For Immediate Release                   January 20,1996
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            TWO WEST MICHIGAN BOATS FINISH
         WITHIN TOP THREE OF CLASS AT KEY WEST

     Muskegon, Mich. -- (Saturday, January 20,1996) --

Today, seven west Michigan sailboats and their crew

begin the trip home from Key West after a week of

intensive racing.  Some will bring back awards and

others only bring back memories.  The boats

participated in the Yachting Key West Race Week Jan. 15-

19.  Excitement was high as local participants competed

against an international fleet  of nearly 250 boats.

     Caramba, an Andrews 27 based in Muskegon and owned

by Mark Schaefer and John Van Zee of East Grand Rapids,

placed second in its class for the week.  Caramba's

second place finish in the E-PHRF class is based on

point accumulation in eight races.  The Key West E-PHRF

class includes 12 boats from across the country.

     Kindred Spirit, a 29 Pinnacle, also from Muskegon

and owned by Jack Rillema II of Whitehall tied for

third in its class but will not take home official

honors because of a procedural rule.   Key West Race

rules dictate that ties are broken by giving favor to

the best placing in the most recent race.   The rule

places Rillema with an official forth place for the

week  in the C - PHRF class of twenty boats.

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About Torresen Marine, Inc.:
Torresen Marine, Inc. is a complete sales and service
facility specializing in sailboats.  Established in
1965, we offer the largest sailing ship store in
Michigan, a complete rigging shop, and extensive
mechanical, painting, fiberglass and wood working
facilities.  Torresen Marine provides seasonal and
transient docking for sailboats.  Located on Muskegon
Lake one-half mile from the Lake Michigan channel, we
provide haul-out and service for sailboats and
commercial vessels from 8 - 72' in length.  Torresen
Marine also operates the Torresen Sailing Page on the
World Wide Web (http://www.torresen.com).

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