"Buddy" Melges, Jr.
Harry "Buddy" Melges, Jr. had already established
an impressive record of sailing championships before
he began participating in America's Cup campaigns.
His Olympic success includes a Bronze medal in 1964
in the Flying Dutchman and a Gold medal in 1972 in
the Soling Class. He holds championships in the Maxi
world, Star Class, Meter World, International 50 Foot
World Cup, and the National E-Scows. He has been named
the one-design "Sailor of the Year", "Sportsman
of the Year" and "Yachtsman of the Year."
Among the 1987 Cup challengers, Buddy Melges represented
the Chicago Yacht Club in HEART OF AMERICA. While
Buddy did not triumph, Dennis Conner, sailing STARS
& STRIPES, called him "one of the great sailors
in the world." In 1992, the America's Cup went
high tech and high performance with the development
of the new International America's Cup Class. Kansan
Bill Koch's technology-driven program prevailed. Koch,
Melges and AMERICA3 scored a decisive 4 - 1 victory
over the Italian IL MORO DE VENEZIA. This campaign
represented the last successful defense of the Cup
by an American team.
Then, during the 1995 Cup campaign, Buddy Melges
used his vast racing experience to coach the first
all girls' crew aboard Koch's challenger, MIGHTY MARY,
thus opening the way to participation by female crews.