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Melges 32 RPAYC Sprint Series 2nd April 2011

13 April 2011

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and the Melges 32 fleet have been very busy over the last six weeks with several key Melges 32 regattas. Last Saturday in a blustery 20 knot Southerly five sprint races were held in the Scotland Island sound area on Pittwater just North of Sydney Harbour.

The breeze certainly tested the crews with plenty of action especially downhill. Race officer Steve Merrington set a short windward leeward sprint course that will be a feature of next season’s program at RPAYC for the Melges 32 class.

The class has grown substantially over the last season and expects to have 9 boats at Audi Hamilton Race Week for the start of the Melges 32 “Australian Gold Cup” to be run over the entire 2011/12 season and feature several interstate and national regattas as well as set sprint regattas at RPAYC.

The Melges 32 class is centring its Sydney racing at RPAYC where the race management expertise, access to the open water of the Palm Beach circle and superb facilities, provide the perfect mix of racing and club support suited to the class.

RPAYC racing Commodore, Allen Stormon, is pleased that the class is keen to sail from RPAYC stating “The Melges 32 is the premier One Design racing boat in the USA and Europe, it provides teams with a low cost and easily transported one design yacht, RPAYC want to be part of that worldwide success and support the Melges 32 class in Australia. The club wants to encourage international M32 teams to visit Australia in the near future.”

A new Australasian Fleet President has been elected which provides the local fleet with representation on the International Melges 32 Class Association committee. New Fleet president Kim Williams said “This will bring the strength of the world association to the Australian fleet and give us a voice at international level to bid for the World titles in the future”.

Australian participation at international level has been key to the success of many top Melges32 teams with class champion tacticians such as Nathan and Jeremy Wilmot and Torvar Mirsky sharing their expertise with the local fleet.