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2008 OSA Sailing Melges 24 U.S. National Championship Gears Up with 51 Pre-registered Teams, Spectator Boats and On-site Rigging Support; Registration Extended

9 September 2008

Registration has been extended until Friday, September 12th for the 2008 OSA Sailing Melges 24 U.S. National Championship in Charleston, S.C., September 18-21. The USMCA and the Charleston Yacht Club announced the extension to meet the strong demand from top racers and class new comers. With 51 entries confirmed, there's a good chance the regatta will break the 2007 Nationals attendance record.

Among the teams currently registered is defending U.S. National Champion Brian Porter on USA-749 Full Throttle. Porter will face stiff competition from the very strong List Of Entrants. Help the class achieve another record-breaking attendance level! Register Online today!

Charleston Yacht Club is rolling out the red carpet. The club announced that Palmetto Breeze is offering spectators the chance to watch the championship up close. Bring your family and friends to experience Charleston, one of the highest-rated vacation destinations, and cheer on your crew. Here are all the details:

Designed and built locally, Charleston's spacious 1,700 sq ft 100 passenger catamaran Palmetto Breeze provides both comfort and speed with dual diesels, 2 bathrooms, covered cushioned seating, stereo and bar. Set sail from Charleston Harbor Marina at Patriot's Point to sail along with the world's best competitors! Bottled water and soft drinks $1 each, domestic beer $2, imported beer $3, glasses of wine $3. No coolers please, but please feel free to bring your picnic basket. Sailing 11:30am-3:00pm, Friday, Sept. 19th, $40 per person, and 11:30am-3:00pm, Sat. Sept. 20th, $40 per person. Twenty (20) passenger minimum. Reservations: 843-886-8133, 800-524-3444. For more information see: www.aqua-safaris.com

In addition, Sail22, LLC will be on hand in the City Marina/Charleston Yacht Club complex to provide everything your team needs for rigging and repairs. Sail22, LLC is the premiere full-service sailing concierge. They strive to make the regatta experience as enjoyable as possible for owners and their crew. They are excited to be supporting the Melges 24 Nationals and will have their 24-foot box trailer on site to support teams prior to and during the event. They provide coordination for everything your team needs for a successful event. Please contact them at info@sail22.com or 616-304-8312/585-230-3560 about any of your needs. They will be happy to help.

• Full team coordination
• Team Event Housing (Houses, Condos, Hotels)
• Crew Gear
• Dinner Reservations & Team Chefs
• Transportation (Flights, Rental Cars, Boat Delivery, etc.)
• Rigging
• Repairs (Full West System Boat Building Kit available on site)
• Coaching

CALLING ALL COMPETITORS

The Notice of Race (NOR) is available at the official 2008 OSA Sailing Melges 24 U.S. National Championship event website. Download a copy today and process your entry online via the same web portal. A wealth of information is posted including a current list of entries, regatta documents and much, much more. There is also a related blog at M24charleston.wordpress.com. For future announcements about this event, stay tuned to the official website of the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association and, the International Melge s 24 Class Association (IMCA).

For those teams already registered, please make sure that you received your Very Important Competitor Information Notice. The USMCA encourages all teams that want to compete as Corinthians to submit their Declaration Form (PDF) as soon as possible. Forms can be faxed to +1 (912) 756-6728 or e-mailed to Joy Dunigan.

The 2008 OSA Sailing Melges 24 U.S. National Championship is hosted by the Charleston Yacht Club and takes place on September 18-21. The Championship is sponsored by Ocean Sailing Academy, Yacht Scoring, Charleston City Marina, Cre843, ASB Flower Design, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Quantum Sails, Sadler and Hamm , Aqua-Safaris.com, Sail22 and the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association.

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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. For more information visit the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA) and the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA) on the web.

For more information or press photos, please contact:
Joy Dunigan
2008 OSA Sailing Melges 24 U.S. National Championship Press Officer
U.S. Melges 24 Class Association Communications Director
+1 (912) 398-5776