May 2010

Buddy Melges (USA)

Olympic gold* in the Soling, two Star world titles and an America’s Cup victory in 1992… 26 January saw the Wizard of Zenda celebrate his 80th birthday. Incredible. This most gregarious and immensely popular of sailing talents has done so much for so many in the sport over the years. As fast in an ice boat (still) as a sailboat: ‘just watch the heel angle.’ *Did we mention an Olympic bronze in the Flying Dutchman in 1964 as well…
 Why they won
‘Duck hunting, ice boating and tinkering in the workshop most days’ – Buddy Melges at 80. ‘Percy and Bart have a way to go to compete with Buddy’s cabinet’ – Carol Cronin; ‘Percy and Simpson are extremely talented sailors making the most of a huge national Olympic programme, Buddy Melges is a legendary figure who has won in so many big classes and helped so many people along the way. For once I am voting for age over youth’ – Frederico Pinheiro.