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2009 Melges 32 North American Championship September 6-8 Sausalito, CA

Accumulating Entries For A Melges 32
Mega-Double Header On The West Coast —
North Americans and U.S. Nationals Play
Back-To-Back Weekends

The very first Melges 32 North American Championship will take place on September 6-8, hosted by the Sausalito Yacht Club in Sausalito, Calif. and happening the very next weekend is the 2009 Rolex Big Boat Series on September 10-13. Hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, this event will serve as the rescheduled 2009 U.S. National Championship.

Thus far, six entries are on the board with more on the way. Those that made the July 31 early entry deadline are Philippe Kahn, Jim Swartz, Bob Hesse, Derek Campbell and fleet newcomers Burton Benrud.

This is an exclusive opportunity for Melges 32s to experience San Francisco Bay racing at its best, not to mention get a taste of the ultimate competition that will unfold at the 2010 Melges 32 World Championship. Same place, same time frame, same awesome Melges 32 racing!

Do not waste another minute and submit your entry today! Register online for the North American Championship and the Rolex Big Boat Series | U.S. National Championship.

Calling All Competitors : Race Document Deadline
Melges 32 teams expecting to compete at either event are required to submit crew and owner declarations promptly, by August 26th, to IM32CA Class Administrator, Joy Dunigan via e-mail or fax to +1 (912) 756-6728.

Download: Crew Declaration
Download: Owner Declaration

Audi Melges 32 World Championship NOR
Now Available, September 20-27

Coming up in a very short month-and-a-half, on September 20-27, the Audi Melges 32 World Championship 2009 hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Italy will take place. Be sure to Download the NOR and Entry Form and plan to attend. Twenty-five to as many as thirty of these incredible racers will be there, challenging for the very first Melges 32 World Championship title.

View The Current List of Entries

Bookmark the official event website for the Audi Melges 32 World Championship 2009

Race Document Deadline
Melges 32 teams expecting to compete are required to submit crew and owner declarations promptly, by August 13th, to IM32CA Class Administrator, Joy Dunigan via e-mail or fax to +1 (912) 756-6728.

2009 Senators Cup Overflows As Melges 32 Sprint Series, October 9

The Melges 32 fleet will bring on the speed in Annapolis this coming October at the 2009 Senators Cup, which will serve as the very first Melges 32 Sprint Series. The goal is to generate a minimum of six entries with room for more.

Taking place on October 9, the Melges 32 Sprint Series will consist of seven races lasting approximately 20 minutes long with a nice size starting line. There will be on-the-water umpires to keep the racing very close and prevent protests. The event will be filmed and each team will have access to the footage for training purposes. There is absolutely NO ENTRY FEE. The prize giving will take place on October 10th at the Eastport Yacht Club Boat Show Bash with Gary Jobson presenting the cup. All boats will be launched, docked and sail from Jabins Boatyard each day. Read The Full Article

©2009 Carlo Borlenghi | B-Plan

Congratulations Carlo Alberini, Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2009 Champion

Carlo Alberini on ITA-186 Calvi Network with Gabriele Benussi as tactician, Lorenzo Bodoni, Gaetano Di Granara, Alessandro Frizzarin, Sergio Blosi, Irene Bezzi and Fabio Gasperoni are Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Champions!

Alberini competed at every event in the series and sailed extremely well. Over the course of four, intense events he slowly but surely moved into the lead position. In Cagliari, defending champion Claudio Recchi on ITA-93 Team 93 made an attempt to clinch the lead. Alberini on the other hand was out for the win taking the title by a sizable margin.

Additional kudos goes to Recchi's Team 93 for placing second in the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series; a tough competitor who gave it his all to defend the title. Mauro Mocchegiani's Rush Diletta placed third, taking fourth place was Francesco Martino's Pilot Italia, and last but certainly not least coming in fifth overall Lorenzo Santini's Uka Uka Racing.

Special thanks to all teams for participating in the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series 2009. The International Melges 32 Class, in particular would like to thanks and recognize Series title sponsor Audi for another amazing season of racing. It is certain that 2010 will be equally as great. Special thanks to the great support of Melges Europe, Melges Performance Sailboats and all the host clubs. The International Melges 32 Class Association fleet looks forward to another great year of competition in 2010.

View Full Series Results

Jim Swartz Crowned 2009 Melges 32 East Coast Champion

It’s confirmed. Jim Swartz on Q is hooked on the Melges 32. He and his awesome team of Gavin Brady on tactics, Chris Larson, Tim Klein, Jamie Gale, Alex Battinger, Ben Beer and Sarah Callaghan won the nine race regatta to become the 2009 Melges 32 East Coast Champions.

A unique aspect to the East Coast Championship was the ‘Take A Junior Sailing Day’. The teams thoroughly enjoyed having these youth sailors aboard. Equally, the juniors also expressed their delight in this Melges 32 Article published in the AYC Newsletter.

The afternoon socials, surroundings and wonderful hospitality of the American Yacht Club made this event first class. The International Melges 32 Class would like to express a sincere thanks to Ed Tillinghast who worked very hard, along with the staff of the American Yacht Club.

Daily Reports
Day 1: Swartz's Q in charge at East Coast Championship
Day 2: Swartz still out in front
FINAL: Jim Swartz wins 2009 Melges 32 East Coast Championship

Photo Gallery:
2009 East Coast Championship

You Tube Videos:
Jim Swartz
Ed Tillinghast
AYC Juniors Go Sailing On The Melges 32

Geoff Pierini Wins Sail Newport Regatta

Sail Newport is the pinnacle Northeast summertime sailing event each year. Congratulations to Geoff Pierini aboard his Shakedown Melges 32, as he put the skills they’ve been sharpening all season long to good use for the win.

The event lived up to expectations delivering ideal racing conditions. Ten races were conducted over the three-day weekend. Class stalwart Edward Tillinghast on Dark n’ Stormy placed second overall.

The fleet also welcomed two newcomers: Michael Dominguez on Bronco and Ishida Yukihiro on USA-203. The IM32CA looks forward to seeing more of them as the 2009 Fall season progresses and the 2010 circuit comes on strong!

Save The Dates : 2010 Melges 32 World Championship, September 22-25

The International Melges 32 Class Association is proud to announce that the 2010 Melges 32 World Championship will be hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, Calif. The actual race days will be from September 22-25, 2010. More details will be forthcoming regarding a Pre-Worlds event. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Stay tuned to

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September 1 - October 15

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Melges 32 Reminders

Download The International Melges 32 Class Rules. The latest updates to the Melges 32 rules are in effect. Download The Rules. View A Summary of what has changed.

Alternate Helmsman Applications. The Melges 32 is a Corinthian, owner-driver class, and in that spirit ALL alternate helms MUST be approved by the North American Fleet or European Fleet in coordination with the International Melges 32 Class Association. The applications must be received 45 days in advance of the event that an alternate helm will be needed. All forms should be submitted to the International Melges 32 Class Association for approval, prior to racing.

Join The Class. All Owners must maintain a current class membership. If you have not joined the class, please do so now online at

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Regatta 5 September 6-8 North American Championship
Sausalito Yacht Club; Sausalito, CA
Event September 10-13 Rolex Big Boat Series | U.S. National Championship
St. Francis Yacht Club; San Francisco, CA
Event October 9 Senators Cup
Annapolis, MD
Regatta 6 December 4-6 Gold Cup Regatta
Lauderdale Yacht Club; Ft. Lauderdale, FL

World Championship September 20-27 Porto Cervo, Italy

2010 Schedule

Event January 18-22 Midwinter Championship – Key West Race Week
Key West, Florida
Event March 4-7 Miami Grand Prix
Miami, Florida

World Championship September 22-25
St. Francis Yacht Club; San Francisco, California

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