There are conflicting stories on the move by Melges to build the Melges 20 in the USA. According to a release from Melges:
“The Audi Melges 20 looks ahead to moving production back to the U.S.A. and news has just arrived from Melges headquarters in Zenda, Wisconsin: Audi Melges 20 production will now officially take place in the USA. The first series of boats were produced by McConaghy, a very reputable builder and their efforts are greatly appreciated as they have helped put the Audi Melges 20 on the map.
“Moving production back to the U.S. will potentially allow for higher availability and quicker delivery. Right now, it's important to have production pumping in the USA. The Melges Team is excited about this transition and ready to take this fast, fun and truly exciting sportboat to the next level.”
However, according to Mark Evans, director of McConaghy China, McConaghy told Melges they no longer want to build the boat. McConaghy, builders of Wild Oats XI, Alfa Romeo 1 and 2 and Morning Glory among other well-known racing yachts, were announced as the builders of the Melges 20 back on March 11, 2008.
No doubt this will be a topic of conversation at Airlie Beach Race Week when the sports boat guys get together.