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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.

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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.

NORTH SAIL'S NIGEL YOUNG REPORTS FROM THE RECENT FINNISH MELGES 24 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

I am currently flying back from Finland having taken part in the Melges 24 Finish Championships. We were invited to take part approximately 2 months ago and with a little friendly persuasion from Tomi Hakola and Ari Bloom we made the easy choice to attend.

The Finnish Melges fleet is still in its infancy and the event was run in a very friendly manner with all the competitors really enjoying the sailing as much as the racing of the Melges.

ABOUT JIB BATTENS

Article courtesy of Nigel Young from North Sails.

Dear Melges 24 Sailors,

I have been asked by the International class to write a few words on the current Jib batten situation. As most of you are aware the class has allowed jib battens for a trial period of time this year and so far all the results are very positive. The exact wording of the rules surrounding this trial can be found on within this web site so I will not go into too much detail in this area.

EUROPEAN SEASON OPENS WITH A BANG AS JAMIE LEA WINS SNIM REGATTA IN MARSEILLE

Article courtesy of P&P Racing Team as they report direct from the course on the opening regatta of the European season.

The Easter Weekend saw 58 Melges 24s travel from all over Europe to take part in the annual SNIM Regatta at the French Mediterranean port of Marseille. Sponsored by watch maker Michel Herbelin, the fleet were the largest taking part in this multi-class event and had pride of place on the race course immediately off the famous "Corniche" promenade, where spectators and passers by gathered to watch the racing.

EUROPEAN SEASON OPENS WITH SNIM REAGATTA IN MARSEILLE

Some 60 Melges 24s will compete over the Easter Weekend in the SNIM Regatta to be held at the French Mediterranean port of Marseille. Crews will take part in four days of windward leeward racing with some of Europe and Scandinavia’s top crews competing again the hot home French fleet for the honours.

MELGES 24 GOLD CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

Scheduled for Zenda, Wisconsin - Home of the Melges 24 September 13-15, 2001

The Melges 24 Class and Melges Performance Sailboats have announced that the 2001 Melges 24 Gold Cup Championship will be held in Zenda, Wisconsin September 13-15, 2001. "We are bringing the class home to its roots". says Melges Vice President Andy Burdick. "We will have the best of the best here. Sailors will have the opportunity to enjoy the boat works, the Lake Geneva Yacht Club and everything else this beautiful venue has to offer."

2000 MELGES 24 WORLD CHAMPION GIORGIO ZUCCOLI CROSSING THE FINISHING LINE OF LIFE

With great sadness we have to inform you that 43 year old Giorgio Zuccoli passed the finishing line on the night of 27 March 2001. For once there were no cheers only tears from his family and many friends across the world who feel the pain of having lost a person whom we all loved and respected.

HARRY MELGES TAKES THE MELGES 24S AT ACURA SORC

The final day of racing for the Melges 24 Class at the Acura SORC was held in glorious sunshine and 16-18 knots of onshore breeze which kicked up the classic Miami chop.

The port end paid at the start of race five and Harry Melges, Tony Weatherall and Doug Clark, helming for Paula Zubrzycki, took full advantage of the benefit offered. Argyle Campbell and Morgan Reeser were also in on the port end but a port starboard incident with Weatherall left Campbell making turns and Reeser was overeager and was caught OCS, effectively blowing his chances of winning the regatta.