‘The Melges 32 North American Championship 2011 was hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, RI, USA from the 29th to the 31st July 2011. Melges 32 North American Championship’s final day has resulted in a stunning victory for 20 year old Ryan DeVos aboard Volpe. Ed Baird called tactics while Dick DeVos, Scott Nixon, Sam Rogers, Mike Hill, Drew Weirda, Alex Clegg and Cary Seigler served as crew.
July 2011 News
The Max-Z86, owned by brothers Dick and Doug DeVos, crossed at 5:55:21 p.m. Sunday. At 27 hours, 35 minutes, 21 seconds, the 86-foot canting keeler out of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Michigan finished very fast in the annual 333-mile race from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Mich.
Windquest, the Max Z86 sailed by Dick and Doug DeVos out of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Holland, was the first in a field of 311 racing boats to finish the 103rd sailing of the Chicago-to-Mackinac race. Windquest completed the world’s longest annual freshwater race at 6:55 p.m. on Sunday. The 85.8-foot Windquest, which led the Turbo class out of Chicago Harbor at 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, completed the 333 nautical-mile course in 27 hours, 35 minutes.
Sometime just before midnight a savage storm lashed the still-racing fleet with winds in excess of 50 knots; sheet lightning and lashing, horizontal rain and hail. Unlike most microbursts that are heavy on intensity and light on longevity, this particular storm had the legs to go for miles. For some boats, this intensity/durability combination proved disastrous. Free Agent, a Schock 35 was dismasted, and—horrifically—WingNuts, a Kiwi 35 capsized, putting all sailors in the soup.