From his home waters on nearby Lake Geneva, where he became equally adept in both scows and ice boats, Buddy Melges has built a resume of winning that’s made him one of the most successful and acclaimed racing skippers in the world.
Buddy won more than 60 major national and international championships, Including two Olympic medals and the America’s Cup in 1992. That championship on the America3 alongside Bill Koch capped an astonishing racing career that crossed five decades. He tested his skills in multiple classes, dominating the world’s greatest sailors, and then moving on the next class.
Buddy’s remarkable life story proves you can be the best AND compete in a way that draws the love and respect of your fans and your competitors.
Legends of American Sailing
By Gary Jobson
There are many great sailors around America, and some of them have extraordinary skills and achieved great performances on the water over many years. When I made the list of legendary sailors for this book there was one name that stood out above the others, Buddy Melges. Ask any top sailor who is America’s best, and Buddy will always be mentioned. His Gold Medal championship in the 1972 Olympics Games and winning the 1992 America’s Cup as a helmsman is just part of the long story of this gifted, gracious, helpful and productive American sailing hero.