Rookie Alec Cutler Wins Chicago Regatta

Kicking off Month of M32 Action in Heart of America

M32 Rookie Alec Cutler wins the Chicago Regatta Kicking off Month of M32 Xction in the Heart of America
September 11, 2017 Mattias Dahlström

Chicago (IL), USA (September 11, 2017) – Alec Cutler, a veteran Melges 24 & 32 sailor, but new to the M32, won the M32 Chicago Regatta with his Hedgehog crew. Sailing with Alec were two graduates of Team BDA who represented AC hosts Bermuda in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup this past June along with two M32 regulars Garth Ellingham and Jimmy Williamson.


Eight boats competed in the Chicago Regatta and the racing was tight with five different teams winning races over the weekend and three teams tied for 2nd place going into the final race. Don Wilson and his Convexity Racing Team pulled off the win in the final race while Markus Edegran’s Torrent was just two points back. Just missing out on the podium was Chicago’s Jimmy Prendergast’s Grave Digger.


The Chicago Regatta is a new event at the Chicago Yacht Club whose goal is to get boats on the water, have a great party after racing, and to raise money for a worthy cause. In the end over 100 boats competed in the five-division regatta, 400+ turned out for the party featuring Chicago Blues music, and the event raised over $100,000 for three local charities. 


Up next is the M32 North American Championship that will serve as the test event for the 2018 World Championship to be held in Chicago next fall. At least twelve boats are expected on the line for the North American’s as the class continues to develop and prove that it has the potential to be among the best one-design high performance racing platforms on the market.


M32 Chicago Regatta Leaderboard

PosCountryTeamSkipperDay 1Day 2Tot Pts
1BDAHedgehogAlec Cutler192342
2USAConvexityDon WIlson252651
3USATorrentMarkus Edegran242953
4USAGrave DiggerJames Prendergast322355
5USAMagenta 32Sally Barkow412465
6USABliksemPieter Taselaar374077
7USAConvergenceJennifer Wilson493483
8USADon't PanicJulian Mann6156117

Day 1

PosCountryTeamSkipper12345678PPTot Pts
1BDAHedgehogAlec Cutler2432421119
2USATorrentMarkus Edegran1123564224
3USAConvexityDon WIlson3518113325
4USAGrave DiggerJames Prendergast5641235632
5USABliksemPieter Taselaar6364347437
6USAMagenta 32Sally Barkow4255776541
7USAConvergenceJennifer Wilson7787652749
8USADon't PanicJulian Mann8876888861

Day 2

PosCountryTeamSkipper12345678PPTot Pts
1USAGrave DiggerJames Prendergast132624523
1BDAHedgehogAlec Cutler346332223
3USAMagenta 32Sally Barkow225513624
4USAConvexityDon WIlson611188126
5USATorrentMarkus Edegran763451329
6USAConvergenceJennifer Wilson487245434
7USABliksemPieter Taselaar554766740
8USADon't PanicJulian Mann888888856