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Megabyte at US Sailing's NSPS

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 8:55 AM

The Megabyte was on display and available for demos at last week's National Sailing Programs Symposium in Clearwater, FL. Numerous attendees took turns sailing the boat in a relatively light breeze, but were impressed by its maneverability, spacious cockpit, and power. A family of 3 even hopped into together and took the boat for a spin!

The annual National Sailing Programs Symposium is hosted by US Sailing and sponored by Zim Sailing. NSPS is 3 days of inspiration, education, and skill development for anyone involved with a sailing program. It is the premier event for sailing education in the United Stated. NSPS is the only conference of its kind that brings together program directors, instructors, volunteers, parents and industry representatives to share and learn best practices with one another about running, maintaining and improving sailing programs. More details are available on US Sailing's website.


Midwinters Registration Open!

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

The notice of race and online entry for the St. Pete NOODs (Megabyte midwinters) is up and ready to go!

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Mid-Winter Charter Available!

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Want to join the fleet for the midwinters and avoid the logistics hassle? Zim Sailing has one charter boat available for midwinters (MKII rig and sail)! This is a new boat, never sailed. The boat will be delivered to St. Pete YC for the event (February 15th-17th, 2013), ready to sail, charter fee is $600. Please email [email protected] or call 401-237-6117 if you're interested. 

Midwinters are Back!

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Mark your calendars! The megabyte class has been invited to host our midwinters event in conjunction with the NOOD Regatta February 15-17th, 2013 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida. The organizers are working hard to gather enough boats to support a 4th circle (inshore) for dinghies.. as the closest circle is currently a 1 mile sail. Interested in this event? Please email [email protected] so we can provide the organizers with an estimate of entries. Stay tuned for the 2013 NOR and registration details!

Megabyte on the 2012 Boatshow Circuit!

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Zim Sailing took on the role of Megabyte builder at the beginning of the 2012 summer season. Zim included the boat in their displayed product range at the recent Newport and Annapolis boatshows. The Megabyte was a head turner at both shows, particularly commanding attention when the wind was light and all 100 sq ft. of sail area was hoisted. There was a great showing of interest in the boat and active racing fleets.

2011 East Coast Megabyte Regatta

Posted on September 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM


Date: 09/14/2011

Manchester Yacht Club and the US Eastern Megabyte fleet hosted the traditional and as in past years outstandingly organised One Design Weekend including the Megabyte East Coast Regatta. Megabyte Fleet Captain Northeast Schuyler Glidden again pulled out all stops laying on not only a great event, but outstanding sailing weather, great catering and memorable get-togethers. The warm up Friday dinner served as tactical preparation, so those staying away to catch an early night missed out on some finer points. Ten participants including travellers from Western Massachusetts and Baie d’Urfe/Montreal (CAN) were on the line to face two very different days on the water.

Saturday saw a freshening breeze that settled in at 20-25kts with gusts hitting 28 kts under sunny skies. Racing on the inside in Manchester Bay, depowering, staying upright, capsize recovery and sailing fitness were key to success. The challenging conditions suited some well and tested various equipment beyond breaking point. After four action-packed races, several breakages including a lost top mast section/sail, and several cracked gudgeons, racing was abandoned for the day after lunch on the water. Relaxation at the poolside in the afternoon gave those tired muscles after the carnage of the morning’s racing some rest. The evening centered around an outstanding dinner at the yachts club which was crowned by a fireworks display on the - by then again calm - water (admittedly we ‘crashed’ someone else’s wedding).

Sunday and day 2 saw light breezes around 5kts and sailing outside in the open ocean in somewhat shifty conditions that favoured, well timed starts, a tactical approach with the focus out of the boat, boat speed and hedging helm’s bets to not get forgotten on one of the shifts. Six races and lunch on the water rounded off great sailing. New and old rigs sailed together and the results were a mix of the two, with the general consensus that the new rig fared better in the lighter conditions, while the old rig did well on Saturday in the heavy air. As the fleets build up more experience with the new rig, we will all learn more.

Prizegiving on Sunday afternoon saw James Hogg from Canada, runner up in the 2010 North Americans, narrowly beating off Marc Poirier and Potter Hodgson from Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA at the end of the 10 race series. The travellers enjoyed the amazing hospitality of the Manchester-by-the-Sea Megabyte fleet. Thanks to the race committee, crash boat crew and foremost to Schuyler Glidden whose energy and organisational talent made the regatta again a great success – we all look forward to 2012 and seeing all of you Megabyte owners and those still thinking about it on the line.


16-Boat Fleet at 2010 Megabyte North Americans

Posted on August 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM

The US Eastern Fleet hosted another fantastic Megabyte event. A record-setting 16 Megabyters showed up to compete for the 2010 NA title. John Rouse of the Southeast Fleet was crowned champion. This is John's first North American title. He beat out a very talented field of sailors to win, including 2008 NA Champ Holly Fabyan.

       Champion John Rouse (at left) with runner-up James Hogg

For full results click here: Results


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Link to video from NA's: Youtube Video

Many thanks to Schuyler Glidden (pictured above), the US Eastern Fleet and all participants and organizers for making this event such a huge success!

The SE Fleet Crowns a New Midwinter Champion

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:10 PM

The 2010 Megabyte Midwinters were held on February 20th and 21st at the Palm Beach Sailing Club in West Palm Beach, FL.

All 8 races were sailed on the Ocean course just east of the sailing club in light to medium winds and 2-3 ft seas. Although turnout was light this year, competition was close for the 3 veteran Megabyte skippers John Rouse, Paul Gingras and David Crawford. Both John and Paul are previous Midwinter champions, and Paul has sailed in every Midwinters since the inception of this regatta 9 years ago.

After 2 days of racing the SE fleet extends a BIG congratulations to David Crawford for winning his first Megabyte Midwinters. David has been racing his MB for 4 years and has spent a lot of time in the boat. His smooth boat handling and consistent finishes were the key to his win. (7 bullets and 1 second place!)

The SE Fleet would also like to thank PS 2000 for their support of the class and this regatta.

Please stay tuned to the Megabyte Class website for announcements on next year’s Midwinters. It will be the 10th anniversary of the regatta and we will be planning some special surprises for the competitors. The anticipated date will be early in March 2011 at the US Sailing Center in Martin County.

Left to right: Paul Gingras 2nd, David Crawford 1st, John Rouse 3rd