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MELGES 32 RACING EXCLUSIVE: NEWPORT TO ENSENADA

3 May 2006

03 MAY 2006 Late April brought out the speed demons onboard Yabsolutely, owned by the one and only, M32 fanatic Jim Yabsley based at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club in Santa Barbara, Callifornia. The annual 125 nautical mile run down the California coast to Ensenada, Mexico always promises to be filled with great parties and challenging, West Coast style racing.

This year over 450 boats joined in on the fun, ranging in size, from as large as Pyewacket and Windquest to a number of various, smaller boats. The participants - some of the best sailors in the world and a league well-known vessels ensure that making a finish in the trophies isthe ultimate take-home prize.

Jim has competed in over twenty-five of these races with early finishes ahead of most, if not all of the boats. This year armed with his brand new Melges 32, he was quite anxious to find out just how well his new speed racer would stack-up. He knew the boat's potential was there it, was just a matter of being focused and prepared.

After a day and a half of speed sailing, watching the rivals come and go across the horizon in an average of 5-7 knots of breeze, "The boat is faster than the wind in fewer than seven knots and sails like a large dinghy. It was a dream to sail in these conditions, responsive and powerful." said Yabsley. Coming into the finish, literally drag racing a catamaran for the final 15nm, Yabsley opened up his M32 and pulled away crossing the finish just before noon, only seventeen minutes behind Maxi A Winner Staghound. Take away the ten minutes they started in front of Yabsolutely, essentially The Melges 32 sailed the course in equal time. Jim was simply amazed at how such a small boat could finish with the blue ocean thoroughbreds practically boat-for-boat. Yabsolutely was time corrected by Staghound by two hours, making them the 10th monohull to finish, only five of the twenty-eight multihulls entered beat them boat-for-boat!

"The boat was an absolute pleasure for the whole crew to sail," commented Yabsley. "All on board said it was their favorite race ever, and all of us have been on some pretty terrific boats. The speed is incredible, the feel is light and responsive, yet powerful."

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