E-Melges 24 – February 24, 2017


Eight Weeks To Go! There is only two months to go to the first event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2017 in Portoroz to be held on 21-23 April – 25 teams from 12 nations entered to have their first event of the season there! There’s still time to join the fleet and enjoy great hospitality by the Yachting Club Portoroz and Marina Portoroz! Check the details out here melges24.com/europeansailingseries
Throwback to Portoroz, Slovenia in April 2016, where the 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series got kicked off. Video edited by Simona Bellobuono / Zerogradinord


News from IM24CA
IM24CA Membership Renewal
2017 is well underway and it means the time to renew the membership for the International Melges 24 Class Association on our website www.melges24.com

Please kindly ask your National Class Administrators to take care of renewing your membership to be valid for racing at the International Melges 24 class regattas. According to the Melges 24 Class Rule B.2.1.: ‘The owner and helmsman shall be a current member of their NCA or, where there is no NCA in his country, a member of the ICA or and NCA nominated by the ICA.’ The membership editing system is ready to go on the website and you can add your 2017 members.
If there are any changes in your staff of Class Officers, please help us to update our contact list. The current list you can see here melges24.com/contact-us/national-class-directory
Melges 24 NorAm Championship 2017: Columbia River Gorge, U.S. on July 19-22
A passion for sailing. . . and a perfect place to sail! That’s what you’ll find in the Columbia River Gorge, a National Scenic Area blessed with breathtaking vistas, fresh water, friendly people, and – most importantly – plenty of breeze!
Welcome to the Melges 24 NorAm Championship 2017, hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association, in Cascade Locks, Oregon on July 19-22.
Following the hugely successful 2015 Melges 24 US Nationals at Cascade Locks the Melges 24 class is making an enthusiastic return for four days of what two-time Olympic medalist, America’s Cup sailor and multiple Melges 24 World Champion, Jonathan McKee calls, “Some of the most spectacular sailing in the world”. McKee adds, “CGRA is a group of accomplished sailors who do a first-class job at running championship regattas.”
29 teams entered as of today – check out the entry list here!
You’ll find all necessary information about the registration, schedule, logistics, accommodation and other activities at the melges24noramchampionship.com – join the fun!
Melges 24 Worlds 2017:
Check Out the Ferry Deal From Finnlines – Travemünde-Helsinki
Check out the FERRY DEAL from Finnlines for the Melges 24 Worlds 2017 at melges24.com/Worlds2017
Please note: Route : Travemünde- Helsinki vv.
Prices valid travel dates:  TRA- HEL 19.7., 26.7., 27.7  &  HEL- TRA 4.8, 5.8.
Booking period: 14.2. – 15.3.2017
Booking code: MELGES
Flexibility level: Standard
Booking online at www.finnlines.com using booking code MELGES or by calling the Finnlines call center. Always remember to mention the booking code.
The organisers are working on the other ferry deals (Sweden-Helsinki & Tallinn-Helsinki) now and these will be announced soon as well.
To test the waters of the Worlds the best training for the Melges 24 sailors would be the Melges 24 Finnish Open Nationals held one week before the Worlds on the same venue on July 22-23. The Notice of Race for this event will be published shortly.

The best options for the pre-Worlds training will be:
1. Nordic and Swedish Melges 24 Championship, European Sailing Series event in Marstrand, SWE, June 16-18
2. Hanko Race Week, one of the most popular Melges 24 events in Norway – Fredrikstad, June 28-July 2 – Read the Norwegian class’ introduction and logistic information
3. Kiel Week, famous Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany on June 22-25
IM24CA is working on the travel plans and boats/cars storing options in Stockholm area to leave the boats there before going to Helsinki at the end of July.
Useful Information
ITALY: Melges 24 Italian Class Has a New Website
Melges 24 Italan Class Association launched a new website lately with the legendary website address www.melges24.it. Check it out! 2017 The dates and venues of the Italian Melges 24 Tour 2017 have been published also!
MELGES: Inside News from Melges Performance Sailboats & Tell Your Story!
Newsletter #2 – 2017
Besides all other useful information, Sailing World, the magazine is searching for personal stories from sailors about their own one-design class for the new ‘My Class, My Story’ column. Sailing World’s editor Dave Reed invites sailors to write about one-design boats and the communities that make them stand out. Dave says, “They’re simply fiberglass objects that provide us immense pleasure, a competitive outlet, and a social network for life. It’s the people and the stories that make each of them unique. So I invite you to share your story, your class. Write me at editor@sailingworld.com.”
Share them – Melges24 class’ history is long and rich!
Check out also Melges 24 results and future events’ information shared in this newsletter!
Racing News
Kevin Welch’s Mikey Wins 2017 Helly Hansen St. Pete NOOD
In a heated three day battle at the first event of Sailing World Magazine’s NOOD Regatta Circuit, Kevin Welch’s Mikey took top honors in St. Petersburg over the past weekend February 17-19. With some very stiff competition handed out by second place finisher KC Shannon’s Shaka Team (second) and George Haynie’s Firewater (third), the fleet enjoyed intense light-air racing conditions on Tampa Bay.
Top three results (Final)
1.) Kevin Welch, Mikey = 9 pts.
2.) KC Shannon, Shaka = 11 pts.
3.) George Haynie, Firewater = 11 pts.
Upcoming Events
For the full 2017 Events Schedule click on the calendar above
Photo: Andrea Carloni / IM24CA
SLOVENIA – Melges 24 Spring Training in Portoroz
Before the start of the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series in Portoroz, Melges 24 Italian Class will organize two weekend training camps run by Davide Stulle. Dates would be March 31-April 2 and April 7-9. Any boats who would like to train can join the great offer made by the Marina Portoroz.
With an interest to participate please contact:
Davide Stulle davidestulle@gmail.com and Andrea Racchelli m.racchelli@libero.it
U.S. – Bacardi Miami Sailing Week on March 9-11
Two weeks to go! Teams representing countries from all over the world will meet again and line up under Miami’s sunny skies on Biscayne Bay to compete for the celebrate Bacardi Cup and the BMSW regatta trophy. This event is always a lot fun, and with nine Melges 24s teams from U.S. and one from Norway already signed up to race – poised to shake off the dust, ramp up the speed and prepare for Nationals in Charleston.
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) is happening on March 9-11, 2017 (Thursday-Saturday race days). Register online here
AUSTRALIA – Vostok Europe Series Part 2 on March 18-19
Vostok Europe Series Part 2 is the final weekend in the biggest prize regatta in the Australian Melges 24 calendar. Racing for the beautifully crafted Vostok Europe sports watch.

Weekend result winners will celebrate with award winning South Australian wines. Event will be hosted by the Adelaide Sailing Club. Accommodation is available right next door at the Adelaide Shores Holiday Village or Caravan Park, or apartment & hotel style available in nearby Glenelg.
NorAm Tour 2017: Melges 24 U.S. National Championship in Charleston on April 7-9
Melges 24 U.S. National Championship will be a stand-alone championship event and will be hosted just two weeks in advance of the world-famous Sperry Charleston Race Week, making it the perfect warm-up event and the ultimate spring-time, double-header for the Melges 24 Class. Already a host of information is available on the Melges 24 US National Championship – Act 2 of the 2016/17 Quantum World Winter Series and Stage 1 of the NorAm Tour 2017. Nineteen boats are already signed up and ready to go for this spectacular Class event! Look at the Entry List!
Deadline for the Early Birds is March 1st! 
ITALY – Lario Sailing Series on Como Lake From June to September
ALM24, Associazione Lariana Melges 24, in cooperation with Italian Melges 24 Class Association and Yacht Club Como, is organizing the 2017 edition of Lario Sailing Series. The events are scheduled on six weekends between June and September including Act #3 of the Melges 24 Italian Sailing Series in June. This is a great option to compete in Italy also during the summertime and before the Italian Tour together with Melges 24 European Sailing Series will be held in Luino in October.
Photo Flashback
Sailing season underway down there under!
Helly Hansen Melges 24 Australian Championship 2017 hosted by the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron on February 1-4. Thank you, Ally Graham, for capturing that event and lots of others down there under! On this photo David Young, the Treasurer of the Australian Melges 24 Class Association, helming Kraken AUS655.