Melges 32 Expects A Very Competitive Nationals, July 13-15

29 June 2007

The 2007 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship is taking place on July 13-15, in conjunction with the historic 23rd Annual Newport Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island. Hosted by Sail Newport, this will be the second National Championship for the Melges 32 where more than twenty teams are expected to compete. Among the field of fierce competitors is reigning Melges 32 National Champion Jeff Ecklund (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) on 'STAR'. "I'm really looking forward to sailing in a large Melges 32 fleet in Newport. It is one of my favorite sailing venues."

"We have the option to sail in flat water with current on the inside and open ocean outside," commented Ecklund. "The variety makes it a great contest for a National Championship. I hope it will be as windy as it was last year."

Also in attendance and definitely one of Ecklund's toughest rivalries is 2007 Melges 32 East Coast Champions, Marty Kullman and Mike Carroll (Tampa, Fla.) on 'New Wave'. "We're not going into this regatta specifically looking to beat anyone in particular, we're just going to go out there and execute. We'll have a few things that we will focus on and fix to make better. We're going to go out and get the best results we can out of every race," said Kullman in a recent interview.

The National Championship will not be without international flair. There will be competitors from Australia, Italy and the UK in addition to the vast expanse of teams from the United States. Geoff Masters (Sydney, Australia) on 'Melges Asia Pacific' is hoping for a podium place. He will be taking delivery of yet another new Melges 32 in which he will be shipping off to Australia or via Asia for the King's Cup after Nationals in Newport. On board with Masters is Heath Walters, the Australian and Asia Pacific distributor of the Melges 32. Walters reports that the level of interest is high down under. The Melges 32 will be on display at the Sydney International Boat Show, August 2-7, 2007.

2007 ACURA Key West Race Week and Miami Grand Prix Champion, Claudio Recchi (Italy) on 'Let's Roll' will be there with his Italian brigade in tow. On board with Recchi is Federico Michetti, president of Melges Europe. "The Melges 32 is like a drug. You just can't get enough. It is so much fun, really fast and you can trailer it anywhere," said Michetti. "There is such a strong level of competition in this class. We may have done very well earlier in the year, but all the teams are getting better. In Key West and Miami the winds were light and the racing was tighter than ever, but the Nationals will be tough."

Great Britain's Joe Woods (Torquay, UK) on 'Red' will also be ready to race. His second place finish at the 2007 Sperry Top-Sider Melges 32 Chicago NOOD Regatta gives every indication that this marvelous English team will do well.

Racing for the Melges 32 Class will begin on Friday, July 13 and will continue until Sunday, July 15. Registration/mandatory check-in will take place in the Mule Barn on Thursday, July 12 from 1600-1900 and again on Friday, July 13 from 0900-1100. Weigh-in for the Melges 32 Class will be held on Thursday, July 12 between 0900-1100 at Sail Newport. Awards will be presented on Sunday after racing.

Daily race reports, previews, interviews and photos from the Nationals will be published at the official web site of the International Melges 32 Class Association, www.melges32.com.

For more information about the International Melges 32 Class Association and/or the 2007 Melges 32 National Championship contact Joy Dunigan, Melges 32 Nationals Press Officer on email at press@melgesperformancesailboats.com, by phone +1 912 398 5776.

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COMPETITOR INFORMATION

REGISTRATION

Online registration is available. The Notice of Race (including amendments), crew waivers, entry lists and additional race documentation can be acquired at the Official Event Web Site.

Early registration for the Melges 32 National Championship ends on Friday, June 29th at 1700. Entries received after this time shall incur a late fee of $50. No entry will be accepted after Friday, July 13 at 1900.

ISAF SAILOR CLASSIFICATION
All participating Melges 32 crew must have provide a rules compliant MELGES 32 CREW DECLARATION FORM (APPENDIX 3) to the class by Monday, July 9. These forms must be completely filled out in order to be accepted by the class. Forms can be faxed in advance to the Melges 32 Class Association (912) 920-1827. To gain ISAF Sailor Classification, visit ISAF.ORG

PLEASE BE ADVISED: FOR ALL MELGES 32 ENTRANTS TO BE LEGAL AND SCORED THESE FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED BY JULY 9. ALL BOATS MUST COMPY WITH THE CLASS RULES.

CREW WAIVER
Crew Waivers for the Melges 32 National Championship must also be completed. Please fill out the CREW WAIVER FORM. NOTE: This form must be completed personally and voluntarily by each crew member to valid and to complete entry. THE ONLINE FORMS FOR CREW AND MINOR WAIVERS ARE NOT MAC/SAFARI FRIENDLY. IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THIS PART OF YOUR ENTRY IN ADVANCE YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT REGATTA COORDINATOR DIRECT, ADAM DESANTIS VIA PHONE AT (401)846-1983.

For teams that have crew under the age of 18, have a parent or legal guardian complete this MINOR WAIVER FORM.

WEIGH-IN
Weigh-in for the Melges 32 Class will be held on Thursday, July 12 between 0900-1100 at Sail Newport.

MELGES 32 BBQ SOCIAL
Beer, burgers and hotdogs will be served on Thursday, July 12 from 5-7 p.m. at The Newport Shipyard (where all the Melges 32s will be kept) following practice!

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