2019 Melges 24 North American Championship Brings Bountiful Sponsorships and Big Fleet Racing to Michigan

July 12, 2019 - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - With a little more than one month to go until the start of the 2019 Melges 24 North American Championship (NAC) the International Melges 24 Class Association (IM24CA) in direct coordination with the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USM24CA), is thrilled to be tipping the participation scales with an impressive 46 entries.
Taking place August 15-18 in Traverse City, Mich., the Grand Traverse Yacht Club (GTYC) is making final preparations to welcome an onslaught of some of North America's toughest Melges 24 runners and riders. And, part of the arrangements includes signing on some of the industry's best regatta partners, on- and off-the-water.
"We are very fortunate and extremely grateful for the massive support of our sponsors," says Regatta Chairman Scot Zimmerman. "It is because of contributions from internationally recognized partners such as Quantum Sails, Boston Whaler, Mercedes-Benz, Melges, and Costa, as well as our local area businesses, the 2019 NAC is on a course for great success." 
As the event draws closer, planning will continue right up until the start, includes the vetting of teams that anticipate competing in the all-amateur, Corinthian Division. The deadline for qualifying as Corinthians, is Wednesday, July 31.
The Melges 24 is best known for its competitive disposition, yet fun and easy-to-sail personality. Since its inception, to this very day, it remains the leader in high-performance, one design sailing.Melges Performance Sailboats joined forces with Reichel/Pugh to deliver the ground-breaking Melges 24 in 1993. They pioneered the next frontier of competitive yacht racing by integrating high-tech materials and concepts used in the America's Cup into a sportboat that was fun, affordable, easy to rig, set-up and tow. Named Boat of the Year in 1994 by Sailing World Magazine, it raised the bar and set the standard in the performance keelboat category. For delivery and purchasing a new Melges 24, visit melges.com. For more information, please visit the official website of the International Melges 24 Class Association at melges24.com.
Organized and managed by the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USM24CA), the National Ranking Series (USM24NRS) features a total of eight high-profile, world-class events happening in the U.S. and Canada. Specifically, the Series is designed to promote local, as well as international participation across all six districts that make up the U.S. Melges 24 Class and beyond. To learn more about the USM24NRS, visit the Official U.S. Melges 24 National Ranking Series Website for a full list of events, results and news. The USM24CA is a recognized National Class Authority of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IM24CA), melges24.com
For media photos (web and/or high resolution) or class specific information about the Melges 24 at the 2019 Melges 24 North American Championship, please contact:

Joy Dunigan
2019 Melges 24 North American Championship Press Officer
U.S. Melges 24 Class Association, Communications Director
Email: communications@usmelges24.com
Mobile: +1 (912) 398-5776
Skype: joysavannah
Piret Salmistu 
2019 Melges 24 North American Championship Press Coordinator
International Melges 24 Class Association Administrator, Media Coordinator
Mobile: +372 507 7217
Melges 24 NA2019 organizers
Melges 24 NA2019 sponsors