Masters launches his Melges 32 like a rocket at '06 Newport NationalsMasters launches his Melges 32 like a rocket at '06 Newport Nationals

The Australian Report : Nationals Competitor Profile, Geoff Masters

29 June 2007

After chartering a M32 at Nationals last year and scoring a fourth place finish, Geoff Masters is hooked on his Melges 32. For the 2007 event, he hopes to take home a podium place along with his new Melges 32, which will be delivered to the regatta and then shipped to Australia or via Asia for the King's Cup.

Geoff brings a majority of Australian crew and wives. Heath Walters, managing director of Northshore Yachting trading as Melges Asia Pacific and exclusive distributor for the Melges 32 and Melges 24 in the Oceanic Rim will be on board as well as Andrew Stanning — both were with Masters in 2006. In addition, Nick Garland and Etchell convert; Ian Burns an Australian Northshore owner and Heath's wife Tracey up the pointy end.

The team is completed by high five'n Sam Rogers with Melges Performance Sailboats. Cultural differences barred him from high fives last year but his expertise was invaluable.

The Melges 24 is taking hold and with plenty of keen interest for the Melges 32, Heath will have just returned from the U.S. National Championship to display the M32 at the Sydney International Boat Show on August 2-7, 2007. This will definitely generate more awareness and increase interest down under of the Melges brand.

The Australians watched the performance of fellow Aussi Richard Leslie's Melges 24 carefully in the 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship and have learned that he has an amazing passion for the Melges boats too! He has added a new Melges 32 to his program, so expect the Australians to be out in full force next year!

With less than a month to go and Sydney in the midst of storms and flooding after years of drought, this Australian army is ready to get to Newport!

Check out the official web site for Melges Asia Pacific.

Photo sent in by Vaughan Stibbard who sails his Melges 32 after dark!