U.S. Melges 24 Class on the Threshhold of Record Breaking NOOD Regatta
14 February 2008
St. Petersburg, Fla. - With just a day to go until the start of the 2008 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in St. Petersburg, Florida, the U.S. Melges 24 Class has accumulated an impressive, record-breaking 48 entries. Participants have flocked from around the world, including several from as far away as California, Canada and Bermuda.
The Melges 24 class is the largest in attendance and expected to be the highlight fleet of the regatta. With the likes of 2007 Northeast District Champion Terry Hutchinson on Quantum Racing; 2007 U.S. National Champion Brian Porter on Full Throttle, Alan Field on WTF, Peter and Kristen Lane with their two-boat Brickhouse / Outhouse program, and 2007 Southeast Ranking Champion Steve Kopf on Blur scheduled to appear, they are favored to deliver command performances. In addition to the record overall turn-out, an all-time high number of Corinthian entries are expected as well.
Corinthian heart and passion runs deep with this event. The St. Pete's NOOD has always encouraged the amateur Melges 24 spirit, bringing about the very, very best in the fleet. We are certain that 2008 will meet and exceed those exact expectations. The class will celebrate in style with overall awards on Sunday for the top five Corinthian teams.
Today, the fleet will be assembling the boats, going out for practice as well as taking care of the mundane task of weigh-in which will be conducted all day and well into the evening hours during registration.
The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel Pugh and considered the most unique one design Sportboat in the world as well as one of the fastest-growing classes of high performance yachts. More information can be found at the official website of the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA), the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA).
For more information or press photos, please contact:
U.S. Melges 24 Class Association
Press Officer | Class Communications Director
+1 (912) 398-5776