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HARRY MELGES TAKES THE MELGES 24S AT ACURA SORC

The final day of racing for the Melges 24 Class at the Acura SORC was held in glorious sunshine and 16-18 knots of onshore breeze which kicked up the classic Miami chop.

The port end paid at the start of race five and Harry Melges, Tony Weatherall and Doug Clark, helming for Paula Zubrzycki, took full advantage of the benefit offered. Argyle Campbell and Morgan Reeser were also in on the port end but a port starboard incident with Weatherall left Campbell making turns and Reeser was overeager and was caught OCS, effectively blowing his chances of winning the regatta.

NEAR PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR THE MELGES 24S ON DAY TWO

Day two of the Acura SORC 2001 brought near perfect conditions for races 3 and 4 in the Melges 24 Class.

HARRY MELGES LEADS AFTER FIRST DAY OF RACING AT ACURA SORC

As darkness fell over Miami last night the 27 strong Melges 24 fleet finally made it back to the dock after the first two races in the 60th Acura SORC. The day started with a 3 hour postponement waiting for breeze which eventually began to fill in mid afternoon.

MELGES 24 SET FOR ANOTHER FANTASTIC EVENT AT ACURA SORC

26 top Melges 24 teams including Harry Melges, Brian Porter and Morgan Reeser will be doing battle for the honours at the ACURA SORC Regatta 2001 commencing 1 March. Word has just reached us that the legendary Dennis Conner will also be sailing in the class so we can look forward to some really intense competition.

FI BROWN REPORTS FOLLOWING HER SITE VISIT TO LAUDERDALE YACHT CLUB WHERE PLANS FOR THE 2001 WORLDS ARE IN FULL SWING

Following a two day visit to Ft Lauderdale in January I’m delighted to report that the Lauderdale Yacht Club is working flat out to ensure that the Melges 24 Worlds 2001 (November 8-17) will be the biggest and best Melges 24 event in the US to date.

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.