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Registration is open for the Melges 24 NAs!

 

Early registration is open through Thursday. (Save yourself $50).

 

http://www.annapolismelges24.com/

 

Sponsored by Coral Reef Sailing, Gill, Velocitek and North Sails, this event should be a great one!

 

Velocitek is going to give out a $1000 speed prize!

 

Come get a taste of Annapolis in the late fall, and get some quality time with the club and area that will be brininging you the 2009 Worlds!

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We'll be there! (shit...I have to be)

 

Dannyv - come do Annapolis Race Week and then EYC is also going to be putting on their calendar a fall one design event in mid-October. Great tune ups prior to NACs.

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The Melges marketing machine is starting to churn on this event...

 

 

 

https://www.annapolismelges24.com/Press_29JUL2008.shtml

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL MELGES 24 CLASS ASSOCIATION

23 JULY 2008

 

REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE 2008 MELGES 24 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP,

OFFICIAL EVENT SPONSORS ANNOUNCED

 

29 JULY 2008 - Online Registration for the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship is now available. The event will be hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, Md. on 26 October - 02 November. As many as 60 teams are expected to compete. The early entry deadline for the NAC is August 1, so please get your entries in as soon as possible.

 

"Autumn racing in Annapolis on the Melges 24 is bound to be spectacular. The sailing conditions will be ideal for a continental championship event, let alone one in a high performance sportboat,' commented Regatta Co-Chair, IMCA Executive Committee Member and USMCA Vice President Bill Carleton. "Adding to this world class event is a venue with a deep maritime heritage, and there is plenty to do for the family — some of the world's best shopping and dining is within walking distance of the yacht club. Not to mention, all the culture and activities Baltimore and Washington, DC have to offer is just a short drive away."

 

In addition to Registering Online, be sure to also download the Notice of Race (NOR).

 

2008 NAC ATTRACTS FIRST ROUND OF OFFICIAL EVENT SPONSORS

There is nothing more spectacular than the site of big fleet Melges 24 racing. Being a sponsor of the Melges 24 class brings a wealth of access to some of the world's most elite sailors and yacht racing programs. The Eastport Yacht Club and the Melges 24 Class would specifically like to recognize and thank the below companies that are officially onboard:

 

OFFICIAL APPAREL SPONSOR FOR 2008 NAC & 2009 WORLDS: Coral Reef Sailing Apparel and Gill

Coral Reef Sailing apparel has been selected the official provider of event apparel for the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship and and the 2009 World Championship. These events are truly exciting opportunities, which Coral Reef will enhance with specialty apparel for both the regatta and the class.

 

Coral Reef Sailing Apparel will be providing apparel for these events which can be purchased online and on-site. On-site, CRSA will have their mobile retail experience which includes Gill technical apparel. Gill is a brand leader in foul weather apparel, which is specific to the sailing enthusiast. CRSA's retail experience includes Gills full line of products including mid-layers, jackets, quick dry shorts, hikers, sunglasses, luggage and much more.

 

In 2009 Coral Reef Sailing Apparel will work hand in hand with Gill to build an exclusive product line for Melges 24. The line will include basics such as cotton and microfiber shirts, polos, shorts, fleece jackets and outerwear. It will truly be an exciting time for all parties, especially members of the Melges 24 class. Coral Reef Sailing Apparel anticipates having this line debut for the Worlds event.

 

Coral Reef Sailing Apparel's President George Cannon is extremely pleased with supporting the Melges 24 for these events. "I truly see this as a great partnership in which Coral Reef has an opportunity to support a great class," he said.

 

OFFICIAL LODGING SPONSOR: Westin Annapolis

The Westin Annapolis hotel is proud to be the official lodging sponsor for the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championships and is located less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from the Eastport Yacht Club. The special regatta rate is $199/night and you may either book online (link here) or call in reservations. When calling, the toll free number is 1-888-627-8994. Ask for group reservations and mention "Melges 24 2008 North American Championship" to receive the special rate.

 

About the hotel: The Westin Annapolis hotel opened in July 2007. It is the centerpiece of a European-inspired 13-acre mixed-use community that includes restaurants, shops, office buildings and condominiums. Its 225 guest rooms and suites are designed with your ultimate comfort in mind. Sleep well in the Heavenly Bed® and refresh in the Heavenly Bath®. Every room offers large workspaces, wireless High Speed Internet Access, flat screen HD TVs, individual climate control, Heavenly Bath Robes® an in-room safe large enough to accommodate a laptop computer, and 24-hour room service. Reenergize in the most extensive hotel fitness center in Annapolis – The WestinWORKOUT® Gym or in our heated indoor pool. Replenish and refuel with delightful food and drink in Azure Restaurant and Lounge. Discriminating diners will also appreciate the Morton's Steakhouse® restaurant conveniently located in the hotel. Less than one mile (1.6 km) from the Annapolis City Dock (waterfront), The Westin Annapolis hotel is the ideal choice for both business and leisure.

 

EVENT PARTNER: Melges Performance Sailboats

If you missed the Melges Rocks party in Key West this past January, then get ready to rock with Melges once again in Annapolis at the 2008 Melges 24 Rocks Party! Melges Performance Sailboats is sponsoring another great party to celebrate the major success of the Melges 24 worldwide. Check out the new www.melges.com!

 

OFFICIAL RACING SPONSOR: Velocitek

Velocitek is excited to bring its top speed challenge to Melges 24 racing with the Velocitek $1000 Speed Challenge. Velocitek will award a $1000 cash prize for the top speed registered using a Velocitek device during this year's North American Championship.

 

Velocitek is a marine electronics manufacturer focused on providing performance training tools for competitive sailors. The Velocitek SC-1 GPS Race Computer combines a GPS speedometer and VMG sensor with a compass, countdown timer, start line proximity meter and GPS data logger, which provides sailors with all the information they need to trim for optimal VMG (Velocity Made Good) and to make sound tactical decisions. The Velocitek Control Center software allows sailors to download sail tracks logged from multiple devices for replay or for export to track analysis software. Velocitek provides a 30-day money back guarantee on all their products. For more information visit www.velocitek.com.

 

OFFICIAL RACING SPONSOR: North Sails One Design

North Sails One Design makes the fastest sails for over 100 one design classes all over the world. North Sails One Design's focus on the Melges 24 class is directly reflected in the results its customers have achieved. In the biggest Melges 24 regatta ever, this year's Worlds in Porto Cervo, customers powered by North finished 1,2,3. The message is clear.. When performance matters, North is the only way! To learn more about North's Melges 24 sails, visit www.onedesign.com.

 

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Visit the Official Event Website of the 2008 North American Championship and 2009 Worlds. Also, visit the Eastport Yacht Club online.

 

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel Pugh and considered the most unique one design sportboat in the world as well as one of the fastest-growing classes of high performance yachts. For more information visit the visit the official class websites of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA) and the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA) on the web.

 

For more information or press photos, please contact:

 

Fiona Brown

International Melges 24 Class Association

2008 North American Championship Press Officer

+44 7711 718470

Skype: fpbrown

 

 

Joy Dunigan

U.S. Melges 24 Class Association

2008 North American Championship Press Chair

Class Communications Director | Executive Secretary

+1 (912) 398-5776

Skype: joysavannah

 

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Laura Muma

LM PR, Inc.

Annapolis Melges 24 Sponsor & Marketing Director

+1 (773) 275-2739

Skype: laura.muma

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The Melges marketing machine is starting to churn on this event...

 

 

 

https://www.annapolismelges24.com/Press_29JUL2008.shtml

 

 

post-8130-1217362401.jpg

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL MELGES 24 CLASS ASSOCIATION

23 JULY 2008

 

REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE 2008 MELGES 24 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP,

OFFICIAL EVENT SPONSORS ANNOUNCED

 

29 JULY 2008 - Online Registration for the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship is now available. The event will be hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, Md. on 26 October - 02 November. As many as 60 teams are expected to compete. The early entry deadline for the NAC is August 1, so please get your entries in as soon as possible.

 

"Autumn racing in Annapolis on the Melges 24 is bound to be spectacular. The sailing conditions will be ideal for a continental championship event, let alone one in a high performance sportboat,' commented Regatta Co-Chair, IMCA Executive Committee Member and USMCA Vice President Bill Carleton. "Adding to this world class event is a venue with a deep maritime heritage, and there is plenty to do for the family — some of the world's best shopping and dining is within walking distance of the yacht club. Not to mention, all the culture and activities Baltimore and Washington, DC have to offer is just a short drive away."

 

In addition to Registering Online, be sure to also download the Notice of Race (NOR).

 

2008 NAC ATTRACTS FIRST ROUND OF OFFICIAL EVENT SPONSORS

There is nothing more spectacular than the site of big fleet Melges 24 racing. Being a sponsor of the Melges 24 class brings a wealth of access to some of the world's most elite sailors and yacht racing programs. The Eastport Yacht Club and the Melges 24 Class would specifically like to recognize and thank the below companies that are officially onboard:

 

OFFICIAL APPAREL SPONSOR FOR 2008 NAC & 2009 WORLDS: Coral Reef Sailing Apparel and Gill

Coral Reef Sailing apparel has been selected the official provider of event apparel for the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship and and the 2009 World Championship. These events are truly exciting opportunities, which Coral Reef will enhance with specialty apparel for both the regatta and the class.

 

Coral Reef Sailing Apparel will be providing apparel for these events which can be purchased online and on-site. On-site, CRSA will have their mobile retail experience which includes Gill technical apparel. Gill is a brand leader in foul weather apparel, which is specific to the sailing enthusiast. CRSA's retail experience includes Gills full line of products including mid-layers, jackets, quick dry shorts, hikers, sunglasses, luggage and much more.

 

In 2009 Coral Reef Sailing Apparel will work hand in hand with Gill to build an exclusive product line for Melges 24. The line will include basics such as cotton and microfiber shirts, polos, shorts, fleece jackets and outerwear. It will truly be an exciting time for all parties, especially members of the Melges 24 class. Coral Reef Sailing Apparel anticipates having this line debut for the Worlds event.

 

Coral Reef Sailing Apparel's President George Cannon is extremely pleased with supporting the Melges 24 for these events. "I truly see this as a great partnership in which Coral Reef has an opportunity to support a great class," he said.

 

OFFICIAL LODGING SPONSOR: Westin Annapolis

The Westin Annapolis hotel is proud to be the official lodging sponsor for the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championships and is located less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from the Eastport Yacht Club. The special regatta rate is $199/night and you may either book online (link here) or call in reservations. When calling, the toll free number is 1-888-627-8994. Ask for group reservations and mention "Melges 24 2008 North American Championship" to receive the special rate.

 

About the hotel: The Westin Annapolis hotel opened in July 2007. It is the centerpiece of a European-inspired 13-acre mixed-use community that includes restaurants, shops, office buildings and condominiums. Its 225 guest rooms and suites are designed with your ultimate comfort in mind. Sleep well in the Heavenly Bed® and refresh in the Heavenly Bath®. Every room offers large workspaces, wireless High Speed Internet Access, flat screen HD TVs, individual climate control, Heavenly Bath Robes® an in-room safe large enough to accommodate a laptop computer, and 24-hour room service. Reenergize in the most extensive hotel fitness center in Annapolis – The WestinWORKOUT® Gym or in our heated indoor pool. Replenish and refuel with delightful food and drink in Azure Restaurant and Lounge. Discriminating diners will also appreciate the Morton's Steakhouse® restaurant conveniently located in the hotel. Less than one mile (1.6 km) from the Annapolis City Dock (waterfront), The Westin Annapolis hotel is the ideal choice for both business and leisure.

 

EVENT PARTNER: Melges Performance Sailboats

If you missed the Melges Rocks party in Key West this past January, then get ready to rock with Melges once again in Annapolis at the 2008 Melges 24 Rocks Party! Melges Performance Sailboats is sponsoring another great party to celebrate the major success of the Melges 24 worldwide. Check out the new www.melges.com!

 

OFFICIAL RACING SPONSOR: Velocitek

Velocitek is excited to bring its top speed challenge to Melges 24 racing with the Velocitek $1000 Speed Challenge. Velocitek will award a $1000 cash prize for the top speed registered using a Velocitek device during this year's North American Championship.

 

Velocitek is a marine electronics manufacturer focused on providing performance training tools for competitive sailors. The Velocitek SC-1 GPS Race Computer combines a GPS speedometer and VMG sensor with a compass, countdown timer, start line proximity meter and GPS data logger, which provides sailors with all the information they need to trim for optimal VMG (Velocity Made Good) and to make sound tactical decisions. The Velocitek Control Center software allows sailors to download sail tracks logged from multiple devices for replay or for export to track analysis software. Velocitek provides a 30-day money back guarantee on all their products. For more information visit www.velocitek.com.

 

OFFICIAL RACING SPONSOR: North Sails One Design

North Sails One Design makes the fastest sails for over 100 one design classes all over the world. North Sails One Design's focus on the Melges 24 class is directly reflected in the results its customers have achieved. In the biggest Melges 24 regatta ever, this year's Worlds in Porto Cervo, customers powered by North finished 1,2,3. The message is clear.. When performance matters, North is the only way! To learn more about North's Melges 24 sails, visit www.onedesign.com.

 

###

 

Visit the Official Event Website of the 2008 North American Championship and 2009 Worlds. Also, visit the Eastport Yacht Club online.

 

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel Pugh and considered the most unique one design sportboat in the world as well as one of the fastest-growing classes of high performance yachts. For more information visit the visit the official class websites of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA) and the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA) on the web.

 

For more information or press photos, please contact:

 

Fiona Brown

International Melges 24 Class Association

2008 North American Championship Press Officer

+44 7711 718470

Skype: fpbrown

 

 

Joy Dunigan

U.S. Melges 24 Class Association

2008 North American Championship Press Chair

Class Communications Director | Executive Secretary

+1 (912) 398-5776

Skype: joysavannah

 

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Laura Muma

LM PR, Inc.

Annapolis Melges 24 Sponsor & Marketing Director

+1 (773) 275-2739

Skype: laura.muma

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PM M24Sailor - I think he has an extra of his own..... :lol:

 

What's wrong with having an extra one? That way I've got one packed up and ready to travel to OC tomorrow and I can still race the other tonight!

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USA570 registered last night.... Looking forward to another great time in Annapolis!

 

Cujo

Well then, I guess I'll be there.....this is going to fuck up Halloween tho....

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Well then, I guess I'll be there.....this is going to fuck up Halloween tho....

 

It does fuck up Holloween!

 

M24 Sailor - you have a kid. What were you thinkin? :huh:

 

I'll still be there tho.... A little afraid of what OGFD might wear to the race on the 31st..... :o

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It does fuck up Holloween!

 

M24 Sailor - you have a kid. What were you thinkin? :huh:

 

I'll still be there tho.... A little afraid of what OGFD might wear to the race on the 31st..... :o

Hey, do they have devil's night in annapolis?

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housing available?

 

we're going to have 5 i think... 3 chicks

 

I'll bet Cujo's three chicks are better than your three chicks! :P (gotta love three women on the boat!)

 

 

 

Hey, do they have devil's night in annapolis?

 

I'm sure you will make sure they do....

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If anybody M24 sailors are intersted in a RIB for a coach/support boat, please visit my website at www.rib4charter.com . I have a 22' Nautica Widebody and a 22' Zodiac Hurricane for charter.

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Last chance to get in on the "Early registration" period. Regular Entry fee goes into effect starting on August 1st....

 

Just think, the $50 you save will buy you the first 100 miles or so of your trip.....

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We've added a forum to the site to be used for charter listings, crew for rent/hire, etc.

 

Go to http://annapolismelges24.com/phpbb3/index.php.

 

While you're at it, if you're planning on attending, register already! More announcements on additional sponsors and planned parties (that's for you, Clean) coming soon...

 

http://annapolismelges24.com/index.shtml

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL MELGES 24 CLASS ASSOCIATION

17 SEPTEMBER 2008

 

SIX NEW SPONSOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

FOR 2008 MELGES 24 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship, to be hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club of Annapolis, MD, from October 26 to November 2, is fast approaching and as the event looms ever closer the sponsor and competitor buzz surrounding the regatta grows daily.

 

For competitors the final entry deadline of 17 October is just over a month away. Online registration and full supporting information are available at the Official Event Website. More than 60 entries are expected and already teams have entered from across the USA, Chile, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Italy.

 

Reigning Melges 24 North American Champion Brian Porter and his evergreen Full Throttle team will be defending their title and the roster already includes 2007 Melges 24 World Champion Dave Ullman and 2004 Melges 24 North American Champion Argyle Campbell. Leading the European charge will be Giovanni Maspero’s legendary Joe Fly team with Gabrio Zandona at the helm. For the 2008/2009 season reigning World Champions Francesco Bruni and Federico Michetti will be joining the Joe Fly team making them one of the most formidable crews on the circuit. The North American Championship is the start of Joe Fly’s campaign for victory at the 2009 Melges 24 World Championship to be held in Annapolis. For Michetti victory at the '09 Worlds would make him the first person to be part of three victorious Melges 24 World Championship crews.

 

This coming week many of those due to race in the North American Championship will be putting themselves to the test at the 2008 OSA Sailing Melges 24 US National Championship in Charleston, SC, where more than 50 teams are due on the starting line. This will be the final chance the teams have to go head to head before the continental championship and all eyes will be on the results to give us an indication of things to come in Annapolis. Further information and news about this event can be found at www.usmelges24.com.

 

In the first of six new sponsorship announcements, Pusser’s Rum has affirmed their commitment to Melges 24 sailors as a new Major Corporate Sponsor and is the Official Rum for the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship. To kick off the event, Pusser's will host the Pusser's Rum opening night party and skipper's meeting at the Marriott Annapolis (just upstairs from Pusser's Annapolis Pub and Restaurant), where competitors will enjoy an evening of Pusser’s Painkiller® cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Competitors will also enjoy Pusser’s Painkillers® after each day’s racing.

 

To further enhance their existing commitment as an Official Racing Sponsor to the regatta, North Sails has arranged for the legendary Gary Jobson to attend the Pusser’s Rum opening night party as special guest speaker to officially welcome Melges 24 sailors to the regatta.

 

Not to be outdone, Stuart Simpson and his Team Barbarians have stepped up to sponsor the final night’s gala prize-giving party. Stuart and his team are planning a show-stopping evening to finish the regatta in true style and more details will be published nearer the time.

 

These new social event sponsors join existing racing sponsor Melges Performance Sailboats who will host the Melges Rocks party Thursday evening to mark the mid point in the regatta.

 

Atlantic Yacht Rigging Services is announced as the Official Rigging Sponsor for the regatta. The Atlantic Rigging Services trailer will be located onsite at the Eastport Yacht Club to assist with all competitor rigging needs. Sailors are welcome to contact AYRS in advance of the event to order custom fabricated running and standing rigging for delivery in Annapolis. In addition the company is also offering an excellent package of storage and transport solutions for competitors who plan to go on and compete in the Melges 24 winter circuit events including Key Largo, Acura Key West Race Week and the Sperry Top-Sider St Petersburg NOOD. For more information, contact Mike at +1.203.613.9960.

 

Sail 22 is confirmed as Onshore Logistics Sponsor. Sail 22 provides the ultimate sailing concierge service striving to make the regatta experience as enjoyable as possible for owners and their crew. They provide coordination for everything a team needs from housing and crew transport to on board lunches and team dinner reservations. The company is partially based in Annapolis and their local knowledge of the area is second to none. info@sail22.com

 

Harken is pulling a sponsorship double act for the Melges 24 North American Championship by providing outstanding goodies for competitor gift bags and also sponsoring a brand new award for the North American Championship. The details of how the new Harken Award is to be decided are still firmly under wraps but Harken’s goal for this new award is to recognize those teams who don’t necessarily make it to the podium, but whose performance at the regatta is none-the-less worthy of special attention.

 

Annapolis Wireless Internet (AWI) will be providing all competitors with free wireless internet access throughout their stay in Annapolis. AWI made Annapolis the first city in the United States to offer FREE wireless internet access that is funded entirely by private advertising revenue, not by taxpayer dollars or public assets. AWI’s free WiFi service in Annapolis is available to the over six million visitors and residents every year at no cost to taxpayers or end users.

 

These six newly announced sponsors join existing sponsors Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Gill, Melges Performance Sailboats, North Sails, Velocitek and Westin Annapolis. The Melges 24 Class and the Eastport Yacht Club are extremely proud to be partnered with these outstanding companies and thank them for their generous support of the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship.

 

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Visit the Official Event Website of the 2008 North American Championship and 2009 Worlds. Also, visit the Eastport Yacht Club online.

 

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel Pugh and considered the most unique one design sportboat in the world as well as one of the fastest-growing classes of high performance yachts. For more information, visit the official class websites of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA) and U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA).

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I wanna charter a boat for the SAYC entry.

 

we have a conflict with the regatta, just put my brand new melges for charter up on the NA's forum. Glad to be the pioneers.

 

Okay Clean here's your chance. Time to man up.

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just saw that this overlaps with the IRC ECCs which I'll be in town for. Looking forward to some out-of-town debauchery with the Detroit contingent in Annapolis!

 

Sweet! See you there Mr. Fastr! :P Looks like it's going to be a great week in NapTown!

 

Cheers

 

Team Cujo

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Bump - to remind all you Melgi sailors that the time is now to register for the North Americans in Annapolis!

 

If you are planning on registering as a Corinthian, you have until this coming Saturday, Sep. 26th to get it done.

 

Coincidentally, that is the same day that registration have to be in before the LATE FEE kicks in......

 

Come join the 35 boats that have registered so far! Late October in Annapolis can be a real blast!

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It'll depend on the temperatures of the season, and the amount of rainfall, but average temps are in the low 60s.

 

Lots warmer than what you grew up with! Or are you getting used to that southern Charleston water temp.......

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It'll depend on the temperatures of the season, and the amount of rainfall, but average temps are in the low 60s.

 

Lots warmer than what you grew up with! Or are you getting used to that southern Charleston water temp.......

It's hard not to. Low 60s means the thick wetsuit for me if I'm going to be getting under the boat each morning. I don't know if I fit into that one anymore...

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REMINDER - all you late bloomers, today is the last day for getting in your registrations at the regular price - tomrrow the late fee kicks in and costs you an extra 25 beers at the EYC bar.....

 

Registration fee today (9-26) - $445

Registration fee tomorrow (9-27) - $495

 

Get them in!

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REMINDER - all you late bloomers, today is the last day for getting in your registrations at the regular price - tomrrow the late fee kicks in and costs you an extra 25 beers at the EYC bar.....

 

Registration fee today (9-26) - $445

Registration fee tomorrow (9-27) - $495

 

Get them in!

Corinthian deadline has been extended according to rumor mill. Confirm?

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Press release should be coming out later today, but if you check the website....

 

http://www.annapolismelges24.com/

 

You'll find the NoR amendment -

 

BUT

 

this does not affect the entry fee escalation..... it only gives folks 7 (seven) days extra to get thier Corinthian information in so that the IMCA can check the status of the ISAF classifications, etc. There will be an ISAF classification committee member on site during event registrations to deal with classification issues.

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There will be an ISAF classification committee member on site during event registrations to deal with classification issues.

Excellent. Matusch?

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Dobbs Davis will be the committee rep.

Matusch had a great way of interviewing people in Porto Cervo to see whether they were really amateurs. Italians quickly gave him a nickname: "The Inquisitor."

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I am sure the event organizers wuold be happy to bring Matusch in if you want to step up to the plate and donate the $2500 or so that it will cost.....

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I am sure the event organizers wuold be happy to bring Matusch in if you want to step up to the plate and donate the $2500 or so that it will cost.....

Oh, I'm sure Dobbs will be a big hit. His english will certainly be more understandable.

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Press release should be coming out later today, but if you check the website....

 

http://www.annapolismelges24.com/

 

You'll find the NoR amendment -

 

BUT

 

this does not affect the entry fee escalation..... it only gives folks 7 (seven) days extra to get their Corinthian information in so that the IMCA can check the status of the ISAF classifications, etc. There will be an ISAF classification committee member on site during event registrations to deal with classification issues.

 

This is good to hear since the Corinthian teams are the ones with jobs outside of sailing that sometimes cause issues with settling on a final crew for the event. The later the cutoff the better (for the competitors at least). I'm currently in the middle of a big crew change and don't know whether I'll be Corinthian or not. The 7 extra days helps. Thanks.

 

Cujo

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This is good to hear since the Corinthian teams are the ones with jobs outside of sailing that sometimes cause issues with settling on a final crew for the event. The later the cutoff the better (for the competitors at least). I'm currently in the middle of a big crew change and don't know whether I'll be Corinthian or not. The 7 extra days helps. Thanks.

 

Cujo

 

 

Regardless...you're still a 'tard! :P

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL MELGES 24 CLASS ASSOCIATION

26 SEPTEMBER 2008

 

DEADLINE EXTENSION : CORINTHIAN ENTRY FOR THE 2008 NORTH AMERICANS

OFFICIALLY CLOSES ON FRIDAY — 03 OCTOBER; QUANTUM SAILS NAMED

CORINTHIAN COMPETITION SPONSOR

 

The deadline for Corinthian entries at the International Melges 24 North American Championship, hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club has now been extended until Friday, 03 October 2008. Competitors are reminded that entries for the Corinthian Division must include a full crew list that provides ISAF Sailor ID numbers and classifications for all crew members. This information must be submitted at the time of entry and no later than 03 October.

 

All entries received beyond Friday, 26 September (Corinthian, or not) will incur an additional late fee of an additional $50. The final deadline for ALL entries is October 17. Beat the deadline and submit your entry today!

 

To enter online please visit www.annapolismelges24.com

 

And, just agreed today, Quantum Sails has been named the proud sponsor of the Corinthian division for the Melges 24 North American Championship. Quantum's number one priority is to make fast, user-friendly sails for the M24 class that not only the professionals can use but especially the Corinthians. Recent results show this to be true as Quantum Sails infiltrated the Corinthian division at the 2008 OSA Sailing.com U.S. Melges 24 Nationals in Charleston, S.C as they were among the top finishers. For more information, visit www.quantumsails.com, or call Scott Nixon at +1 (410) 268-1161 to learn more.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: When submitting your Corinthian crew details please ensure that you have checked that your crew's classification is up-to-date. The classifications are awarded for a period of two years (unless the sailor's status changes during that period in which case they must apply for reclassification) and to be eligible to compete in the Corinthian Division each of your crew members' classifications must be valid for the full duration of the regatta. For all further details about ISAF Classifications please visit www.sailing.org/classification.php

 

For your information the wording of the relevant section of the Notice of Race is as follows:

 

3. ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY

3.1 The Championship is open to all boats of the Melges 24 class that meet with the obligations of the Class Rules and their National Authority, in the case that a National Authority exists.

 

4. SAILOR CLASSIFICATION

4.1 The ISAF Sailor Classification Code will apply to the Corinthian Trophy. Please refer to ISAF’s Web site: www.sailing.org

4.2 Indicate classification for each sailor on the entry form if entering for the Corinthian Trophy and the unique ISAF User ID Number

4.3 The closing date for the registration of Corinthian entries shall be October 3, 2008.

4.4 Sailors must be registered with ISAF prior to this date and be able to declare their User ID numberon the entry form.

4.5 Late entries cannot be considered for this trophy.

4.6 Full details for the Corinthian Trophy can be found in IMCA Championship rules.

 

The 2008 North American Championship is sponsored by Pusser’s Rum, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Gill, Melges Performance Sailboats, North Sails, Velocitek, Annapolis Wireless Internet (AWI), Harken, Sail 22, Quantum Sails and Westin Annapolis. The Melges 24 Class and the Eastport Yacht Club are extremely proud to be partnered with these outstanding companies and thank them for their generous support of the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship.

 

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Visit the Official Event Website of the 2008 North American Championship and 2009 Worlds. Also, visit the Eastport Yacht Club online.

 

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel Pugh and considered the most unique one design sportboat in the world as well as one of the fastest-growing classes of high performance yachts. For more information, visit the official class websites of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA) and U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA).

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And 17 days left to get your entry in...

 

Parties are shaping up nicely. Tues night Pusser's throw down. Thursday night Melges Rocks - it WILL rock. Sat night final shindig at EYC brought to you by Team Barbarians...they know how to party!

 

Oh...and there will be some great racing too!

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And 17 days left to get your entry in...

 

Parties are shaping up nicely. Tues night Pusser's throw down. Thursday night Melges Rocks - it WILL rock. Sat night final shindig at EYC brought to you by Team Barbarians...they know how to party!

 

Oh...and there will be some great racing too!

 

Racing!!!!??? No one said anything about racing. Now I have to bring sails. Shit!

 

PS: I'm still looking for an experienced (Cat 1 or 2) 200 pounder to work the bow positions. PM me if interested.

 

Cujo

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REMINDER!!!!

 

Today is the day that all Corinthian teams MUST be squared away, with ISAF IDs, classifications, expiration dates, etc. NOONE will be allowed to race in the corinthian division, if they are not listed as such on the website tonight.

 

So, get all your ducks in a row!

 

Also, for those of you late birds, there are only 2 more weeks until registration closes permanently!

 

42 seems pretty weak to me....

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REMINDER!!!!

 

Today is the day that all Corinthian teams MUST be squared away, with ISAF IDs, classifications, expiration dates, etc. NOONE will be allowed to race in the corinthian division, if they are not listed as such on the website tonight.

 

So, get all your ducks in a row!

 

Also, for those of you late birds, there are only 2 more weeks until registration closes permanently!

 

42 seems pretty weak to me....

 

I have had no less than 5 boats (3 of 18 boats from the D currently registered - yuk!) tell me that they can't make it because they have kids and need to be home for Halloween. I'm also hearing a lot about boats that are having trouble finding crew for the same reason. It may not seem like a big deal to the organizers, but it seems to be with the race community... Just some observations...

 

Since you are also planning on holding the World over the same week next year, you may want to try to get a read on how much this may affect your participation..

 

Cheers,

 

Cujo

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REMINDER!!!!

 

Today is the day that all Corinthian teams MUST be squared away, with ISAF IDs, classifications, expiration dates, etc. NOONE will be allowed to race in the corinthian division, if they are not listed as such on the website tonight.

 

So, get all your ducks in a row!

 

Also, for those of you late birds, there are only 2 more weeks until registration closes permanently!

 

42 seems pretty weak to me....

 

I have had no less than 5 boats (3 of 18 boats from the D currently registered - yuk!) tell me that they can't make it because they have kids and need to be home for Halloween. I'm also hearing a lot about boats that are having trouble finding crew for the same reason. It may not seem like a big deal to the organizers, but it seems to be with the race community... Just some observations...

 

Since you are also planning on holding the World over the same week next year, you may want to try to get a read on how much this may affect your participation..

 

Cheers,

 

Cujo

I've been looking for crew for some teams that have never had an issue getting their crews together. Greg's comment is worth consideration. BTW - we are pretty close to confirming our ability to do OTW Anarchy at the event. That's three work days for y'all back home that'll be much easier to cope with.

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We're stuck between a rock and a hard place on that one.

 

Can't go earlier, major J-24 event (50+ every year), and we also run into the Annapolis Boat Shows - lack of parking, hotel rooms, restaurants, etc.

 

Later in November is a problem with the class thinking it will be too cold....

 

So, here we are with Halloween weekend.....

 

I do have to say that it never seemed to bother the J-24 East Coasts when it landed on Halloween... I remember sailing with 82 boats and about a third of the crews in full Halloween costumes! (yea, I can hear the disparaging remarks now - "What do you expect from people dumb enough to sail those pigs...." - I'll give my comeback now - maybe they are pigs, but that's a whole lot of them on the line, some of the best sailors in the world sailed them...)

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We're stuck between a rock and a hard place on that one.

 

Can't go earlier, major J-24 event (50+ every year), and we also run into the Annapolis Boat Shows - lack of parking, hotel rooms, restaurants, etc.

 

Later in November is a problem with the class thinking it will be too cold....

 

So, here we are with Halloween weekend.....

 

I do have to say that it never seemed to bother the J-24 East Coasts when it landed on Halloween... I remember sailing with 82 boats and about a third of the crews in full Halloween costumes! (yea, I can hear the disparaging remarks now - "What do you expect from people dumb enough to sail those pigs...." - I'll give my comeback now - maybe they are pigs, but that's a whole lot of them on the line, some of the best sailors in the world sailed them...)

 

Make no mistake, there is a very good chance that we will be dressed up in costumes. I'm thinking of going out as the Tiburon crew! :P

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We're stuck between a rock and a hard place on that one.

 

Can't go earlier, major J-24 event (50+ every year), and we also run into the Annapolis Boat Shows - lack of parking, hotel rooms, restaurants, etc.

 

Later in November is a problem with the class thinking it will be too cold....

 

So, here we are with Halloween weekend.....

 

I do have to say that it never seemed to bother the J-24 East Coasts when it landed on Halloween... I remember sailing with 82 boats and about a third of the crews in full Halloween costumes! (yea, I can hear the disparaging remarks now - "What do you expect from people dumb enough to sail those pigs...." - I'll give my comeback now - maybe they are pigs, but that's a whole lot of them on the line, some of the best sailors in the world sailed them...)

 

Make no mistake, there is a very good chance that we will be dressed up in costumes. I'm thinking of going out as the Tiburon crew! :P

 

You better gain some weight. And show up drunk.

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We're stuck between a rock and a hard place on that one.

 

Can't go earlier, major J-24 event (50+ every year), and we also run into the Annapolis Boat Shows - lack of parking, hotel rooms, restaurants, etc.

 

Later in November is a problem with the class thinking it will be too cold....

 

So, here we are with Halloween weekend.....

 

I do have to say that it never seemed to bother the J-24 East Coasts when it landed on Halloween... I remember sailing with 82 boats and about a third of the crews in full Halloween costumes! (yea, I can hear the disparaging remarks now - "What do you expect from people dumb enough to sail those pigs...." - I'll give my comeback now - maybe they are pigs, but that's a whole lot of them on the line, some of the best sailors in the world sailed them...)

 

Make no mistake, there is a very good chance that we will be dressed up in costumes. I'm thinking of going out as the Tiburon crew! :P

 

You better gain some weight. And show up drunk.

 

I think I just pissed myself.

 

I'm going as my hero MONGO!!!!!

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We're stuck between a rock and a hard place on that one.

 

Can't go earlier, major J-24 event (50+ every year), and we also run into the Annapolis Boat Shows - lack of parking, hotel rooms, restaurants, etc.

 

Later in November is a problem with the class thinking it will be too cold....

 

So, here we are with Halloween weekend.....

 

I do have to say that it never seemed to bother the J-24 East Coasts when it landed on Halloween... I remember sailing with 82 boats and about a third of the crews in full Halloween costumes! (yea, I can hear the disparaging remarks now - "What do you expect from people dumb enough to sail those pigs...." - I'll give my comeback now - maybe they are pigs, but that's a whole lot of them on the line, some of the best sailors in the world sailed them...)

 

Make no mistake, there is a very good chance that we will be dressed up in costumes. I'm thinking of going out as the Tiburon crew! :P

 

You better gain some weight. And show up drunk.

 

I think I just pissed myself.

 

I'm going as my hero MONGO!!!!!

 

If you can pump kite like Mongo pump kite, you can sail with me.

 

I'm going to have to hide all my crew gear with you in the house, aren't I?

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL MELGES 24 CLASS ASSOCIATION

2 OCTOBER 2008

 

NORTH SAILS CALLS THE WEATHER WHILE 2008 MELGES 24 NORTH AMERICANS

RANKS HIGH ON THE ANNAPOLIS SOCIAL SCALE, 26 OCTOBER - 1 NOVEMBER

 

Annapolis, Md., one of America's great sailing mecca's is stirring with excitement and preparation as the start of 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship (NAC), hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club (EYC) draws ever closer. Adding to this celebration of great one-design competition is a vast line-up of sponsor-driven social activities and libations you won't want to miss.

 

Bringing the performance sportboat experience full circle is race sponsor North Sails. They are looking forward to helping teams sail smoother and faster courtesy of their Event Weather Center. Detailed forecasting will be provided in the form of sail-specific reports which contain brief synopses, temperatures, wind predictions and much, much more. North Sails will deliver these reports via e-mail for those that Register In Advance. Hard copies will also be made available at EYC starting Tuesday, 28 October thru 1 November.

 

In addition, North is equally proud to announce that former Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Chris Larson (Annapolis, Md.) will be providing pre-race morning discussions on the tactical considerations of that day's weather forecasts as well as share his local knowledge and experience about sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. Chris is a multi-class World Champion, notably 2006 Melges 24 U.S. National and 2007 Melges 24 Pre-Worlds Champion. Get your crew off to a great start every morning with these valuable talks at the Eastport Yacht Club.

 

SOCIALLY SPEAKING.

The social calendar for the 2008 NAC is rapidly taking shape with opportunities for Melges 24 teams, families and EYC members to mix and mingle from the first race signal to the final award presented.

 

The North American Championship officially opens on Tuesday, 28 October at 18:00-20:00 with the Pusser's Rum Caribbean Grille Crew Party. The Skipper's Meeting will get things started, then honorary guest speaker Gary Jobson will join the fleet for a relaxed evening of casual fun and discussion.

 

On Thursday evening, 30 October get ready to ROCK — MELGES 24 STYLE! Melges Performance Sailboats will host another official Melges Rocks Party to mark the global success of the Melges 24. Drinks, friends and a rockin' band await the fleet after a long day of racing. Details will be provided soon.

 

The grand finale is sponsored by long-time Melges 24 owner Stuart Simpson (London, UK) and his infamous Team Barbarians. EYC will host the closing soiree on Saturday, 1 November featuring live music in conjunction with an award ceremony. Supporting the fleet until the very end, Pusser's will again provide the rum!

 

Annapolis is a city rich in art, culture, maritime history, dining and shopping experiences extending social opportunities well beyond the regatta. There are spooky ghost walking tours taking place on Halloween, 31 October, and by day families can enjoy a mini-bus 'Discover Annapolis Tour' and food history walking tours. For the party-going types, the 'Best Happy Hours In The World - Annapolis, Maryland' pamphlet will be found inside competitor kits.

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES.

Don't waste another moment contemplating as to whether you should compete, the final entry deadline for the NAC is 17 October. Forty-two Melges 24s have already joined the ranks of the largest International Melges 24 North American Championship gathering ever! EYC is also the host site for the 2009 Melges 24 World Championship on 27 October - 07 November. There is no better time than now to test the waters of the Chesapeake Bay!

 

Download An NOR | Register Online | Visit The Official Event Website

 

GET READY.

For teams already registered, please be aware that lunch order forms from the Harbor Deli and Boat Yard Bar & Grill will be located inside competitor paks. Have you secured your accommodations yet? Make life easy and contact Sail 22. They can help coordinate team details today, so when you arrive your team can focus on going fast and having fun.

 

The 2008 North American Championship is sponsored by Pusser’s Rum, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Gill, Melges Performance Sailboats, North Sails, Velocitek, Annapolis Wireless Internet (AWI), Harken, Sail 22, Quantum Sails and Westin Annapolis. The Melges 24 Class and the Eastport Yacht Club are extremely proud to be partnered with these outstanding companies and thank them for their generous support of the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship.

 

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Visit the Official Event Website of the 2008 North American Championship and 2009 Worlds. Also, visit the Eastport Yacht Club online.

 

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel Pugh and considered the most unique one design sportboat in the world as well as one of the fastest-growing classes of high performance yachts. For more information, visit the official class websites of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA) and U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA).

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Annapolis, Md., one of America's great sailing mecca's is stirring

No comment :o

 

I am veddy happy to be coming to this one of many mecca's! Salaam Aleikum!

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Annapolis, Md., one of America's great sailing mecca's is stirring

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I am veddy happy to be coming to this one of many mecca's! Salaam Aleikum!

 

There are multiple meanings for the word mecca (lower case), many of which do not currently associate to Islam, which is what I believe you may have been implying (even if the root genesis of the word may in fact have derived from it being the birthplace of Muhammad - Mecca (capitalized).

 

mecca:

1.

a. A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest.

b. A goal to which adherents of a religious faith or practice (ie. SAILING!) fervently aspire.

2. A place visited by many people: a mecca for tourists / sailors.

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I'm just being a grammar punk. Few things bug me so much as apostrophe abuse, especially in a press release. If you still don't get it, we might need to revive Spelling & Grammar Anarchy. Haven't seen that thread in a while.

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I'm just being a grammar punk. Few things bug me so much as apostrophe abuse, especially in a press release. If you still don't get it, we might need to revive Spelling & Grammar Anarchy. Haven't seen that thread in a while.

 

Blah, blah, blah's...

 

:P

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL MELGES 24 CLASS ASSOCIATION

13 OCTOBER 2008

 

VELOCITECK PUTTING UP $1,000 SPEED CHALLENGE FOR MELGES 24 SAILORS

AT 2008 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The Velocitek Speed Challenge will give Melges 24 sailors the chance to win a $1,000 prize for the crew that achieves the top speed at the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship at the Easport Yacht Club in Annapolis, MD on 26 October - 02 November.

 

"The Melges 24 class has always been focused on pushing the performance envelope and it is truly amazing to see the speeds being attained as Melges 24 sailors push the limits of what’s possible with a 24 ft keelboat. At Velocitek, we thought it would be very interesting to offer a prize to see how fast these boats can go when some of the best sailors in the world are really pushing them," said Alec Stewart, President and Founder, Velocitek.

 

The Velocitek Speed Challenge will take place on Thursday, Oct 30 between 9am and 5pm. During this time, sailors will have the opportunity to sail as much as they like in their efforts to record their top speed. Top speeds for the event can be recorded using any Velocitek GPS device. For those competitors without a Velocitek, a limited number of demo units will be available through a pre-registration process by filling out the online form at store.velocitek.com/fastcash

 

Full details and rules for the Velocitek $1,000 Speed Challenge can be found at: velocitek.com/news

 

ABOUT VELOCITEK

Velocitek enables dinghy and sportboat racers to improve their boat speed and tactics with a combination of real-time on-the water performance feedback from the SC-1 high-accuracy GPS instrument and post-race analysis using the Velocitek SpeedPlay race replay computer program. The Velocitek system is unique in that it forms a completely integrated solution including both on the water instrumentation and post race analysis software. Both components of the system are specifically designed to work together.

 

The SC-1 combines a GPS speedometer and VMG sensor with a compass, countdown timer, start line proximity meter and GPS data logger, which provides sailors with all the information they need to trim for optimal VMG (Velocity Made Good) and to make sound tactical decisions. Velocitek SpeedPlay allows sailors to download GPS data from up to 21 Velocitek devices in one batch and easily generate race replay animations from the data. Velocitek SpeedPlay race replay animations use high-quality map backgrounds from the Microsoft Virtual Earth server to provide geographic context. Velocitek provides a 30-day money back guarantee on all products.

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES : FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE APPROACHING

The final entry deadline of 17 October (this Friday) for the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship is fast approaching. Forty-six Melges 24s have already joined the ranks of the largest International Melges 24 North American Championship gathering ever! EYC is also the host site for the 2009 Melges 24 World Championship on 27 October - 07 November.

 

Download An NOR | Register Online | Visit The Official Event Website

 

The 2008 North American Championship is sponsored by Pusser’s Rum, Pusser's Caribbean Grille, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Gill, Melges Performance Sailboats, North Sails, Velocitek, Annapolis Wireless Internet (AWI), Harken, Sail 22, Quantum Sails, Westin Annapolis, Atlantic Yacht Rigging and Stuart Simpson's Team Barbarians. The Melges 24 Class and the Eastport Yacht Club are extremely proud to be partnered with these outstanding companies and thank them for their generous support of the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship.

 

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For more information regarding this release or any Velocitek product please call (650)-362-0499 ex. 1 or e-mail Velocitek President Alec Stewart.

 

Visit the Official Event Website of the 2008 North American Championship and 2009 Worlds. Also, visit the Eastport Yacht Club online.

 

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel Pugh and considered the most unique one design sportboat in the world as well as one of the fastest-growing classes of high performance yachts. For more information, visit the official class websites of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA) and U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA).

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL MELGES 24 CLASS ASSOCIATION

13 OCTOBER 2008

 

VELOCITECK PUTTING UP $1,000 SPEED CHALLENGE FOR MELGES 24 SAILORS

AT 2008 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP

 

... So much for drinking a lot on Wednesday night....

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Ok boys and girls.

 

Last day to register. Even thought the website says closed..... Nobody ever said webmasters could count.

 

Come-on, get-em in - let's get to 50.....

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What's a matter? Can't you go fast hung over? It only has to be in a "straight" line.

 

There's nothing uniquely "straight" about MadDog! ;)

 

True enough, I've seen him wearing plenty of skirts.

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INTERNATIONAL MELGES 24 CLASS ASSOCIATION

17 OCTOBER 2008

 

MELGES ROCKS ANNAPOLIS

 

As if the competitive nature of the Melges 24 was not enough of a lure to compete at the 2008 North American Championship, race sponsor Melges Performance Sailboats is slated to rock Annapolis with one of its famous Melges Rocks Parties on Thursday, 30 October. "The concept behind the Melges Rocks party is very simple. Its sole purpose is to share the ongoing success of our products with our customers — in particular the Melges 24," says Andy Burdick, president of Melges Performance Sailboats.

 

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"The Melges 24 is a very special boat. The accomplishments and history that surrounds this sportboat whether in the USA, Europe, Australia or Asia is awesome," continued Burdick. "When a class of boat can deliver more than 100 teams to a starting line and attract the greatest sailors in the world — that is always something to celebrate."

 

The first Melges Rocks Party was held at ACURA Key West 2008 and was a smashing success. "There will be more." commented Burdick. "Plans for another Melges Rocks Party is currently in the works for ACURA Key West 2009. For those competing in Annapolis at the NAC, we hope you will join Melges in Key West for more fun, fast, really hot winter-time racing."

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES : FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE, 17 OCTOBER

The final entry deadline of 17 October (today) for the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship is here. Forty-seven Melges 24s have already joined the ranks of the largest International Melges 24 North American Championship gathering ever! EYC is also the host site for the 2009 Melges 24 World Championship on 27 October - 07 November.

 

Download An NOR | Register Online | Visit The Official Event Website

 

The 2008 North American Championship is sponsored by Pusser’s Rum, Pusser's Caribbean Grille, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Gill, Melges Performance Sailboats, North Sails, Velocitek, Annapolis Wireless Internet (AWI), Harken, Sail 22, Quantum Sails, Westin Annapolis, Atlantic Yacht Rigging and Stuart Simpson's Team Barbarians. The Melges 24 Class and the Eastport Yacht Club are extremely proud to be partnered with these outstanding companies and thank them for their generous support of the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship.

 

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Visit the Official Event Website of the 2008 North American Championship and 2009 Worlds. Also, visit the Eastport Yacht Club online.

 

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel Pugh and considered the most unique one design sportboat in the world as well as one of the fastest-growing classes of high performance yachts. For more information, visit the official class websites of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA) and U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA).

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What's a matter? Can't you go fast hung over? It only has to be in a "straight" line.

 

There's nothing uniquely "straight" about MadDog! ;)

 

True enough, I've seen him wearing plenty of skirts.

 

I thought my 'skirt' made me look cute... I only get it out for special occasions, like Clean's wedding... ;)

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INTERNATIONAL MELGES 24 CLASS ASSOCIATION

21 OCTOBER 2008

2008 MELGES 24 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

There is no mistaking the quality of the fleet which will assemble at the Eastport YC in Annapolis, Md., next week for the International Melges 24 2008 North American Championship. A glance at the entry list shows it to be studded with Olympians, serial world champions and America’s Cup veterans. With the 2009 Melges 24 World Championship being hosted at the same venue in twelve months time, many of the top name teams from the U.S. and Europe are using the North American Championship to launch their Worlds campaigns.

Brian and John Porter’s Full Throttle from Winnetka, Ill. are the reigning Melges 24 North American Champions and having won the 2008 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship last month in Charleston, they will arrive in Annapolis in a unique position to pull off a championship ‘double’.

The Porters will be facing some stiff competition however and none more so than 2007 Melges 24 World Champion, Dave Ullman from the Balboa YC in Calif. who will be at the helm of his world-title winning USA 505. Scott Nixon has multiple world champion and America’s Cup legend Terry Hutchinson at the helm of Quantum Racing. Hutchinson clinched the overall European TP52 circuit title last month in Portugal and will undoubtedly be a contender in Annapolis. U.S. One Design guru Chris Larson, racing his own boat, showed great pace at the U.S. Nationals and will be hoping to put his local Annapolis knowledge to good use with the help of tactician Allan Terhune.

With the 2008 European Melges 24 season now almost at an end, several of the key teams from across Europe have turned their attention to the U.S. and will be using the North American Championships to gain some vital experience of the Annapolis race area, ahead of the 2009 Worlds. Giovanni Maspero’s Joe Fly team from Italy are the reigning European Champions and Maspero has put together a fearsome line up which features 470 Olympian Gabrio Zandona on the helm and includes two members of the reigning Melges 24 World Championship winning crew - tactician Francesco Bruni, an ex Olympian and America’s Cup sailor; and trimmer Federico Michetti who already has two Melges 24 World titles to his name. Franco Rossini’s Swiss entry Blu Moon, with Italy’s Flavio Favini at the helm, were winners of the 2001 Melges 24 World Championship in Key West, Fla. This consistent team are familiar faces on the U.S. circuit and must be considered amongst the contenders in Annapolis. Stuart Simpson’s UK crew aboard Team Barbarians are also regular competitors in the U.S. and having finished a close second at the recent Nationals will be looking for at least another podium place next week.

Truth be told there are many other teams entered who are capable of taking a race win and putting together a series good enough to win the North American title, including Bruce Ayres’ Monsoon, Simon Strauss and Bora Gulari on Simplicity, Argyle Campbell and Vince Brun on Rock & Roll, Alan Field on WTF, Othmar Mueller von Blumencron on Gannet and several others. In our next preview release, to be issued next week, we’ll be taking a closer look at the teams facing off for the 2008 Melges 24 Corinthian (all amateur) North American Championship title.

Tight racing and hot competition are the entry level criteria for a Melges 24 Championship and this year in Annapolis it looks like the quality of the racing will be matched by the standard of the on-shore entertainment. A full social programme is planned for the competitors including the Pusser’s Rum-sponsored opening night party at which Gary Jobson will help welcome the competitors. Melges Performance Sailboats will be hosting one of their legendary ‘Melges Rocks’ parties on the Thursday evening to mark the mid point of the regatta and Stuart Simpson from Team Barbarians will be sponsoring the final night gala prize giving party. Those familiar with Stuart’s passion for loud, live rock music will have some idea what to expect.

Registration, crew weighing, boat measurement and sail registration will take place from Sunday October 26th until Tuesday October 28th. North Sails will be offering a round-table clinic Monday evening Oct. 27th. All are welcome to hear Vince Brun, Andy Burdick and Chris Larson discuss tuning, sail trim and boat handling at Eastport Yacht Club 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be video review as well as opportunity for questions directed to some of the class's best. Beer and snacks will be provided.

A practice race will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 28th.The Championship Series will run from Wednesday, October 29th through to Saturday, November 1st. Up to three races per day are scheduled.

 

The 2008 North American Championship is sponsored by Pusser’s Rum, Pusser's Caribbean Grille, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Gill, Melges Performance Sailboats, North Sails, Velocitek, Annapolis Wireless Internet (AWI), Harken, Sail 22, Quantum Sails, Westin Annapolis, Atlantic Yacht Rigging and Stuart Simpson's Team Barbarians. The Melges 24 Class and the Eastport Yacht Club are extremely proud to be partnered with these outstanding companies and thank them for their generous support of the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship.

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Visit the Official Event Website of the 2008 North American Championship and 2009 Worlds. Also, visit the Eastport Yacht Club online.

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel Pugh and considered the most unique one design sportboat in the world as well as one of the fastest-growing classes of high performance yachts. For more information, visit the official class websites of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA) and U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA).

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There is no mistaking the quality of the fleet which will assemble at the Eastport YC in Annapolis, Md

 

 

Has the class met you?? :P Seriously though, good luck bro!!

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There is no mistaking the quality of the fleet which will assemble at the Eastport YC in Annapolis, Md

 

 

Has the class met you?? :P Seriously though, good luck bro!!

 

Pretty sure they have... and thanks! Will we see you around for some of the festivities?

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There is no mistaking the quality of the fleet which will assemble at the Eastport YC in Annapolis, Md

 

 

Has the class met you?? :P Seriously though, good luck bro!!

 

Pretty sure they have... and thanks! Will we see you around for some of the festivities?

 

I could prob pull that off. Too bad I'm booked up during the days, I just got a ride offer today for this little ditty.

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21 OCTOBER 2008

There is no mistaking the quality of the fleet which will assemble at the Eastport YC in Annapolis, Md

 

 

Has the class met you?? :P Seriously though, good luck bro!!

 

Pretty sure they have... and thanks! Will we see you around for some of the festivities?

 

I could prob pull that off. Too bad I'm booked up during the days, I just got a ride offer today for this little ditty.

 

You know this is a weigh in event right? What team of 3 circus midgets could you weigh in with?

 

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