Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boating Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boating Notebook

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Byline: Larry Dennis, Times-Union boating editor


Jacksonville's Florida Yacht Club has landed one of world's most prestigious regattas in the Melges 24 class, one that may result in the largest one-design gathering in the history of sail-racing on the St. Johns River.

"We hope to have as many as 50 boats from all over the U.S., Europe and elsewhere," FYC regatta chairman Pat Lambert said of the Atlantic Coast Championships, which are scheduled for Oct. 20-21. "The Melges world championships are in Fort Lauderdale in December. So a lot of the world's top competitors will be able to get their boats here and store them, then come back for the Worlds."

The event was held at Annapolis, Md., last year.

The FYC has formed a relationship with the Melges-class racers over the past six years, during which the annual King's Day Regatta in November has featured a special class for the swift, popular racing machines. …

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