17 Days to Acura Key West Race Week
3 January 2008
There are just 17 days to go until ACURA Key West 2008, the first international Melges 24 regatta of the 2008 season. Already 46 Melges 24 from across the USA, Canada, Great Britian, Sweden, Norway, France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany are lined up to take part in this annual festival of racing and fun in the sun and as always we can expect some great competition and a hard fought series.
Reigning Melges 24 European Champion and 2001 World Champion Flavio Favini is thoroughly enjoying his return to the class after his stint at the America's Cup and with Franco Rossini's Swiss Blu Moon team will want to add another Key West win to his CV. Italy's Riccardo Simoneschi aboard F.lli Giacomel Audi is keen to reprise his 2007 Key West win while the UK's John Pollard will be equally detrmined to take his first Key West laurels.
The extremely strong US home fleet includes a number of possible victors headed up by reigning Melges 24 World Champion and all round sailing legend Dave Ullman aboard Pegasus 505 who is shipping in one Charlie Ogletree to help him find his way round the race track. Brian Porter's evergreen Full Throttle team are back yet again alongside the likes of Bruce Ayres, Argyle Campbell, Othmar Muller Von Blumencron and Alan Field.