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WE LOOK AHEAD TO THE ANNAPOLIS FALL FLAIL (OCT. 13/14) AND THE ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIP (OCT. 20/21)

For those of you looking to get in some last minute practise before the Worlds here are two perfect events coming up.

FI BROWN GIVES US THE LATEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESCHEDULING NEWS

We really are getting very close to agreement with Premiere Racing now and hope to have a final announcement for you about hosting the Melges 24 Worlds at Key West Race Week by Wednesday. Here is a quick summary of some of the things we have now been able to tie down so that you know where we
are heading:

* The most important point is that Premiere Racing really want to be able to host our event and are pulling out all the stops to accommodate us and put together a truly world championship quality event at extremely short notice.

ONE OF LIFE'S UNSCHEDULED EXPERIENCES

Whilst I am not renowned for my starting line expertise I have never missed a race in which I intended to start. That was until the Gold Cup regatta at Lake Geneva in September 2001.

I started my travel program from our home in Essex, England at 6.45am on the 11 September 2001. At 11.30am our United Airlines flight UA 929 took off from London Heathrow Airport bound for Chicago.

WORLDS UPDATE - FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2001

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Worlds Update - FRIDAY 28 September 2001

28 SEPTEMBER 2001 What a week! Firstly a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed views, advice, opinions and offers of help over the last four days. Your contributions have all been appreciated and if anyone else thinks they can help us with Jury or Press boat loan, cash or kind contributions, party hosting, etc, please E-mail me.

DECISION ON MELGES 24 WORLDS GETS NEARER - FI BROWN UPDATES US ON TODAY'S DEVELOPMENTS

It's been another frantic day for everyone involved in the Melges 24 Worlds rescheduling which included a 7 way conference call for the IMCA Executive Committee.

Over the past 48 hours a enormous amount of work has gone into looking at both Key West and St Petersburg in detail and in attempting to get the views of as many potential competitors as possible. Our thanks must go to everyone who made contact to offer an opinion or advice and to St Petersburg Yacht Club, Frank McCarthy, Premiere Racing and Peter Craig for their herculean efforts.

WORLDS LATEST! IMCA RECIEVES THREE OFFERS TO HOST

We are aiming to keep you all updated as best we can on the state of play with the world championship. We will post news as often as possible here on the site and if you have any queries don't hesitate to e-mail me or post them on the discussion forum.

MELGES 24 WORLDS TO BE RESCHEDULED!

The International Melges 24 Class Association today announced that it is looking to reschedule the 2001 Melges 24 World Championship, planned for 8-18 November in Ft Lauderdale. Recent World events have forced the Lauderdale Yacht Club into a review of their position and with regret the club has issued the following statement:

MELGES 24 EUROPEANS CLOSE WITH AN EMOTIONAL PRIZE GIVING

The 2001 Melges 24 European Championship closed with a very emotional prize giving in which Christina Zuccoli, widow of the late and great Giorgio, presented the new Georgio Zuccoli perpetual trophy to the overall winner Cedric Pouligny and his crew. The teams were all very moved by Christina's decision to present the prize personally at the club which Giorgio considered home.

Also presented for the first time was a youngest crew trophy, sponsored by the Hotel Santoni, which went to the British

FOLLOWING THEIR THIRD PLACE IN RACE FIVE, FI BROWN SPOKE WITH NICK HALMOS AND HIS CREW FROM RHODE ISLAND USA

FB – Where are you all from?
Nick – I’m from Palm Beach, Florida but I live in Newport, Rhode Island.
Rob – The rest of us are all from Newport.

FB – So what made you decide to come and do the Melges 24 Europeans?
Nick – We acquired a boat last July and we’ve been sailing all winter and wanted to tune up for the Worlds. Also we’d heard that Lake Garda is the most beautiful place ever to sail so we came over.

FB – You must be very happy with your third place in the fifth race?

SEAN THE LUCKY SHEEP BRINGS CEDRIC POULIGNY SUCCESS IN TORBOLE

The Melges 24 Europeans drew to a close with a final seventh race in Torbole today. Racing started just before 9am in a brisk northerly breeze with most of the overall leaders opting for the left end of the line and the left hand side of the course.