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2016-2018 Board Election Now Open

2016-2018 Board Election Now Open

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The call for nominations is now complete for the 2016-2018 International Audi Melges 20 Class Association Board, and below are the nominees.

Please take a moment to read each candidate's brief information.

*Remember there are a total of six seats open on the board —three for North America and three for Europe. There are two additional Ex-Officio seats - one for Japan and one for Russia. 
*VOTING IS NOW OPEN and will close on Sunday, November 22 at midnight EDT. 
*Voting results will be announced online at melges20.com. 

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NORTH AMERICAN CANDIDATES
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RICHARD DAVIES - USA 226, Section 16
Since 2012, Richard Davies has competed in many Audi Melges 20 events in the United States, as well as abroad in Europe. In 2014, he proudly accepted the nomination and position of North American Fleet President and is now seeking a second term.

PAUL CURRIE - CAN 222, Wild Deuces
Paul Currie is based in Toronto, Canada, home of one of the fastest growing Audi Melges 20 fleets in North America. He started sailing his Audi Melges 20 Class in early 2012. Paul is a regular, super steady Corinthian competitor and currently on the North American Board representing Canada, seeking a second term.

RHONDA JOYCE - CAN 214, Grinning Streak
Rhonda has decided to give back a little to the Melges 20 fleet for all the years of fun, learning and great competition by running for a seat on the North American Board. Rhonda has expressed that good times on- and off-the-water is very important, so she plans to focus on building more upon the strong foundation established by the current board, improving the social side of events, and striving for higher levels of participation.

DREW WEIRDA - USA 196, Merga
Drew first came into the class in early 2013 as a charterer, then shortly thereafter became a full time owner. Drew is super enthusiastic when it comes to Melges 20 racing and really excited about getting involved in the class, and being elected to the North American Board.

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EUROPEAN CANDIDATES
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MANFREDI VIANINI TOLOMEI - ITA 167, Maolca
Manfredi is a veteran of the International Melges 20 Class as well as its board. He has previously served as Chairman, and is currently seated as the European Fleet President. Manfredi’s passion for the Melges 20 is strong and remains intact as he seeks re-election to the International Class Board.

GUIDO MIANI - MON 333, Out of Reach
Guido is a well known owner in the world of international sailing and in the Audi Melges 20 Class. He’s a veteran of our class, always competing for the victory in any international Audi Melges 20 event. He’s a strong promoter of the very fast growing fleet based in Montecarlo, where Guido is one of the most influential members of Yacht Club de Monaco.

MATTEO MARENGHI VASELLI - MON 301, Raya
Matteo is one of the youngest and relatively newest Melges 20 owners in the fleet. A recent participant at the World Championship in San Francisco and a regular racer on the Audi-Tron Sailing Circuit, he carries a forward thinking approach with International and European fleet racing experience.

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JAPANESE EX-OFFICIO BOARD REPRESENTATIVE
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NORIKATSU AIZAWA
- JPN 248, 253, 277
Norikatsu Aizawa is the owner of three Melges 20s in the fast-growing and very progressive Japanese Melges 20 Fleet. Norikatsu can be seen sailing, not only in his own country, but all over the World including Europe during the Audi-Tron Sailing Series.

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RUSSIAN EX-OFFICIO BOARD REPRESENTATIVE
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VALENTIN ZAVADNIKOV
- RUS 260, Synergy
Valentin is from Russia and is a very well known owner in the world of international yacht racing. His experience and role inside the Russian sailing community has been the primary boost for the constitution of a solid fleet in Monaco, where since the first race in the winter series has featured more than 15 competing boats. He introduced his nomination to serve the Class by improving the international growth in Europe and worldwide.

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If you are an Audi Melges 20 Class Association owner/current class member, you should have received an email with a link to an electronic voting form.

If you have not received your voting ballot, you are encouraged to contact your Fleet Secretary immediately in Europe, North America or International.


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