Good Times at the Melges 14 U.S. National Championship



Lake Geneva Yacht Club

Lake Geneva Yacht Club

Good Times at the Melges 14 U.S. National Championship

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (June 7, 2019) – The first day of racing is in the books at the annual Melges 14 U.S. National Championship. Three days of racing are in store for the weekend with eight races scheduled – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 7-9.

Erik Bowers

Erik Bowers

Today’s three races were all dominated by Erik Bowers from Minnetonka, Minnesota. Erik leads the event with a picket fence, followed by Chapman Petersen, Vincent Porter, Eddie Cox, and Andy Burdick.

“I went out of my way to come to this event and it’s been a lot of fun,” said Bowers. “Everyone in this fleet is really great.”


The Melges 14 fleet is grounded in both racing and camaraderie, so this event is no exception. Saturday night will feature a lakeside cookout hosted by the Lake Geneva Yacht Club in the beautiful Buddy Melges Sailing Center.

Going into this event, the Melges 14 World League standings were tight, with a three-way tie for first place between Josh Landers, Adam Ankers, and Daniel Thielman. With 40 valuable points up for grabs at this event, it will undoubtedly be exciting to watch the leaderboard shake out.

Racing will continue tomorrow.



Follow the on-the-water reporting on the @MelgesUSA Instagram Story where you’ll find photos and drone footage posted throughout the event.


Come race with the Melges 14 fleet at the upcoming Melges 14 World League events. Next up: Melges 14 Scarlino Cup (Scarlino, Italy) and Melges 14 Southern Championship (Lake Lanier, Georgia).


Contact a local dealer or the Melges Team to learn more about buying a new boat.


Designed by Reichel/Pugh, the Melges 14 is a modern singlehanded one-design with the ability to sail with two. With its large and open transom, there’s never a need to bail. The carbon mast and boom complement its flexible sail plan with three rigs: Gold, Blue and Red. With boats in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa, the Melges 14 is becoming a one-design fleet for the masses. Sailors can order a custom Melges 14 dolly, easily car top it or tow it behind any vehicle. It’s a perfect beach boat, family sailboat or a one-design racing platform. It’s speed, quality, durability, comfort and fun wrapped into one dynamic sailing package. Learn more at

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