2007 Melges 24
World Champion Dave Ullman to Lead Racing Clinic
at Melges 24 U.S. Nationals
With less than three months remaining
until the action begins at the 2007 Melges 24
U.S. National Championship, newly crowned Melges
24 World Champion Dave Ullman has confirmed that
he will run a pre-Nationals racing clinic on September
20. The U.S. National Championship is set for
Sept. 21 - 23, 2007, at Detroit's Bayview Yacht
Ullman is known as one of the
most approachable stars in the high-octane world
of the Melges 24. "Many class members have
been talking about setting up this kind of race
clinic for a long time, and I'm excited we're
finally making it happen," Ullman said. "The
best classes always work to improve themselves,
and we hope this type of clinic will become an
annual tradition for every USMCA National and
North American event."
Latis Yachting Solutions is
generously sponsoring the clinic, scheduled to
take place on Thurs., Sept. 20 on the Detroit
River directly adjacent to Bayview. The clinic
will consist of boat-handling and starting drills
on the water, and Ullman will lead a post-sailing
debrief session on the club's waterfront patio.
Participants should plan to be on the water from
noon until 5:00 pm.
Fleet Is A Solid Foundation For Big Participation
With 33 boats - mostly local - racing at Detroit
NOOD regatta, the Midwest fleet is a rock-solid
foundation on which to build large numbers for
this year's National Championship. "We've
got the fastest-growing Melges 24 fleet in the
country right now - and possibly the world,"
Greg McCliment, regatta vice-chairman and Detroit
fleet captain, said. "I'll be surprised if
we have less than 50 boats here, and we're shooting
for 60," he added.
Interested participants may
to register. The early registration deadline is
McCliment and Regatta Chairman
Paul Hulsey are both active racers that campaign
their boats throughout the U.S., and they have
been working hard to ensure this event caters
to the needs of out-of-town teams. For example:
boats will have haul-out priority at Bayview's
- Weigh-in will begin early
on Thursday morning.
- Thomas Hardware, sailing
outfitters, will be on-site to help sort out
the competitors' rigging, deck and clothing
requirements. Todd Jones is the owner of Thomas,
as well as a long-time racer in the class, and
a Governor of Bayview Yacht Club: "We've
been outfitting top Melges 24's for years, and
we know just what to expect to ensure all the
teams' needs are met."
- Bayview partner Yachtscoring.com
will ensure that results are available in near-real
time. The Official scoring team will enter individual
race results from the water - results that will
be available on-line, moments after each finish.
- National Championship competitors
who plan to race at the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
"Fall Classic" may store their boats
at Bayview for no additional cost.
- Bayview will make two internet-connected
computers available to all competitors, while
free wireless internet will be available to
those with their own laptops.
Motor City Serious About
One of the biggest reasons that Melges
24 competitors love their boats is their pure
speed - and the regatta organizers know it. That's
why they specifically chose late September for
the Championship - September in the Great Lakes
means "breeze on."
"The NOOD Regatta showed
what our summer is about - light air and hot sun,"
Hulsey said. "But mid-September is a different
story: Last year we saw 15 knots or more almost
every day of the month, with water temperatures
averaging 77 degrees."
Well reputed PRO and Bayview
Past-Commodore Tim Rumptz will shoot for at least
eight races during the three-day event. He plans
to set the windward-leeward courses closer to
the Canadian shore of Lake St. Clair, where the
current flows at less than a knot.
Given the proposed race course
location, which requires the fleet to motor through
the Detroit River current, the regatta organizers
plan to make available multiple power boats to
tow the competitors to and from the race course.
"We recognize many teams will sail to the
course area to familiarize themselves with the
day's wind shifts," Hulsey said, "But
I think we all agree that a fast tow to the dock
at the end of each day will allow the parties
to start sooner."
And We're Seriously Social
When it comes to parties, sailors all agree that
nobody does it quite like Bayview:
Sept. 20 - Registration and crew weigh in begins.
An informal "meet and greet" will
take place in the Bayview Bar.
- Friday, Sept. 21, nearby Crescent
Sail Yacht Club will host the competitors for
a "garden luau" on their huge lawn
just a few miles from Bayview.
- Saturday, Sept. 22, the fun
returns to BYC under the Big Top, with live
music and dancing all night. Barefoot Wines
of Modesto, California will supply enough wine
and beer to soothe the bruises from Saturday's
racing, and a delicious seafood buffet will
take care of the rest of the competitors' needs.
- Sunday, Sept. 23, Bayview
will host the Awards Ceremony under the Big
Top, with trophies and prizes for the top 5
Corinthian competitors as well as the top 5
overall winners. Individual race winners will
also collect prizes.
the Motor City to the Birthplace of the Melges
Traveling teams have another good reason to come
to the Midwest in the fall - only two weeks after
Nationals, the Fall Classic regatta serves up
big wind on Lake Geneva, Wis., an easy six-hour
drive from Detroit, and the home of Melges Performance
Sailboats. It's no surprise that Buddy and Harry
Melges III are the sailors they are - Lake Geneva's
shifty, unpredictable winds and rapidly changing
climate challenge sailors constantly.
About Barefoot Cellars
For over 20 years, Sonoma-based Barefoot Cellars
Wines have received huge critical and popular
success. Barefoot is a proud Sponsor/Partner of
the Championship, and their Gold-Medal winning
wines will be available throughout the event.
More information on Barefoot Cellars Wines is
available at www.barefootwine.com.
About Latis Yachting
Sponsor/Partner Latis Yachting Solutions will
be on-hand to help with all boat transportation
needs. Latis is the primary boat logistics partner
for Melges Performance Sailboats, Pegasus Racing,
and a host of other teams - and their reputation
for "making it happen" is well-earned.
If you need your boat moved, they will do so on-schedule,
allowing you to concentrate on driving your boat
instead of your truck. Contact Latis with your
transportation questions at email@example.com
or (866) 840-9204.
About The 2007 Melges
24 U.S. National Championships
The 2007 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship
is hosted by Bayview Yacht Club, with the support
of Sponsor/Partners Barefoot Wines, Yachtscoring.com
and Latis Yachting Solutions.
All race information, including on-line registration,
is now available at www.melges24racing.com/nationals.
The Midwest Region's home page is www.melges24racing.com.
The Melges 24 is the most unique one-design sportboat
in the world, and the class continues to enjoy
strong growth. More information on the U.S. Melges
24 Class is available at www.usmelges24.com.
Legends to Team with Amateur Enthusiasts for 2007
Pro Am Regatta
Bitter End Yacht Club Announces Fall
Dates for 21st Annual Event
Bitter End Yacht Club, the world’s premier
sailing and watersports destination, continues
the tradition by hosting its one-of-a-kind 21st
Annual Pro Am Regatta this Fall.
Bitter End Yacht Club is gearing up for
its 21st annual Pro Am Regatta on Virgin Gorda
in the British Virgin Islands this Fall, set for
October 27-November 3, 2007. The action-packed
yearly event, which continues to grow in popularity,
features a unique combination of fleet and match
racing. The 2007 presenting sponsor for this legendary
racing event is Vineyard Vines.
Pro Am Regatta Week, the only event of its kind
in the world, offers amateur and old salt sailors
the rare opportunity to learn from and race with
the rock stars and legends of sailing. In addition
to the Pro Am team racing, the adrenaline-pumping
action also includes the Musto Scuttlebutt Sailing
Championships, the Defiance Day Regatta, and lay
day racing on Wednesday for those who want even
more on-the-water time. There is also a lively
off-the-water social schedule that fellow sailors
and other resort guests can enjoy.
Participating skippers already on board include
Russell Coutts, Paul Cayard, Ken Read, Dawn Riley,
Ben Ainslie, Lowell North, Keith Musto, Rod Johnstone,
Bruce Kirby, and Butch Ulmer. Competition takes
place on a variety of boats, including Lasers,
IC-24s, Hunter 216’s, Freedom 30s and Hobie
Beginning on Sunday, October 27 through
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Bitter End Yacht Club
North Sound, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Come for the Sport: The wind and water
surrounding Bitter End provides some of the best
sailing that the Caribbean has to offer, along
with world-class diving, snorkeling and a host
of other water activities. And where else can
you crew for America’s Cup Skippers and
For more information about visiting Bitter
End Yacht Club, please call (800) 872-2392, email
or cruise the web at www.beyc.com. For additional
details on participating in the 2007 Pro Am, contact
John Glynn, Bitter End’s Director of Special
Events, at 203-656-0799 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.