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Melges Europe Launched, Sales and Distribution Center for the Melges 32

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29 May 2007

Milan, Italy – Melges Performance Sailboats is pleased to announce the official launch of Melges Europe. Directed by Melges 24 World Champion crewmember and double European Champion Federico Michetti, Melges Europe will act as a distribution center for the Melges 32 and provide added support for other Melges products. "This is a big first step for the Melges 32 in Europe as the excitement for this ultra high performance yacht is at an all time high. It's fast, fun and you can trailer it anywhere," commented Michetti, president of Melges Europe.

"It has always been a dream for me to work alongside Harry Melges," said Michetti. "I really love the brand, therefore the leadership of this new company comes naturally to me. We will carry on with Melges' philosophy of building a superior, technologically advanced product and supporting it with incomparable customer service." The newly formed company will oversee the assembly of the Melges 32 as it enters Europe and will establish a dealer network for its distribution.

Harry Melges, president of Melges Performance Sailboats (Zenda, Wi, USA) is thrilled to have Michetti as part of the worldwide Melges Team. "Federico possesses a great deal of sailing experience at a very high level and understands how to organize a winning team," said Melges. "His organizational skills will be a great asset to Melges Europe. He will also work closely with Devoti Sailing to ensure continued growth and support of the Melges 24 too."

Designed by Reichel Pugh Yacht Design (San Diego, Ca., USA) the Melges 32 has undoubtedly become the most progressive and fastest growing fleet of one design, performance-racing yachts in the world.

Melges Europe is a continuum of Melges Performance Sailboats' goal to further support and encourage the sport of sailing on a global scale. In late 2006, Melges appointed Northshore Yachting trading as Melges Asia Pacific based in Sydney, Australia to distribute the Melges 32 and Melges 24. Now with firm reach to three continents, more sailors can enjoy sailing the greatest sportboats on the planet.

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ABOUT THE MELGES 32

The Melges 32 is pure speed, simplicity, function and fun in ultra high performance one design racing.

The Melges 32's sleek hull shape measures 31 feet, 10 inches in length and possesses a powerful sail plan with an asymmetrical spinnaker. Along with a very clean deck layout, other high-tech, cutting-edge features include a carbon fiber spar, rudder, bowsprit and vertical keel fin. Easy to launch via hoist or ramp, it is equipped with a gin pole and can be rigged without the assistance of a crane to step the mast.

Manufactured by Melges Performance Sailboats (melges.com) in Zenda, Wi, USA, the Melges 32 is distributed by Northshore Yachting trading as Melges Asia Pacific (melges.com.au) in Australia and Melges Europe (melgeseurope.com) in Milan, Italy. The Melges 32 is also designed by world-renown Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design, Inc. (reichel-pugh.com) in San Diego, California and crafted by Paul Amon at SOCA Sailboats (www.socasailboats.com) in Trinidad. It is supported globally by the International Melges 32 Class Association (www.melges32.com).

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For more information, please contact:

Federico Michetti
President, Melges Europe
Via Santa Maria 96
20093 Cologno Monzese
Milano, Italy
T: +39 02 94435078
F: +39 02 94435079
E: federico@melges.com

www.melgeseurope.com