Lately, it’s seemed like the Melges 24 class, now over 20 years old, has been overshadowed by the sudden influx of new sport boat designs. While European events for the class continue to roll up big numbers, U.S. events have averaged only 30 to 40 boats, and even the last world championship, held in San Francisco in 2013, attracted a modest 65 boats. But, if preregistration numbers for the upcoming world championship in Miami this November are any indication, the class may be on the verge of a big uptick. As of late April, 120 boats were registered, with more than 75 of those from North America. “We’re hoping to break the record of 129 boats set in Garda four years ago,” says event organizer Petey Crawford. And it appears that may happen.