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EUROPEAN CREWS WARM UP FOR SNIM REGATTA

This weekend's Cassis Cup (16-17 March) in the beautiful Mediterranean Port of Cassis is attracting a high entry as it provides the perfect tuning opportunity for the forthcoming SNIM Regatta at Easter.

NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP SET FOR RECORD ENTRY

With just a month to go to the North American Championship in Annapolis (3-6 April), Liz Filter from the Eastport Yacht Club has confirmed that we look set for a record turnout.

Amongst the entries already confirmed are Harry Melges, Mark Reynolds, Neil Sullivan, Doug Clark, Brian Cramer,
Henry Filter, Max Skelley and Jeff Ecklund so we can expect some great racing and a very close championship.
Registration starts on Wednesday 3 April with racing from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 April and with a full social

NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP DATES REVISED

 In response to many requests, the Eastport Yacht Club have shortened the length of the 2002 Melges 24 North
American Championships. The revised schedule is now:

Wednesday April 3rd
10am-8pm - registration/measurement/weigh-ins
8pm - skippers meeting

Thursday April 4th
Racing

Friday April 5th
Racing

Saturday April 6th
Racing and Awards Banquet

DOUG FISHER TAKES MIDWINTER CHAMPIONSHIP AT ST. PETERSBURG NOOD

Doug Fisher of Sarasota was crowned the Melges 24 Midwinter Champion and the Hall Spars & Rigging Boat of the Day when he won the 31 boat Melges 24 class by a gargantuan points margin of 26.5 points at the St. Petersburg NOOD.

Whilst Fisher had established a commanding lead the battle for 2nd to 5th was very close with Doug Kessler eventually taking second with 38.5 ahead of Mike Krantz in third on 40, Brian Harrison fourth on 42 and Dave Happ, sailing with UK National Champion Keith Musto at the helm, in fifth with 43 points.

CHARTER BOATS NEEDED FOR 2002 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

We already have a number of crews seeking charter boats for the 2002 Worlds in Travemuende, including several of the top North American teams. We obviously want to ensure that everyone who wishes to race is able to take part so need your help to locate possible charter boats.

If you are unable to race in the Championship yourself and can make your boat available or know someone else who
might be willing to charter their boat please E-mail Fiona Brown with details.

ST. PETERSBURG NOOD (FEB 15-17) PREVIEW

The St Petersburg NOOD will host the next event in the 2002 North American Ranking Series from February 15-17. St. Petersburg is a terrific sailing venue and with a recent $250,000 renovation of the sailing centre, incorporating additional floating docks, ramps and other improvements, the shore side facilities will match the excellent sailing conditions.

2001 MELGES 24 WORLDS WRAP-UP

Now everyone has had time to recover from all the excitement there are few special thank-yous that we need to make following the 2001 World Championship.

FLAVIO FAVIVI AND FRANCO ROSSINI WIN MELGES 24 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

With a score line that included five bullets Italian Flavio Favini won the 2001 Melges 24 World Championship in true style after the final day of racing eventually had to be cancelled due to lack of wind. Although disappointed that no more racing was possible the fleet were in full agreement with the Race Committee’s decision that sailing in under 4 knots would be no way to finish what had otherwise been a fantastic championship.

PROTEST AGAINST FAVINI DISMISSED

Last night's protest by Brian Porter against Flavio Favini (helming for Franco Rossini) was lodged after the end of protest time and was dismissed by the jury. The results from race 8 stand and Favini leads the regatta by 7 points from Harry Melges (helming for Jeff Eckland).

There are two races scheduled for today but the forecast is for light airs and right now there isn't a breath of wind so
everyone has their fingers crossed that we can get some racing in.

More to follow as soon as we get off the water. 

FLAVIO FAVINI AND HARRY MELGES HEAD THE LEADERBOARD AT MELGES 24 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The penultimate day of the 2001 Melges 24 World Championship brought an interesting mix of weather and sea conditions and some very exciting racing. Although the race committee had hope to complete 3 more races the dying, shifting breeze resulted in a wise decision to stop at two.