Buzz is growing daily for the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship, to be hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club of Annapolis, MD, from October 26 to November 2.
More than 60 entries are expected and already teams have entered from across the USA, Chile, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Italy.
In the first of six new sponsorship announcements, Pusser’s Rum has affirmed their commitment to Melges 24 sailors as a new Major Corporate Sponsor and is the Official Rum for the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship. To kick off the event, Pusser’s will host the Pusser’s Rum opening night party and skipper’s meeting at the Marriott Annapolis, where competitors will enjoy an evening of Pusser’s Painkiller® cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Competitors will also enjoy Pusser’s Painkillers® after each day’s racing.
To further enhance their existing commitment as an Official Racing Sponsor to the regatta, North Sails has arranged for the legendary Gary Jobson to attend the Pusser’s Rum opening night party as special guest speaker to officially welcome Melges 24 sailors to the regatta.
These new social event sponsors join existing racing sponsor Melges Performance Sailboats who will host the Melges Rocks party Thursday evening to mark the mid point in the regatta.
Atlantic Yacht Rigging Services is announced as the Official Rigging Sponsor for the regatta. The Atlantic Rigging Services trailer will be located onsite at the Eastport Yacht Club to assist with all competitor rigging needs.
Sail 22 is confirmed as Onshore Logistics Sponsor. Sail 22 provides the ultimate sailing concierge service striving to make the regatta experience as enjoyable as possible for owners and their crew. They provide coordination for everything a team needs from housing and crew transport to on board lunches and team dinner reservations.
Harken is pulling a sponsorship double act for the Melges 24 North American Championship by providing outstanding goodies for competitor gift bags and also sponsoring a brand new award for the North American Championship. The details of how the new Harken Award is to be decided are still firmly under wraps but Harken’s goal for this new award is to recognize those teams who don’t necessarily make it to the podium, but whose performance at the regatta is none-the-less worthy of special attention.
Annapolis Wireless Internet (AWI) will be providing all competitors with free wireless internet access throughout their stay in Annapolis.
These six newly announced sponsors join existing sponsors Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Gill, Melges Performance Sailboats, North Sails, Velocitek and Westin Annapolis. The Melges 24 Class and the Eastport Yacht Club are extremely proud to be partnered with these outstanding companies and thank them for their generous support of the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championship.