Bombarda takes the lead of an extremely balanced fleet

The Mistral suddenly abandons Villasimius and, against all odds, the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 begins under the sign of a medium-light breeze from the northern quadrants, which still allows three races to be performed, the maximum allowed by notice of race for each day of regattas.

Maidollis ITA854 with Carlo Fracassoli in helm gain the first bullet of the series in Villasimius and is the third in overall ranking on Day One of the Melges 24 Worlds 2019. - Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Maidollis ITA854 with Carlo Fracassoli in helm gain the first bullet of the series in Villasimius and is the third in overall ranking on Day One of the Melges 24 Worlds 2019. – Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The European Champions in charge on board Maidollis ITA854 with Carlo Fracassoli in helm gain the first bullet of the series in Villasimius, but to impose themselves as leaders of the fleet are the Italians onboard Bombarda ITA860 by Andrea Pozzi that, with partial scores of 5-6-2, earn the top of the provisional ranking with a single length of advantage over solid Estonian entry Lenny EST790 of Tõnu Tõniste, second overall and firm leader among the Corinthians. Third place for the aforementioned Maidollis by Gianluca Perego, with a total of twenty-one points.

Estonian entry Lenny EST790 of Tõnu Tõniste won Race Two and is second overall and firm leader among the Corinthians after three races at the Melges 24 Worlds 2019. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Estonian entry Lenny EST790 of Tõnu Tõniste won Race Two and is second overall and firm leader among the Corinthians after three races at the Melges 24 Worlds 2019. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Andrea Pozzi: “An incredible debut, but cannot get too excited: the series is still extremely long and we must remain focused to give our best in each race. The fleet is balanced and competitive, as shown by the continuous upheavals in today’s ranking, every point lost or gained can make the difference.”

Bombarda ITA860 by Andrea Pozzi, with partial scores of 5-6-2, earns the top of the provisional ranking on Day One of the Melges 24 Worlds 2019. Photo © Pierrick Contin/IM24CA
Bombarda ITA860 by Andrea Pozzi, with partial scores of 5-6-2, earns the top of the provisional ranking on Day One of the Melges 24 Worlds 2019. Photo © Pierrick Contin/IM24CA

The second and third victory of the day went, in order, to Americans – Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe USA841 (now 20th) and to Kevin Welch’s Mikey USA835 (29th) with Jeff Madrigali in helm.

Warcanoe USA841 of Michael Goldfarb wins the second race of the day. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Warcanoe USA841 of Michael Goldfarb wins the second race of the day. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The race winners of the Corinthian division were Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team GBR694 with Geoff Carveth helming in races one and three; and Tõnu Tõniste’s Lenny EST790 in race two.

Miles Quinton's Gill Race Team GBR694 with Geoff Carveth helming wins first and third race in Corinthian division. Photo © Pierrick Contin  / IM24CA
Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team GBR694 with Geoff Carveth helming wins first and third race in Corinthian division. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The Corinthian ranking is led by Lenny EST790, followed by Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 ITA778 with Niccolo Bertola in helm and Gill Race Team GBR694.

Melges 24 fleet on Day One of the Melges 24 Worlds 2019 in Villasimius. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Melges 24 fleet on Day One of the Melges 24 Worlds 2019 in Villasimius. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Races will resume tomorrow at 1 pm. Up to three more regattas can be completed.

Top 10 ranking after 3 races:

  1. Bombarda, ITA860, Andrea Pozzi – 5 -6 -2 ; 13
  2. Lenny, EST790, Tõnu Tõniste (COR) – 6 -2 -6 ; 14
  3. Maidollis, ITA854, Carlo Fracassoli – 1 -17 -3 ; 21
  4. Taki 4, ITA778, Niccolo Bertola (COR) – 16 -4 -5 ; 25
  5. Monsoon, USA851, Bruce Ayres – 10 -5 -21 ; 36
  6. Full Throttle, USA849, Brian Porter – 8 -10 -18 ; 36
  7. Gill Race Team, GBR694, Geoff Carveth (COR) – 3 -31 -4 ; 38
  8. Seven_Five_Nine, HUN759, Ákos Csoltó (COR) – 18 -8 -14 ; 40
  9. White Room, GER677, Michael Tarabochia (COR) – 15 -14 -12 ; 41
  10. Nortek Sailing Team, NOR628, Andreas Sola Fischer (COR) – 13 -7 -22 ; 42

Full results in Yachtscoring

Day One photos by ©Pierrick Contin

The Melges 24 World Championship is organized by the Marina di Villasimius and Lega Navale Italiana – Sez. Villasimius in cooperation with the Italian Melges 24 Class and International Melges 24 Class Association. The World Championship is the final event both of the 2019 Melges 24 European Sailing Series and Italian Melges24 Tour 2019.

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