Melges 17 Spring Championship - New Champions Declared!

Melges 17 Spring Championship - New Champions Declared!

14 May 2006

14 MAY 2006, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin ? Congratulations to Iggy and Andy Labanauskus as they are the 2006 Melges 17 Spring Championship Champions! After Saturday's total washout on races, Sunday proved to be anything else but. The rain was gone and the surf was up!

Three races took place and again we have new winners in the Melges 17 Class. This is the fourth major championship for the Melges 17 Class and each event has declared a new winner: 2005 Nationals went to Art Brereton, 2006 Midwinters was captured by Brian McMurray and this past March in Charleston, Kirk and Ian Donaldson took home the Easter Regatta title. The '06 Spring Champions are Iggy and Andy Labanauskus! This dynamic duo had to conquer all of the above in order to win this title and they did it in incredible fashion. It was down to the last race and the last run.

Three boats were tied going into the last heat. Brereton, Donaldson and Bill Wiggins all were tied. Labanauskus was a point back but battled to pass most of these sailors in the final race to win the regatta. Sailing with a brand new boat that was definitely tuned up and out of the box fast!

Race Winners on the final day were as follows:
Race One: Art Brereton
Race Two: Jeff Lewis He and his son won the second race in fashion. Jeff is a brand new Melges 17 racer from Ashland, Wisconsin. They picked up their new M17 named Hot Sauce in Zenda on Friday and were winners on Sunday - not bad!!
Race Three: Iggy Labanauskus


The Lake Geneva Yacht Club hosted a fantastic regatta squeezing in three races Sunday. Mike Sherin was our PRO and Bob Winter did the scoring. Thank you for all the hard work. The LGYC is gearing up to hold the 2006 Melges 17 National Championship - certainly, this will be a historic event. Early estimates tell us we may get well over 30 boats for this event!

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Photo: Iggy and Andy Labanauskus racing USA-151 to a final race victory! Pure Speed and Real Fun on the Melges 17!
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