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The Melges 32 Arrives In Italy

2 August 2007

Milan, Italy - Under the guidance of Federico Michetti, president of Melges Europe, the very first Melges 32 debuted in Torbole, Italy on Lake Garda during Torbole Race Week, 18-21, July. More than 400 sailors from Austria, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and Sweden were on hand to view and test drive the brand new, 30-ft sportboat that is easy to sail, fast, fun, and can be trailered anywhere.

"I was certain that the Melges 32 would generate great attention, but the positive feedback received has exceeded my expectations,' said Michetti. "Claudio's (Recchi) success at the U.S. Nationals in Newport, Rhode Island a couple of weeks ago has further boosted the popularity and confidence in the Melges 32 - in Europe, and most especially in Italy." Melges Europe was launched in 2007 May and is firmly established in Milan, Italy. It serves as a distribution center overseeing the assembly of the Melges 32 as it enters Europe. It also provides additional support for other Melges products, such as the Melges 24 and Melges 17.

The 2007 Torbole Race Week event was the perfect venue as prevailing conditions produced a spectrum of breeze ranging 12-25 knots during the three-day event. Standing by to witness the simple speed features and high performance results were 77 competing Melges 24 teams. Over one hundred individuals (and the queue was much longer) took the opportunity to sail the Melges 32 including the very accomplished Italian sailor and winner of the coveted 2007 Melges 24 Primo Cup Regatta - Lorenzo Bressani. In almost 30 knots, everyone agreed the Melges 32 is a real powerhouse, an absolute thrill to sail.

The next Melges 32 European event will take place on 08 September for Centomiglia. This is one of the most important sailing events in Italy and at least three of these incredible boats are expected to participate.

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The Melges 32 is pure speed, simplicity, function and fun in ultra high performance one design racing.

The Melges 32's sleek hull shape measures 31 feet, 10 inches in length and possesses a powerful sail plan with an asymmetrical spinnaker. Along with a very clean deck layout, other high-tech, cutting-edge features include a carbon fiber spar, rudder, bowsprit and vertical keel fin. Easy to launch via hoist or ramp, it is equipped with a gin pole and can be rigged without the assistance of a crane to step the mast.

Manufactured by Melges Performance Sailboats (melges.com) in Zenda, Wi, USA, the Melges 32 is distributed by Northshore Yachting trading as Melges Asia Pacific (melges.com.au) in Australia and Melges Europe (melgeseurope.com) in Milan, Italy. The Melges 32 is also designed by world-renown Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design, Inc. (reichel-pugh.com) in San Diego, California and crafted by Paul Amon at SOCA Sailboats (www.socasailboats.com) in Trinidad. It is supported globally by the International Melges 32 Class Association (www.melges32.com).