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2009 ACURA Miami Grand Prix | Regatta No. 2 Melges 32 USA Sailing Series
March 5-8 Miami, Florida

2008 Miami defending Champion, Michael Illbruck

2009 ACURA Miami Grand Prix, March 5-8

The 2009 Miami Grand Prix is the final stop on the 2009 Melges 32 Winter Series. This regatta is slated to be an awesome event, as the Melges 32 fleet tops the list of entries at an already astounding 22 and the roster is a who's who in the sport of sailing.

All those competing in Miami, please be aware that sail declarations are due at the close of registration on site, March 3. These need to be supplied to Class Admin, Joy Dunigan +1 (912) 313-3839. All crews are publicly listed online. View The Full AMG Melges 32 Crew List.

Appendix 3.2 : Sail Declaration (PDF) : DUE AT THE CLOSE OF REGISTRATION

Vincenzo Onorato

Vincenzo Onorato Wins 2009 Melges 32
Primo Cup

Congratulations are in order for multi-class World Champion and brand new Melges 32 owner Vincenzo Onorato aboard ITA-2121 Mascalzone Latino with Adrian Stead calling tactics and crew Matteo Savelli, Marco Cornacchia, Davide Mereghetti, Daniele Fiaschi, Jerry Mitchel and Andrea Ballico atop the final results at the 2009 Melges 32 Primo Cup, hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco. In second overall is Fausto Rubbini on ITA-170 Thule with Edoardo Lupi on ITA-487 Torpyone in third.

This event was a racing first in the class for Vincenzo as well as two other brand new Melges 32 owners — Edoardo Lupi, who had a fantastic regatta landing third and Edoardo Pavesio. The International Melges 32 Class would like to extend a warm welcome to you!

The Primo Cup was the first of many Melges 32 events that will help the fleet warm up to a hot Melges 32 racing year. Leading up to the 2009 Audi Sailing Series Circuit is the Melges Europe Tune-Up Weekend on March 27-29 at Malcesine (Lake of Garda). For more information contact Luisa Bambozzi.

Stay close to as more information will be forthcoming about these amazing events!

© JOY | IM32CA


The 2009 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship will take place on July 24-26, hosted by the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, California. It is the fourth of seven amazing events on the 2009 U.S.A. Sailing Series Circuit and will provide three days of dedicated racing as a stand alone Melges 32 event. Plan on doing a lot of racing in some of the most tactically challenging conditions against the worlds best sailors! "West Coast Fleet growth is inevitable with the Melges 32. We look forward to seeing potentially some new owners, but also some of the very best racing in the world," says Melges 32 North American President Stephen Pugh.

Stay close to and the Melges 32 Blog as more announcements will be forthcoming.

Carlo Alberini

2009 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series

The grand success of the Audi Sailing Series in 2008 has inspired another round of phenomenal sailing for 2009. Once again, title sponsor Audi has presented an exquisite ensemble of sailing regattas throughout Italy. The first event is scheduled for April 17-19 in beautiful Malcesine (Lake of Garda) and concludes in September at the 2009 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Italy.

AM32SS Event No. 1 | April 17-19 | Malcesine (Lake of Garda)
AM32SS Event No. 2 | May 8-10 | Lerici (Liguria)
AM32SS Event No. 3 | June 5-7 | Scarlino (Tuscany)
AM32SS Event No. 4 | July 17-19 | Cagliari (Sardinia)
AM32SS Event No. 5 | September 21-26 | Porto Cervo (Sardinia)

Stay close to and the Melges 32 Blog as more announcements will be forthcoming.

Stuart Simpson


Another major championship will have its first in the U.S.A. — the 2009 Melges 32 North American Championship will be hosted by the Sausalito Yacht Club, the weekend prior to the Rolex Big Boat Series. An ideal West Coast regatta, this event is slated to be great as preparations are already in the works.

Stay close to and the Melges 32 Blog as more announcements will be forthcoming.

From top to bottom: Jeff Ecklund, Joe Woods, and Marty Kullman and Derrick Campbell.


If you want a boat that delivers — the Melges 32 is it! Congratulations to Melges 32 ACURA Key West 2009 Champion Jeff Ecklund — also named 2009 Boat of the Week! No doubt, the racing in this fleet is as tight as it gets. Throughout the event, very rarely did the fleet deviate from this concept. From start to finish, tack-for-tack and every downwind run, tables would turn, excitement all the way!

Jeff wasn't the only STAR of the week. International teams such as Joe Woods and his one-armed tactician (we hope you are feeling better Morgan!) to the brilliant talents of Marty Kullman and Mike Carroll's New Wave, Jason Carroll, Bill Faude driving Tom Neill's Nitemare, Alex Jackson and Derek Campbell all had a sensational week.

The class wishes a very sincere thanks to the team at Premiere Racing! You guys always do a tremendous job. The Melges 32 looks forward to more cool action in Miami.

PREVIEW: IM32CA Ramps Up For ACURA Key West 2009, 19-23 January
DAY 1: Jeff Ecklund Leads The Melges 32s In Key West
DAY 2: Ecklund Holding On To First Place After Two Days Of Racing In Key West
DAY 3: Woods Challenges Ecklund For The Key West Lead
DAY 4: Joe Woods Takes The Lead In Key West
DAY 5: Ecklund Is 2009 Melges 32 ACURA Key West Champion

Sharon Green
Tim Wilkes
JH Peterson & Andrew Sims
John Payne Photography
Richard Langdon | Ocean Images
JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association

Official ACURA Key West 2009 : Premiere Racing
International Melges 32 Class Association

International Melges 32 Class Association

Sailing World Featuring an exclusive interview with Jeff Ecklund's STAR 'named Boat of the Week'

Sailing Anarchy

John Taylor


Be prepared, be ready to win in the Melges 32 with some very cool gear, parts and accessories available online at Make sure you are race ready with the latest and greatest items that will ensure you go fast and have fun!

Melges 32 Reminders

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Looking For A Few Good Charters. Help grow the fleet and offer your boat for charter! The level of interest in the Melges 32 is at an all time high and people are excited to sail. The official website of the International Melges 32 Class Association offers a place to List Your Boat For Charter. Call Melges Performance Sailboats at (262) 275-1110 today and share the speed!

Regatta 2 March 5-8 ACURA Miami Grand Prix | Winter Championship Series No. 3
Miami Beach Marina; Miami, FL
Regatta 3 May 15-17 East Coast Championship
American Yacht Club; Rye, NY
Regatta 4 July 24-26 U.S. National Championship
California Yacht Club; Marina Del Rey, CA
Regatta 5 September 6-8 North American Championship
Sausalito Yacht Club; Sausalito, CA
Event September 10-13 Rolex Big Boat Series
St. Francis Yacht Club; San Francisco, CA
Regatta 6 December 4-6 Gold Cup Regatta
Lauderdale Yacht Club; Ft. Lauderdale, FL

World Championship September 20-27 Porto Cervo, Italy

European Schedule

Winter Tune-Up 1 March 7-8 Audi Melges 32 : Winter Tune-Up 1
Ancona (Adriatic Sea)
Audi Sailing Series April 17-19 Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event No. 1
Audi Sailing Series May 8-10 Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event No. 2
Audi Sailing Series June 5-7 Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event No. 3
Audi Sailing Series July 17-19 Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event No. 4
Audi Sailing Series September 20-27 Melges 32 World Championship
Porto Cervo, Italy

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