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CORRECTION

In our final report from Key West we incorrectly stated that Paul Zubrycki was the first woman helm. In fact Paula's boat was helmed by Doug Clark and the first woman helm was in fact Karen Gottwald. Our apologies for this error and for any confusion it may have caused.

IMCA INTRODUCES A NEW SAIL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

In line with the 2001 changes to Class Rules C.1.2 and G.1.4 the IMCA is introducing a new register of official measurers. All registered measurers will be issued with an individually numbered class stamp. All sails measured from 1 March 2001 must carry the new stamp so measurers who have not yet received their stamps are asked to make urgent contact with Class Technical Advisor David Chivers. David can be contacted at e-mail david.chivers@tesco.net or telephone +44 1206 305107.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SORC 2001

Melges 24 competitors at the Acura Southern Ocean Racing Conference 2001 should note that for the first time all racing will take place on ocean courses off Miami Beach and that all shoreside activities will be headquartered at the Miami Beach Marina. Miami Beach Marina is located off Alton Road just south of the MacArthur Causeway.

MELGES 24 BOAT NO. 500 TO BE EXHIBITED AT STRICTLY SAIL BOAT SHOW IN CHICAGO - USA

The Strictly Sail Boat Show, which takes place from 1 - 4 February in Chicago, will feature Melges 24 number 500 on the Melges Performance Sailboats stand. "This is a special show for us because we will be showing off Melges 24 500", says Melges President Harry Melges. "Melges 24 500 has been purchased by VJ Chigas of Chicago, IL. We certainly want to welcome him into our fleet."

FINAL DAY - THE MELGES 24 FLEET AT KEY WEST RACE WEEK 2001 CONGRATULATIONS ZENDA EXPRESS!

The final day of Yachting Key West Race Week did not bring the hoped for increase in breeze but there was a change in the wind which swung round to the South East for the first time and came in at a steady 10-12 knots.

DAY FOUR - STILL TRYING CONDITIONS FOR THE MELGES 24 FLEET AT KEY WEST RACE WEEK

Conditions today were very trying on the Melges 24 course as we were racing in 5-10 knots with a lot of chop. Many times the crew was inside the boat while pounding through large swell.

DAY 4 - MELGES 24 CLASS - YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

Conditions today were very trying on the Melges 24 course as we were racing in 5-10 knots with a lot of chop. Many times the crew was inside the boat while pounding through large swell.

DAY 3 - MELGES 24 CLASS - YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

Another light airs day at Yachting Key West Race Week saw Morgan Reeser consolidate his overall lead after the fifth Melges 24 race.

The race was lead from the first mark by Tony Wattson, who made a brilliant first beat then successfully defended his position right round the course. The only person near Wattson at the first mark was Argyle Campbell who chased hard all the way round the course but was never quite able to make up the ground.

ANOTHER LIGHT AIRS DAY FOR YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

Another light airs day at Yachting Key West Race Week saw Morgan Reeser
consolidate his overall lead after the fifth Melges 24 race.

The race was lead from the first mark by Tony Wattson, who made a brillian first beat then successfully defended his position right round the course. The only person near Wattson at the first mark was Argyle Campbell who chased hard all the way round the course but was never quite able to make up the ground.

DAY 2 - MELGES 24 CLASS - YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

An overcast sky, showers and light, variable conditions couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the Melges 24 Class at Yachting Key West Race Week today.

Race one kicked off in around 14 knots north-east, but shortly after the start a shower front came through dropping the breeze back to under 10 knots. The left hand side of the beat paid and again Karen Gottwald showed amazing form to lead the fleet into the first windward mark and finish 4th.