Melges 24 Worlds rescheduled

Melges have moved their Worlds to Key West in January

Thursday October 4th 2001, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: United Kingdom
The 2001 Melges 24 World Championship, originally planned for November in Ft Lauderdale, will now be run as a ten race series within Terra Nova Trading / Yachting Key West Race Week from 21-25 January 2002 with pre-event registration and measurement commencing on Friday, 18 January.
Key West Race Week is always a major event on the International Melges 24 circuit with 60 boats competing this year and a record number of entries are now projected for 2002.

Premiere Racing has worked closely with the IMCA to put together a programme that fully meets the requirements for a world championship. Additional facilities and components being provided include a formal boat measurement, separate crew weigh-in, practice starts, practice races and on the water judging to enhance the already outstanding Key West experience for the Melges 24 competitors.

"We are delighted to be working with Premiere Racing. They are long standing supporters of the Melges 24 Class and when approached for help in rescheduling the World Championship, they immediately responded to the challenge" said IMCA Chairman Tom Freytag.

Other venues were considered, but timing and the fact that many Melges competitors were already planning on racing in Key West, made it the logical choice.

"The Melges 24 fleet always brings exciting racing and enthusiastic competitors to Key West," said Event Director Peter Craig. "A World Championship adds logistical and manpower challenges, but we want this to succeed and are committed to working with the class to make this a memorable event."

The IMCA is also delighted with the enormous support it has received from the general membership of the class for the move to Key West and would like to thank everyone for their forbearance during the past difficult week.

A formal Notice of Race for the Melges 24 World Championship will be available by mid October.

Further information can be found at www. melges24. com and www. premiere-racing. com or from Fiona Brown on e-mail, Tel +44 7711 718470 or Fax +44 7711 718470.

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