Monday, July 28, 2008

Melges 32 U.S. National

Twice As Nice, Ecklund Crowned 2008 Melges 32 U.S. National Champion
Jeff Ecklund (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) on USA-32 Star with his friend/crew and tactician Harry Melges, III (Lake Geneva, Wisc.), Scott Norris (Newport, R.I.), Sam Rogers (Lake Minnetonka, Minn.), Lindsay Bartel (Annapolis, Md.), Clay Bartel (Annapolis, Md.), Jamey Randall (Lake Minnetonka, Minn.) and Peeter Must (New York, N.Y.) have been named 2008 Melges 32 U.S. National Champions for a second time. In second overall is Pieter Taselaar (Scarsdale, N.Y.) on USA-169 Bliksem, and in third is Marty Kullman and Mike Carroll (Tampa, Fla.) on USA-131 New Wave.

'It has been a really good year for Star. It's always great to sail with an incredibly talented group of individuals. We had a lot of fun this week," said Ecklund after receiving his award. "Harry is a star, I couldn't do it without him. We've sailed together for years and have a really good time, on and off the water. Scott Norris is a great trimmer and wonderful to have on the team. We are very lucky to have him on the boat. Lindsay is awesome on the bow, one of the few lady sailors in this fleet and has sailed with us now for a year and a half. I can't say enough about having Sam, Peeter, Clay and Jamey on board. Everyone did such a great job." -