Melges 20 Nationals

16 Melges 20s descended on Newport Harbor for the 2014 Audi US Melges 20 National Championship

This past weekend, 16 Melges 20s descended on Newport Harbor for the 2014 Audi US Melges 20 National Championship, hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, RI.

Overall winners Portobello, consisting of owner/helm Cesar Gomes Neto, tactician Andre Forseca and John Bowden, became the first non-U.S. team to claim the National title. "I only got into the fleet about a year-and-a-half ago and it has been amazing to be a part of," said Neto at the awards ceremony. "Many thanks to everyone who has helped us and supported us, most especially my crew."

Bacio, skippered by Michael Kiss with Willie McBride as headsail trimmer and Chris Rast as tactician©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
Morgan Kiss on Baciami, with tactician Mike Buckley, Max Nickbarg, and Jane Rew©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
Pacific Yankee, Owned by Drew Freides, with Chad Corning and Charlie Smythe, follow closely behind Jason Michas’s Midnight Blue.©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
While the majority of the fleet struggled with tricky, variable conditions on the inside race course in Newport Harbor, Portobello had no trouble posting three second place finishes to take the overall lead after the second day of racing.©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
The last race of the second day saw the steadiest conditions with 8 kts. Shortly after the gun, the fleet split left, center and right, and each team seemed to be searching for any advantage across the course.©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
Helmsman Jonas Kjellberg sets up for a start with Ulf Dahlgren and Johannes Lind Widestam aboard USA 202.©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
Canadian Owner Paul Currie sailed with two Americans, headsail trimmer Twila Rosiewich and main trimmer Mateo Vargas©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
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©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
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©2014 JOY | IAM20CA
The crew aboard Portobello, 2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champions — From left to right: Cesar Gomes Neto, John Bowden and Andre Forseca©2014 JOY | IAM20CA