| 4 August 2004
Big Melges line-up
total of 83 Melges 24 crews from 14 nations and three continents
are making their way to Marstrand, Sweden to compete in the 2004
Melges 24 World Championship from 9-13 August. Crews from as far
a field as Australia and California will join the top European teams
for what promises to be another very closely fought regatta.
Reigning world champion Shark Kahn (pictured),
who turns 15 today, will be back with his victorious 2003 crew of
Richard Clarke, Mark Christensen, Brian Hutchinson and Brian Lee
to defend his title. Amongst those leading the charge to divest
Shark of his crown are 2001 world champion Flavio Favini, reigning
European champion Luca Santella, 2001 European champion Cedric Pouligny,
Sebastien Col, Keith Musto, Rob Smith, Stuart Rix, Kristoffer Spone
and Shark's father Philippe Kahn.
Five time Finnish open champion Kenneth Thelen has his sites set
on winning a record third Corinthian (amateur) world title while
Norwegian Kristian Nergaard will be equally keen to pip him to the
post to take a second Corinthian win.
Ten races are scheduled over five days on windward/leeward courses
just to the west of Marstrand Island.