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Melges 32 U.S. National Championship | NYYC Race Week Presented by Rolex
July 25-27 Newport, Rhode Island

© 2008 Carlo Borlenghi | B.Plan

2008 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship, July 25-27

The official countdown has begun for more than twenty Melges 32s looking to compete and conquer in Newport, R.I. at the 2008 U.S. National Championship on July 25-27. Held in conjunction with the NYYC Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex, this will be the best Nationals yet. Teams are traveling from all over the country, from the West Coast to the Southeast, and from as far away as Europe making this a truly international championship event. Have you got your entry in? There is no time to waste!

Notice of Race (NOR)
Register Online
Official Event Website
List of Entrants
Schedule of Events
Very Important Competitor Information
Docking and Launching

Stay tuned to as daily reports, photos and results will be made available each day after racing.

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With Nationals just around the corner, now is the time to prepare for competition. Tight, full-on competitive racing is a guarantee so, be ready with the latest equipment and gear for your team and boat. Melges Performance Sailboats has hand-picked some cutting-edge, high-tech products that's worth the shopping experience. In addition, acquire the basics — accessories, electronics, hull, mast, motor and trailer; go shopping online for all your needs at the new

© 2008 Carlo Borlenghi | B.Plan

Michael Illbruck's Pinta Races to Victory in Cala De'Medici

Congratulations to Michael Illbruck and his team aboard Pinta as they won the 2008 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series Event No. 3, Cala De'Medici in Rosignano! Racing in Italy was more intense than ever with Stefano Di Properzio on Mataran taking charge on day one, Claudio Recchi on Uka Uka Racing commanded day two, and Illbruck made the final sweep on day three, ultimately running away with the trophy. A special thanks to the yacht club and all the participants that were able to attend!

Illbruck enjoys many sailing accomplishments and his generosities extended to the Melges 32 fleet in Europe are equally incredible. A very special thank you is extended to Michael on behalf of the International Melges 32 Class Association for his contributions, in particular at Cala De'Medici. On Thursday, Illbruck organized a training day, and on Friday the fleet enjoyed a pizza and beer party on the dock after racing courtesy of the Pinta program. Thank you Michael!

Full Results
The European Melges 32 Fleet Gathers In Rosignano Solvay At Cala De'Medici
Melges 32 Team Profile: ITA-185 LEA, Amalia De Lana
Stefano Di Properzio on Mataran Leads After Day 1
Claudio Recchi on Lorenzo Santini's Uka Uka Racing Takes The Lead On Day Two

2008 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series, Circolo Velico Santa Margherita Ligure, September 5-7

With three events down and two to go, the European Melges 32 fleet is ramping up for the final challenges of the 2008 Audi Sailing Series. The next event happens at Circolo Velico in Santa Margerita, Ligure Italy on September 5-7. The competition will be second to none, as the battle for the 2008 Audi Series title is far from over, and far from being decided! Stay tuned to as full announcements and race documents will be issued soon.

Stay tuned to the official website of the International Melges 32 Class Association as full race reports and photos are posted as they become available.

© 2008 Carlo Borlenghi | B.Plan

Stefano Leporati's Kismet Leads the 2008 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series

It is a tight, three-way battle for the overall lead of the 2008 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series. Stefano Leporati, alongside of his brother Massimo on Kismet is in first place after three events. One point behind is Claudio Recchi aboard Uka Uka Racing in second overall. In third, one point behind Recchi is Luigi Melegari on Matrix. Melegari led the series for two events, however a devastating eighth place finish at Cala De'Medici rocked the scoreboard.

Bookmark the official website of the International Melges 32 Class Association for reports, results and photo galleries as the last two legs of the series unfolds!

View Full Results

© 2008 Carlo Borlenghi | B.Plan

A Picture Perfect Racer

With three events now complete, there has been an abundance of photo opportunities. Making the scene more spectacular than ever, the Melges 32 has now been captured by one of the worlds greatest photographers — Carlo Borlenghi. Carlo has been in attendance at Malcesine, Cagliari and Cala De'Medici.

Another famous Italian photographer that has generously provided his talents is Max Ranchi. Get an eyeful at the below photo gallery links now archived on

Carlo Borlenghi | Guido Trombetta for Audi | B.Plan
Malcesine (Day 1)
Malcesine (Day 2)
Malcesine (Day 3)
Cagliari (Day 1)
Cagliari (Day 2)
Cala De'Medici (Day 1)
Cala De'Medici (Day 2)
Cala De'Medici (Day 3)

Max Ranchi
Malcesine (Day 2)
Malcesine (Day 3)
Cagliari (Day 1)
Cagliari (Day 2)

© Brian Biggs Photography

2008 Verve Cup Offshore Regatta, August 15-17

Immediately after Nationals in Newport, begin your migration west to the Rolex Big Boat Series with a stop over at the 2008 Verve Cup Offshore Regatta, hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club on August 15-17. This is the largest regatta in the USA during the month of August and will be ran out of the CYC Monroe Station. This is a premiere Midwest event and the perfect way to warm up to the fantastic West Coast fall racing circuit.

View The Official Verve Cup Website
Online Registration
About The Verve Cup
History of the Verve Cup

© 2008 Carlo Borlenghi | B.Plan

2008 Rolex Big Boat Series, September 11-14

The Melges 32s will be in San Francisco, Calif. this coming September 11-14. Hosted by the prestigious St. Francis Yacht Club, another drag race on the bay is in order. The Melges 32s will be dressed to impress with great speed, agility, simplicity, fun and excitement. Be there!

Notice of Race (NOR)
Online Registration
For More Information

© 2008 Carlo Borlenghi | B.Plan

Melges 32 Strikes Gold, December 5-7

The inaugural 2008 Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta will take place on December 5-7 at the prestigious Lauderdale Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Traditionally known as the Winter Tune-Up Regatta, this event will retain its unique features such as 'Take A Junior Sailing Day' paired evenly with hot, winter racing and camaraderie, but takes on a new approach serving as the very first event of the 2009 Melges 32 Winter Series. Mark your calendars as this will be THE grand finale of 2008, but the beautiful beginning of the 2009 racing season. Stay close to More information will be available soon.

Melges 32 News & Developing Stories

2008 Melges 32 Class Membership. If you have not joined the International Melges 32 Class Association in 2008, there is no better time than the present! Class membership is required in order to compete. Not sure if you have joined? View current 2008 members If you do not see your name, then join the class today | online registration!

2008 Melges 32 Rules UPDATE: An update to the International Melges 32 Class Rules has been issued. Please be sure to get the latest version. For quick reference, view a rules summary for complete details about which rules have been updated. download International Melges 32 Class Rules (Full PDF).

Get ready to race!

Summer is here and the time is now to race your Melges 32. Check out this amazing line up of events that take us well into the Fall racing season and beyond.

Verve Cup Offshore Regatta August 15-17 Chicago, IL

*Circolo Velico Santa Margherita September 5-7 Santa Margherita, Ligure, Italy

Sperry Top-Sider Larchmont NOOD September 6-7 Larchmont, New York

Rolex Big Boat Series September 11-14 San Francisco, California

Sperry Top-Sider Houston NOOD September 19-21 Seabrook, Texas

*Marina Genova Aeroporto October 3-5 Genova, Italy

Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta December 5-7 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Midwinter Championship, ACURA Key West 2009 January 19-23 Key West, Florida

ACURA Miami Grand Prix 2009 March 5-8 Miami, Florida

International Rolex Regatta March 27-29 U.S. Virgin Islands

2009 Charleston Race Week April 23-26 Charleston, South Carolina

* 2008 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Events

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