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Melges 15
The new fleet of 12 Melges 15 dinghies arrives in Howth ready for their first race on Thursday evening
Christmas presents were opened early at Howth Yacht Club when the much-anticipated container of 12 new Melges 15 dinghies arrived on Tuesday, just days ahead of Howth Yacht Club's biennial Wave Regatta at the north Dublin port. This new fleet…
Houston Yacht Club in Texas is no longer the only HYC to own a Melges 15 as a done are on their way to Dublin's Howth Yacht Club
Howth Yacht Club in Ireland is set to receive a full container of 12 Melges 15s next week, as the class continues to grow rapidly. This arrival will double the Irish fleet to 24 boats, with a strong fleet of…
Stephen and Holly Quinn from Howth Yacht Club competing in the First Melges15 European Winter Series event in Cascais, Portugal
Home advantage proved the difference as local sailors Paulo Mansel and Tiago Leal took the first Melges 15 Winter series title in Cascais at the weekend. The reigning J70 European champion, Paulo set a fast pace that the Irish Armada…
John Sheehy and his niece, Katie, from the Royal St. George Yacht Club, are lying second at the Melges 15 Cascais Winter Series
Portugal's Paulo Manso and Luis Pinheiro are currently leading the first stage of the Melges 15 Cascais Winter Series. The sailors from Madeira Island had a consistent day, scoring a second and two firsts.  John Sheehy and his niece, Katie,…
Not the HYC you are thinking of as a Houston Yacht Club Melges 15 dinghy fleet cut quite a dash on starboard tack
As part of the ongoing promotional pricing to launch the Melges 15 dinghy class in Ireland, new customers who order a boat by the end of March will receive a free full deck cover and launching trolley writes Irish agent…
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Melges15 fleet will join Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) 2024 summer season racing starting this April
As the Irish Melges 15 dinghy fleet grows and evolves, Dublin Bay's newest class will debut in Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) 2024 summer season racing starting this April. The fledgeling two-man class are looking forward to racing on Tuesday nights…
Start line action from the Portuguese champion of champions event held in Melges 15 dinghies
In what is quickly turning into an unofficial Irish ‘South Coast’ championships, eight Irish teams have signed up for the first Melges 15 Winter Series event in Cascais, March 1st-3rd. The Irish lineup includes new Irish sailors to the Melges15…
Awarded World Boat of the Year in 2022, the Melges 15 is now the fastest-growing class in the world, with 700 boats worldwide
To celebrate the launch of the European Winter Series in Cascais, Portugal, Melges Ireland is offering a double discount on the purchase of new boats for Irish sailors chartering at the series. With a promotional charter fee of €475, new Melges…
Royal St. George's Katie and John Sheehy with the Melges 15 Top Gun Trophy after hitting a top speed of 18.7 knots (35kph)
Since the Melges 15 first arrived in Ireland, exponents say they know it's fast. First out of the traps were Theo Lyttle and 14-year-old nephew Seb Lyttle, who had an impressive 16.7 knots recorded on Strava. Lyttle’s reign was short-lived…
Sarah and Mark McLoughlin on a demo sail in the Melges 15 dinghy off Howth
After a successful demo weekend at the end of October, a full container of twelve Melges 15s will be heading to Howth Yacht Club for Spring 2024 to supplement the existing boat there. Family is a predominant theme amongst the…
A Melges 15 passes Ireland's Eye at Howth in North Dublin where a fleet of the new dinghy marque is forming
This past weekend saw a bit of history for the Melges 15 as it raced for the first time under the Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system. The PY system, as it is known, aims to handicap dinghies based on their relative…
A fleet of ten Mlges 15s are now sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Howth Yacht Club says the Melges 15 dinghy, a new one design boat, is set to arrive in the club later this month. The boat is touted as a fun, fast and affordable option that has already gained popularity in…
Melges15 dinghies find the breeze at the Royal St. George's Grant Thornton Sprint Regatta on Dublin Bay. John and Katie Sheehy (564) hold off Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella (561)
Dinghy sailors faced a variety of wind conditions while competing in Royal St. George's Grant Thornton Sprint Regatta on Dublin Bay. The event featured nine Melges 15 and 50 ILCAs. Melges 15 and ILCA dinghies launch for their Sprint regatta…
Fireball and RS400 ace Barry MacCartin was helming a Melges 15 for the Royal St George's Inaugural Sprint Championships on Dublin Bay
Organisers of Saturday's one-day inaugural Melges 15 'Sprint' championship on Saturday with ILCA/Laser dinghies managed to six races despite some light and fickle winds on Dublin Bay.  Making a guest appearance in the Melges 15 dinghy was Fireball and RS400 ace…
Top US sailor Eddie Cox from Melges USA flew in for a Melges15 training clinic at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Irish Melges 15 sailors got some high and low-speed lessons in boat handling and sail trim in Dun Laoghaire Harbour last weekend. With top US sailor Eddie Cox from Melges USA flying in, tips and tricks were raining down all weekend. Saturday…
Melges 15 sailors John Downey and Tom Flannery blast across Dublin Bay
Melges Performance Sailboats is delighted to announce the opening of Melges Ireland. Melges Ireland is the newest international dealer of the Melges 15, Melges 14, and Melges 24. Detailed specifications of the boats can be found on the new website …

About the Melges 15 Dinghy

The Melges 15 was designed by Reichel/Pugh and built by Melges.

The design prioritises stability, comfort, ease of use, and performance. 

The Melges 15 is built to be sailed by everyone from friends and couples to families and kids. The design offers performance, comfort, and stability in one sleek package.

The Melges 15’s stable hull shape and ergonomic cockpit make it a suitable layout for adult racing and educational sailing. Easy conversion from a club configuration (non-spinnaker) to a one-design setup, provides more versatility to club programs and options for individual owners.

“The Melges 15 creates a clear pathway for junior sailors to get started and stay excited about sailing while also being comfortable and accessible enough for adults to learn, race, or cross-train,” according to Harry Melges III.

With the main design goals focused on stability and performance in various conditions, the boat features a narrow overall beam and a flat cross-section shape for stability, righting moment, and ease of planing. For a more forgiving feel upwind and to navigate larger sea states, the Melges 15 has just the right amount of fore and aft rocker.

Melges conducted extensive research and product testing to produce this layout factoring in cockpit depth, backbone height, and floor plan. The result, they say, is a comfortable environment for both the skipper and crew. The deeper cockpit takes the load off the sailor’s knees helping them feel locked into the boat while the high boom and gnav vang system work together to make the boat easier to manoeuvre.

The asymmetric spinnaker offers an additional performance element, while the single-pull launch and retrieval system makes handling the sail easy and fast.


At a Glance - Melges 15 Specifications

  • LENGTH 15 ft 
    BEAM 5 ft 6 in
    DRAFT 2 ft 7 in 
    HULL WEIGHT 230 lbs
    MAIN 93.6 sq ft 
    JIB 39.8 sq ft 
  • CREW 2

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