Record Breaking Attendance Expected For Newport Melges 32 Worlds

30 July 2012

Newport, RI - The 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club will take place on September 20-29 in Newport, RI, where already, twenty-four entries have registered to compete. More than 30-plus teams are expected to attend, potentially breaking the class' previous record of 32 set in San Francisco, California in 2010.

With the completion of the 2012 New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex regatta and the U.S. National Championship just this past weekend, Melges 32 teams worldwide are shifting into high-gear as they prepare for fierce competition starting now and continuing through until the end of September.

Some of the world's greatest teams will assemble for Worlds. From Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino to John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti, from newly crowned 2012 National Champion Jason Carroll on Argo to Ryan DeVos on Volpe, high performance yacht racing lovers will be in for a real speed treat this coming fall. Reigning World Champion William Douglas on Goombay Smash will return in an attempt to defend his title, while 2009 World Champion Pieter Taselaar on Bliksem strives to reclaim victory.

The official entry deadline to enter the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship is August 10. Any team that plans to race that has not yet registered is encouraged to do so now, by registering online at the Official Championship Event Website.
View The Current List of Entries

Onsite registration starts September 20th with pre-Worlds warm-up competition on September 22-23, and five full days of World Championship takes place September 25th thru September 29th.

The New York Yacht Club was formed in 1844 onboard the yacht Gimcrack anchored off the Battery in New York Harbor. The Club's first Cruise was held later that summer bound for Newport, Rhode Island. A year later, the Annual Regatta was begun and the 158th edition was held in 2012. In 1901, the Club's burgee was hoisted over the spectacular beaux-arts style building, designed by Whitney Warren and known for its Model Room and Library, which serves as the Club's home in the heart of Manhattan. Harbour Court, the Club's first permanent waterfront facility commissioned in 1988, overlooks Brenton Cove and Newport Harbor and has become the focal point of many premier regional, national and world sailing championships. The original clubhouse, a small gingerbread trimmed house constructed in 1845 in Hoboken, NJ, now sits on the sloping lawn at Harbour Court.  The history and tradition of New York Yacht Club is rich and storied, from winning and defending the America's Cup from 1851 to 1983, to running transatlantic races, cruising, racing, teaching, leading... all distinguished by an enduring passion for yachting. Visit the New York Yacht Club on the web at www.nyyc.org.

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