Melges 17 Spring Championship Going On NOW!

Melges 17 Spring Championship Going On NOW!

13 May 2006

13 MAY 2006, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin ? During the morning, the Lake Geneva Yacht Club was full of energy as eighteen Melges 17's were lined up at the dock, ready to race.

M17 sailors from all around the country came to visit the Lake Geneva Yacht Club. Sailors have traveled from Florida, South Carolina, Colorado, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois and Maryland. Four races were slated for today with only one problem - no wind!

As the fleet dialed in their boats, checked tune, mast rake, spinnaker set up, etc. it started to rain. This coupled with the lack of breeze brought everyone into the warm yacht club for lunch and plenty of card games - no gambling of course! People were abuzz about the Melges 17 and the instant acceptance of this hot, new class. Many local members checked out these new boats and were excited about the new fleets potential. The Melges 17 really has it all. It's easy to rig and sail, very exciting, sexy looking, high tech sails and rig set up as well as the ability to sail with husband and wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, father/son - whatever the combo, you choose. The Melges 17 fits so many peoples needs.

Jeff Lewis is the latest and newest Melges 17 owner! He and his son, from Ashland, Wisconsin drove down to Melges and scooped up his new boat. The two of them are on an adventure that they plan to extend through the summer. "We want to sail together, to experience the sport together. The Melges 17 has all the excitement level that we want in a one design sailboat". Jeff and his son promptly went down to the club after taking delivery of their new boat. Rigged it, tuned it and are anxiously awaiting their first race.

Racing is scheduled at 9:30am on Sunday morning. Winds are expected to be 10-20 out of the NNE - perfect Melges 17 conditions! Stay tuned to this site as race reports and results become available! For more information about purchasing a Melges 17, visit - it's not just a new boat, but a new kind of racing!
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