Zenda, Wisc. (October 6, 2011) – Melges Performance Sailboats is proud to welcome Matt Pistay to the Melges Team. Youthful, energetic and already quite accomplished, Pistay’s primary focus will be to further strengthen and develop Melges’ International 29er and 29erXX product program. He will continue to be equally active in all Melges sportboat and scow classes.

Born and raised in Seattle, Wash., Pistay has sailed religiously since birth. During the last three years, Pistay has experienced racing with some of the industries most prominent, fun and competitive teams.

“I am really excited to be working with one of the greatest global brands and most dynamic of teams in the sailing industry.” says Pistay. “From my perspective, Melges has always been the premiere leader in the sailing world when it comes to fast, competitive sailboat racing. No one else compares. They’ve always built and engineered high-quality sportboats and scows, simultaneously promised and delivered world-class customer service. I am thrilled to be part of this team and look forward to supporting more Melges growth of the 29er in North America.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Matt join the Melges team. He really is a perfect fit.” says Andy Burdick, Melges Performance Sailboats president. “We are very impressed with his dedication and enthusiasm for the sport of sailing. His youth and enthusiastic approach to Melges 29er and 29erXX in the USA will be invaluable for us and customers alike.”

For further information, visit the Melges Team online at melges.com.