2017 Melges 24 Worlds Social Program and other Social Activity Possibilities

Sunday 30th July at 19.00
“Opening Ceremony”
Place: Worlds 2017 tent in harbor

Monday 31st July at 19.00
“Celebrating 20 years of Melges 24 World Championships”
Place: Haukilahti water tower, Hauenkalliontie, 02170 Espoo
NOTE! Due to the water tower capacity the first 200 entries will be accepted. Please make your entry to the race office before Sunday 30th Opening Ceremony

Wednesday 2nd August at 18.00
“Regatta dinner”
Place: Restaurant Blue Peter, HSK harbor
NOTE! Additional family, or team members besides the 2017 World crew the dinner cost is 50€ per person. Price includes regatta dinner and wine. These additional members / persons have to buy a ticket from the race office before Tuesday 1st of August 17.00

Friday 4th August as soon as possible
“Prizegiving and closing ceremony”
Place: Worlds 2017 tent in harbor

Monday 31st July – Thursday 3rd August as soon as possible
“Daily First prizegiving”
Place: Worlds 2017 tent in harbor

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OTHER social activity possibilities ie. for Tuesday 1st, Thursday 3rd by using code “MELGES24”

1) Brewdog Helsinki (-15% discount from drinks)
Brewdog Helsinki is the flagship bar for Brewdog craft beers. With 24 drafts and huge bottle selection there is something for everybody.

Address: Tarkk’ampujankatu 20, Helsinki
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrewDogHel/

2) Löyly Helsinki (-20% discount from food & 2h sauna for 15€/person)
Unique seaside restaurant, sauna and outdoor terrace area in downtown Helsinki

Address: Hernesaarenranta 4, Helsinki
Facebook: www.facebook.com/helsinkisauna/?fref=ts
Sauna shall be pre booked by calling +358 9 6128 6550 & using code ”Melges24”

3) Restaurant Merimakasiini (-15% discount from food)
Restaurant Merimakasiini is situated right by the old docks of Helsinki, straight in the city centre. Specialized in seafood but also seasonal meat dishes can be found on the menu.

Address: Hietalahdenranta 14, Helsinki
Facebook: www.facebook.com/merimakasiini/?ref=br_rs
menu: www.merimakasiini.fi/merimakasiini/doc/SUMMER2017-ALA-CARTE.pdf

4) Restaurant Fisken på Disken (-15% discount from food)
Fisken på Disken is Swedish for “Fish on the Dish”. This is what you will get! Speciality –  beef tartar  High class seafood restaurant on the top floor of Kamppi Mall.

Address: Kamppi shopping center, Urho Kekkosenkatu 1, 5th floor, Kortteli, Helsinki
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fiskendisken/
menu: www.fisken.fi/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Fisken-på-Disken-Summer-Menu.pdf

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2017 Melges 24 Worlds: Melges 24 Class Celebrates 20 Years of World Championships

July 21, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland – Time is running fast as the Melges 24 fleet approaches the most awaited event of the season, the Melges 24 World Championship 2017 that, after having been hosted in the warm Miami past December, moves back to cooler Northern European climates: from July 28th to August 4th one of the most active fleets in the one-design scenario will be fighting once again to get on top of the World. Already for the 20th time as the first-ever Melges 24 World Championships were held in Torquay, England in 1998, where Vince Brun of San Diego, U.S., won the title among ninety-three teams. During these twenty remarkable years fifteen Melges 24 skippers overall and fifteen in Corinthian division have been crowned as World Champions. Excitement grows to see who are going to be the next ones!

See the Hall of Fame of the Melges 24 Class

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Jens Wathne, the Chairman of the International Melges 24 Class Association is excited about the upcoming World Championship: “In one week’s time all our attention will turn to the 2017 Worlds in Helsinki, Finland. Almost fourteen years ago the Melges 24 Europeans were held in the same place and it was a fabulous championship. Sailors from this region have been active in the class during most of the boat’s life. This is the 20th World Championship in the class with fifteen nations on the line; it will be special as it’s the first one in Finland. Boats are travelling large distances to fight for the trophies in pro and Corinthian divisions. Especially I would like to welcome the six boats from the US making the effort in joining the fleet in the waters of the Finnish capital of Helsinki. See you there – safe travels to the championship!”

Fifty-nine boats from fifteen nations have registered to the copious fleet. Countries from Northern Europe have the largest representation with a total of twenty-eight boats coming from the Scandinavian area, but also Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, and Great Britain will be racing. From overseas the American fleet will be represented by six boats: among them there are some crews that already marked the history of the Melges 24 Class and that rarely miss the most relevant appointments of the fleet: 2009 Corinthian World Champion and 2016 Worlds’ overall 4th – Monsoon by Bruce Ayres; 2016 Worlds’ 7th – John Brown’s Blind Squirrel andLucky Dog/Gill Race Team by Travis Weisleder being 9th at the latest Worlds, are just few of the well-known boats that will race in Helsinki.

In the best traditions of Melges 24 Class, the Corinthian division will represent more than a half of the fleet – thirty three teams. There will be the 2016 World Champions and current leaders of the European Sailing Series aboard the Italian entry, Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4; also current leaders of the European Sailing Series Corinthian ranking and 2016 European Champions Gill Race Team by Miles Quinton with Geoff Carveth in helm, as for today the main competitor for Taki 4 in the European events during the spring. The Estonian entry Lenny by Tõniste twins will try to replicate the success obtained in the World Championship held in Hyeres, France in 2006 and in Middelfart, Denmark in 2015. It seems that there will be a lot of challenge and exciting sailing to shape the podium of the Corinthian division.

Also in the overall division there will be many teams to keep in the spotlight: among them Italian Altea, helmed by Andrea Racchelli, second in the Worlds of Middlefart and winner of the 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series; and Italian Maidollis by Gianluca Perego, with the Fracassoli-Fonda tandem on board, that already won Melges 24 World Championships on Garda Lake in 2012 and was 2nd at the Miami Worlds in 2016, will be two of the most credited aspirants for the top of the podium.  But also the Norwegian entry, three-times World Champion (2008, 2010, 2012) Storm Capital Sail Racing of Oyvind Peder Jahre will be competing in open division with Giulio Desiderato, tactician for the 2016 Melges 24 World Ranking winner Bombarda of Andrea Pozzi, onboard.

Entry List

A Pre-Worlds regatta will be held on July 22-23, allowing the visiting sailors a chance to test themselves against the Helsinki conditions and each other. The first start for the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship, hosted by the Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK) and organized by the International Melges 24 Class Association in cooperation with Finnish Melges 24 Class Association, is scheduled for July 31st at 11.00 am (Finnish time), while practice race will be held on July 30th.  Twelve races are scheduled for the regatta.

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:
FinnLinesTallinkVana TallinnLifeProofDermoshopMelges EuropeHelly HansenEstonian Melges 24 Class AssociationHoliday Inn.

Press release of the International Melges 24 Class Association

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2017 Melges 24 World Championship in Helsinki, Finland – 6 Months To Go!

February 8, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland – Six months to go and fifty one teams from fourteen nations already signed up to race at the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship that takes place from 28th July to 4th August in Helsinki, Finland. The Notice of Race has been published, online entry has been open for a while and Melges 24 sailors across the globe are invited to make their entries for this prestigious event organised by the Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK) in co-operation with the International Melges 24 Class Association (IM24CA) and Finnish Melges 24 Class Association. The online entry, the Notice of Race and other information about the venue are available at http://melges24.com/Worlds2017

Back in Helsinki after 14 years
It’s been a while when the International Melges 24 fleet was racing in this part of the world. The first time for the international Melges 24 fleet of fifty six teams to race this north was in 2003 when Jacob’s Creek Melges 24 Europeans were organised by the same hosting club HSK. Sailors might also remember the most recent title championship in this area organized by the Finnish-Estonian Melges 24 Class Association in Tallinn, Estonia in 2010.
IM24CA is happy to work again together with a bunch of people familiar from the past events’ organisations to ensure the success of the title event.
Perttu Rönkkö, 2017 Melges 24 Worlds Regatta Chair and Vice Commodore for HSK will be excited to host such international fleet of Melges 24s, especially for the Worlds this time: ‘HSK is happy to host Melges 24 International fleet for the World title event. At the same venue the Melges 24 Europeans were held fourteen years ago, but the both club and surrounding area has been developing a lot during the last years. To serve our club members and foreign sailors better a new club house was inaugurated in 2010 which makes organizing such a great event even more comfortable here. We also do not underestimate the social program and ashore events of the Worlds. 2017 is Finland’s big yearcelebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence and co-operating with Helsinki City we try to offer to the sailors a variety of events both in the marina and in the city.’ 
Jens Altern Wathne, the Chairman of IM24CA is happy to see wide interest towards the Worlds in the Nordic.‘I am delighted that the Finnish Melges 24 class is hosting the 2017 World Championship. Finnish hospitality and the organization will delight the sailors from around the globe. Opening the online entry of the championship has made the sailors come out in numbers – fifty one boats from fourteen different nations is a clear sign that the class is vibrant and active. High attendance from the Nordic countries and all around the Europe is of course expected, but I highlight the teams travelling great distances to fight for the title. I am happy to see already three boats from U.S. entered.’ 
Tomi Hakola, the President of the Finnish Melges 24 Class Association, who has been in the organising committee for the both past events, said expecting eighty entries. ‘This is the venue that will host us with the beauty of its landscapes, the hospitality of its people and weather conditions that are perfect for sailing. Welcome to Finland!’ 
Pre-events for the Worlds
The attractions for the sailors will be that the racing area is just outside Helsinki (the capital city of Finland)on open waters. Coming from the race area in to the race harbour both to west and east is unique archipelago. To test the waters of the Worlds the best training for the Melges 24 sailors would be the Melges 24 Finnish Open Nationals held one week before the Worlds on the same venue on July 22-23. The Notice of Race for this event will be published shortly.
Organising team, International Jury and most of the Race Committee team are set and the discussions with the ferry companies are underway to have the best options for shipping the boats from Travemünde (GER) or Stockholm (SWE) to Helsinki.
For more competitive racing before the Worlds Melges 24 teams are invited to take part from the Nordic and Swedish Melges 24 Championship in a very popular sailing venue Marstrand, Sweden in 16-18 of June which is the third event of the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series. From there different options for the next events are available: either Hankø Race Week in Norway (June 29 – July 2) or Kiel Week in Germany (June 22-25). From Hankø is easy to drive to Stockholm and then take a ferry to Helsinki; from Kiel you can drive to Travemünde and take a ferry directly to Helsinki. More details about the both logistics options IM24CA will publish shortly.
51 teams from 14 nations entered and counting
At the present moment we have already fifty one entries from fourteen different countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and from overseas United States of America). The organisers expect the total number of entries go up to eighty boats. Click here for the Entry List
For the Eearly Birds
Competitors who place and pay for their entry before 2nd June 2017 can take advantage of the early bird entry rate of Euro 750.
The online entry, the Notice of Race and other information about the venue are available at event website http://melges24.com/Worlds2017
Event in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melges24worlds2017/
IM24CA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/World.of.Melges24/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/melges24/albums
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Melges_24 Instagram: www.instagram.com/worldofmelges24/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/IM24CA
Event dates:
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July: Registration and Measurement
Sunday 30th July: Practice race and the Opening Ceremony
Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August: Racing at the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship
About the Melges 24: The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design and built by Melges Boat Works holding a unique position amongst the world’s one design Grand Prix sportsboats, as one of the most successful classes of high performance yachts. For more information, please visit http://www.melges24.com

About 
Helsingfors Segelklubb
 (HSK)HSK is a Finnish sailing club founded in 1899. With 1.600 members and 600 registered boats, we are one of Finland’s largest and most successful sailing clubs. Club is located centrally on the west side of Helsinki in Lauttasaari, with an excellent services and traffic connections nearby. The harbour has expanded during the years and today 300 berths and about 100 winter lay-up sites are in use. The new club house was inaugurated in 2010. HSK has been very active to organize the international and local sailing regattas along the years and many famous Finnish sailors are coming from this club. In 2017 to the Sailing Team Finland from HSK have been nominated Tuuli Petäjä-Sirén – RS:X, Kaarle Tapper – Laser Standard, Joonas and Niklas Lindgren – 470 and Mikaela Wulff – 49er FX/470.
For further information on the Melges 24 World Championship 2017, please contact: 

Perttu Rönkkö
Regatta Chair
+358 50 537 2722
perttu.ronkko@iki.fi

Tomi Hakola
Finnish Melges 24 Class Association
+358 40 535 2020
tomi.hakola@nelonenmedia.fi

Piret Salmistu
IM24CA Administrator & Media Coordinator
+372 507 7217
piret@melges24.com