Melges 32 Fleet The Third Largest In Attendance For Key West
13 January 2008
Key West, Florida - Substantial growth in the Melges 32 class is proven by the phenomenal turnout for ACURA Key West 2008 presented by Nautica, January 21-25. Twenty-seven teams from five countries have registered, making the Melges 32 the third largest fleet in attendance.
Three teams from Great Britain lead the international offensive — class veteran Joe Woods on Red, Ben Cooper on Highlife and Stuart Simpson on Team Barbarians. Two very strong Italian teams are also in attendance. Returning Key West winner and National Champion Claudio Recchi on Let's Roll is ready to roll in 2008 with Gabriele Benussi calling tactics, as is Armando Giulietti on Hiroshi with America's Cup sailor Ian Ainslie assigned tactical duties. From Germany, Michael Illbruck with the assistance of Vince Brun hopes to guide his PintaArkle Melges 32 to a prestigious victory. The extraordinary lady helm Kate Mullin will drive John Sherlock's Canadian entry .
The entries from the U.S. are equally impressive. Class newcomer Jim Swartz on Q with Kimo Worthington of Volvo Ocean Racing fame will be in the running, as will 2006 U.S. National Champion Jeff Ecklund on STAR with tactician Harry Melges. 2007 Melges 32 Rolex Big Boat Series winner Philippe Kahn on Pegasus, Pieter Taselaar and select members of his young crew from the Morning Light project will sail on Bliksem, Alejandro Sole helming for Doug Strebel on Black River Racing, Ed Tillinghast and Christopher Rast on Dark n' Stormy, Bob Hesse and Jud Smith on Lake Effect and last, but most certainly not least is 2006 Melges 32 Key West Champions Marty Kullman and Mike Carroll on New Wave. This bow to stern amateur team is a true force on the race course!
There is more than just tight, fast, fun racing planned for this young, up-and-coming fleet of Sportboats. On Tuesday afternoon, January 22nd, the annual Melges 32 Owners meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Melges hospitality area at the big tent. On Wednesday, January 23rd a huge Melges Rocks party is being held for both the Melges 24 and Melges 32 fleets.
Stay tuned to this website as full results and reports will be posted daily.
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For more information about the Melges 32 in Key West, please contact Joy Dunigan, International Melges 32 Class Press Officer on EMAIL, or via phone +1 (912) 398 5776.