THANK YOU NOTE

Melges 24 World Championship 2017 is in the history book for now. Thank you all for the wonderful week in Helsinki, Finland!

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!

Thank you to Helsingfors Segelklubb for your wonderful hospitality as our hosts and to the Finnish Melges 24 Class Association and Tomi Hakola for all their work on our behalf and to our IM24CA team – Benedek Fluck and Piret Salmistu – for the support they give to the sailors and to our event organisers.

Tomi Hakola

 

Benedek Fluck – IM24CA Championship Coordinator Europe and Jens Wathne – Chairman of IM24CA

Special thanks goes to Ted Gröndahl and Perttu Rönkkö leading this wonderful team of Helsingfors Segelklubb and a huge bunch of volunteers with all these happy smiles willing to help the sailors during this tense and long week.

Big thanks to everyone involved in helping to organize the event.

  • Shoreside event management team led by Ted Gröndahl
  • PRO Madis Ausman, ARO Andres Talts and their team afloat
  • Jury Chair Eric Mehlbaum and his team: Arto Kiiski IJ FIN, Piero Occhetto IJ ITA, Willii Gohl IJ GER, Lars Nyqvist NJ FIN, Keke Tulomäki IJ FIN, Rick Mallinson NJ USA,  Juha Lehtinen NJ FIN.
  • Scorer Ari Peltomäki
  • Head of Race Office Anneli Brummer and her team
  • Measurers Agnes Lill and Jan Schmidt and their team
  • Jamie Wilkinson – World Sailing Classifier
Race Committee
Jury
Video Team – Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegati from Zerogradinord and Matteo Sprecacenere from Melges Eruope

Huge thanks to our media team –  Zerogradinord – Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegati with Matteo Sprecacenere as their boat driver representing Melges Europe ; and our Official Photographer Pierrick Contin. You did an amazing job and some magic with all these images and videos and interviews!

Congratulations all those who have been at the first Melges 24 Worlds in Torquay in UK 20 years ago and were still at the Worlds 2017 making the Melges 24 as a historical and epic one.

From left: Peter Flinkmann, Richard Thompson, Bruce Ayres, Nigel Young, Jim Schwerdt, Stian Ness Rorvik, Tõnu Tõniste, Tammo Otsasoo, Peder Nergaard. Photo – (c) Pierrick Contin

It was great to have 59 Melges 24 teams from 15 nations, especially great to see 6 US teams making an effort to come to Helsinki, helping to make this such a spectacular 20th Melges 24 World Championship!

Thank you to all the sponsors for their generosity without which the event would not be the same:  Melges Europe, Melges 24 Estonian Class Association, FinnLines, Tallink, Vana Tallinn, Dermoshop, LifeProof, Holiday Inn, Helsingfors Segelklubb, Blue Peter Restaurant.

 

Italian Power on the Fin(n)ish Line: Maidollis and Taki 4 Are the New Melges 24 World Champions

August 4, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland – The 20th edition of the Melges 24 World Championship just came to an end in Helsinki, with a series of eleven races that challenged the crews with weather conditions that ranged from light wind to heavy breeze and seas.

Video highlights of the final day at the 20th Melges 24 World Championship in Helsinki – video edited by Zerogradinord / Mauro Melandri / Silvia Gallegati

After the success obtained in the Worlds of Torbole in 2012, exactly five years ago on August 4th, the couple helmsman-tactician Fracassoli-Fonda contributed to the success of Italian entry Maidollis by Gianluca Perego with also Giovanni Ferrari as a part of the 2012 winner team, and Stefano Lagi onboard.

Melges 24 World champions Maidollis ITA 854 Carlo Fracassoli ; Enrico Fonda ; Gian luca Perego ; Stefano Lagi ; Giovanni Ferrari

The Italian crew has been able to sail very consistent races, with placements that only once went below the 10th position: they closed the series with a total of 35 points and a margin of 23 points over the second classified. In day two of racing they also achieved a record for the Melges 24 Worlds, by winning all the races that were sailed in that day. They succeed in the gold book to the Irish Embarr by Conor Clarke, who won the penultimate edition of the Melges 24 World Championship, held in Miami in December 2016 and can hold the historical perpetual trophy of the Melges Performance Sailboats for one year.

Bruce Ayres / Monsoon USA851 and Gian Luca Perego / Maidollis ITA854 – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

Vice-World Champion is American Monsoon by Bruce Ayres with Mike Buckley calling the tactics and Mark Ivey as a coach, which has all through the series battled to maintain a podium placement: the two bullets scored in the series helped Monsoon’s holding tight to the silver medal. The American crew is in fact followed, in the final ranking, by Kevin Welch’s Mikey, with a margin of just three points.

The main podium of the 20th Melges 24 World Championship in Helsinki. This is the original podium what was used at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games sailing regatta prize givings – photo (c)Pierrick Contin

The American entry Mikey managed to climb over Italian Andrea Racchelli’s Altea in the last day of the Championship: the crew already winner of the Melges 24 European Series, then, finished the event in fourth place, while the top-five was completed by another Italian entry, Taki 4 by Marco Zammarchi, which also received another important prize.

The boat with Niccolò Bertola in helm, in fact, managed to confirm itself for the second year in a row as Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion, after the success obtained in Miami and will keep the perpetual Henri Samuel’s Trophy another year. The crew was made, as past year, by Niccolò Bertola, Giacomo Fossati, Marco Zammarchi, Matteo De Chiara, Giovanni Bannetta and Niccolò Bianchi as the coach.

Silver medal in the Corinthian division goes to an historical component of the Melges 24 Class, Gill Race Team by Miles Quinton with Geoff Carveth helming. The Estonian entry Lenny by Tõnu Tõniste, already Corinthian World Champion in Melges 24, closes the 20th edition of the Melges 24 World Championship in third position.

The podium of the Corinthian division at the 20th Melges 24 World Championship in Helsinki. This is the original podium what was used at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games sailing regatta prize givings. – photo (c) Pierrick Contin
Medals and trophies of the 20th Melges 24 World Championship designed and made by Agnes Torm / Disainklaas.ee in Estonia – photo (c) Pierrick Contin
two 12-years-old young men were sailing on board of SWE715 and JOKER (4sale25k) FIN650 – Ludvig Meldgaard and Joel Kiiski respectively

Some special prizes from North Sails and Melges Europe were awarded during the final prize giving. As the future and next generation of Melges 24 class, two 12-years-old young men were sailing on board of SWE715 and JOKER (4sale25k) FIN650 – Ludvig Meldgaard and Joel Kiiski respectively. To encourage also the sailors with not so good results the prizes were awarded to the boat being on the last position on the overall ranking – Visitlohja FIN316,; to the boat being 30th in overall ranking – IMMAC SPUTNIK GER569. To highlight the 20th Melges 24 World Championship it was also good to end up on the 20th place in both rankings: in overall ranking Bo Boje Pedersen’s upupup DEN837 got a special prize from Melges Europe – GARMIN watch quatix 3 and nice additions from North Sails; in Corinthian ranking Martin Fridh’s Wild Thing SWE684 with nice presents from North Sails as well. Nice thought by North Sails also to give a special 50% discount on any Melges 24 sails to the boat which broke its sails during the event – Timj Köppe’s SLIPPERY WHEN WET GER499 was the one to decrease his expenses on new sails.

To highlight the 20th Melges 24 World Championship it was also good to end up on the 20th place in both rankings: in overall ranking Bo Boje Pedersen’s upupup DEN837 got a special prize from Melges Europe – GARMIN watch quatix 3 and nice additions from North Sails.

 

Domonkos Rozsnyay – FGF SAILING TEAM HUN728

Zarco Dragonic (Cavallino USA19) Perpetual Trophy to the first time participating owner aboard with the highest results went to Domonkos Rozsnyay, the owner of FGF SAILING TEAM HUN728 ending up on the high 6th place in overall ranking. Melges Europe‘s Gift Cards to the Corinthian top teams were a nice addition to the main prizes as well. The greatest achievements of six teams in overall ranking and four teams in Corinthian rankings were also awarded with the Vana Tallinn Elegancè piece-of-art-style gift bottles.

TOP 10 in Overall ranking

  1. MAIDOLLIS ITA854 Carlo Fracassoli, Enrico Fonda, Giovanni Ferrari, Luca Perego, Stefano Lagi 5-10-1-1-1-3-(20)-2-6-2-4 – 35 pts
  2. MONSOON USA851 Bruce Ayres, Mike Buckley, George Peet, Jeff Reynolds, Jessica Koenig 6-1-2-(22)-6-12-9-1-11-4-7 – 59 pts
  3. MIKEY USA 838 Kevin Welch, MacDonald Ross, Jason Rhodes, Ian Sloan, Serena Vilage 10-11-5-4-13-(19)-3-5-2-3-6 – 62 pts
  4. ALTEA ITA 722 Andrea Racchelli, Gaudenzio Bonini, Pietro Canepa, Alberto Verna, Matteo Ramian 1-(22)-15-3-5-1-18-6-1-6-8 – 64 pts
  5. TAKI 4 ITA 778 COR Niccolò Bertola, Giacomo Fossati, Giovanni Bannetta, Matteo de Chiara, Marco Zammarchi 11- 13-6-2-8-18-(34)-8-3-11-11 – 91 pts
  6. FGF SAILING TEAM HUN 728 Bakóczy Róbert, Rozsnyay Domonkos, Takàcsy Kristóf, Takàcsy Levente, Buza Bence 2-(60 BFD)-9-12-3-4-46-4-5-9-1 – 95 pts
  7. STORM CAPITAL SAIL RACING NOR 751 Øyvind Jahre, Giulio Desiderato, Marius Orvin, Sivert Denneche, Ane Gundersen 26-24-3-5-7-13-(30)-7-12-12-3 – 112 pts
  8. GILL RACE TEAM GBR 694 COR Geoff Carveth, Christian Birrell, Miles Quinton, Daniel Schieber, Liam Gardner 13-(37)-30-15-2-14-21- 10-16-10-9 – 140 pts
  9. BLIND SQUIRREL USA 547 John Brown, Kevin Jewett, Matt Pistay, Jack Brown, Carl Horrocks (43)-30-7-7-21-9-1-22-21-7-19 – 144 pts
  10. IMAGINE GBR 557 David Rowen, Jamie Lea , Jim Schwerdt, Fred Kemp 19-3-11-6-19-11-12-16-24-23-(28) – 144 pts

TOP 10 in Corinthian division 

  1. TAKI 4 ITA 778 Niccolò Bertola, Giacomo Fossati, Giovanni Bannetta, Matteo de Chiara, Marco Zammarchi 4-6-1-1-3-7-(20)-1-1-4-3 – 31 pts
  2. GILL RACE TEAM GBR 694 Geoff Carveth, Christian Birrell, Miles Quinton, Daniel Schieber, Liam Gardner 6-(24)-12-6-1-4-12-3-5-3-2 -54 pts
  3. LENNY EST 790 Tõnu Tõniste, Toomas Tõniste, Tammo Otsasoo, Maiki Saaring, Andres Rohtla 18-1-3-5-5-2-21-4-(38 DSQ)-1-4 – 64 pts
  4. WHITE ROOM GER 677 Luis Tarabochia, Sebastian Buehler, Michael Tarabochia, Marco Tarabochia, Dominik Mueller 2-(18)-7-11-11-1-1-9-6-7-10 – 65 pts
  5. PARTY GIRL NOR 649 Jens Wathne, Jørgen Wathne, Mikkel Berger, Henrik Rye Jakobsen 17-15-5-3-6-(23)-16-2-2-2-9 – 77 pts
  6. MÅS WOLFPACK NOR 724 Jon Aksel Mortensen, Aksel Jacobsen, Maxime Brackman, Magnus Andersen, Andreas Fischer 9-17-4-2-2-3-26-(38 UFD)-3-11-1 – 78 pts
  7. IMMAC 24 GER 688 Stefan Gründler, Paul Kuebel, Franziska Vosswinkel, Johannes Beyer, Tim Kilian Krämer 7-9-8-(23)-14-6-7-7-8-8-5 –  79 pts
  8. TEAM KESBEKE/SIKA/GILL NED 827 Ronald Veraar, Eelco Blok, Pim Mommersteeg, Joost Brouwer 1-10-(38 BFD)-4-4-28-15-5-4-10-6 – 87 pts
  9. SWE 715 Jonas Berntsson, Magnus Lundberg, Claes Meldgaard, Anton Olsson, Ludvig Meldgaard 10-12-11-8-8-9-11-10-10.8 RDGa-10.8 RDGa-(18) – 100.6 pts
  10. KORUTV.FI FIN 742 Tomi Hakola, Henrik Hellman, Mari Põldmaa, Pavel Tolonen, Peter Flinkman 12-7-22-18-20-(33)-2-12-9-5-15 – 122 pts

Full results of the open division

The results of the Corinthian division

After a brief summer rest, the fleet will lead to Medemblik, the Netherlands for the penultimate event of Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2017, that is going to conclude in October in Luino, Italy.

2018 will be another busy season, too: the dates have already been announced for the  first ever Melges 24 Worlds to be held in Canada – Victoria, British Columbia from May 31st to June 8th and 2018 Melges 24 Europeans, that will be hosted in Riva del Garda, Italy from August 3rd to 10th.

 

Day 5 photos by Pierrick Contin 

Event Press Officers – Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegati – Zerogradinord
Event photographer – Pierrick Contin, pierrickcontin.fr
Event Media Coordinator – Piret Salmistu, IM24CA

Huge thanks from IM24CA goes to the sponsors and supporters of the Melges 24 World Chmapionship 2017:
FinnLines, Tallink, Vana Tallinn, LifeProof, Dermoshop, Melges Europe/ Helly Hansen, Estonian Melges 24 Class Association, Holiday Inn, Blue Peter Restaurant, Helsingfors Segelklubb.

Up to 25 Knots and Waves in Helsinki: This is What the Melges 24 Is Made for

August 3, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland – Sparkling sailing, with lots of sun and waves, characterizes the fourth day of racing in Helsinki, where the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship is going to conclude tomorrow.

Video highlights of the fourth day at the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship in Helsinki – video edited by Zerogradinord / Mauro Melandri / Silvia Gallegati

PRO Madis Ausman and his Race Committee did an amazing job benefiting at the best from the heavy but still ideal conditions to add three more races to the championship series and bringing the total to ten. One and a half mile length and simple windward-leeward configuration created the perfect race course for an excited Melges 24 fleet.

Luca Perego’s Maidollis (2-6-2) today, firmly maintaining the leadership with a margin of 22 points – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

Nothing changed in the top-three of the overall ranking, with Italian entry, Luca Perego’s Maidollis ITA854 (2-6-2 today) with Carlo Fracassoli in helm, firmly maintaining the leadership with a margin of 22 points over Monsoon USA851 by Bruce Ayres (1-12-4), who scores the second bullet of its series today, and Andrea Racchelli’s Altea ITA722 (6-1-6).

Monsoon by Bruce Ayres (1-12-4 today) scores the second bullet of its series today – photo (c) Pierrick Contin
Andrea Racchelli’s Altea ITA722 tooks another bullet to the series (6-1-6 today) – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

It is a great day also for the crew aboard Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team USA848 (3-4-1) with Travis Weisleder in helm: after an hard second day, where they had to withdraw from all three races because of the breakage of two halyards, the American entry is the most consistent boat of the day and scores three placements in the top five, climbing up from 44th to 24th position in the overall ranking.

It is a great day for the crew aboard Lucky Dog / Gill Race Team USA848 (3-4-1) with Travis Weisleder in helm – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

“It was great to get a little revenge on our second day’s breakdowns, but above all it was amazing to sail in these conditions: this is what the Melges 24 is made for! Sailing in the European fleet is great, and the U.S. representative is pretty wide: it’s the perfect mix for a World Championship. If you add to this the fact that here in Helsinki hospitality is amazing, we have all the elements for a World Championship that will be remembered” – declared  John Bowden from Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team.

Reigning Corinthian World Champions aboard of Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 ITA778 (1-1-4 today), enjoy the strong wind and increase to 13 points the margin ahead of the followers – photo (c)Pierrick Contin

The leadership doesn’t change even in the Corinthian division, where the reigning World Champions aboard Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 ITA778 (1-1-4) with Niccolo Bertola in helm enjoy the strong winds and increase to 13 points the margin of advantage over the main followers; which, though, are no more the Michael Tarabochia’s crew of White Room GER677 (9-7-7): the Estonian entry Lenny EST790 (4-2-1) with Tõnu Tõniste in helm, in fact, takes home extremely consistent placements today and obtains the second level of the provisional Corinthian podium instead of White Room, which slips into third. Good results also for Jens Wathne’s Party Girl NOR649 (2-3-2) that, thanks to the top-three results of today, climbs up from 11th to 4th position.

Tõnu Tõniste’s Lenny EST790 (4-2-1 today) takes home extremely consistent placements today and obtains the second level of the provisional Corinthian podium – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

Tomorrow, the curtain is going to close on the 20th edition of the Melges 24 World Championship: two more races can be sailed for the conclusion of the series, but heavy rain and shifty wind are forecasted. The final preparatory signal must be given within 2.30 pm: depending on the weather conditions, the Race Committee will decide the best finale grande of the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship.

See the results 
Day 4 photos by Pierrick Contin 

Event Press Officers – Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegati – Zerogradinord
Event photographer – Pierrick Contin, pierrickcontin.fr
Event Media Coordinator – Piret Salmistu, IM24CA

 

Schedule of the events:
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th of July – Registration & Measurement
Sunday 30th of  July – Registration & Measurement, Practice Race, Opening Ceremony
Monday 31st of July to Friday 4th of August – Racing at the 2017 Melges 24 Worlds
Friday 4th of August – Racing + Closing Ceremony

Melges 24 World Chmapionship 2017 is supported by:
FinnLines, Tallink, Vana Tallinn, LifeProof, Dermoshop, Melges Europe/ Helly Hansen, Estonian Melges 24 Class Association, Holiday Inn.

After the Rain, Two Races and Many Twists in the Ranking on Day 3 in Helsinki

August 2, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland – Helsinki woke up with heavy rain this morning and the Melges 24 fleet, moored at Helsingfors Segelklubb, had to wait two hours for the wind to stabilize, the AP flag to go down and to start the races of day three in the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship.

Video highlights of the third day at the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship in Helsinki – video edited by Zerogradinord / Mauro Melandri & Silvia Gallegati

Two races have been sailed today, with lighter wind conditions than those experienced yesterday when after the sixth race the discard came into play. First victory of the day went to the Italian entry Altea ITA722 (1-18 today) by Andrea Racchelli, followed on the finish line by Norvegian Baghdad II NOR400 (2-24) with Kristoffer Spone in helm. Third were the current leaders of the provisional ranking aboard Luca Perego’s Maidollis ITA854 (3-20).

First victory of the day went to the Italian entry Altea ITA722 by Andrea Racchelli – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

 

The second in the race six was Norvegian Baghdad II NOR400 with Kristoffer Spone in helm – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

 

Third in race six were the current leaders of the provisional ranking aboard on Maidollis ITA854 – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

“It has been a bizarre day for us: we sailed well in the first race, we took the right tactical choices. On board, everything worked well even in the second race but we chose the right side of the race course and the huge wind shift deeply penalized us. It’s good to be in the top three now, but we are so close to our followers, we will have to benefit at the best from the heavy wind forecasted for the next days, which we deeply like, to try to remain on a podium position” declared the helmsman of Altea, Andrea Racchelli, also President of the Melges 24 Italian Class, who will be in charge, together with International Melges 24 Class Association, of the organization of the next Melges 24 Europeans, scheduled for August 3-10, 2018 in Riva del Garda.

The victory of the race seven goes to John Brown’s Blind Squirrel USA547 – photo (c)Pierrick Contin

 

Slam & Blow NOR787 with Peder Nergaard in helm was the second in race seven – photo (c)Pierrick Contin

 

American entry Mikey USA838 by Kevin Welch was third in race seven – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

The second race of the day, number seven of the series, is the one that brings more surprises in the ranking: a big wind shift to the left in the first upwind leg penalizes the group that was racing on the right side of the race course: in these group, there was a great portion of crews currently occupying top-ranking positions. The victory goes to John Brown’s Blind Squirrel USA547 (9-1) that, with this result, scores the first bullet of the series, followed by Slam & Blow NOR787  (30-2) with Peder Nergaard in helm and American entry Mikey USA838 (19-3) by Kevin Welch.

Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 ITA778 (7-20) with Niccolo Bertola in helm maintains the leadership of the Corinthian division.

Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 ITA778 (7-20) with Niccolo Bertola in helm maintains the leadership of the Corinthian division, where the bullets of today were both scored by Luis Tarabochia’s White Room GER677 (1-1), that now follows the reigning World Champions in the Corinthian ranking with a margin of 11 points. Third place is occupied by Estonian entry Lenny EST790 (2-21) with past Olympians Tõniste twins aboard, just one point behind White Room.

The bullets of today in Corinthian division were both scored by Michael Tarabochia’s White Room with Luis Tarabochia in helm – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

 

Third place in Corinthian ranking is occupied by Estonian entry Lenny EST790 of Tõnu Tõniste – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

 

The second of the Corinthian division in race seven was Tomi Hakola’s Korutv.fi FIN742 – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

Tomorrow, penultimate day of racing in Helsinki, sun and heavy breeze are forecasted: first warning signal is scheduled for 11.00 and the Race Committee will have the possibility to launch up to three races.

Fulll results of the open division
The results of the Corinthian division 
Day 3 photos by Pierrick Contin

Event Press Officers – Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegati – Zerogradinord
Event photographer – Pierrick Contin, pierrickcontin.fr
Event Media Coordinator – Piret Salmistu, IM24CA

Schedule of the events:

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th of July – Registration & Measurement

Sunday 30th of  July – Registration & Measurement, Practice Race, Opening Ceremony

Monday 31st of July to Friday 4th of August – Racing at the 2017 Melges 24 Worlds

Friday 4th of August – Racing + Closing Ceremony

 

Melges 24 World Chmapionship 2017 is supported by:
FinnLines, Tallink, Vana Tallinn, LifeProof, Dermoshop, Melges Europe/ Helly Hansen, Estonian Melges 24 Class Association, Holiday Inn.

Day 3

Regatta Dinner on Wednesday, August 2 will start at 7pm

Due to the postponement of the racing today, the organizers have postponed also the Regatta Dinner to start at 7 pm instead of 6 pm as scheduled before. Regatta Dinner will be held in the restaurant Blue Peter in the marina.

Day Two: The Italian Job

August 1, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland – Drastically different weather conditions from those experienced yesterday took the fleet to the race course in the second day of racing in Helsinki, where the Melges 24 World Championship, organized by International Melges 24 Class Association together with the Finnish Melges 24 Class Association and hosted by the Helsingfors Segelklubb, will last until Friday, August 4th.

The second day video highlights of the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship in Helsinki – video edited by Zerogradinord / Mauro Melandri & Silvia Gallegati

A steady breeze up to 15 knots, together with choppy sea and short waves, allowed the conclusion of three races that bring to five the total of the series up to today. There is no doubt those are the favorite conditions for the Italian crew of Maidollis ITA854 (1-1-1 today), that finds its rhythm and scores three bullets, without leaving any room for competitors.

Three bullets for Luca Perego’s Maidollis ITA854 with Carlo Fracassoli in helm and Enrico Fonda calling the tactics today – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

It’s not just that we love these conditions – said Enrico Fonda, calling tactics aboard Maidollis where Carlo Fracassoli is helming – but also the fact that today the races were left race to randromness: the wind was steady, you could pursue your strategy. Even if the conditions were demanding, it has been a perfect day. A sunny Helsinki has a lot to offer: tomorrow we will give our best to maintain the leadership of the ranking, achieving again the success of 2012 would be amazing, but it’s really too early to talk about this.”

Bruce Ayres’ Monsoon USA851 slips into the second position today – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

Bruce Ayres’ Monsoon USA851 (2-22-6), leader of the provisional ranking after the first day of racing, slips today in to the second position, where it is followed by another Italian entry, Taki 4 ITA778. The reigning World Champion crew by Marco Zammarchi with Niccolò Bertola in helm (6-2-8/1-1-3 Corinthian) scores all placements in the top ten today, climbing up to third place in overall ranking and above all, obtaining the leadership of the Corinthian division, held by Barmaley until yesterday.

Taki 4 ITA778, the reigning World Champion’s crew by Marco Zammarchi with Niccolo Bertola in helm scores all placements in the top ten today – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

Back to the moorings, Giacomo Fossati, tactician of Taki 4, commented: “We are extremely satisfied with the development of today. We’ve been working a lot since the Worlds in Miami and for sure we are here to defend the title, but this time we are also focused on the overall ranking. Being on a top-three position is very exciting for us, we will have to fight hard to maintain the positioning and reach our objectives”.

Estonian entry Lenny EST790 with Tõnu Tõniste in helm, managed to conclude the racing despite a damage to the gennaker, in enviable positions – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

The top three of the Corinthian podium is completed by Estonian entry Lenny EST790 (13-11-12/3-5-5) that, despite a damage to the gennaker, still managed to conclude the racing of the day in enviable positions, and by MAS Wolfpack NOR724 (16-8-4/4-2-2) helmed by Jon Aksel Mortensen.

MAS Wolfpack NOR724 helmed by Jon Aksel Mortensen – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

Today’s race winners will be awarded by the prizes of Melges Europe, LifeProof and Vana Tallinn.

Tomorrow, central day of the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship, three more races should be sailed to keep shaping the final ranking. The first preparatory signal is again scheduled for 11.00am.

Full results of the open division
The results of the Corinthian division
Day 2 photos by Pierrick Contin

Event Press Officers – Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegati – Zerogradinord
Event photographer – Pierrick Contin, pierrickcontin.fr 
Event Media Coordinator – Piret Salmistu, IM24CA

Schedule of the events:
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th of July – Registration & Measurement
Sunday 30th of  July – Registration & Measurement, Practice Race, Opening Ceremony
Monday 31st of July to Friday 4th of August – Racing at the 2017 Melges 24 Worlds
Friday 4th of August – Racing + Closing Ceremony

Melges 24 World Chmapionship 2017 is supported by:
FinnLines, Tallink, Vana Tallinn, LifeProof, Dermoshop, Melges Europe/ Helly Hansen, Estonian Melges 24 Class Association, Holiday Inn.

In the First Day of Helsinki Two Races and Four Winners

July 31, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland – A cloudy afternoon, characterized by light and shifty breeze, accompanied the first day of racing of the Melges 24 fleet in Helsinki, from today officially involved in the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship organized by the International Melges 24 Class Association together with the Finnish Melges 24 Class Association and hosted by the Helsingfors Segelklubb. Fifty-nine boats from fifteen nations will compete, until Friday, August 4th, to determine who is going to be the next Melges 24 World Champion, after the Conor Clarkes’ Embarr from Ireland that won the title in Miami in 2016. Full press release of Day 1

The first victory of the series went to the Italian entry Altea by Andrea Racchelli – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

Despite the light wind conditions, the Race Committee presided by PRO Madis Ausman managed to make the fleet complete two races. The challenge immediately begun: the first victory of the series went to the Italian entry Altea (1-22 today) by Andrea Racchelli, second in the Worlds of Middlefart and winner of the 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series. The Italian boat, though, because of a 22nd place obtained in race number two, couldn’t maintain the leadership of the provisional ranking, slipping in sixth place overall after the first two races of the series.

Bruce Ayres’ Monsoon USA851 the leader after the first day of the Melges 24 Worlds 2017 in Helsinki – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

The bullet from the race number two was scored by Monsoon (6-1), helmed by Bruce Ayres with Mike Buckley calling the tactics: the American entry revealed itself as the most consistent boat of the fleet today, obtaining the leadership of the provisional ranking, where it is followed by Gian Luca Perego’s Maidollis (5-10): the Italian entry boasts on board the presence of the renowned couple that already won the Melges 24 Worlds in 2012 with Enrico Fonda calling tactics and Carlo Fracassoli helming

Luca Perego’s Maidollis ITA854 with Carlo Fracassoli in helm and Enrico Fonda calling the tactics are on the second position after two races in Helsinki – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

 

Ukrainian Vasyl Gureyev’s Barmaley is on third place in the overall ranking and thanks to the consistent placements of today takes the provisional lead also in the Corinthian division – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

Third place in the overall ranking goes to Ukrainian Vasyl Gureyev’s Barmaley (9-9 overall/3-3 Corinthian) that, thanks to the consistent placements of today, takes the provisional lead also in the Corinthian division. The top-three of the category reserved to non-professional sailors is completed by the reigning World Champions aboard Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 with Niccolò Bertola in helm (11-13/4-5) and Dutch Team Kesbeke/Sika/Gill with Ronald Veraar helming (7-17/1-9).

Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 with Niccolò Bertola in helm – photo (c) Pierrick Contin

 

Taki 4 with Niccolò Bertola in helm (11-13/4-5) and Dutch Team Kesbeke/Sika/Gill with Ronald Veraar helming (7-17/1-9).

Fulll results of the open division

The results of the Corinthian division

Day 1 photos by Pierrick Contin

 

Tomorrow, second day of racing in the waters of Helsinki, the Race Committee will call the fleet on the race course for a first start at 11:00 am. Weather forecasts expect sunnier and windier conditions than those we had today.

Event Press Officers – Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegati – Zerogradinord 
Event photographer – Pierrick Contin, pierrickcontin.fr 
Event Media Coordinator – Piret Salmistu, IM24CA

Schedule of the events:

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th of July – Registration & Measurement
Sunday 30th of  July – Registration & Measurement, Practice Race, Opening Ceremony
Monday 31st of July to Friday 4th of August – Racing at the 2017 Melges 24 Worlds
Friday 4th of August – Racing + Closing Ceremony

Melges 24 World Chmapionship 2017 is supported by:
FinnLines, Tallink, Vana Tallinn, LifeProof, Dermoshop, Melges Europe/ Helly Hansen, Estonian Melges 24 Class Association, Holiday Inn.

20th Melges 24 Worlds in Helsinki Have Been Declared Open

Three days of regsitration, measuring the boats, checking the sails and getting familiar with the race course, have been fabulous. Finnish summer has been showing the better part of it to the sailors and everybody has been enjoying to get together and see again the members of the Big Happy Melges 24 Family to celebrate the 20th Worlds of the class.

Sunday evening the Worlds were officially declared open by Perttu Rönkkö, Regatta Chair and the Vice Commodor of the hosting club Helsingfors Segelklubb. The 59 Melges 24 teams from 15 nations were greeted by Benedek Fluck, the IM24CA Championship Coordinator Europe (HUN); Jens Wathne, the Chairman of IM24CA (NOR); Tomi Hakola, IM24CA Treasurer and the President of the Finnish Melges 24 Class Association; Henrik Andersson, the President of the Finnish Boat- and Sailing Federation. The ambience was great and emotional while almost 300 sailors were greeting staff of IM24CA, Race Committee, Jury, organisers and volunteers.

At the end of the official opening ceremony the anthem of Finland, celebrating it’s 100 Years of Independence in 2017, was played. This was to honor the opportunity to have this fabulous sailing event here in Helsinki, Finland, where the last Melges 24 title event was held in 2003 – Jacobs Creek Europeans. And the second time up here in the North the title event was held in Tallinn, Estonia 2010 – Marinepool Melges 24 Worlds.

See the full gallery of the Opening Ceremony of the 20th Melges 24 World Championship by Pierrick Contin

 

Services for Competitors

Here are some useful information to you about breakfasts, food packages, after sail meals etc. Check them out and let the Race Office know about your choices by Sunday evening (July 30).

SERVICES FOR COMPETITORS

1) RESTAURANT BLUE PETER (just 50 meters from the docks)
COMPETITOR DISCOUNT
All competitors have a -10% discount from all drinks. When ordering use the code: MELGES24

MORNING COFFEE & SNACKS
Restaurant Blue Peter will be open Monday 31st to Friday 4th starting from 8.00 am

FOOD PACKAGES
You can utilize the 2017 World Championship race pre order food package service. They have to be ordered ONLINE for every day, paid and picked up from Blue Peter the day you have them planned for. The online service: https://wolt.com/fin/helsinki/blue-peter/ (scroll down to “race pre order sub title)

The pick up happens at the restaurant by showing the order confirmation from your mobile phone.

FOOD SERVICE AFTER SAILING (every day 3 – 5 pm)
Monday 31.8. Chicken pasta
Tuesday 1.8 Piglet wok
Wednesday 2.8 Pasta
Thursday 3.8. Sea food wok
Friday 4.8. Salmon Wok
Price per meal is 10 eur /person. If paid in advance to race office the price for 45 days eur / person

2) PRO SAILOR, the yacht shop (just 300 meters from the docks)
Prosailor is a yachting specialized shop having everything you can imagine for the MELGES24. Open every weekday during the Worlds from 9am to 6pm