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OUTSTANDING MELGES 24 US WINTER CIRCUIT PLANNED

The legendary US Winter circuit gets underway this weekend with the Fall Flail at Annapolis. This is just the first of a great series of regatta offering outstanding winter sun sailing in the south eastern United States.

The US Atlantic Coast Championship in Jacksonville on October 20/21 is the last major US event before the Worlds and has attracted a big entry.

MEASUREMENT CERTIFICATES WILL BE REQUIRED FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Several owners have made contact regarding the requirement for all boats to have full measurement certificates at the forthcoming World Championship. You will need to produce your certificate and in fact should have one anyway to prove your boat really is a Melges 24 (important for the resale value of your boat)!

There is a simple procedure to follow to obtain a certificate so take action now to be sure your paperwork is in order in good time for the Worlds.

STEP ONE

MELGES 24 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE RUN IN CONJUNCTION WITH TERRA NOVA TRADING/YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

The International Melges 24 Class Association and Premiere Racing are very pleased to announce that they have reached agreement for the hosting of the Melges 24 World Championship 2001 within Terra Nova Trading / Yachting Key West Race Week.

The 2001 Melges 24 World Championship, originally planned for November in Ft Lauderdale, will now be run as a 10 race series within Race Week from 21-25 January 2002 with pre-event registration and measurement commencing on Friday, 18 January.

FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT MELGES 24 WORLDS TO BE MADE THURSDAY 04 OCTOBER 2001

The great news is that we will be making a formal announcement about the Melges 24 Worlds tomorrow. We are just finalising the release wording with Premiere Racing and sorting out our joint press circulation lists and the word will be out.

WE LOOK AHEAD TO THE ANNAPOLIS FALL FLAIL (OCT. 13/14) AND THE ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIP (OCT. 20/21)

For those of you looking to get in some last minute practise before the Worlds here are two perfect events coming up.

FI BROWN GIVES US THE LATEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESCHEDULING NEWS

We really are getting very close to agreement with Premiere Racing now and hope to have a final announcement for you about hosting the Melges 24 Worlds at Key West Race Week by Wednesday. Here is a quick summary of some of the things we have now been able to tie down so that you know where we
are heading:

* The most important point is that Premiere Racing really want to be able to host our event and are pulling out all the stops to accommodate us and put together a truly world championship quality event at extremely short notice.

ONE OF LIFE'S UNSCHEDULED EXPERIENCES

Whilst I am not renowned for my starting line expertise I have never missed a race in which I intended to start. That was until the Gold Cup regatta at Lake Geneva in September 2001.

I started my travel program from our home in Essex, England at 6.45am on the 11 September 2001. At 11.30am our United Airlines flight UA 929 took off from London Heathrow Airport bound for Chicago.

WORLDS UPDATE - FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2001

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Worlds Update - FRIDAY 28 September 2001

28 SEPTEMBER 2001 What a week! Firstly a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed views, advice, opinions and offers of help over the last four days. Your contributions have all been appreciated and if anyone else thinks they can help us with Jury or Press boat loan, cash or kind contributions, party hosting, etc, please E-mail me.

DECISION ON MELGES 24 WORLDS GETS NEARER - FI BROWN UPDATES US ON TODAY'S DEVELOPMENTS

It's been another frantic day for everyone involved in the Melges 24 Worlds rescheduling which included a 7 way conference call for the IMCA Executive Committee.

Over the past 48 hours a enormous amount of work has gone into looking at both Key West and St Petersburg in detail and in attempting to get the views of as many potential competitors as possible. Our thanks must go to everyone who made contact to offer an opinion or advice and to St Petersburg Yacht Club, Frank McCarthy, Premiere Racing and Peter Craig for their herculean efforts.

WORLDS LATEST! IMCA RECIEVES THREE OFFERS TO HOST

We are aiming to keep you all updated as best we can on the state of play with the world championship. We will post news as often as possible here on the site and if you have any queries don't hesitate to e-mail me or post them on the discussion forum.