing (MC Scow) $40.00; Friday Opening Social; 1 T-shirt
4.4. $30 Late Fee for paid registrations received after midnight on March 6, 2017.
4.5 Extra T Shirt $15.00
4.6. Extra Dinner Tickets are $20.
4.7. Early registration is available at

5. Schedule of Events Friday, March 17, 2017
0900-1000 Registration
1030 Skippers meeting for 3 day sailors
1200 Warning Signal for first race of the day
1300 Warning Signal for MC Scow race and practice races (E Scow – other classes may be added)
1700 Opening Social
Saturday, March 18, 2017
0900-1000 Registration
1030 Skippers Meeting
1130 Warning Signal for first race of the day
Dinner to Follow Racing
Sunday, March 19, 2017
1030 Warning Signal for first race of the day
1400 No new races to start after this time
Awards to Follow Racing

6. Sailing Instructions
Sailing instructions and Courses will be available at Registration and at the event website listed above      in section 4.5.

7. Race Area
Racing will be in Sarasota Bay.

8. Boats and Measurement
For all classes, boat hulls, sails and foils shall meet the measurement standards as prescribed by the          class association.

9. Scoring
9.1 One race will constitute a regatta.
9.2 Scoring instructions for each fleet will be in the SIs.

10. Prizes
Awards will be given out according to the number of registrants in each class and will be at the               discretion of the Organizing Authority.

11. Disclaimer of Liability
Competitors participate in a regatta entirely at their own risk. See Rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during or after the regatta.

12. Parking
The Sarasota Sailing Squadron is a very active sailing club. Parking is available for trailers and cars outside of the main entrance. Any cars/trailers parked inside the club blocking a member’s boat/trailer will be towed at the owner’s expense.

13. Accommodations
Tent camping is available for $10 on the SSS grounds. We have limited RV camping on a first come first serve basis and reservations should be made with the club management at 941388-2355. RV parking is $30.00 per night.

14. Further Information
Richard Elsishans – Race Captain
Craig Bridges – Club Manager
Host Club: Sarasota Sailing Squadron
1717 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236