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FINAL DAY - THE MELGES 24 FLEET AT KEY WEST RACE WEEK 2001 CONGRATULATIONS ZENDA EXPRESS!

The final day of Yachting Key West Race Week did not bring the hoped for increase in breeze but there was a change in the wind which swung round to the South East for the first time and came in at a steady 10-12 knots.

DAY FOUR - STILL TRYING CONDITIONS FOR THE MELGES 24 FLEET AT KEY WEST RACE WEEK

Conditions today were very trying on the Melges 24 course as we were racing in 5-10 knots with a lot of chop. Many times the crew was inside the boat while pounding through large swell.

DAY 4 - MELGES 24 CLASS - YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

Conditions today were very trying on the Melges 24 course as we were racing in 5-10 knots with a lot of chop. Many times the crew was inside the boat while pounding through large swell.

DAY 3 - MELGES 24 CLASS - YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

Another light airs day at Yachting Key West Race Week saw Morgan Reeser consolidate his overall lead after the fifth Melges 24 race.

The race was lead from the first mark by Tony Wattson, who made a brilliant first beat then successfully defended his position right round the course. The only person near Wattson at the first mark was Argyle Campbell who chased hard all the way round the course but was never quite able to make up the ground.

ANOTHER LIGHT AIRS DAY FOR YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

Another light airs day at Yachting Key West Race Week saw Morgan Reeser
consolidate his overall lead after the fifth Melges 24 race.

The race was lead from the first mark by Tony Wattson, who made a brillian first beat then successfully defended his position right round the course. The only person near Wattson at the first mark was Argyle Campbell who chased hard all the way round the course but was never quite able to make up the ground.

DAY 2 - MELGES 24 CLASS - YACHTING 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.

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.