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Spring Regatta May 10-11 Lake Geneva, WI

©2007 J H Peterson

The ice is out and the heat is on — 2008 Spring Championship, May 10-11

With the ice and cold weather on the outs, it’s officially time to gear up and enjoy some springtime sailing on beautiful Lake Geneva May 10-11. More than 20, and as many as potentially 30 Melges 17s will be ready to race. For 2008, the Lake Geneva Yacht Club has much, much more than world class racing in store for the fleet. They also have a unique tune-up curriculum planned. Friday will include a nice practice sail, registration and a welcoming cocktail hour. On Saturday and Sunday, look to the water for valuable coaching from Lake Geneva Sailing School’s Kevin Jewett. In the evening reap the benefits of post racing feedback and video playback discussions.

Race documentation, including the Notice of Race (NOR) will be posted shortly at MELGES17.COM

2008 Winter Series champion Ken Wruk wins Midwinters & Charleston

Lake Geneva’s Ken Wruk is firmly standing 2-0 so far for the Melges 17 2008 racing season. With both Midwinters and Charleston Regatta titles under his belt, Ken graciously took time to share his thoughts and experiences on the Melges 17 with the fleet.


The Melges 17 Takes on a Youthful Revolution

Jordan Wiggins, 10 and Bethea Long, 13 both took the ride of a lifetime alongside of Jamie Kimball at Midwinters and the Charleston Regatta during the month of March. "Jordan and Bethea, as with any young sailor, represent the future of our sport. It is important to keep their interest level in sailing as high as possible. In my opinion, there is no better way to do this than have them sail a new, exciting, and fast boat like the Melges 17.’ commented Kimball. MORE

Plan to attend 2008 Melges 17 Nationals, September 26-28

The 2008 Melges 17 U.S. National Championship will be held on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin — September 26-28. Mark your calendars as this is THE premiere event of the year. Hosted by the legendary Lake Geneva Yacht Club — there are several guarantees — fun, fast, competitive, world-class races supported by an experienced race committee that is dedicated to excellence. More information will be published soon at the official site of the International Melges 17 Class Association, MELGES17.COM.

Melges 17 Reminders

2008 Melges 17 Class Membership. Membership is a very important part of Melges 17 ownership. Join the class to day and enjoy the incredible racing the M17 has to offer, as well as some other goodies — great friends, terrific regatta venues and much, much more! JOIN THE CLASS TODAY!

New 2008 Melges 17 Hardware Upgrades. Melges Performance Sailboats has been hard at work making improvements to ensure your Melges 17 is faster than ever before. Check out the very latest 2008 MELGES 17 HARDWARE UPGRADES (PDF) and DETAILS. Be sure to get all your authorized parts and instructions by contacting Melges via phone at +1 (262) 275-1110 or via EMAIL.

More hot Melges 17 racing scheduled for 2008

How much hotter can it get? The Melges 17 is ready to make the most of the spring and summer racing season with a full line-up of very cool events, ultimately building to some of the most prestigious events of the year — the I.L.Y.A. Championship in July, W.Y.M.A. in August and Nationals in September.

Blue Water Regatta June 14-15 Crystal Lake, MI

Melges 17 I.L.Y.A. July 18-20 Pewaukee, WI

W.M.Y.A. Regatta August 6-9 Muskegon, MI

U.S. National Championship September 26-28 Lake Geneva, WI

Halloween Regatta October 10-11 Augusta, GA

Southeast Regional Championship November 15-16 Lake Eustis, FL

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