Elite Keelboat Regatta 1
Charleston Race Week
California Cup
Madness Regatta
Key West Race Week


US Nationals
Miami Invitational
Summer Sportboat SF
Puget Sound Spring Regatta
Charleston Race Week


Worlds 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Europeans 1
US Nationals 1,2,4,5,7,9,10
US Nationals (Corinthian)
Charleston Race Week 1,2,4
Santa Barbara Fiesta Cup 1,2
Seattle NOOD 1,2
Muskegon Champs 1
Miami Bacardi Race Week 1
Key West 1


Worlds 1,2,3,4,5,6*,7*,9,10
Europeans  1
Chile Nationals 1
Bacardi Miami Week 1,2,3
Pacific Coasts  1,2,3,4
Charleston RW  1,2,3,4,5,6,8
Key West RW  1,2,3,4,5,6


North Americans
US Nationals  1,2*,3,4,5,7,8,10
Davis Island Regatta 1,2,3,4
Charleston RW  1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10
Key West RW  1,4,5,6,7,8,10
Miami Bacardi Cup 1,2,3,5*,6,7,8,9


Worlds Corinthian  1,2,3
US Nationals  1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10
US Nationals Corinthian  1,2,5
Europeans  1,3


Worlds   1,2,3,4,5
Key West Race Week   1


Worlds   1,2,3,4,5*,6,7,8,10
Europeans 1,2,3*,4,5,7,9,10

Recent News
Zeke Horowitz joins the North Sails Chesapeake Team

Charleston Race Week

North Sails powered teams won 7 out of the 8 one-design classes!

Melges 24 Q&A

Congratulations Connor Clarke, #1 M24 Madness Regatta!

Key West: Black Seal Interview

Congratulations Richard Thompson and team Black Seal


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Charleston Race Week
Charleston Race Week
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2016 Melges 24 Madness Regatta
Congratulations Connor Clarke's Embarr Team!
© Petey Crawford/Penalty Box Productions
2016 Key West - Melges 24 Winner
Congratulations Team Black Seal!
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2015 Melges 24 US Nationals
Congratulations Team Full Trottle/Brian Porter
2014 Melges 24 US Nationals
Team Accru + skippered by Kevin Nixon, 1st Corinthian team!
2014 Melges 24 Nationals
Team Full Trottle/Brian Porter, overall winner!
2013 Melges 24 Worlds
Congrats Brian Porter! North 1,2,3,4,5,6*,7*,9,10!
© Pierrick Contin
2013 Bacardi Cup
Melges 24 Winner Riccardo Simoneschi and his team on AUDI.


Melges 24 Sails - North Sails is the leader in one design sailmaking. On this page, you will find information about our complete line of Melges 24 sail models, Melges 24 tuning advice, Melges 24 frequently asked questions and Melges 24 news and results from the race course.

AP-3K All-Purpose Mainsail

#1 2015 & 2014 US Nationals!    

The full radial AP-3K mainsail is manufactured in paneled black Kevlar ZZ-09 laminate, the sail is also available in 3DL as detailed below.

2013 World Champions. Photo Pierrick Contin
Mainsail standard features:

  • Class insignia
  • Sail numbers
  • Epoxy battens How to tension battens?
  • Vision window
  • Spreader window
  • Leech line
  • Leech tell tales
  • Long roll bag
  • ISAF in house measurement
  • Class royalty label
  • Sail bag

AP-3DL All-Purpose 3DL Mainsail

The AP-3DL mainsail manufactured from Kevlar 600M is our top of the rangethermo molded 3DL sail, which offers a stronger more durable sail withgreater performance and longevity.

Mainsail standard features:

  • Class insignia
  • Sail numbers
  • Epoxy battens How to tension battens?
  • Vision window
  • Spreader window
  • 3 trim stripes
  • Leech line
  • Leech tell tales
  • Long roll bag
  • ISAF in house measurement
  • Class royalty label
  • Sail bag

J-7K All-Purpose Jib

#1 2015 & 2014 US Nationals!   

The full radial J-7K perfectly compliments the AP-3 Range of mainsails it is also manufactured from black Kevlar ZZ-09. It is an all purpose jib built to our championship winning design. The J-7 Jib features "vertical batten" (VB) design,which delivers slightly more sail area and better shape control than we were able to build last year. The addition of those three battens eliminates some of the leech hollow and for a straighter cleaner leech,particularly on the upper sections.The new batten pockets have openings at the leech to allow for easy batten removal.

2013 Worlds in San Francisco. Photo Pierrick Contin
Jib standard features:

  • Epoxy battens
  • Vision window
  • Leech line
  • Leech tell tales
  • Trim tell tales
  • Long roll bag
  • ISAF in house measurement
  • Class royalty label
  • Roll bag

J-Zero Kevlar Jib

#1 2012 North Americans!

This fullradial all purpose jib was designed with a slightly fuller entry thanthe J-7, which makes this jib extremely easy to steer in all sea andwind conditions. Made out of black Kevlar ZZ-09 the J-Zero Jib features"vertical batten" (VB) design, which delivers slightly more sail areaand better shape control than we were able to build last year. Theaddition of those three battens eliminates some of the leech hollow andfor a straighter cleaner leech, particularly on the upper sections. Thenew batten pockets have openings at the leech to allow for easy battenremoval.

Jib standard features:

  • Harken clew blocks
  • Leech/foot cord
  • Leech telltale
  • Telltales
  • Cunningham and downhaul line
  • Windows
  • Roll bag

Max Runner Spinnaker

#1 2015 & 2014 US Nationals!    

2013 Key West Race Wek
The North Max Runner, previously known as the VMG, is designed for running in all conditions. It is a great all-around spinnaker that can sail deeper than any other sail on the market and is open enough to sail up to defend your position when necessary.

Cut very full in the luff, which supports a lot of projected luff area, the North Max Runner runs very deep and is easy to keep up to speed.

Because the leech of the sail is relatively open, this sail also performs well when the wind is up or very light and forward of the beam.

Under the rules, you are allowed to have two spinnakers on board, having the North Max Runner in combination with the North Power Zone Reacher is highly recommended.

For a one-spinnaker program, we recommend this as the spinnaker of choice! This sail works great in all conditions!

P-1 Reacher Spinnaker

#1 2015 US Nationals!

The North P-1 Reacher is powerful to get you over the waves, and it is also open in the leech with a flatter luff curve so that when you press up for speed the boat accelerates and planes without the overpowered feeling. This sail gets you in the power zone more quickly.The power zone is the zone where the boat is powered up and planning freely, not bound up or over heeled. We use this sail in all planning conditions and it is also very fast in light air, especially when there is chop.

Under the rules, you are allowed to have two spinnakers on board, having the North P-1 Reacher in combination with the North Max Runner is highly recommended.

"We were fast downwind and that allowed our team to get away with leads we normally would not have. If there is pressure, this new P-1 spinnaker is a must have on your Melges 24." --  Brian Porter, 2015 Nationals, Cascade Locks

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Tuning your Melges 24 for Speed

>> Download the North Melges 24 Tuning Guide

>> Watch Melges 24 Tuning Clinic with Vince Brun, Andy Burdick and Chris Larson

Have a Question? Ask the Melges 24 Experts

Melges 24 FAQs:

When do you use the M24 Reacher instead of the Runner?

Harry Melges: The PZR (Power Zone Reacher) is good from 0-5 mostly when it is choppy but for sure 0-3 when it is flat water too.  Also again when it is windy and wavy over 18 or so and again when it is flat water over 22....  For sure in waves and big breeze the PZR is much easier to steer to and faster...

What are the I, J, P, E measurements for the Melges 24?

The Melges 24 measurements can be found at the Melges 24 class website.
The address is:

What's the most efficient way to move up in the standings?

Vince Brun: In my opinion we all have lots of strengths and weakness when racing and sometimes we need to take a "cold" look on the past races to see what are our worst problems. I have run clinics were the sailors asked about tuning when their major problem was starting and rounding marks. Look back on your races and try to identify the problems you had and rate them from the most to the least important. After you have identified the problem, solving will be a lot easier.

I've just put a Micronet Tacktick Windvane on the boat, so I can measure VMG, etc. My next question is. What's the best way to use instruments for boat-speed? Are there polar plots available for the boat, target speeds, etc? What's the best way to go fast when racing with instruments?

Vince Brun: I'm not a instrument guy even thought when sailing big boats we all take advantage of it. On a smaller and lighter boat the instruments aren't as important.

I do think that the boat speed is helpful, to sail the Melges around the race course, but nothing better than working on the "relative" speed against other boats. When boats are near you, nothing else will be more accurate on judging performance. Most definitely the VMG numbers aren't very practical since they will be changing extremely fast and is not very helpful with the helming. This is also true on bigger heavier boats. Boat speed is the only number that should be used and could be a good help with keeping a crew from sailing high and slow during critical periods of the race.

Can you give me some advice about jib car position? I normally use the jib car so that the piston hits the top of the third bolt from the back of the track. In heavy winds I move one hole back and in light winds I move the car one hole forward. It seems that regardless of wind conditions, I end up with the jib car about 3" in front of the cabin top.

Vince Brun:   My strategy is to adjust to ensure the jib luffs evenly top to bottom. Correct, but the M24 requires an open upper leech and tight sheet trim, so that the top will always luff a bit sooner than the bottom tell tale.

What's the right weight distribution fore-aft when going upwind? At what conditions should the knuckle at the bow be in or out of the water?

Vince Brun:  Knuckle should always be under water. This will make the waterline length bigger and therefore higher speed. Even if you have waves the bow should be in the water and the crew should sit forward, or just behind the shrouds.

Assuming all other things are equal, in an oscillating wind pattern, how many degrees of a header will you accept before tacking. I.e. If you get headed by less than n degrees you'll grin and bear it. More than n degrees means you'll tack. What's the equivalent jibe/no jibe number for going downwind?

Vince Brun:   If I have no boats around that could be affecting my wind, I will tack on 4 degrees shifts. Anything smaller than that the gains from the shift won't be enough to compensate for the loss from the tack. I do tack on smaller shifts if this would free me up from other boats ( like a boat to leeward going high and slow, forcing me to sail his angle ).

Have a Question? Ask the Melges 24 Experts

For additional information contact the North Melges 24 Experts:




TIM HEALY, Rhode Island
MAX SKELLEY, Chesapeake
JEREMY WILMOT, Connecticut