Charleston Race Week, Lakefest Regatta and the Annapolis NOOD regatta welcome spring with big fleet Melges 24 racing and top-notch competition during April 2009 (April 6, 2009) - Three major SLAM U.S. National Championship Series events are on the horizon for the U.S.
In the Melges 24 Class, perhaps more than any other one design fleet, the ability to consistently achieve good starts is a key part of a helm's ability. Managing to pull off successful pin end starts raises the difficulty level significantly.
It was with great sadness that we received news this week from the Finnish Melges 24 Class of the death of well known Finnish Melges 24 sailor Risto Alho in a skiing accident lastweekend duringa short skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps.
Congratulations to Tampa, Florida's James Whatmore on Goux Get Moma, 2009 Melges 24 Porsche Cup of Naples Champion. He is also the winner of the Porsche Cup of Naples Perpetual Trophy winner as well. The Porsche Cup was event number four of thirty nationwide regattas on the 2009 SLAM U.S.
Federico Michetti's first glimpse of a Melges 24 was in a sailing magazine in the late nineties. By his own admission he was not quite sure what to make of it.
Frank Lieve and Hein Ruyten of Melges Netherlands update us on progressin the Netherlands - The exhibited Melges 24 at the Amsterdam HISWA boat-show was successful. Several top-sailors from the Netherlands and Belgium are now on our mail-list.