24 May 2006

24 MAY 2006 ? Calling all Melges 17 Sailors!: On behalf of White Lake Yacht Club, I would like to extend a very special invitation to join our Club (on a limited basis) in order to qualify for participation in the Western Michigan Yachting Association (WMYA) annual regatta.

The regatta is to be held in Muskegon, Michigan, August 2 through 5, 2006. The WMYA restricts participation to member clubs only. WLYC has agreed to extend a special membership to join WLYC to all M17 racers. The fee is $ 25 and restricts privileges to attending our local fleet races on the weekend of July 29th. The Westerns start the following Wednesday, August 2 at Muskegon Yacht Club located about 25 miles away (12 miles by boat).

This special opportunity will be available for this year and next (2007) when the White Lake Yacht Club will host the WMYA annual regatta.

The format for the Western Michigan Regatta is for each class is to sail one race per day except for one day with back-to back races. Five races are planned per class. It is possible to race two classes and our schedule should provide for participation in either the MC Scow class or the E Scow class. Muskegon Lake has held numerous National Championship regattas over the years. It is a wonderful lake with consistent breezes. More information on the regatta will be posted soon at www.wmya.org.

I would also like to extend an open invitation to any Melges 17 sailors to join us at WLYC any weekend this summer and come race with our local Fleet of six boats. Our schedule has not been finalized as of today, but I anticipate two races every Sunday. You cannot win a season trophy, but we would welcome your company on the race course. You may also attend our award winning Sunday brunch with Chef Kaye as my guest. For more information on our race schedule and club facilities, visit www.wlyc.org.

I hope you will take advantage of these very special offera and participate in the Westerns or come up and sail with our fleet. Please feel email me if I can be of further assistance.

Larry Brand, Fleet # 1
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