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

2008 Melges 17 U.S. National Championship,
September 26-28

Everyone knows that the Melges 17 promises the most competitive scow racing this fall at the 2008 Melges 17 U.S. National Championship, hosted by the Lake Geneva Yacht Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on September 26-28. Last year the class saw as many as 30 teams on the line, you can bet that 2008 will be that and more! Don't miss out on this guaranteed fun, two-day event.

On Friday, plan on an enjoyable day of tuning and practice racing followed by a cocktail party at LGYC. Full-on racing begins on Saturday (September 27th) and Sunday (September 28th) with an awesome awards ceremony to follow.

Stay tuned to the official website of the Melges 17 Class Association as more updates will be posted soon such as NOR (Notice of Race) and much, much more.

©2007 J H Peterson

2008 Melges 17 W.M.Y.A. Championship,
August 6-9

Another great Melges 17 event is just around the corner — the fantastic W.M.Y.A. (Western Michigan Yachting Association) Championship, hosted by the Grand Rapids Yacht Club on August 6-9. Four, fun-filled days are on tap for the fleet as this is THE ultimate warm-up to the 2008 Melges 17 U.S. National Championship held during late September at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club. Traditionally, this event has brought out the best in the fleet, 2008 will be exceptional with a super nationals next on the circuit. Don't miss out on this very dynamic event!

Official Event Website (Race Documents including the NOR, Sailing Instructions, Schedule of Events)
Online Registration
List of Entries

Tacktick Micro Compass with Bracket

Acquire The Latest In Ultimate Melges 17 Gear, Visit The New

Be sure to visit the new, where you will find the latest in ultimate gear for your Melges 17. Melges Performance Sailboats has hand-picked a few high-tech, cutting-edge products that will help you and your crew, go faster and have fun. Browse a full selection of accessories, electronics, parts for hull, mast, motor and trailer. Be sure to sign-up as an online member of as sales vouchers and special offer coupons will be issued soon. Don't forget Melges' annual Fall Savings program starts September 1 and continues through October 15. Visit today!

Andy Burdick

Hans Meyer Wins The 2008 Melges 17. I.L.Y.A. Championship

"It only took 90 years collectively for each of us to return to the podium as I.L.Y.A. Champions,' joked 2008 Melges 17 I.L.Y.A. Champion Hans Meyer at the awards ceremony. Hans and crew Susi Sternkopf successfully conquered this very progressive, young fleet. Speaking of youth, it was also noted that the Melges 17 won the prize for highest percentage of youth sailors competing - nearly 50%. Also, nine teams were families: husband/wife, brother/sister, and nephew/aunt. Congratulations to this awesome scow fleet!

A very special thank you goes out to all the competitors, and most especially the Pewaukee Yacht Club who once again did a spectacular job at hosting the regatta. The parties, racing and hospitality were world class!

Race Report (Day 2)
Race Report (Day 1)

©2007 J H Peterson

Coye Harrett Wins 2008 Melges 17 Blue Water Regatta

The summer racing season got off to a terrific start on beautiful Crystal Lake, Mich. with Coye Harrett taking the honors at the 2008 Blue Water Regatta. Harrett raced against the best-of-the-best in the Melges 17 class including Matt Ripkey, 2006 Champion Rob Terry and Bob Heathcote in some very challenging races. Special thanks to all the teams that traveled the distance, and most especially the famous Crystal Lake Yacht Club for their unique hospitality and awesome parties!

Full Report

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.

The Melges 17 Fleet Fires up Fall Racing Schedule

Get ready to race any or all of these awesome Melges 17 fall events. From Lake Geneva, Wisc. to Lake Eustis, Fla. the Melges 17 is ready to go fast. Plan to attend as the fleet ramps up to 2009!

2008 Melges 17 W.M.Y.A. Championship August 6-9 Grand Rapids, MI

Halloween Regatta October 10-11 Augusta, GA

Southeast Regional Championship November 15-16 Lake Eustis, FL

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