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Mini Maxi Shockwave Dominates at Key West

January 25, 2013 · Posted by kate

Shockwave Dominates in Battle of the Mini Maxis

Shockwave Wins 7 Races in 2013 Quantum Key West Race Week
Strong turnout in the Reichel/Pugh designed Melges 24 & Melges 32 Classes

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George Sakellaris’ RP72 Shockwave sailing in the 2012 Key West Race Week, Photo Courtesy of Rick Tomlinson


2012 Key West Race Week 2013     
January 20th-25th 2013, Key West, Florida -USA

Congratulations to George Sakellaris and the crew of the Reichel/Pugh designed/engineered and McConaghy built 72’ Mini Maxi SHOCKWAVE for winning the Mini Maxi Division in the 2013 Key West Race Week. In epic Key West race conditions, George Sakellaris match raced his Reichel/Pugh mini maxi Shockwave to seven bullets over Hap Fauth’s new Bella Mente to win the Mini Maxi class with a day in hand.

The crew of Shockwave have gotten the 2013 season off to a superb start with the Key West result.  Their Key West result followed a convincing win over Bella Mente off Palm Beach in December’s Sailfish Ocean Challenge, by winning three of four races in the eight boat IRC Class.

In 2012 Sakellaris helmed Shockwave to an overall win in the 635nm Newport – Bermuda race.
Under the prior ownership of Neville Crichton, Shockwave was the overall winner of the 2010 Mediterranean classic, the 243 nm Giraglia Race and the 2009 Mini Maxi Rolex Cup.


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Melges 32 Racing in the 2012 Key West Race Week, Photo Courtesy of Joy Dunnigan

The Reichel/Pugh designed Melges 24 and Melges 32 also had some terrific racing with Full Throttle earning the ultimate honor of being named Quantum Boat of the Week.

Brian Porter (Lake Geneva, WI) and his team on Full Throttle battled it out with Alec Cutler (Pembroke, Bermuda) and the Hedgehog crew in the Melges 24 class of 23 boats. Full Throttle won Race 9 to build a cushion then placed third in Race 10 to seal a three-point victory over Hedgehog, which got the gun in the final start.
“It couldn’t have been a nicer week. We had great wind, great competition and great race committee work,” Porter was quoted saying, who has now captured Melges 24 class three times at Key West.

Andrea Pozzi of Italy took up the sport of sailing a year and a half ago and showed he is a quick study, winning the Melges 32 class in just his fifth regatta. Bombarda finished first or second in six of 12 races and led the 11-boat fleet from start to finish, holding off a late surge by Leenabarca (Alex Jackson, Riverside, CT).   “This is a dream. It is the first regatta we have won so that makes its particularly special. We will always remember Key West 2013,” Pozzi was quoted saying. “It was a tactically difficult regatta with a lot of wind changes. It was very exciting sailing, lots of adrenalin every day.” Third place in the 32 class went to Keisuke Suzuki’s Swing from Japan.

Visit the builder’s websites for the yachts at:               for McConaghy Boats (builders of Shockwave)                                  for Melges Performance Sailboats (builders of the Melges 24 and Melges 32)

RP72 Shockwave Success in the 2012 Copa Del Rey

August 16, 2012 · Posted by kate

31st Copa Del Rey Audi Mapfre 2012,     
July 14th -21st 2012, Real Club Náutico de Palma, Palma de Mallorca – Spain

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