Buddy Melges Challenge 2015 – Women’s International Match Racing Series
The event is taking place in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA on Lake Michigan. Howth sailors Diana Kissane and Lizzie McDowell are teaming up with Ellen Cahill of Mayo Sailing Club to compete in the event along with the top six world ranked skippers out of a total of 11 boats. With the course set just off the beautiful Blue Harbour Resort in Sheboygan, the intense and exciting racing will be visible from the bluffs along Lake Michigan. The Buddy Melges Challenge will be raced in a fleet of totally equal Elliott 6Ms, the same boat type as in the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. The event is a Grade One match racing event and is named after the famous Olympian, America’s Cup sailor, boat builder, and Wisconsinite Buddy Melges, whose contributions to the sport have been long standing. The trophy for the event resides in the Sheboygan Yacht Club and is a replica of the America’s Cup.