Melges 17 Nationals Kick-off

Melges 17 Nationals Kick-off

23 September 2006

22 SEPTEMBER 2006 ? Today in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin well over twenty-five teams gathered at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club to celebrate the 2006 Melges 17 National Championship!

Names to mention are Larry Brand, Gordy Bowers, Mark Bowers, Kirk Donaldson, Bob Wynkoop, Andy Labanauskous, Brian McMurray, Mike Dow (just took delivery today), Mark and Blaine Unicome as well as reigning National Champions Art Brereton and Harry Melges III are all on hand to compete this weekend. Donaldson and his son, Ian are favored to do well, "We're ready to have fun. You can't help but go fast in this boat." McMurray and his wife Deb are very humble about their past success, "We're going to work on mechanics and try and stay in the top three. We need to have good starts."

The weather report today was nothing to brag about, but mother nature managed to get her act together as the day progressed. Periodically the sun peaked through the mostly overcast skies as boat after boat poured into LGYC. For many teams, the day was spent preparing and practicing. Later on, cocktails and appetizers were enjoyed by everyone. Registration took place and extends until tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 23 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. A skippers meeting is scheduled first thing with racing ? starting at 10:30 a.m. sharp!


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