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OVERCAST CONDITIONS COULDN'T DAMPEN THE ENTHUSIASM OF THE MELGES 24 CLASS AT 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.

COMMENTS FROM HARRY MELGES DOCKSIDE AFTER THE FIRST TWO RACES OF YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

“The key to our day was that we got out there as soon as we could and sailed up wind a bit and got tuned up for the conditions. It was a light to medium breeze but relatively flat water so not too difficult to keep the boat moving. We just tried to be conservative as the courses were relatively long and I think it was key not to get hung out on one side or the other and to fight for your lanes in the middle, play the compass and watch our positioning on other boats around us.

OVER 60 MELGES AT YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK 2001

With over 60 boats entered the Melges 24 class will be the biggest competing at Yachting Key West Race Week, which starts this Monday 15 January.

Defending champion Brian Porter is back determined to achieve a third consecutive win but with both Dave Ullman (also a three times consecutive winner) and Sydney Olympic Star Gold Medallist Mark Reynolds returning to the class for the event he will certainly have his work cut out.

DAY 1 - MELGES 24 CLASS - YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

 In the hotly contested Melges 24 class Harry Melges took both races on the opening day of Yachting Key West Race Week. With a northerly 10 knot breeze and glorious sunshine the 60 boat fleet had excellent racing with both races seeing plenty of place changing and some very close sailing.

HARRY MELGES TAKES FIRST TWO RACES AT YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

In the hotly contested Melges 24 class Harry Melges took both races on the opening day of Yachting Key West Race Week. With a northerly 10 knot breeze and glorious sunshine the 60 boat fleet had excellent racing with both races seeing plenty of place changing and some very close sailing.

In race one Karen Gottwald broke away from the pack early on, with Morgan Resser, helming for Neil Sullivan, Harry Melges and Bruce Ayres all hard on her heels.

Gottwald, whose performance has improved markedly in the last

HARRY MELGES & ANDY BURDICK HELP COMPETITORS TUNE UP FOR YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

In the build up to Race Week Harry Melges & Andy Burdick took time out from their own preparations to run a “University Of Zenda” training day for other Melges teams. Harry & Andy’s track records in the Melges 24 are second to none and both will be racing for the title here in Key West, Harry helming his own boat “Zenda Express” and Andy crewing for Brian Porter aboard “Full Throttle”.

EDITOR FI BROWN TALKS TO ANDY GREEN

FB - So how come you’re here at Yachting Key West Race Week doing your first major regatta in the Melges 24 Class?

AG - I haven’t sailed now for about 2 months and I got asked to sail with some American’s who’d raced with us in the IACC boats during Skandia Life Cowes Week. They asked me to do a return trip and sail with them in the Melges 24 here at Key West. With 60 boats competing I think its going to be great fun.

FB – Are you helming?

EDITOR FI BROWN FILLS US IN ON ALL THE LATEST CLASS PROMOTION NEWS

000 saw huge improvements in the quality of class communications with the launch of www.melges24.com and the publication of the first edition of M24 magazine. The web site is now established and we've had great feed back from all sorts of sources.

JIB BATTEN TRIAL - CLARIFICATION OF INTERNATIONAL REGATTAS

There continues to be continued confusion as to exactly which regattas the trial jib battens can be used at. The definitive answer is that sailors can not use battened jibs at International events (ie those directly organised under the auspices of the International Class). In practise this means that the trial jibs cannot be used at World or Continental (European, North American, etc) Championships in 2001.