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ACURA Key West 2009, presented by Nautica | Regatta No. 1 2009 Melges 32 USA Series
January 19 - 23 Key West, Florida



© 2008 JOY | IM32CA
© 2008 Sharon Green
© 2008 Sharon Green

Kullman/Carroll Ride 'New Wave'
To Melges 32 Gold Cup Victory

Congratulations to Marty Kullman and Mike Carroll — 2008 Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta Champions! Three fantastic days of racing took place in sunny, warm Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC). Going into the last heat of the eight race series it was down to the wire as Kullman/Carroll were dead even in the points with Jim Swartz. With speed and consistency Kullman/Carroll surpassed the likes of John Kilroy, Jeff Ecklund and Swartz to take home the title.

Making this event extra special was the 'Take A Junior Sailing' day. Twenty of America's most outstanding youth sailors took the ride of a lifetime on Saturday. This was not only a lot of fun for the kids, but the sidelined spectators had a great time watching the next sailing generation mix it up with the best sailors in the world.

The class would like to extend a very special thanks to all the competitors who traveled the distance to be with the fleet. Teams came from all over the country and world, including the UK, Italy and Canada. The class enjoyed an outstanding turn-out — 20 boats, up from 18 in 2007 making the Melges 32 one of the fastest growing performance sportboats in the world! The Lauderdale Yacht Club was the perfect host — especially Regatta Chair Lang Ryder, Bob Meagher and Lindsay Allen! A super special thanks to Ninkasi Racing who delivered the beer everyday after racing!

Day 01: Jim Swartz Takes The Lead At The Melges 32 Gold Cup
Day 02: Marty Kullman & Mike Carroll Ride New Wave
To Lead Melges 32 Gold Cup

Day 03: Marty Kullman & Mike Carroll Are 2008 Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta Champions

The 2008 Gold Cup is anything but short on photos. World class photographer Sharon Green, LYC photographer John Payne, Ed Furry at Sail 22 and class representative Joy Dunigan delivered galleries every day! Check them out now, presented by Protector Boats.

Sharon Green | ultimatesailing.com
John Payne | johnpaynephotography.com
Ed Furry | Sail22.com
Joy Dunigan | International Melges 32 Class Association


ISAF Grants International Melges 32 Class Association Recognized Status

At the ISAF AGM held early November 2008, the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) was accepted by ISAF (International Sailing Authority Federation) and officially awarded Recognized Class status. With this esteemed honor, the class can truly validate the strength, fleet growth, popularity and longevity of the Melges 32.



© 2008 John Payne

2009 Melges 32 USA Sailing Series

The International Melges 32 Class Association is proud to announce the 2009 Melges 32 USA Sailing Series! Brand new for 2009, the North American Melges 32 fleet is set to enjoy top shelf events and unparalleled racing. The series consists of six phenomenal events beginning in Key West, moving on to Miami, up the East Coast, over to the West Coast and back again with a grand finale in Ft. Lauderdale. This grand stream of regattas are strategically positioned all over the USA to maximize fleet growth and offer the absolute best racing possible in the USA. In addition, this is a ranked series with an overall champion to be named.

Stay tuned to melges32.com as announcements will be published in an effort to keep everyone informed of social events, owner gatherings and special opportunities.


European Melges 32 Fleet Ramps Up For 2009, World Championship Set For 20-27 September

On the European front, the International Melges 32 Class is officially preparing for the 2009 Melges 32 World Championship slated for 20-27 September, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy. This event is one of many regattas on the 2009 global schedule. Plan on enjoying a more robust Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series supported by several 'tune-up' sessions to get the year started. The Audi series is comprised of five events strategically held in Italy. Other events complementing the overall schedule are the Primo Cup held in February and Copa Del Rey in August.


ACURA Key West Melges 32 Fleet Stands Firm With 19 Entries

ACURA Key West 2009, presented by Nautica happens 19-23 January. Kick off the sailing year with this great event in sunny Key West, Fla. with big fleet racing — Melges 32 style! This event is Regatta No. 1 on the brand new Melges 32 USA Sailing Series and the second of three Winter Championship Series events for the IM32CA. Don't miss this chance to escape the cold — go racing in Florida! Register online at premiere-racing.com.

Attention competitors: Race documentation is due 2 January.
View full crew lists.



© 2008 Sharon Green

Enjoy Caribbean Sailing In the Melges 32

Ben Beer has generously stepped forward to extend a very special invitation to Melges 32 Owners. He is developing a robust and exciting Melges 32 Caribbean Sailing Schedule. Having been born and raised in the islands, Ben is tailoring a number of initiatives to help get the boats on location, then set up for a pleasurable, first-class yachting experience. He is working tremendously hard to organize not only the racing, but also assist in accommodations and logistics. If anyone is interested, you are encouraged to contact Ben direct at +1 (340) 998-6203 or on e-mail. Stay tuned to Melges32.com as additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.


Gear up for 2009 Online at Melges.com

As the fleet looks ahead to what will be an astounding 2009 racing year, now is the time to prepare and stock-up on the ultimate in Melges 32 gear. Visit Melges Performance Sailboats online and make sure you, your team and the boat are race ready! The latest and greatest items are all in stock. Get yours today and win.

Featured Product: Think Christmas gifts for your best sailing friends, think this sharp Melges Performance Sailboats Stealth Vest. Purchase online today.


Photographic prints now available at ultimatesailing.com

It's the holidays and there is no better way to celebrate than to relive the season with holiday prints and photographs by Sharon Green with ultimatesailing.com. Sharon was also on hand in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. with the Gold Cup and is proud to inform that her images are available right now for purchase.


Melges 32 Reminders

New Melges 32 Class Blog. At the 2008 Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta, the IM32CA was very proud to provide owners back home the ability to experience, play-by-play action with the fleet in Ft. Lauderdale. There will be more opportunities in the future to participate online so do stay tuned as announcements will be made in advance of broadcast times. Stay close to the blog as the class also uses this as a means to communicate quick announcements and updates. Bookmark the blog and participate.

Looking For A Few Good Charters. Help grow the fleet and offer your boat for charter! The level of interest in the Melges 32 is at an all time high and people are excited to sail. The official website of the International Melges 32 Class Association offers a place to List Your Boat For Charter. Call Melges Performance Sailboats at (262) 275-1110 today and share the speed!


North American Schedule

Regatta 1 January 19 - 23 ACURA Key West, presented by Nautica | Midwinter Championship
Winter Championship Series No. 2
Key West, Fla.
Regatta 2 March 5 - 8 ACURA Miami Grand Prix | Winter Championship Series No. 3
Miami Beach Marina; Miami, Fla.
Regatta 3 May/June East Coast Championship (Accepting Bids)
Regatta 4 Dates Pending U.S. National Championship (Accepting Bids) - West Coast
Regatta 5 Dates Pending North American Championship
San Francisco, Calif.
Event September 10 - 13 Rolex Big Boat Series
St. Francis Yacht Club; San Francisco, CA
Regatta 6 December 4 - 6 Gold Cup Regatta
Lauderdale Yacht Club; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

World Championship September 20 - 27 Porto Cervo, Italy

European Schedule

Winter Tune-Up 2 January 10 - 11 Audi Melges 32 : Winter Tune-Up 2
Varazze (Tirreno Sea)
Winter Tune-Up 1 Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 Audi Melges 32 : Winter Tune-Up 1
Ancona (Adriatic Sea)
Winter Tune-Up 2 Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 Audi Melges 32 : Winter Tune-Up 2
Varaazze (Tirreno Sea)
Event February 12 - 15 Primo Cup
Yacht Club de Monaco, Monaco
Winter Tune-Up 1 March 7 - 8 Audi Melges 32 : Winter Tune-Up 1
Ancona (Adriatic Sea)
Audi Sailing Series April 17 - 19 Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event No. 1
Audi Sailing Series May 8 - 10 Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event No. 2
Audi Sailing Series June 5 - 7 Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event No. 3
Audi Sailing Series July 17 - 19 Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event No. 4
Event August 1 - 8 Copa del Ray
Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain


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