September 14, 2018 – Domaso, Italy- After busy summer season and European title event Melges 24 international fleet has assembled in Domaso, Italy to sail penultimate regatta of the 2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series and Italian Melges 24 Tour on Lake Como this upcoming weekend. Regatta will be valid also as the Melges 24 Italian Championship and is hosted by the Yacht Club Como in cooperation with Circolo Vela Canottieri Domaso, Melges 24 Italian Class Association and International Melges 24 Class Association.
Riccardo Degl’Innocenti representing ALM24, Associazione Lariana Melges 24 – initiative with the intent of creating and consolidating the Melges 24 class on Lake Como, welcomes Melges 24 international fleet on behalf of the organizing committee:
“We are very happy and excited to host the Melges 24 international class. The trust that has given us the international class and the Italian one makes us very proud! We put all our efforts to create an event that was both professional in the water and fun ashore. With the support of Harken and Gottifredi & Maffioli we hope to become a carryover for the class!”
Located at North of Lake Como, on the Comasca shore, Domaso is constantly beaten by the Breva, a typical wind of the lake blowing from the South and building punctually between midday and 1 pm. The wind speed normally varies from 10 to 18 knots. Because of this characteristic it’s considered as the ideal place to race.
Registration, weighing and measurement started on Thursday, September 13 and continued this morning followed by the Skippers Meeting at 10:30. The first Warning Signal has been scheduled for 1 pm. Up to nine races may be held through three racing days. A maximum of three races may be held on any day and five races are required for the discard of the worst result. Melges 24 Italian Champion 2018 will be crowned Sunday afternoon.
Current rankings of the 2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series after four events – Punta Ala, Portoroz, Torbole and the European Championship in Riva del Garda have been published. Reigning European Champions – Italian Maidollis of Gian Luca Luca Perego with Carlo Fracassoli in helm and Taki 4 of Marco Zammarchi with Niccolò Bertola in helm are on top of the rankings in Overall and Corinthian division respectively.
The rankings look fascinating, especially while the new scoring system applied since 2018 is giving much more chances to compete for the top rankings for each team. Current rankings consider 34 single races and 5 discards for the total points. 80 participants from 20 countries have been taking part of the European Sailing Series so far.
TOP 10 teams of the Overall ranking, reflecting also Top 4 teams in Corinthian division:
1 MAIDOLLIS ITA854 Carlo Fracassoli 150.0 pts
2 Corinthian TAKI 4 ITA778 Niccolo Bertola 163.0 pts
3 WAR CANOE USA841 Mike Goldfarb 208.0 pts
4 Corinthian LENNY EST790 Tõnu Tõniste 242.0 pts
5 GENERAL LEE ITA793 Mario Ziliani 284.0 pts
6 Corinthian WHITE ROOM GER677 Luis Tarabochia 295.0 pts
7 Corinthian GILL RACE TEAM GBR694 Geoff Carveth 298.0 pts
8 ALTEA ITA722 Andrea Racchelli 304.0 pts
9 UPUPUP DEN837 Bo Boje Pedersen 314.0 pts
10 ARKANOE by MONTURA ITA809 Sergio Caramel 330.0 pts
2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series full overall and Corinthian division rankings can be found at melges24.com/europeansailingseries
The ranking of the Italian Melges 24 Tour (after four regattas) sees reigning Melges 24 World Champion Andrea Racchelli’s Altea (ITA722) in a lead with 391 pts followed by Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team (GBR694, 373 pts) with Geoff Carveth in helm and Mario Ziliani’s General Lee (ITA793, 369 pts) as third. Swiss Jörg Hotz’ Andele is placed fourth (SUI821, 329 pts) and Top 5 is completed by the reigning Corinthian European Champion Taki 4 (ITA778, 292 pts) by Marco Zammarchi.
Due to the fact that not all teams from the top of the ranking will compete in Domaso, it will shuffle cards in the rankings, no doubt. The final event of both series will be held in Luino on October 12-14, where the 15th edition of Lino Favini Cup will take place also valid as Swiss Open Championship.
For entry list, documents and results of the Domaso regatta please visit event website.
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2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series consists of the six events altogether. The season opened in Tuscany, in iconic Punta Ala and continued in Portoroz, Slovenia in April (27-29), that welcomed the Melges 24 class for the fifth time after the successful events of the past four years. The 2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series moved then on to the internal waters, with a double appointment on the Garda Lake: Torbole (June 29 up to July 1), where the Melges 24 international fleet returned after the 2012 Worlds with the record number of 127 entries, and was in Riva del Garda (August 3-10) for the Melges 24 European Championship. The season will end with the Melges 24 Italian Championship to be sailed on the Como Lake in Domaso (September 14-16), and with the Lino Favini Cup, also valid as Swiss Open Championship held in Luino (October 12-14)