Special Class Announcement: Great Events, Great Attendance Helps Grow The Class

4 June 2007

It's true — positive promotion and higher attendance levels at great events across the USA and around the world at some of the most prestigious venues will help sustain and continue the growth of the class.

To date more than fifty boats have been sold and now with Melges Asia Pacific and Melges Europe out in full force — everyone is fired up about the Melges 32! The boats are starting to ship to Italy as we speak. There will be a Melges 32 racing circuit for 2008 that will feature more great sailing venues across Europe and will surely attract a great deal of attention — maybe even a World Championship in 2008!

The upcoming events in the US that we want to have one design starts at include the Chicago NOOD, June 15-17. Right now we have 7 boats that have committed to doing this regatta, it would be great to have more. This is a great regatta in a great city and is always a ton of fun!

The next class event after the Chicago NOOD is the 2007 U.S. National Championship, July 13-15 taking place in Newport, Rhode Island. This is sure to be another great Newport event, even more fun than 2006! This is a not to be missed regatta as there is no place better than Newport in July!

The next class event that will wind down the summer season is the West Coast tour. There are several regattas around San Francisco that we would like to have class starts at. The two that we would like to promote are: The Sportboat Regatta, August 25-26 in San Francisco Bay out of the Richmond YC, and then the Rolex Big Boat Series, September 13-16. Both of these events will be great events sailed in one of sailings most incredible venues. San Francisco offers some of the best sailing in the world with great restaurants, hotels and lots of attractions. We need eight boats for a start at RBB and we need to show the West Coast how much fun these boats are so we get them fired up a bit. The Class needs your support in attending these events. There are several boats in the San Francisco area and in Seattle and we need to support these owners and help build the West coast fleet. Caleb Everett has lined up boat staging and storage between events at the Brickyard Cove in Richmond, where there is a three-ton hoist and dry storage is $90/month. The other option is to have a practice regatta the weekend before the BBS if everyone wants to go out for a week and not go back and forth.

We would really like to get a feel for attendance at these events and also what the preference would be for the San Francisco tour in terms of a two week spread versus a one week stay. If you could, please email us know your thoughts and feedback about each event, and as to whether or not you and your team can attend that would be much appreciated.

Thank you and we're looking forward to seeing you on the water soon!

Best Regards from the Melges Team!

Harry, Andy, Sam, Charlie and Jamie