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2005-05-19 09:38:00

Corum Will Be Title Sponsor for Melges 24 World Championship at Ocean Reef Club

KEY LARGO, Fla., May 19, 2005 - Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the
Swiss watch company Montres Corum SÓrl., will be the title sponsor of
the World Championship of the International Melges 24 Class to be sailed
off Key Largo, Fla., in December. The announcement was made today by
Corum USA, the International Melges 24 Class Association and Ocean Reef
Club on Key Largo.
The 2005 Corum Melges 24 World Championship at Ocean Reef Club, December
11-17, is expected to attract a field of 80 or more boats from the USA
and around the world. The high caliber fleet will include America's Cup
sailors and Olympic medalists plus world champions from multiple
international classes.
"Our sponsorship of this prestigious and highly competitive sailboat
racing class continues Corum's support of teams and venues at the very
top levels of the sport of sailboat racing," said Stacie Orloff,
president of Corum USA.
For more than two decades Corum has supported the Admiral's Cup in
Britain as an event sponsor and as a team sponsor. In 1991, the
Corum-sponsored French team won the Admiral's Cup. Other Corum sailing
sponsorships have included entries in world match racing events, 60-foot
offshore multihull events and the Tour de France Ó la Voile. Recent
event sponsorships have included the 2004 Corum World 11-Metre
Championships in Sydney, Australia, the 2005 Del Rey to Puerto Vallarta
Race in California and the 2005 Manches Cup in Britain.
"We were attracted to the 2005 Melges 24 Worlds by the high caliber of
competition in this fast-growing international class, to be sailed from
the world-class setting and facilities of the prestigious Ocean Reef
Club," said Orloff.
Corum, the luxury Swiss watchmaker, is an independent, family-owned
company producing high-quality hand-finished Swiss timepieces since
The World Championship will be hosted by Ocean Reef Club. Situated on
the northern tip of Key Largo, just 50 miles south of Miami, the
secluded club-community has hosted presidents, and heads of state, movie
stars and sports heroes, diplomats and many of the most successful
business people in the United States. It was founded in 1945 as a
private fishing club and remains private today, with membership by
invitation only.
"Ocean Reef Club is proud of our past association with the Melges 24
regattas and very honored to have been chosen as the host site for the
2005 World Championship," said Ocean Reef Club president Paul Astbury.
"December is a delightful time of year to be in the Florida Keys and we
know the Melges competitors will be pleasantly pleased by all comforts
and conveniences offered by the Club."
In the 12 years since it was introduced, the Melges 24 has become the
world's leading high performance, one-design sportboat. It offers
exciting, demanding, exceptionally competitive sailing and attracts top
professional and amateur sailors from the around the globe. Over 600
boats are now sailing and an additional 30 new boats are built and
delivered each year.
Today, Melges 24 fleets compete in sailing venues across Europe, North
America and Asia. There are fleets in the United States, Canada, France,
Great Britain, Italy, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Norway,
Monaco, Sweden, Spain and Japan.
"We set our sights high for the 2005 World Championship," said Karen
Gottwald, IMCA Vice Chairman, U.S. Class president and the event
organizer. "Corum's generous sponsorship support, announced today,
coupled with the unrivalled facilities of Ocean Reef Club, will
guarantee a memorable event."
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