E-Melges 24 – May 2018

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2018 Melges 24 Worlds Preview:
View to a Thrill
“The Melges 24 still thrills after all this time… wow, twenty five years young!”

Welcome to a preview of the 2018 Melges 24 World Championships, to be hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club with an assist from C.F.S.A.
As a warm up to the Worlds and as a standalone regatta, the Canadian Championships are first up; same venue, just prior to the main event.
Read the story  of the Melges 24 boat and upcoming World Championship by Alex Fox in Canadian Yachting May issue.
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2018 Melges 24 Europeans:
Early Bird Entry Fee Deadline on June 1st
Melges 24 European Championship 2018 will be hosted by the Fraglia Vela Riva in Riva del Garda, Italy on August 3-10.  Read more
You are invited to sign up for the Melges 24 European title event in one of the most favorite sailing spot – Lake Garda!
You have good chances to practice on Lake Garda before the Europeans when joining the regattas there since May already:
*  May 18-20 – Malcesine – Italian Melges 24 Tour Act #2
*  June 29-July 1 – Torbole – Melges 24 European Sailing Series event #3
Racing News
U.S.A: Brian Porter’s Full Throttle is the 2018 Melges 24 Sperry Charleston Race Week Champion
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Veteran skipper Brian Porter and the FULL THROTTLE USA849 team excelled in the heavy air conditions on the first and second day of the 2018 Sperry Charleston Race Week en route to victory in the Melges 24 class, second-largest of the regatta with 31 entries. Andy Burdick served as tactician for Porter, who won four of eight races and placed second or third in three others in totaling 11 points – 13 better than MONSOON USA851 (Bruce Ayres, Newport Beach, CA).
Super HOT-TO-TROT Corinthian Chris Field’s LEDA USA115 battles it out with Brent McKenzie’s EX-KAHN USA575 in sixth and seventh followed by K.c. Shannon’s SHAKA USA801 being ninth overall.
Open division:
1. FULL THROTTLE USA849 – Brian Porter 11p
2. MONSOON USA851- Bruce Ayres 24p
3. WAR CANOE USA825 – Mike Goldfarb 25p
Corinthian division:
1. LEDA USA115 – Chris Field 43p
2. EX-KAHN USA575 – Brent McKenzie 45p
3. SHAKA USA801 – KC Shannon 70p
SLO: 2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series: War Canoe and Lenny Victorious in Portoroz
It was a weekend of light sea breeze in the bay of Piran and Portoroz on April 27-29, but the Melges 24 fleet of twenty-five boats from eleven countries managed to complete a whole series of scheduled nine races for the second event of the 2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series.
The fight for the podium has been tough until the very last race of the series, when the top teams were all tied in a bunch of points: the American entry WAR CANOE USA841 of Mike Goldfarb managed to defend the first place obtained in the previous days of racing affirming itself as a winner of the event of Portoroz. At the back of War Canoe, the Estonian entry LENNY EST790 by Tõnu Tõniste started climbing up the ranking on the second day, benefiting from the light wind conditions, and managed to keep the positive scoreline also on final day.  Lenny was not only silver medal in the overall podium, but also the winner in the Corinthian division.
Melges 24 European Sailing Series will resume on June 29th to July 1st in Torbole.
Open division:
1. WAR CANOE USA841 – Mike Goldfarb – 31p
2. LENNY EST790 – Tõnu Tõniste – 34p
3. MAIDOLLIS ITA854 – Carlo Fracassoli – 38p
Corinthian division: 
1. LENNY EST790 – Tõnu Tõniste – 34p
2. TAKI4 ITA778 – Niccola Bertola – 44p
3. ANDELE SUI821 – Jörg Hotz – 63p
Video edited by Zerogradinord
CAN: THRASH Round the Buoys Racing in Victoria
On the weekend of April 21-22 a traditional THRASH Regatta was hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Canada. Among other classes also one design Melges 24 fleet of 11 boats was on the starting line. After seven races sailed the 2017 Melges 24 Worlds’ third best – Kevin Welch’s MiKEY Red was affirming its victory with a consistent series of 2-1-1-1-3-1-(6).
Richard Clarke on MiKEY Black followed as second three points behind. Wet Coast Sailing Team SUNNYVALE completed the podium of the 2018 THRASH regatta.
Video overview of the Blackline’s T.H.R.A.S.H. Regatta 2018
NOR: Javacup U30 NOR Team
Speaking as a happy Chairman of the Melges 24 International class, Jens Wathne said:
“This youth team has been a baby of mine for some years now and past weekend we finally launched it (May 5-6). Five sailors competing in the Javacup 2018 Act 1 Askoy Race Weekend were 12-25 years old. They were sailing NOR745 which is the basis of this team. The aim for this project is to put focus on recruitment into sailing.

How can the sailing community attract next generation that has the biggest opportunity matrix handed to them? The cost of the boat, insurance, transport and rigging is taken away from them. They can focus on sailing the boat and to enjoy it.

Why should they pick sailing and especially Melges 24 as their activity? In Norway we have been blessed with another such initiative called MÅS. Moro-A-Seile (fun to sail). Both these Norwegian projects have youth teams competing in the class and complement each other.
U(nder) 30 NOR Team will compete in all of the five acts of the Javacup this year.
The big goal is the biggest Melges 24 North of the Alps in 2018: The Nordic Championship in Kristiansand on June 8-10! “
U.S.A.: Counihan/Maier Wins 2018 Southeast Inland Lake Championship
The 2018 Melges 24 Southeast Inland Lake Championship Regatta had it all, light wind with big directional shifts to a full on heavy wind.
After two days of racing congratulations goes to Lake Lanier’s very own Roger Counihan and Travis Maier aboard JAWS, as they beat one of their toughest rivals, second runner-up Brent McKenzie on EX-KAHN by six points. Mike Krantz’s LAMORACK completed the podium.
Upcoming Events
U.S.A.: Melges 24 2018 Gulfcoast Championship on May 18-20
Coming up fast – get up and go!
2018 Gulfcoast Championship, May 18-20. This venue is the home of the 2019 U.S. National Championship – now is the time to experience it!
NoR and entry available in Yacht Scoring | Fairhope Yacht Club |  Register |  Entry list
ITA: Melges 24 Tour Act #2 in Malcesine on May 18-20
Enter your boat in the second episode of this great racing series – Melges24Tour 2018!
The wind factory is ready…… and you?
Check out your teaser video invitation to a great Melges 24 event on Lake Garda by the Italian Melges 24 Class Association.
Melges 24 Norwegian and Nordic Championship 2018 on June 8-10
The biggest regatta in the North of the Alps in 2018!
The entries for the biggest championship in Norway is increasing rapidly. With 27 boats entered from Norway (21), Sweden (3) and Denmark (3) we are going strong.
The latest entered boat was DEN779 SALTY DOG with Peter Warrer helming. This entry sails for Århus Windsurfing Club and is the 3rd entry from DEN. This regatta is also a part of Javacup 2018.
Norwegian and Nordic Championship will kick off the Melges 24 Nordic Series which includes also Kiel Week, Europeans, Danish and Swedish Nationals.
Registration is open! This will be, no doubt, the biggest event in the Nordic countries in 2018 aiming for 50 entries! Welcome to the Norwegian palm coast!
Photo Flashback
May 2014 – Balatonfüred, Hungary!
‘Blu Moon’ of Franco Rossini retains Melges 24 European title 
Throwback to May 2014, when Franco Rossini’s Swiss entry ‘Blu Moon’- the reigning World and European Champions – match-raced their closest rival Matteo Balestrero from Italy on ‘Giogi’ to the back of the fleet to claim the title for the second consecutive year.
Despite Balestrero’s best efforts to extract ‘Giogi’ from the vice-like cover inflicted by Matteo Ivaldi at the helm of ‘Blu Moon’ throughout the race, after three legs of sailing around at the back of the fleet, the Italian skipper finally accepted defeat and both boats retired from the five-leg race.

Soon after, the elated ‘Blu Moon’ crew held up the hand written message “Forza Flavio”on the back of their hatch cover – a tribute to regular ‘Blu Moon’ helmsman, double Melges 24 World and European champion Flavio Favini, who had to miss this championship due to injury.

In Franco Rossini’s ‘Blu Moon’ team were sailing  on Lake Balaton Matteo Ivaldi, Gabriele Benussi, Sefano Rizzi, Nicolas Dal Ferro and Giovanni Ferrari.
Estonian sailor Tõnu Tõniste at the helm of ‘Lenny’ closed out the Corinthian Melges 24 European title in style, winning by 12-points and in the process finishing in eighth place overall in the main fleet.
Photo (c) Pierrick Contin.