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TORBOLE WELCOMES THE MELGES 24 FLEET IN A MOVING CEREMONY

The town of Torbole welcomed the Melges 24 fleets to their 2001 European Championship in a moving ceremony held at the Town Quay this evening. Formalities opened with welcome speaches in Italian and English from the Mayor of Torbole, the Commodore of the Circolo Vela Torbole and the Italian Regional Sports Minister.

10 POINTS SEPARATE TOP 13 IN MELGES 24 EUROPEAN RANKING

On the eve of the Melges 24 European Championship, the final event in the 2001 European Ranking Series, just 10 points separate the top 13 boats. Jamie Lee (helming for Richard Thompson), Laurent Pages and Keith Musto share the top slot on 199 points each with Mario Zilini snapping at their heels in fourth place on 197 points. Fifth placed Ants Haavel is unable to take part in the Europeans dropping him out of the overall competition, but sixth placed Cedric Pouligny is very much in the running on 194.

CLASS TECHNICAL ADVISOR DAVID CHIVERS REPORTS ON A NEW FEW INTERESTING POINTS RAISED CLASS DURING REGISTRATION AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN TORBOLE

With around half of the entrants measured in so far registration is going well at the Europeans in Torbole.

RECORD 94 ENTRIES FOR MELGES 24 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2001

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With a record breaking 94 entries from 12 nations the 2001 Melges 24 European Championship, to be run on Lake Guarda, Italy by the Circolo Vela Torbole from 30 August to 7 September, promises to be one of the most exciting regattas taking place in Europe this year.

TOM KNUTSEN REPORTS FROM THE NORWEGIAN OPEN NATIONALS

Facing the relaitvely long way to travel to the Oil Capitol of Norway, Stavanger 28 boats had made the trip. Facing the fact that the Scandinavian Class has rapidly grown into 44 boats these days and that the Open Norwegians 2001 is a part of the European Melges Ranking, 28 boats had found their way to Stavanger including EST-509 (Tonu Töniste, Ants Havel, Toomas Töniste, Maiki Saaring) and USA-353 (Tom Freytag, Ben Cooke, Fred Kempt, Ben Cooper).

REIGNING EUROPEAN CHAMPION CHRISTIAN ROMAN TALKS TO FI BROWN ON THE EVE OF THE 2001 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

FB - You are reigning European Champion but you will not be defending your title here in Torbole. How come you are organising this event and not sailing in it?
CR - I had decided before we won the Championship two years ago not to sail this year. I agreed with the crew that we would do a two year programme leading up to the Worlds in La Rochelle and I committed myself to that almost full time, sailing around 160 days. After that I wanted to stop and give some time to my family.

FINAL FEW DAYS TO EUROPEANS ENTRY DEADLINE - 31 JULY 2001

Following the problems with lost entry information experienced by the yacht club in Torbole I am delighted to report that the majority of entrants have now been in contact with the club and re-confirmed their entries. However, there are still a number of entries outstanding so if you plan to enter the Europeans but your name does not appear on the following list please urgently contact the club on e-mail circolovela@torbole.com. The final date for entries is 31st July absolute latest and NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Download a Notice of Race anda Entry Form.

IMCA NEGOTIATE GREAT SHIPPING DEALS FOR LAUDERDALE WORLDS

Jim Schwerdt has been working hard on our behalf with shippers Peters & May and J P Reynolds to find a great shipping deal for the Worlds. Initial indications were that the total cost would be around US$12,000 but careful negotiations mean they have been able to almost halve this.

TRAVEMUENDER TO HOST GERMAN OPEN 25-28 JULY

Around 20 entries from 7 nations are anticipated at the German Open National Championships, which take place from 25-28 July at the Luebecker Yacht Club as part of Germany’s famous Travemuender Week.
With the 2002 Worlds taking place in Travemuender many of the crews are taking this opportunity to start familiarising themselves with the race area as well as continuing their warm up campaigns for this year’s Europeans which are now only 6 weeks away.

LAURENT PAGES P & P RACING TEAM WIN FRENCH NATIONALS

Nigel Young of North Sails reports from the Michel Herbelin sponsored French Open National Championship held from 28 June - 1 July in Brittany, France. I am travelling back from Le Crouesty in the North west of France having just competed in the French National Championships. The French class is very strong and has not really suffered a traditional drop in numbers after hosting the World Championships last year. 46 boats were competing and most of the top French teams were represented in this event. What was really great to see from our prospective was the number of UK boats taking part.