Yacht club seeks volunteers for prestigious sailing race

Melges 24 Worlds coming to Victoria for the first time

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club hosts the 2018 Melges 24 World Championships in 2018 – a first for Canada.

The regatta will run under the authorization of the International Melges 24 Class Association.

RVYC is the home to the largest Melges 24 Fleet in Canada, and in 2014 hosted the highly successful Melges 24 Canadian Championships that attracted 36 boats and featured epic racing off the waterfront of Victoria.

The concept for the Melges 24 sport boat was developed by Buddy Melges in 1992 after he was an integral part of the crew that won the America’s Cup in San Diego.

Past World Championships have been held in Europe, the US and Australia. This is the first time they will be held in Canada.

The annual regatta is one of the most prestigious one-design regattas in the world with the participants including Olympic medalists, America’s Cup sailors and Volvo Round the World racers.

The 2016 Melges 24 Worlds will be held in Miami, Florida and though the event is still a year away almost 100 boats are registered, including one from Victoria.

Regatta chair John Edwards is on the lookout for volunteers to help make this the best Melges 24 World Championship ever.

For more information, email 2018melges24worlds@gmail.com or call 250-216- 2478.