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DOUG CLARK & PAULA ZUBRYCKI TAKE ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jacksonville was its usual great self for the Atlantic Coast Championship which saw the fleet enjoy some fantastic racing and some equally fantastic partying. The large, comfy club with excellent facilities provided a home from home while the flat water and medium air made it easy for everyone to go fast and really enjoy the racing. Satuday brought a 10-14 knot North Easterly with nice 10' shifts. Harry Melges dominated with a 2-1-1 while Morgan Reeser helming for Neil Sullivan was the next most consistant with a 1-3-2.

HYRES TO HOST SPECIAL END OF SEASON FLING 1-4 NOVEMBER 2001

The C.O.Y.C.H. is to host the final major European Melges 24 event of the year with a long weekend of sailing from the beautiful French Mediterranean port of Hyeres. With four days of sailing in the warm sunny waters of Hyeres Bay and some great partying planned this is the perfect end to a great European season. A good turn out is expected with some of the top boats from Italy, France and Monaco already committed.

IMCA TO PERMIT JIB ZIP LUFF/HALYARD LOCK RULE TRIAL

Following the recent IMCA World Council AGM and subsequent consultation with National Class Representatives the IMCA Executive Committee has confirmed that the proposed zip luff jib/halyard lock trial rule will come into effect on 1st January 2002. This means that zip luff jibs and halyard locks will be permitted at the forthcoming Melges 24 World Championship. The revised rule wording (and formal reason for proposed rule change) is as follows:

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KUNIO SUZUKI TAKES THE 2001 JAPANESE NATIONALS

Although only 7 boats took part in the recent Japanese National Championships, the high level of competition and perfect sunshine made for a fun regatta for all the sailors.

Race one started around 8 -10 knot and Siesta found good conditions to take first place. Race two saw an increase in the breeze to 10-12 knot and Fundation took first place. We plan to make 3 races for one day, but we made only two races.

MELGES PERFORMANCE SAILBOATS SIGN UP AS FIRST ASSOCIATE SPONSOR OF MELGES 24 WORLDS

We are delighted to announce that Melges Performance Sailboats have reinforced their long standing support of the Melges 24 Class by signing up as the first Associate Sponsor of the 2001 World Championship, to be held in conjunction with Terra Nova Trading / Yachting Key West Race Week from 20-25 January.

MELGES 24 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OFFERS EXCEPTIONAL SPONSHIP AND DONOR OPPORTUNITIES

As outlined in previous articles, the rescheduled 2001 Melges 24 World Championship will be held in association with Terra Nova Trading / Yachting Key West Race Week from January 20-25, 2002. We need your help in identifying commercial sponsor and private donor prospects to fund separate Worlds components and social functions.

OUTSTANDING MELGES 24 US WINTER CIRCUIT PLANNED

The legendary US Winter circuit gets underway this weekend with the Fall Flail at Annapolis. This is just the first of a great series of regatta offering outstanding winter sun sailing in the south eastern United States.

The US Atlantic Coast Championship in Jacksonville on October 20/21 is the last major US event before the Worlds and has attracted a big entry.

MEASUREMENT CERTIFICATES WILL BE REQUIRED FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Several owners have made contact regarding the requirement for all boats to have full measurement certificates at the forthcoming World Championship. You will need to produce your certificate and in fact should have one anyway to prove your boat really is a Melges 24 (important for the resale value of your boat)!

There is a simple procedure to follow to obtain a certificate so take action now to be sure your paperwork is in order in good time for the Worlds.

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MELGES 24 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE RUN IN CONJUNCTION WITH TERRA NOVA TRADING/YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK

The International Melges 24 Class Association and Premiere Racing are very pleased to announce that they have reached agreement for the hosting of the Melges 24 World Championship 2001 within Terra Nova Trading / Yachting Key West Race Week.

The 2001 Melges 24 World Championship, originally planned for November in Ft Lauderdale, will now be run as a 10 race series within Race Week from 21-25 January 2002 with pre-event registration and measurement commencing on Friday, 18 January.

FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT MELGES 24 WORLDS TO BE MADE THURSDAY 04 OCTOBER 2001

The great news is that we will be making a formal announcement about the Melges 24 Worlds tomorrow. We are just finalising the release wording with Premiere Racing and sorting out our joint press circulation lists and the word will be out.