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REGISTER NOW TO CONFIRM YOUR CORNITHIAN STATUS

All competitors intending to compete in the Corinthian division at Melges 24 events during 2002 should ensure that they and their crew have all obtained the necessary official ISAF Sailor Classification through the ISAF web site at www.sailing.org.

The online registration is a simple procedure, which only takes about 10 minutes to complete. To enter as a Corinthian for any event your crew must meet the following requirements:
• The helmsman shall meet the requirements of ISAF Group 1

BEVERAGE BRANDS TO SPONSOR MELGES 24 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FLEET HQ

The International Melges 24 Class Association and Premiere Racing Inc. are delighted to announce that UK drinks company Beverage Brands will be the Melges 24 Fleet HQ Sponsor for the forthcoming 2001 Melges 24 World Championship, to be held in association with Terra Nova Trading / Yachting Key West Race Week from 20-25 January 2002.

A Beverage Brands sponsorship will help to provide additional measurement, fleet check in and launching facilities at the Truman Navy Basin as well as a fantastic welcome party for the Melges 24 crews on the Saturday evening.

NORTH SAILS SUPPORT 2001 MELGES 24 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AS AN ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

The International Melges 24 Class Association and Premiere Racing Inc are delighted to announce that North Sails will be supporting the 2001 Melges 24 World Championship, to be held in association with Terra Nova Trading/Yachting Key West Race Week from 20-25 January 2002, as an Associate Sponsor.

BILL ROGNER OFFERS HELP WITH SPECIAL DEALS FOR MELGES 24 WORLDS

To help other Melges 24s go to the Melges 24 Worlds at Key West Race Week my crew and I have worked out a deal where it only costs $400 a person. This includes entry fee ,dockage, and hotel room for the whole week. With this low a dollar figure I cannot afford not to go! If anyone is interested please let me know so I can be of help to get you to Key West cheap. Call me on +1-941-639-8380 or E-mail me.

- Bill Rogner - USA82 | Hurricane

DOUG CLARK & PAULA ZUBRYCKI TAKE ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jacksonville was its usual great self for the Atlantic Coast Championship which saw the fleet enjoy some fantastic racing and some equally fantastic partying. The large, comfy club with excellent facilities provided a home from home while the flat water and medium air made it easy for everyone to go fast and really enjoy the racing. Satuday brought a 10-14 knot North Easterly with nice 10' shifts. Harry Melges dominated with a 2-1-1 while Morgan Reeser helming for Neil Sullivan was the next most consistant with a 1-3-2.

HYRES TO HOST SPECIAL END OF SEASON FLING 1-4 NOVEMBER 2001

The C.O.Y.C.H. is to host the final major European Melges 24 event of the year with a long weekend of sailing from the beautiful French Mediterranean port of Hyeres. With four days of sailing in the warm sunny waters of Hyeres Bay and some great partying planned this is the perfect end to a great European season. A good turn out is expected with some of the top boats from Italy, France and Monaco already committed.

IMCA TO PERMIT JIB ZIP LUFF/HALYARD LOCK RULE TRIAL

Following the recent IMCA World Council AGM and subsequent consultation with National Class Representatives the IMCA Executive Committee has confirmed that the proposed zip luff jib/halyard lock trial rule will come into effect on 1st January 2002. This means that zip luff jibs and halyard locks will be permitted at the forthcoming Melges 24 World Championship. The revised rule wording (and formal reason for proposed rule change) is as follows:

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KUNIO SUZUKI TAKES THE 2001 JAPANESE NATIONALS

Although only 7 boats took part in the recent Japanese National Championships, the high level of competition and perfect sunshine made for a fun regatta for all the sailors.

Race one started around 8 -10 knot and Siesta found good conditions to take first place. Race two saw an increase in the breeze to 10-12 knot and Fundation took first place. We plan to make 3 races for one day, but we made only two races.

MELGES PERFORMANCE SAILBOATS SIGN UP AS FIRST ASSOCIATE SPONSOR OF MELGES 24 WORLDS

We are delighted to announce that Melges Performance Sailboats have reinforced their long standing support of the Melges 24 Class by signing up as the first Associate Sponsor of the 2001 World Championship, to be held in conjunction with Terra Nova Trading / Yachting Key West Race Week from 20-25 January.

MELGES 24 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OFFERS EXCEPTIONAL SPONSHIP AND DONOR OPPORTUNITIES

As outlined in previous articles, the rescheduled 2001 Melges 24 World Championship will be held in association with Terra Nova Trading / Yachting Key West Race Week from January 20-25, 2002. We need your help in identifying commercial sponsor and private donor prospects to fund separate Worlds components and social functions.