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Deadline Extension: Corinthian Entry For The 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship Officially Closes On Friday, 03 October

26 September 2008

The deadline for Corinthian entries at the International Melges 24 North American Championship, hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club has now been extended until Friday, 03 October 2008. Competitors are reminded that entries for the Corinthian Division must include a full crew list that provides ISAF Sailor ID numbers and classifications for all crew members. This information must be submitted at the time of entry and no later than 03 October.

All entries received beyond Friday, 26 September (Corinthian, or not) will incur an additional late fee of an additional $50. The final deadline for ALL entries is October 17. Beat the deadline and submit your entry today!

To enter online please visit www.annapolismelges24.com

Quantum Sails has been named the proud sponsor of the Corinthian division for the Melges 24 North American Championship. Quantum's number one priority is to make fast, user-friendly sails for the M24 class that not only the professionals can use but especially the Corinthians. Recent results show this to be true as Quantum Sails infiltrated the Corinthian division at the 2008 OSA Sailing.com U.S. Melges 24 Nationals in Charleston, S.C as they were among the top finishers.

SPECIAL NOTE: When submitting your Corinthian crew details please ensure that you have checked that your crew's classification is up-to-date. The classifications are awarded for a period of two years (unless the sailor's status changes during that period in which case they must apply for reclassification) and to be eligible to compete in the Corinthian Division each of your crew members' classifications must be valid for the full duration of the regatta. For all further details about ISAF Classifications please visit www.sailing.org/classification.php

For your information the wording of the relevant section of the Notice of Race is as follows:

3. ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
3.1 The Championship is open to all boats of the Melges 24 class that meet with the obligations of the Class Rules and their National Authority, in the case that a National Authority exists.

4. SAILOR CLASSIFICATION
4.1 The ISAF Sailor Classification Code will apply to the Corinthian Trophy. Please refer to ISAF’s Web site: www.sailing.org
4.2 Indicate classification for each sailor on the entry form if entering for the Corinthian Trophy and the unique ISAF User ID Number
4.3 The closing date for the registration of Corinthian entries shall be October 3, 2008.
4.4 Sailors must be registered with ISAF prior to this date and be able to declare their User ID numberon the entry form.
4.5 Late entries cannot be considered for this trophy.
4.6 Full details for the Corinthian Trophy can be found in IMCA Championship rules.

The 2008 North American Championship is sponsored by Pusser’s Rum, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Gill, Melges Performance Sailboats, North Sails, Velocitek, Annapolis Wireless Internet (AWI), Harken, Sail 22, Quantum Sails and Westin Annapolis. The Melges 24 Class and the Eastport Yacht Club are extremely proud to be partnered with these outstanding companies and thank them for their generous support of the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship.

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Visit the Official Event Website of the 2008 North American Championship and 2009 Worlds. Also, visit the Eastport Yacht Club online.

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 official class websites of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA) and U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA).

For more information or press photos, please contact:
Fiona Brown
International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA)
2008 North American Championship Press Officer
+44 7711 718470
Skype: fpbrown

Joy Dunigan
U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA)
2008 North American Championship Press Chair
Class Communications Director | Executive Secretary
+1 (912) 398-5776
Skype: joysavannah

Sponsorship opportunities still exist, for more information please contact:
Laura Muma
LM PR, Inc.
Annapolis Melges 24 Sponsor & Marketing Director
+1 (773) 960-3960
Skype: laura.muma