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Holiday Greetings From The International Melges 32 Class Association

23 December 2011

Dear fellow Melges 32 Owners and friends,

With Christmas and the new year coming soon, I want to extend a very personal, best wishes to each of you for a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

In Europe, we look back upon 2011 with fond memories, commencing with the Audi Sailing Series and concluding with the International Class’ pinnacle event, the World Championship held in Palma de Mallorca. And, let’s not forget with the recent Gold Cup Regatta in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as well as the birth of the Barcelona Winter Series.

There is so much hard work that goes into each regatta. Everyone understands perfectly that nowadays, sponsorship is few and quite difficult to acquire, this is specifically why, on the behalf of the class, I would like to thank Audi for its long-standing support. We look forward to continuing this strong, well-suited relationship in 2012.

In North America, racing is at an all-time high as the Melges 32 leads the charge as the world’s greatest high-performance class of racing yacht. Numbers are climbing in the U.S. as they are in Australia.

More over, I would like to point out those that helped the class grow in numbers and increase further in success. First and foremost, I would like to thank to our past, International Class President Jeff Ecklund for a fantastic job; and to the members of the Board, in particular North American Fleet President, John Taylor and Australasia Fleet President, Kim Williams. I would also like to thank especially, Luisa Bambozzi and Federico Michetti who have worked very hard and continue to serve the Melges 32 Class with such passion and energy. 

Special thanks to Harry Melges, Andy Burdick and all of the Melges representatives around the world who put so much time into supporting the fleet. And, last but not least I would like to thank International Class Administrator Joy Dunigan. Without them, so much would not be possible.

With this letter, I am pleased to introduce and welcome Ms. Francesca Pitacco. She has been appointed as the new European Fleet Secretary.

Looking ahead to 2012, some friends have left, while other new faces and owners have joined in on the fun and excitement of Melges 32 racing. We proudly extend a very warm welcome to each and every one of them.

I remind, and strongly encourage everyone to attend the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, hosted by the prestigious New York Yacht Club. Great racing and camaraderie awaits the fleet in America. Let’s come together to make this the largest World Championship ever!

There are many more events on the calendar. Save the dates, by checking out all of the incredible news and photos located at melges32.com.

Carlo Alberini
President (Pro Tempore)
International Melges 32 Class Association