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Marty Kullman : Remaining Atop The Melges 32 Class

9 December 2008

As published on Scuttlebutt - One of the growing classes at Key West Race Week has been the Melges 32, beginning with eight boats in 2006 and rising to 27 for the 2008 event. To encourage boats to begin coming south this year, the class held their Gold Cup event in Ft Lauderdale last weekend, where 20 boats and many of the sport’s prominent players gathered for the three day event.

For a class that permits up to three Category 3 (professional) sailors aboard each boat, the crew list at the Gold Cup was a who’s-who that included the likes of Tommaso Chieffi, Dave Ullman, Jeff Madragali, Gavin Brady, Morgan Reeser, Andy Horton, Terry Hutchinson, Charlie Ogletree, and Harry Melges. With ninety percent of the fleet sailing with at least two pros, it was refreshing to see the winner - Marty Kullman & Mike Carroll’s New Wave - come from the remaining ten percent.

The New Wave team has been in the class from the beginning, and in fact won that first class event at Acura Key West 2006. On what has kept this team at the head of the fleet, Martin Kullman notes, “We have had a very consistent team that goes back to when we had a Henderson 30. Most of these guys I have been sailing with for more than twelve years.” The team sailed a Melges 24 after the Henderson, and now with the Melges 32, Kullman observes, “I have always been drawn to one design sailing. The power and speed of the M32 is awesome, making it a fun boat to sail. The ability to trailer the boat around makes it easy to get to more regattas and we are sailing against some of the best sailors in the world.” -- Read on...