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Midwinter Championship March 13-15 Lake Eustis, FL


Midwinter Mayhem, March 13-15

Get ready to blast around Lake Eustis at the highly anticipated Melges 17 Midwinter Championship on March 13-15, hosted by the Lake Eustis Sailing Club. LESC is a mile marker club for super sportboat Scows, and this is where the showdown will take place. It is one of the largest fleet gatherings, not to mention one of the most competitive events to sail. The racing conditions are ideal and the hospitality second to none.

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Getting things going on March 12th is Melges' invaluable Zenda University. Sign-up with Mary Anne Ward today!

Accommodations. For the family minded sailor there are villas located near Disney. Although a 35 minute commute, the family will be just moments away from attractions. More information can be found by e-mailing with the subject entitled 'LESC/mid.'

SLAM Named Apparel Sponsor For 2009
Melges 17 Midwinter Championship

High tech sailing sportswear manufacturer SLAM will officially support the Melges 17 fleet for the first time ever at the 2009 Midwinters on March 13-15. An onsite SLAM store will feature the international brand's finest products such as spray tops, jackets, salopettes, technical clothing and base layers, shorts, vests and other accessories with a percentage of the proceeds going to the event and the fleet. As part of the apparel sponsorship, SLAM will be providing bags or gear as trophies.

SLAM's high quality products go hand-in-hand with Melges racing. "Melges boats produce the best sailors in the world. The best sailors in the world look to the best products in order to remain at the top of their game." says Filippo Bovio, President of Regata USA, LLC the official U.S. Distributor of SLAM. "This is the very first time we have supported the Melges 17 class in this capacity. The sailors here are quite serious about doing well and being the best."


2009 Melges 17 Regattas —
A Grand Tour de USA!

Spring is coming and the Melges 17 is ready to race. Don't miss out on some serious fun and excitement! Midwinters is a shy month away, the Easter Regatta in Charleston (where the breeze is always up) happens April 10-11 — then it's on to Lake Geneva for the Spring Regatta on May 9-10.

Economic times call for inexpensive measures. There are a multitude of options that make racing around the country reasonable and feasible:

Logistics. Latis Yachting Solutions has worked up an heck of a deal for moving your Melges 17 south to compete at Midwinters and/or transporting back to Charleston or to the Midwest. From Zenda, Wisc. or Crystal Lake, Mich. to Lake Eustis, Fla. for Midwinters, to Charleston S.C. for the Easter Regatta and back to either Crystal or Zenda - 1-4 boats $1,850, 5-9 boats $1,700 or 9+ boats $1,600. Additional set-up and finishing services are available. For $100 at each event you can have mast up, boom on, and boat washed and/or $150 at each event to have the boat packed up. The load date is March 1 with a cut off of February 8. Boats will still be accepted after the cut off date if space is available.


Super Fast Springtime Racing Awaits
Melges 17s In Charleston, April 10-11

Spring is definitely on the way for the Melges 17! The beautiful city of Charleston, S.C. plays host to the Easter Regatta on April 10-11 hosted by the Carolina Yacht Club. Historically speaking, there are some guarantees with this event. For the last two years, all races on the schedule have been ran in breeze on conditions under beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures. The camaraderie surrounding this fantastic sailing venue culminates on Saturday evening with an exquisite awards ceremony at the legendary Sonny Meavers' waterfront home. This event is southern charm and hospitality, gorgeous surroundings and some of the best scow racing in the country all wrapped into one. Make plans to be there!

For more information please contact Regatta Chair, Guy Mossman on email. Also remain close to, as announcements and notices will be posted as they are made available.

Get In Gear For Spring With
Melges and North Sails Zenda

It's never too late to spruce up your Melges 17 racing program. Get ready to race in 2009 with either a brand new boat purchase, essential parts, gear and accessories via Stay ahead of the competition by checking out the latest cool tools and Ultimate Melges 17 Gear available from Melges. The North Sails loft in Zenda has Melges 17 sails in stock and they are ready to deliver! Contact Andy Burdick with Melges Performance Sailboats on e-mail or call (262) 275-1110 for further information.

Melges 17 Reminders : Melges 17 Parts. Visit your one and only provider of genuine Melges Performance Sailboats parts and accessories online today! The latest and greatest, ultimate gear Melges 17 products are for purchase at In addition, check out the coolest sportswear — hats, belts and vests. Go fast and look great on and off the water in 2009!

2009 Melges 17 Class Membership. Membership is a very important part of Melges 17 ownership. Join the class today 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!

More hot Melges 17 racing scheduled for 2009

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 Lake Geneva Spring Regatta in May, I.L.Y.A. Championship in July and Nationals in August!

Melges 17 Zenda University March 12 Lake Eustis, FL

Midwinter Championship March 13-15 Lake Eustis, Fl

Easter Regatta April 10-11 Charleston, SC

Lake Geneva Spring Regatta May 9-10 Lake Geneva, Wi

Blue Water Regatta June 12-14 Crystal Lake, Mi

I.L.Y.A. Melges 17 Championship July 25-26 Lake Minnetonka, MN

W.M.Y.A. Regatta August 6-9 Torch Lake, Mi

U.S. National Championship August 28-30 Glen Lake, Mi

Southeastern Regatta November 13-14 Lake Eustis, Fl

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