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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.

TEAM SUUNTO WIN HANKO RACE WEEK

July 5-8 saw the Scandinavian Melges 24 fleet enjoying four fabulous days sailing at Hanko Race Week in Norway. With glorious sunshine, 28-32EC and not a cloud in the sky the fleet completed two races a day in tricky 4-15 knot conditions. With 25 entries this year's event was smaller then usual, however, the majority of teams were using the regatta as a warm up for the Open Norwegian and the European Championships. With such variable conditions the crews had their work cut out to maintain boat speed and pick the shifts from day one.

STEVE MASEDA REPORTS FROM NORTH SAILS WEEK

The Melges Class was not only the largest One Design Class at North Sails Race Week it was also the most competitive. You do not need to take my word for it - the Regatta organizers voted it most competitive, an accolade usually reserved for the larger boats. Among the top 7 boats 2 tied for first place, at 18, a tie broken by who had the most 4th place finishes; two tied for fourth place, a tie broken by who won the last race, since they both had the same number of first place finishes, second place finishes, etc.; and two tied for sixth place.

WORLDS SHIPPING! JIM SCHWERDT NEFOTIATING BEST POSSIBLE DEALS

Jim Schwerdt is currently in the process of final price negotiations with the shippers for transporting boats from Europe for the Worlds and US winter regattas. Obviously the more boats shipping the better the price so if you are thinking of attending the Worlds and shipping your boat please urgently e-mail Jim Schwerdt with an outline of your requirements. 

MELGES NORWAY PLANNING A BIG WELCOME FOR HANKO RACE WEEK AND NORWEGIAN OPEN COMPETITORS

Norwegian Class secretary Tom Knutsen confirms that plans are in full swing
for two of Scandinavia's most popular annual Melges events - Hanko Race Week (5-8 July) and the Open Norwegian Championship (15-17 August). Notice of Race, Entry Form and further details on both events can be found at www.melges.no.

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MELGES 24 LARGEST CLASS AT CALIFORNIA'S NORTH SAILS RACE WEEK

With 20 entries the Melges 24 class will be the biggest at this year's North Sails Race Week. Raced in the beautiful waters off Long Beach, California, this 3 day event (22-24 June) attracts top competitors from around the world in a wide range of classes. With racing organised by the same team who bring us Yachting Key West Race Week and a social programme to more than match the excellent racing this annual event is a must for US West Coast sailors.

The Commodore Ferries Melges 24 UK National Championships, run from June11-15 by the Guernsey Yacht Club, attracted 25 entries from the UK and France. Despite a relatively low turn out the quality of the fleet was extremely high and included reigning UK Champion Mike Budd, Paul Brotherton helming for Ed Leask, Olympic Silver Medallist Keith Musto, Jamie Lee helming for Richard Thompson, Rob Smith and Tom Freytag. Light and variable conditions in the early part of the week made for some interesting results with no one crew dominating at any point during the event.