E-Melges 24 – April 29, 2017

Melges 24 European Sailing Series Event #1 in Portoroz, Slovenia
The fleet of 33 Melges 24 teams from 15 countries were in lovely Portoroz, Slovenia to celebrate the start of the European sailing season. Clear skies and fair winds set off the Melges 24 European Sailing Series season opener
Great footage of the final day in Portoroz edited by Zerogradinord / Simona Bellobuono



News from IM24CA
Melges 24 Worlds 2017:
Three Months to go! TALLINK Ferry Deal Ends on April 30
89 days to go to the 2017 Melges 24 Worlds in Helsinki, Finland!
FERRY DEAL: This is to remind you that Ferry Deal from TALLINK www.tallink.com is valid for bookings until April 30 – Read the full offer at the website melges24.com/Worlds2017
Routes: Tallinn (Tallinn-Helsinki; Tallinn-Stockholm) and Stockholm (Stockholm-Helsinki; Stockholm-Turku). ; for traveling during: 17.07.2017 – 06.08.2017.
For online booking steps and for discount code please read the offer.
FINNISH NATIONALS ON JULY 22-23: The Notice of Race for the pre-event has been published and the online entry is open. Be there to test the waters of the Worlds!
62 boats entered already – including 5 boats from U.S. –  make your entry and check the Notice of Race here!
Melges 24 NorAm Championship 2017: Early Registration Drawing Ends April 30
DEADLINE Sunday, April 30, for the RBS Battens Promo for the Melges 24 2017 NorAm Championship, Register to win RBS Carbon Mainsail Battens >>> melges24noramchampionship.com
Teams must be registered with entry fees paid to be eligible for the drawing. One drawing ticket given for each registered crew member.
31 boats entered today – make your entry now!
ITALY – 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series’ Second Event
Three weeks to go to the second regatta of the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series in Riva del Garda, Italy – in one of the most loved sailing venues in Europe! You can’t miss that event, considered also as the Melges 24 Italian Open Nationals, to be hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva together with the Melges 24 Italian Class Association on May 19-21!
Check out the Entry List – 19 teams from 10 nations entered so far. Also the teams from US will be competing in Europe to be well prepared for the Worlds in Helsinki.
Click to see the Notice of Race and Entry Form
Remember to check also the Notice of Race of the European Sailing Series and fill in the Entry Form of the Series for the ranking.
More information about the Melges 24 European Sailing Series here.
Racing News
Andrea Racchelli and Team Altea ITA722 – photo Andrea Carloni / IM24CA
SLOVENIA – Gill Race Team and Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill Victorious in Portoroz
Maximum number of races sailed in almost perfect conditions was a result of three-day Portoroz Melges 24 Regatta – the season opener both for the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series and Melges 24 Italian Sailing Series hosted by the Yachting Club Portoroz and Marina Portoroz on April 21-23.
Andrea Racchelli and his team on Altea ITA722, the winner of the 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series, were showing their superiority since the beginning of the regatta and are the overwhelming regatta winners with a race to spare. Eelco Blok’s Team Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill NED827 with Ronald Veraar helming, the winner of the same regatta last year, has been sailing a consistent series climbing to the highest podium place in the Corinthian division.

Read more, watch the daily highlights and interviews by Zerogradinord and incredible photos by Andrea Carloni at http://melges24.com/europeansailingseries
Besides good sailing Team Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill NED 827 did have the strength to entertain us with this great footage daily! Thank you, Joost Brouwer, for all your efforts and time! It’s wonderful to follow your journey! Click for more videos by Joost
U.S.  – Slingshot Powershot – Whitmyer Wins Melges 24 Sperry Charleston Race Week 2017
Congratulations are in full order for a relatively new fleet member – Wes Whitmyer aboard SlingSHOT hailing from Stamford, CT is the Melges 24 overall division winner at 2017 Sperry Charleston Race Week. Travis Weisleder’s Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team posed as Whitmyer’s closest and toughest competition finishing in second.  An even bigger applause goes to third place overall winner and Corinthian Melges 24 Sperry Charleston Race Week Champion Steve Suddath on 3 1/2 men.
Some great sailing in Charleston for the International Melges 24 fleet: breeze blew and Melges 24 took off. Video edited by Zerogradinord on April 22. Enjoy the footage!
Brian Porter on Full Throttle USA849 – photo JOY
2017 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship – Lucky No. 7
Porter wins impressive record-breaking seventh Melges 24 U.S. National title, Shannon takes home Corinthian top honors. Brian Porter on Full Throttle USA849 was joined by tactician Andy Burdick, his son R.J. Porter and fellow 2013 World Champion crew member Matt Woodworth. KC Shannon was sailing with Mike Miller, Doug Nickel and Tom Sawchuck on Shaka USA801.
Upcoming Events
For the full 2017 Events Schedule click on the calendar above
U.S. – Bayview One Design Detroit – 2017
Calling all Melges 24s! The U.S. Melges 24 Class would love to have as many teams as possible race the 2017 Bayview One Design Detroit Regatta happening on June 1-4. It is always great time and a competitive event.
Register Online today to race this great event.
If anyone needs any more information or assistance, local knowledge, or logistics at the club, please contact Greg Semack or Kevin Thomas.
U.S. – 2017 Melges 24 SE Inland Lakes Championship May 6-7 registration open!
Registration is officially open! Melges 24 teams are sure to enjoy the sailing conditions on beautiful Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch, GA and the amenities provided by Lake Lanier Sailing Club.
‘The 12 Melges 24 “home teams” have also gained sailing commitments from many other states. We anticipate a great turnout for the great racing Lake Lanier provides where teams are truly never out of it. There will be a BBQ and BYOB on Saturday after racing sponsored by Fairway Independent Mortgage.’
Photo Flashback
Hip hip hooray, Tõnu & Toomas Tõniste! 50 + 50 = 100
Many many happy returns and fair winds for the next 100 from the International Melges 24 Class Association to the twins from Estonia with lots of titles and medals from the Olympics sailing in 470 class and sailing in team Lenny EST790 – Corinthian European and World Champions and the stalwarts of the class since 1997!
Tõnu and Toomas celebrated their 50th Birthday on April 26. It’s an interesting fact to mention that Estonia has won three medals in sailing from the Olympic Games and also Aleksander Tsutselov, who won Silver medal in Finn class from the Rome Olympics in 1960, was born April 26 – lucky date 🙂