E-Melges 24 – June 2018


Enjoy the best moments of the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series regatta in Riva!
This upcoming weekend Melges 24 international fleet will gather in Torbole to test and enjoy the waters of the 2018 Melges 24 Europeans to be held on august 3-10 in Riva del Garda!
 Video edited by Zerogradinord and Mauro Melandri


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Photo Zerogradinord/IM24CA
2018 Melges 24 Europeans:
2nd Early Bird Entry Fee Deadline on June 30
A bit more than a month to go to the Melges 24 European Championship 2018, that will be hosted by the Fraglia Vela Riva in Riva del Garda, Italy on August 3-10.
Come and join the fun and serious racing for the Melges 24 European title in one of the most favorite sailing spot – Lake Garda in Italy! 70 teams are on the list already and a special appreciation belongs to the teams from overseas making their efforts to come and sail in Europe!
2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series Will Continue in Torbole
This upcoming weekend the 2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series’ 3rd, scored also as the 3rd Act of the Italian Melges24Tour event, will be sailed on Lake Garda, in Torbole.

46 teams from 13 nations have been signed up for that event – AUT, DEN, EST, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, HUN, ITA, RUS, SUI, SWE and USA.
Regatta will be hosted by the Circolo Vela Torbole in cooperation with the Melges 24 Italian Class Association and International Melges 24 Class Association.
The current rankings of the 2018 series after 14 single races sailed during two first events – Punta Ala and Portoroz – have been published at melges24.com/europeansailingseries. It’s great to see the teams representing 8 countries in Overall Top 10!
Top 3 teams in Overall and Corinthian rankings after two events:
Overall ranking:
1. TAKI 4 ITA778 – Niccolo Bertola – 58p
2. FGF SAILING TEAM HUN728 – Robert Bakoczy – 69p
3. UPUPUP DEN837 – Bo Boje Pedersen – 93p
Corinthian ranking:
1. TAKI 4 ITA778 – Niccolo Bertola – 58p
2. GILL RACE TEAM GBR694 – Geoff Carveth – 99p
3. WHITE ROOM GER677 – Luis Tarabochia – 100p
2018 Melges 24 Worlds Is a Wrap – Thank You Note
Melges 24 World Championship 2018 is in the history book for now. Thank you all – for the wonderful week in Victoria, Canada! It was just a pleasure to be there with Melges 24 big happy family! The best one-design sportboat, the best class, the best sailors!
Italian team ALTEA ITA722 helmed by Andrea Racchelli won the Melges 24 World Championship! Canadian team FULL CIRCLE CAN415 led by Robert Britten sailing on home waters win the title in the Corinthian fleet. Congratulations!

Thank you to the great people at Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Victoria International Marina and Canadian Forces Sailing Association for their amazing hospitality as our hosts and to the Canadian Melges 24 Class Association for all their work on behalf of IM24CA!

Special thanks goes to Terry Stamper leading this wonderful and huge team of volunteers with all these happy smiles willing to help the sailors during this tense week. Thank you to Duncan Stamper, IM24CA Vice Chairman Americas for making all efforts to make this dream – first ever Melges 24 Worlds held in Canada – real.
Big thanks to everyone involved in helping to organize the event:
– Shoreside event management team led by Terry Stamper
– Christine and Pamela Stamper for taking good care of the volunteers and people involved
– PRO John Abel and his team afloat
– Jury Chair Eric Mehlbaum and Mike Turner as Jury Liaison and all Jury team
– Scorer Scott Davis
– Head of Race Office Penny Davis and her team
– Tara Smith and Netta Douglas for the local PR and social media 
– Measurer David Motherwell and his team
– Tom Rinda – World Sailing Classifier
– Paul Longridge, Dockmaster of the Victoria International Marina for taking good care of the Worlds’ trophies
– and many many others.
Big thanks to IM24CA media team – Zerogradinord – Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegati for their great job with all these images and videos! And also to the photographer Tom Hawker for capturing Canadian Nationals!
It was great to have 41 Melges 24 teams from 5 nations, especially great to see teams from Australia, Italy and Great Britain making an effort to come to Victoria, helping to make this such a spectacular, first ever in Canada held Melges 24 World Championship!

Thank you to all the sponsors and supporters for their generosity – without them the event would not be the same!

2019 Melges 24 Worlds – Save the Dates!
Melges 24 World Championship 2019 will be held in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy on October 10-17! 
Racing News
U.S.A: Triple D’s Win the 2018 Gulf Coast Championships
In a regatta that had six race different winners, in the seven completed races, finding consistency was difficult as all but one boat also placed last in a race. Southern Yacht Club’s, Triple D’s of Dwight LeBlanc, was the only team to score two first place finishes, and that proved to be the difference maker.
Regatta was held in Fairhope Yacht Club, AL on May 18-20. Everyone was excited with the venue for next years Nationals Championship. The Staff and RC at Fairhope Yacht club put together an excellent tune up for the coming year.
Top 3 of the championship:
1. USA 735, Triple D’s – J Dwight LeBlanc iii; 3-6-4-1-1-7-3-[7] = 18.0
2. USA 65, Rocket Science – David Hoye; 2-2-7-4-7-1-2-[7] = 18.0
3. USA 420, Kryptonite – Glen Tonguis; 8/RET-1-2-2-6-4-4-[8] 19.0
NOR: 2018 Melges 24 Nordic and Norwegian Champion is Kristoffer Spone’s team on Lisa Baghdad II
Melges 24 Nordic and Norwegian Championship 2018 – the first event of the Melges24 Nordic Series 2018 – was held on June  8-10. After 6 races sailed, 2018 Melges Norwegian and Nordic Champion is Kristoffer Spone’s team on Lisa Baghdad II

with Christen Horn Johannessen, Børre Hekk Paulsen, Sigurd Hekk Paulsen in crew.
Awesome event with 40 boats competing in Kristiansand! Great efforts from everybody who made it to there and huge thanks to Christianssands Seilforening!
Chairman of the International Melges 24 Class and competitor from Norway, Jens Wathne, claims: “This was the best championship held in Norway in recent times”. With a record entry and a clear sign of an upswing in The Norwegian Melges 24 Class there are just positive signs. Structures like Javacup lift local engagement and support to competitors. Active class management and enthusiasts make a big contribution to this upswing.
TOP 3 in the Overall ranking:
1. NOR 697 Lisa Baghdad II (Kongelig Norsk Seilforening), Kristoffer SPONE, Christen Horn Johannessen, Børre Hekk Paulsen, Sigurd Hekk Paulsen – 13 pts ((7)-1-2-2-4-4)
2. NOR 628 Nortek Sailing Team (Christianssands Seilforening) Andreas Sola FISCHER, Jon Aksel Mortensen, Magnus Andersen, Maxime Schjøtt Brackman, Fredrik Eriksen – 19 pts (3-(13)-7-1-1-7)
3. NOR 732 Team RRH (Tønsberg Seilforening), Stian NESS RØRVIK, Herman Horn-Johannessen, Jan Frederik Dyvi, Jan Borø, Malin Rørvik-Sundelin – 20 pts (4-4-4-5-(28)-3)
Upcoming Events
U.S.A: 2018 NYYC One-Design Regatta, June 30-July 1
A great fleet of Melges 24s will participate at the very prestigious New York Yacht Club (NYYC) One Design Regatta  taking place this upcoming weekend, on June 30 – July 1, 2018.
NYYC One-Design Regatta which was first run in 2017 and focuses on one-design keelboat classes in which NYYC members actively participate. With the Sail Newport Regatta (July 7-8) happening the following weekend, one-design sailors can enjoy two consecutive weekends of fabulous racing, superlative race management and great onshore social events.
U.S.A.: 2018 Leukemia Cup Regatta, July 14-15
This year’s Leukemia Cup Regatta, hosted by the Ocean City Yacht Club, will be held on July 14-15. This is an opportunity for competitive racing and to raise money for a great cause, Lymphoma and Leukemia. Racing is open to all Melges 24s. All registration fees are less than $100. Details in the Notice of Race (NOR).
Melges 24s will be racing out of Ocean City Yacht Club. Free Dockage for the first 12 Melges 24s.
Read more | NoR and entry available in Yacht Scoring | Event websiteOcean City Yacht Club
Melges 24 Class Racing at All-New Bacardi Invitational Winter Series and Iconic Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta
The Melges 24 Class is all set to feature in an exciting line-up of racing in Miami this winter, kicking off with the brand new Bacardi Invitational Winter Series, before the season finale at the renowned Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, 6th-9th March 2019.
Hosted at Shake-a-Leg-Miami, the first race weekend for the Bacardi Invitational Winter Series will be 1st-2nd December 2018, with the next face-off on 19th-20th January 2019. The Melges 24 will be joined by the J70, offering a perfect sports boat partnership.
The 92nd Bacardi Cup and Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta will complete its final event of the series 3rd-9th March 2019, with Star Class racing from 4th-9th March, and the J70, Melges 24 and Viper 640 Classes racing from 7th-9th March.
“We are super excited to be expanding once again by adding two additional events to our programme,” said Sara Zanobini, Event Director of the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta.
“The Melges 24 had a clear demand for more racing in Miami over the winter months, and we are delighted to offer a new three-stage race series, with the Bacardi Invitational Winter Series leading into the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta.”
Photo Flashback
20 years ago – Throwback to 1998!
Simon Russell and Simon Fry, both of Great Britain, with skipper Vince Brun of America and tactician Ian Walker of Great Britain on board North Sails One Design during the inaugural Melges 24 World Chamionship hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay, England.
Photo credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
Since the inaugural event in 1998, fifteen skippers have joined the hard-fought fraternity of World Champions and we can add now the 16th – 2018 World Champion Andrea Racchelli.
Last year, before the 20th edition of the Melges 24 World Championship, Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design caught up with two-time Melges 24 World Champion Vince Brun of San Diego who won the inaugural Championship in 1998 and shared his observations and experiences with the class as it has emerged to become the gold-standard for one-design racing over 20 vibrant years. Read the interview with Vince Brun here.
This year Vince Brun was coaching Alan Field’s team WTF USA829, who was the runner-up of the Melges 24 Worlds in Victoria, Canada. In Alan’s team were sailing Tactician Peter Hunt – past 470 class sailor who has won both the U.S. and German Nationals and placed third at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1999; Trimmer Willem van Waay – two-time J70 World Champion 2015 and 2017,two-time Melges 32 World Champion 2009 and 2016; Farr 40 World Champion 2002; Lucas Calabrese – Argentinian 470 class Olympic sailor, who was third at the 2012 Olympics; Erik Shampain – Etchelles World Champion 2008.