Thank you

It’s a wrap – 2019 Melges 24 World Championship is done and dusted and written to the history books bow! Carlo Fracassoli of Maidollis ITA854 and Niccolo Bertola of Taki 4 ITA778 has been added to the Hall of Fame of the International Melges 24 Class Association – both for the third time!

Melges 24 World Championship 2019 – © Zerogradinord

Huge thanks goes to all 61 teams from 15 countries representing Europe, North-America, Asia for making efforts and coming to the 22nd Melges 24 World Championship held in Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy on October 5-12!

Great time with ‪‎Melges 24 big happy family! The best one-design sportboat,  the best class, the best sailors!

Marina di Villasimius – photo © Zerogradinord

International Melges 24 Class Association would like to thank:

  • Italian Melges 24 Class for choosing this amazing venue in Villasimius, Sardinia
  • Marina di Villasimius and Lega Navale di Villasimius and the members of the Organising Committee.
Melges 24 Worlds 2019 – Opening Ceremony – © Pierrick Contin/IM24CA

Special thanks goes to:

    • Luca Dessì, Major of Villasimius;
    • Sergio Ghiani, President of the Lega Navale Italiana Villasimius;
    • Amedeo Ferrigno, Director of Marina di Villasimius;
    • Fabrizio Atzori, Director of “Area Marina Protetta Capo Carbonara”;
    • Andrea Racchelli, the President of the Italian Melges 24 Class Association.
Thank you gift for Marina di Villasimius and Lega Navale Villasimius – photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

General thanks to everyone involved in helping to organize the event –

      • Shoreside event management team led by Amedeo Ferrigno and Mirco Babini;
      • PRO Athanasios Papantoniou and his Race Committee team afloat;
      • Jury Chair Arto Kiiski and his team – Eric Mehlbaum (NED), Ron Barak (ISR), Doug Sloan (USA), Piero Occhetto, Tito Morosetti, Marco Giampà and Giorgio Bolla (ITA);
      • Head of Race Office Valentina Marrocu;
      • Event Chief Measurer Gabor Csernussi (HUN), Chief Equipment Inspector Branko Parunov (SLO) and Measurers  Eros Angeli and Gianpaolo Sanna (ITA)

Race Committee led by PRO Athanasios Papantoniou – photo ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Jury Team chaired by Arto Kiiski © Pierrick Contin/IM24CA
Jury Team chaired by Arto Kiiski © Pierrick Contin/IM24CA

Team of Technical Committee – ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Huge thanks to our media team –  Zerogradinord – Mauro Melandri, Silvia Gallegati and Stefano Bacchiani with Matteo Sprecacenere as their boat driver representing Melges Europe ; and our Official Photographer Pierrick Contin. You did an amazing job!

Event Press Officers of Zerogradnord – Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegati and Matteo Sprecacenere of Melges Europe – photo ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Event Photographer Pierrick Contin – photo © Zerogradinord

Big thanks also to Luisa Bambozzi, Marco Querci and Matteo Sprecacenere from Melges Europe for all their support before and during the event!

Big thanks goes to Jens Wathne, IM24CA Chairman, David Bartol (SLO), IM24CA Championship Coordinator Europe and Piret Salmistu (EST), IM24CA Class Administrator and Media Coordinator!

Jens Wathne, IM24CA Chairman – photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
David Bartol, Piret Salmistu, Branko Parunov – photo ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Thank you to all the sponsors for their generosity without which the event would not be the same:

    • Regione Autonoma Sardegna
    • Municipality / Comune of Villasimius
    • Melges Europe
    • Moby / Tirrenia
    • Cagliari Airport
    • Slam

Melges 24 Worlds 2019 sponsors

Next we are looking forward to the Worlds 2020 in Charleston, USA from May 1st  to 9th.

Here in Europe the next title event will be in wonderful venue – something to plan already now – Melges 24 European Championship 2020 in Portoroz, Slovenia on September 5-12. Save the dates!

Italy takes it all again: Maidollis and Taki 4 are the new Melges 24 World Champions

The history of the Melges 24 Class repeats itself: after the successful World Championship of Helsinki in 2017, the Italian crews onboard Maidollis and Taki 4 (Corinthian) are again the Melges 24 World Champions.

2019 Melges 24 World Champion - Maidollis ITA854 - Carlo Fracassoli, Enrico Fonda, Gianluca Perego, Stefano Lagi, Matteo Ramian - Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
2019 Melges 24 World Champion – Maidollis ITA854 – Carlo Fracassoli, Enrico Fonda, Gianluca Perego, Stefano Lagi, Matteo Ramian – Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion 2019 - Taki 4 of Marco Zammarchi with Niccolo Bertola, Giacomo Fossati, Giovanni Bannetta, Pietro Seghezza and Giorgio de Mari - Photo ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion 2019 – Taki 4 of Marco Zammarchi with Niccolo Bertola, Giacomo Fossati, Giovanni Bannetta, Pietro Seghezza and Giorgio de Mari – Photo ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The fight for both the overall and the Corinthian podium was open until the very leg of the eleven races completed in Villasimius, amazing hosing location to the 22nd edition of the Melges 24 World Championship.

2019 Melges 24 World Champion - Maidollis ITA854 - Carlo Fracassoli, Enrico Fonda, Gianluca Perego, Stefano Lagi, Matteo Ramian. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
2019 Melges 24 World Champion – Maidollis ITA854 – Carlo Fracassoli, Enrico Fonda, Gianluca Perego, Stefano Lagi, Matteo Ramian. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

With a tight competition between Gianluca Perego’s Maidollis ITA854, Bruce Ayres’ Monsoon USA851 and Andrea Pozzi’s Bombarda ITA860, that brought continuous changes all through the last day of racing, the Italians aboard Maidollis gained the victory only in the very last race of the series, where they managed to overcome Monsoon, leader of the ranking until that moment, putting the seal on the World title with a net total of 45 points. Monsoon closed in second (49 pt.), followed by an excellent and extremely consistent Bombarda (57 pt.).

“We are extremely proud of having put the seal once again on this prestigious title, in a fleet that this year, more than ever, was competitive and extremely packed. Congrats to our opponents, and to Monsoon and Bombarda in first place, who duelled with us until the last jibe,” commented the owner of Maidollis, Gian Luca Perego.

2019 Melges 24 Worlds second best - Monsoon USA851 of Bruce Ayres with Mike Buckley, Federico Michetti, George Peet and Chelsea Simms. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
2019 Melges 24 Worlds second best – Monsoon USA851 of Bruce Ayres with Mike Buckley, Federico Michetti, George Peet and Chelsea Simms. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Melges 24 Worlds 2019 third - Bombarda ITA860 of Andrea Pozzi with Matteo Ivaldi, Stefani Ciampalini, Nicholas dal Ferro and Carlo Zermini. Photo ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Melges 24 Worlds 2019 third – Bombarda ITA860 of Andrea Pozzi with Matteo Ivaldi, Stefano Ciampalini, Nicholas dal Ferro and Carlo Zermini. Photo ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The story was much similar also in the Corinthian division, where the Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 ITA778, already World Champion in Miami and Helsinki, surpassed Storm Capital Sail Racing NOR751 with Peder Jahre in helm only in the last race. The crew that had led the ranking until the very last day, the Lenny EST790 of Tõnu Tõniste, today had to give up ad leave room to the inexorable rhythm of Storm Capital Sail Racing and Taki 4, concluding the event in third place.

Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion 2019 - Taki 4 of Marco Zammarchi with Niccolo Bertola, Giacomo Fossati, Giovanni Bannetta. Pietro Seghezza and Giorgio de Mari - Photo ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion 2019 – Taki 4 of Marco Zammarchi with Niccolo Bertola, Giacomo Fossati, Giovanni Bannetta, Pietro Seghezza and Giorgio de Mari – Photo ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Melges 24 Worlds 3019 - the second best in the Corinthian ranking - Storm Capital Sail Racing NOR751 - PederJahre, Marius Orvin, Sivert Denneche, Pal Tonnesson and Ane Gundersen. - Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Melges 24 Worlds 2019 – the second best in the Corinthian ranking – Storm Capital Sail Racing NOR751 – Peder Jahre, Marius Orvin, Sivert Denneche, Pal Tonnesson and Ane Gundersen. – Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Third place at the Melges 24 Worlds 2019 in Corinthian ranking - Tõnu Tõniste's Lenny EST790 with Toomas Tõniste, Tammo Otsasoo, Henri Tauts and Maiki Saaring in the crew. - Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Third place at the Melges 24 Worlds 2019 in Corinthian ranking – Tõnu Tõniste’s Lenny EST790 with Toomas Tõniste, Tammo Otsasoo, Henri Tauts and Maiki Saaring in the crew. – Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Melges 24 Worlds 2019 trophies. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Melges 24 Worlds 2019 trophies. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The curtains close in a great way on the 2019 Melges 24 season, that will resume in 2020. For next year, the World Championship 2020 is scheduled for May 1-9 in the USA, Charleston, while the European Championship 2020 will take place on September 5-12 in Portoroz, Slovenia.

The results of Top 10:

  1. Maidollis, ITA854, Carlo Fracassoli – 1 -17 -1 -2 -2 -6 -13 -[29] -1 -2 ; 45
  2. Monsoon, USA851, Bruce Ayres – 10 -5 -4 -6 -1 -9 -3 -[38] -3 -8 ; 49
  3. Bombarda, ITA860, Andrea Pozzi – 5 -6 -14 -1 -3 -1 -10 -3 -14 -[30] ; 57
  4. Warcanoe, USA841, Michael Goldfarb – 2 -1 -2 -16 -17 -21 -[62] -6 -8 -7 ; 80
  5. Taki 4, ITA778, Niccolo Bertola (COR) – 16 – 4 -5 -17 -8 -[44] -31 -2 -11 -4 ; 98
  6. Storm Capital Sail Racing, NOR751, Peder Jahre (COR) – 4 -24 -12 -9 -9 -26 -[27] -1 -4 -18 ; 107
  7. Melgina, ITA693, Paolo Brescia – 23 -11 -[29] -12 -6 -11 -8 -12 -2 -22 ; 107
  8. Lenny, EST790, Tõnu Tõniste (COR) – 6 -2 -24 -4 -15 -8 -24 -13 -[26] -12 ; 108
  9. Altea, ITA722, Andrea Racchelli – [62] -18 -3 -19 -10 -17 -9 -11 -12 -15 ; 114
  10. Mikey, USA835, Kevin Welch – [62] -33 -15 -3 -5 -29 -5 -23 -6 -1 ; 120

Full results in Yachtscoring
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Day Five photos by ©Pierrick Contin
All event photos by ©Pierrick Contin
Videos of the event by © Zerogradinord

The Melges 24 World Championship was 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 was the final event both of the 2019 Melges 24 European Sailing Series and Italian Melges24 Tour 2019.

This is the eve of the Great Finale: the fight is tight both in the overall and Corinthian division

The weather conditions on the race course of Villasimius continue to change and, with a light breeze and a well-formed wave, the Melges 24 fleet completes two other races that contribute to define the ranking for tomorrow’s grand finale.

Bombarda ITA860 by Andrea Pozzi gains another victory in today's first race. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Bombarda ITA860 by Andrea Pozzi gains another victory in today’s first race. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Bombarda ITA860 by Andrea Pozzi gains another victory in today’s first race, shortening the distances with the provisional leaders of the standings, the Italians, already European Champions in charge, aboard of Gianluca Perego’s Maidollis ITA854 (6-14), who are now sharing the top of the ranking with Bombarda‘s men, tied on 26 points.
“I’m very satisfied with the consistency that we have demonstrated to date, tomorrow we will have to fight a good battle to try to win the world title, which would represent an immense satisfaction. We are and we must remain focused to the maximum and give everything in our possibilities in the three races that are waiting for us tomorrow “ commented Bombarda‘s owner Andrea Pozzi.

Gianluca Perego's Maidollis ITA854 (6-14 today) leads the pack tied on points with Bombarda ITA860. Photo ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Gianluca Perego’s Maidollis ITA854 (6-14 today) leads the pack tied on points with Bombarda ITA860. Photo ©Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Maidollis and Bombarda are followed, in the general ranking, by Monsoon USA851 of Bruce Ayres, third with 28 points. Instead, the margin that separates the top-three from the fourth and fifth of the ranking is wider, with the Americans on Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe USA841 and the Estonians on Tõnu Tõniste’s Lenny EST790 tied at 59 points.

Estonians on Tõnu Tõniste's Lenny EST790 are the strong leaders of the Corinthian division, closing the overall Top 5, tied on points with American Michael Goldfarb's Warcanoe USA841 being on fourth position. - Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Estonians on Tõnu Tõniste’s Lenny EST790 are the strong leaders of the Corinthian division, closing the overall Top 5, tied on points with American Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe USA841 being on fourth position. – Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Arkanoe by Montura ITA809 Corinthian crew of Sergio Caramel takes the bullet in today's second race. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Arkanoe by Montura ITA809 Corinthian crew of Sergio Caramel takes the bullet in today’s second race. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The fight for the Corinthian podium is more open than ever: the young Arkanoè by Montura ITA809 crew of Sergio Caramel, thanks to the precious bullet won in today’s second race, reopens the games for the podium. The aforementioned Lenny in fact leads the ranking, followed by Taki 4 ITA778 (82 pt.); in the third, fourth and fifth place, we find almost tied in points Storm Capital Sail Racing NOR751 (84 pt.), Arkanoè by Montura ITA809 (85 pt.) and Magica ITA764 (87 pt.).

Michael Tarabochia's White Room GER677 with Luis Tarabochia in helm wins today's first race in the Corinthian ranking. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Michael Tarabochia’s White Room GER677 with Luis Tarabochia in helm wins today’s first race in the Corinthian ranking. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The final races of the Melges 24 World Championship will start tomorrow at 10.30 and up to 3 races can be completed.
Please note that the rankings shown here may be subject to change as a series of protests that could partially rewrite the ranking of the event, are filed and will be discussed.
The provisional results of Top 10:
1. Maidollis, ITA854, Perego Gianluca – 1 -[17] -1 -2 -2 -6 -14 ; 26
2. Bombarda, ITA860, Andrea Pozzi – 5 -6 -[14] -1 -3 -1 -10 ; 26
3. Monsoon, USA851, Bruce Ayres – [10] -5 -4 -6 -1 -9 -3 ; 28
4. Warcanoe, USA841, Michael Goldfarb – 2 -1 -2 -16 -17 -21 -[62] ; 59
5. Lenny, EST790, Tõnu Tõniste (COR) – 6 -2 -24 -4 -15 -8 -[25] ; 59
6. Melgina, ITA693, Paolo Brescia – 23 -11 -[29] -12 -6 -11 -8 ; 71
7. FGF Aka Johi, HUN728, Robert Bakoczy – 9 -32 -6 -10 -[62] -13 -4 ; 74
8. Strambapapà, ITA689, Michele Paoletti – 14 -12 -[22] -11 -7 -12 -18 ; 74
9. 
Altea, ITA722, Andrea Racchelli – [62] -18 -3 -19 -10 -17 -9 ; 76
10. Taki 4, ITA778, Niccolo Bertola (COR) – 16 -4 -5 -17 -8 -[44] -32 ; 82

Tomorrow is the final day to put the show on for the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 titles in Villasimius. Photo © Pierrick Contin /IM24CA
Tomorrow is the final day to put the show on for the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 titles in Villasimius. Photo © Pierrick Contin /IM24CA

The breeze pushes hard in Villasimius and Maidollis climbs on top of the standings

The race course of Villasimius changes shape again and, after the no race of yesterday, today it welcomes the sailors with steady and increasing Southerly breeze that reached gusts of over 20 knots, very close to the maximum limit of the Melges 24 Class.

Strong Melges 24 fleet at the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 in Villasimius. Photo © Pierrick Contin /IM24CA
Strong Melges 24 fleet at the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 in Villasimius on Day Three. Photo © Pierrick Contin /IM24CA

It was then another great racing day for the Melges 24 World Championship that, with the three races completed on Tuesday, only has two days left now to discover the new Melges 24 Champion of the Champions.
The rankings that formed after the races of today have been deeply affected by a request to the Jury, that caused a late abandon of Race 3 of the series, resulting in a total scoreline made of five races for all the crews.

With partial scores of 1-2-2, Maidollis ITA854 with Carlo Fracassoli and Enrico Fonda helming and calling tactics, is the "boat of the day" and the leader of the provisional standings. - Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
With partial scores of 1-2-2, Maidollis ITA854 with Carlo Fracassoli and Enrico Fonda helming and calling tactics, is the “boat of the day” and the leader of the provisional standings. – Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The leader of the provisional standings is Maidollis ITA854, reigning European Champion, with Carlo Fracassoli and Enrico Fonda helming and calling tactics. With partial scores of 1-2-2, the Italian crew is the “boat of the day” and precedes in the ranking the Americans of Bruce Ayres’ Monsoon (4-6-1), winner of the last race of today.

Monsoon USA851 of Bruce Ayres (4-6-1), with Mike Buckley calling the tactics, was the winner of the last race of today and occupies second position in the provisional ranking. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Monsoon USA851 of Bruce Ayres (4-6-1), with Mike Buckley calling the tactics, was the winner of the last race of today and occupies second position in the provisional ranking. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The Italian Bombarda ITA860 by Andrea Pozzi (14-1-3), that today caught the first bullet of the series, is the provisional bronze medalist, followed by Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe (2-16-17) with nine lengths of advantage.

Third in the provisional ranking is Bombarda ITA860 by Andrea Pozzi with Matteo Ivaldi on tactics (14-1-3), that today caught the first bullet of the series. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Third in the provisional ranking is Bombarda ITA860 by Andrea Pozzi with Matteo Ivaldi on tactics (14-1-3), that today caught the first bullet of the series. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Michael Goldfarb's Warcanoe (2-16-17) occupies the fourth place in the provisional rankings. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe (2-16-17) occupies the fourth place in the provisional rankings. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Taki 4 ITA778 with Niccolo Bertola and Giacomo Fossati tandem onboard, won two races in the Corinthian division today and are leading the  provisional Corinthian ranking, closing the overall Top 5. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Taki 4 ITA778 with Niccolo Bertola and Giacomo Fossati tandem onboard, won two races in the Corinthian division today and are leading the provisional Corinthian ranking, closing the overall Top 5. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The Italian entry Taki 4 ITA778 (5-17-8) with Niccolo Bertola in helm closes the top five and opens the Corinthian ranking, where Tõnu Tõniste’s Lenny EST790 (24-4-15) follows in second place also occupying the sixth place of the overall standings. The Norwegian entry Storm Capital Sail Racing NOR751 with Peder Jahre in helm completes the top-three of the Corinthian standings.

Lenny EST790 of Tõnu Tõniste wins one race in Corinthian division and occupies the second position of this division, being sixth in the overall ranking. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Lenny EST790 of Tõnu Tõniste wins one race in Corinthian division and occupies the second position of this division, being sixth in the overall ranking. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Storm Capital Sail Racing NOR751 with Peder Jahre completes the Corinthian provisional podium being eighth in overall rankings. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
Storm Capital Sail Racing NOR751 with Peder Jahre completes the Corinthian provisional podium being eighth in overall rankings. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

With forecasts that announce lighter breeze than today, the Race Committee will call the fleet back on the water tomorrow, Friday the 11th, at 10.00 am.
The provisional results of Top 10:
1. Maidollis, ITA854, Perego Gianluca – 1 -17 -1 -2 -2 ; 23
2. Monsoon, USA851, Bruce Ayres – 10 -5 -4 -6 -1 ; 26
3. Bombarda, ITA860, Andrea Pozzi – 5 -6 -14 -1 -3 ; 29
4. Warcanoe, USA841, Michael Goldfarb – 2 -1 -2 -16 -17 ; 38
5. Taki 4, ITA778, Niccolo Bertola (COR) – 16 -4 -5 -17 -8 ; 50
6. Lenny, EST790, Tõnu Tõniste (COR) – 6 -2 -24 -4 -15 ; 51
7. Nefeli, GER859, Peter Karrié – 17 -3 -8 -13 -16 ; 57
8. Storm Capital Sail Racing, NOR751, Peder Jahre (COR) – 4 -24 -12 -9 -9 ; 58
9. Strambapapà, ITA689, Michele Paoletti – 13 -12 -22 -11 -7 ; 65
10. Full Throttle, USA849, Brian Porter – 8 -10 -42 -5 -4 ; 69
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.

No wind, no race in Day Two

The lack of breeze doesn’t allow to complete any race in Villasimius today, so the situation of the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 is crystallized with the standings that were defined by the three regattas completed yesterday.

Crystallized situation in Villasimius on Day Two of the Melges 24 Worlds 2019. Photo © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Bombarda ITA860 leads the pack (13 pt.), followed by Lenny EST790 (14 pt.) and Maidollis ITA854 (21 pt.). The Corinthian leadership sees the aforementioned Lenny in control, followed by Taki 4 ITA778 (25 pt.) and Gill Race Team GBR694 (38 pt.).
Hoping in more favorable weather conditions, races will resume tomorrow at 10.00am.
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
 

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

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Melges 24 World Championship 2019 Opening Ceremony was held in the eve of the Worlds on Piazza Margherita Huck hosted by the Comune di Villasimius. Moderators Mauro Melandri of Zerogradinord and Enrica Micconi welcomed all the sailors and organizers in present.

61 teams from 15 countries representing Europe, North-America, Asia made it to Sardinia, including current World Champion – Andrea Racchelli’s Altea and current European Champion – Maidollis of Gianluca Perego and Corinthian European Champion – Taki 4 of Marco Zammarchi.

Sailors were welcomed and greeted by:

  • Sergio Ghiani, President of the Lega Navale Italiana Villasimius
  • Luca Dessì, Mayor of Villasimius
  • Fabrizio Atzori, Director of “Area Marina Protetta Capo Carbonara”
  • Regatta Chair, Mirco Babini
  • Andrea Racchelli, the president of the Italian Melges 24 Class Association
  • Jens Wathne, the Chairman of IM24CA

Lots of gratitude and thanks was addressed to the generous supporters and sponsors:

  • Regione Autonoma Sardegna
  • Municipality / Comune of Villasimius
  • Melges Europe
  • Moby / Tirrenia
  • Cagliari Airport
  • Slam
  • North Sails

IM24CA Executive Committee members and staff were introduced to the audience, and the organizing team including the International Jury, Technical Committee and Race Committee were invited to the stage to be introduced as well.

Jury Chair Arto Kiiski (FIN) was introducing his team of:

  • Eric Mehlbaum (NED) – Vice Chair
  • Ron Barak (ISR),
  • Doug Sloan (USA),
  • Piero Occhetto, Tito Morosetti, Marco Giampà and Giorgio Bolla (ITA)

The Measurers, Race Committee and the rest of the Organizing Committee was invited to the stage:

    1. Gabor Csernussi (HUN) – Event Chief Measurer
    2. Branko Parunov (SLO) – Chief Equipment Inspector
    3. Eros Angeli (ITA) – Measurer
    4. Gianpaolo Sanna (ITA) – Measurer
    5. Athanasios Papantoniou (GRE) – Principal Race Officer
    6. Costanzo Vila (ITA) – Assistant Race Officer
    7. David Bartol (SLO) – IM24CA Championship Coordinator
    8. Piret Salmistu (EST) – IM24CA Class Administrator and Media Coordinator
    9. Valentina Marrocu – Head of Race Office
    10. Jamie Wilkinson (IRL) – World Sailing Classifier

All in present had fun with live music in background while the snacks and refreshments were offered by the host Comune di Villasimius.

Photo gallery by Pierrick Contin

Villasimius – Caput Mundi

Only one day to go, with the Opening Ceremony and practice race taking place tomorrow, and then the games will start for the most challenging, amazing and competitive regatta of the 2019 Melges 24 season, the World Championship of Villasimius.

With 61 crews on the water, for a total of over 300 sailors and 15 Countries represented, the event will be a challenge also for the organizers, who are working at full rhythm in these days in Marina di Villasimius to make sure they can deliver an unforgettable event.

PRO Athanasios Papantoniou – photo © Pierrick Contin/IM42CA

Excitement is in the air, as you can feel from the Worlds of PRO Athanasios Papantonio (GRE): “The Melges 24 is a fantastic Class that every day calls the sailors to demonstrate their strategic technique, tactics and boat handling. For me this is the first time in Sardinia and I’m stunned by the beauty of the venue and the facilities that have been provided by the organizers. Villasimius is a lovely location and the wind conditions that I have seen in the last couple of days make me think it will be a wonderful event. Crews are registering, measuring their boats and passing through the weigh in procedure for the moment and in the same time some of them are going out on the water for training.  The weather forecasts show that it will be light for the first two days and it will be picking up during the rest of the week. I have a stunning team of Jury members working with me, all of them are very passionate of this Class and feel like members of the Melges 24 family. This feeling will make the event much better”.

Jury Team chaired by Arto Kiiski © Pierrick Contin/IM24CA
Jury Team chaired by Arto Kiiski © Pierrick Contin/IM24CA

Arto Kiiski (FIN), Jury Chairman, commented: “I was sailing the Melges 24 for 7 years starting from 1997 with hull #298, Marinel PaTu. We sailed in Punta Ala, Torquay, Torbole, La Rochelle and all those legendary events back then. Since we retired, I was involved with the organization of the events starting from 2010, when I was part of the Race Committee of the Worlds in Tallinn. I continued working as Jury member since 2011 doing all European and World Championships on the European side. For Villasimius I am very privileged and honored to be the Jury Chairman with an absolutely brilliant jury team. Eric Mehlbaum (NED) is my Vice Chair and the rest of the team is composed by Ron Barak (ISR), Doug Sloan (USA), Piero Occetto, Tito Morosetti, Marco Giampà and Giorgio Bolla (ITA): we are having the best possible team to handle the issues that are going to be addressed for the jury. We are having a strong experience on this Class and hopefully it helps us to through this event successfully.”

Branko Parunov, Event Chief Equipment Inspector  - Photo © Pierrick Contin/IM24CA
Branko Parunov, Event Chief Equipment Inspector – Photo © Pierrick Contin/IM24CA

Branko Parunov (SLO), Chief Equipment Inspector of the event: “We are a small team of measures but very united: the team includes Event Chief Measurer Gabor Csernussi (HUN), Eros Angeli and Gianpaolo Sanna (ITA). We all have experience of different Melges 24 European events and have been working together already, which makes our teamwork much better and easier. Everything is going as planned and thanks to competitors willing to help and good vibes around us, we are slightly ahead of schedule so far.”

Reigning World Champion Matteo Ramian of Maidollis (ITA854) in the action of the boat full inspection.  - Photo © Pierrick Contin/IM24CA
Reigning World Champion Matteo Ramian of Maidollis (ITA854) in the action of the boat full inspection. – Photo © Pierrick Contin/IM24CA

Regatta Chair from Marina di Villasimius, Mirco Babini is happy to host the Melges 24 International class. On behalf of Lega Navale Italiana of Villasimius e Marina di Villasimius we would like to welcome all participants in the regatta. We are very happy to host the Melges 24 World Championship  for the first time, this is the closing event of an impressive international sailing season here, with all Melges Classes and the GC 32 that have tested and appreciated our racing area, confirming Villasimius to be one of the top sailing spot. We are already working on next year programme, that once again will be full of international championships.”

Marina di Villasimius is ready for the Melges 24 World Championship 2019. - Photo © IM24CA
Marina di Villasimius is ready for the Melges 24 World Championship 2019. – Photo © IM24CA

Everything is then set for the start of the Melges 24 World Championship 2019: with five days of racing and a maximum of 12 regattas planned, next Saturday we’re going to discover who will be the new Melges 24 World Champions, following in the golden books Altea by Andrea Racchelli from Italy, and Full Circle by Robert Britten from Canada, who won the titles in Victoria (Canada) in June 2018.

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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Measurement Process

Please find here the Measurement Schedule including the boats chosen for Full Inspection only. The Sail Inspection will be done as you go there.

NOTE!  – The craning will be free of charge for all participating boats since October 2nd to 7th until 18:00. Due to the technical reasons the crane will not operate on October 3rd between 8 am till midday.

MEASUREMENT SCHEDULE (PDF)

MEASUREMENT PROCESS (PDF)

In case your boat has been selected for a Full Inspection:

You are asked to move your boat close to the Measurement Area in the Marina di Villasimius boat yard (big shed) at the time and date indicated in the above. Minimum 2-3 crew members are requested to help during the inspection.

The inspection may include: boat weighing, appendages position and weighing, other measurements.

Please be ready to go under the crane as follow:

  • the boat should stay on the trailer
  • remove these equipment from the boat: sails, engine, bracket and fuel can, anchor chain and warp, manual bilge pump, bucket and lanyard, compass and timing devices if not permanently fixed
  • dry the boat properly  (the keel-crane slot too)
  • the mast should be lowered on the boat
  • the boom shall stay on the boat but ready to be taken off, we may need to measure it later
  • Keel Crane is to remain on the trailer
  • prepare straps; show these items to the Equipment Inspector, we need to calculate the tare
  • the rudder complete with tiller should be on board, ready to be taken off, we may weigh it
  • if the serial number of the fin keel is not visible, be ready to remove its  head-plate and/or the derlin

In case of any questions, do not hesitate to ask the Chief Measurer Gabor Csernussi (in English) @ +36 309 331840 or Chief Equipment Inspector Branko Parunov (English/Italian) @ +386 51 301 053

For the Sails Inspection:

The sails will be inspected in in the Marina di Villasimius boat yard (big shed).
Sails shall be already certified: if not, they will be refused.

Be prepared with:

  1. The Sail Measurement Form properly filled (see drawing attached)
  2. The jib zip closed
  3. Jib battens removed from their pockets
  4. Wet sails will be refused!

Measurement Certificates:

In case you haven’t yet, please send the Measurement Certificate of your boat to the e-mail of the IM24CA Administrator piret@melges24.com preferably before the registration starts (by Friday, October 4th evening).

Also – please let me know if you have any question, problems, missing documents etc regards the Measurement Certificates. Let’s solve them as shortly as possible.

If you have any questions about the measurement process, Event Chief Measurer Gabor Csernussi together with Chief Equipment Inspector Branko Parunov are willing to answer and help on spot.

Thanks a lot for your help and co-operation!

Melges 24 Pre-Worlds 2019 – Bombarda Takes it All and the Melges 24 Fleet Flies Toward the Worlds

September 22, 2019 – Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy –   “Since the very first day of training here in Villasimius, the feeling with the race course and the boat has been positive. This positive wake has continued even in the following days of racing, which have allowed us to climb on the highest step of the podium in an event that, above all on the psychological level and on the motivation of the crew, has a fundamental role in view of the great seasonal goal, the World Championship of October” – these are the words by Andrea Pozzi, owner of Bombarda ITA860, returning to the dock in Villasimius.

Bombarda ITA860
The crew of Andrea Pozzi on Bombarda ITA860 dominated the three-days-racing of the Melges 24 Pre-Worlds in Villasimius taking the victory. – photo ©IM24CA/Zerogradinord

The crew of Andrea Pozzi dominated the three-days-racing of the Melges 24 Pre-Worlds in Villasimius leaving behind the Italian crew of Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 ITA778 with Niccolo Bertola in helm, overall silver and winner of the Corinthian division, in continuous comeback after the first day of racing, and the Hungarian FGF Sailing Team HUN728 helmed by Robert Bakoczy, which in Day Two had repeatedly tried to slow down the advance of Bombarda.

Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 ITA778 with Niccolo Bertola in helm, climbed to the overall second and Corinthian division’ gold at the Melges 24 Pre-Worlds in Villasimius. – photo ©IM24CA/Zerogradinord

FGF Sailing Team HUN728 is stepping strongly on the current leader Bombarda's toes, and with the score of 2-1-2 is the Boat of the Day on Day Two of the Melges 24 Pre-Worlds in Villasimius - photo ©IM24CA/Zerogradinord
Hungarian FGF Sailing Team HUN728 helmed by Robet Bakoczy was strong and steady enough to confirm the third place on the podium of the Pre-Worlds in Villasimius. – photo ©IM24CA/Zerogradinord

The Corinthian podium sees Estonian Lenny EST790 of Tõnu Tõniste closing the event in second position, with the German entry of Michael Tarabochia White Room GER677 with Luis Tarabochia in helm stepping on the third place of the podium.

Lenny EST790
Estonian Tõnu Tõniste’s Lenny EST790 is closing the Melges 24 Pre-Worlds on the second level of the Corinthian podium. – Photo ©IM24CA/Zerogradinord

White Room GER677
White Room GER677 of Michael Tarabochia with his son Luis Tarabochia helming, completes the Corinthian podium of the Melges 24 Pre-Worlds as third. – Photo ©IM24CA/Zerogradinord

Daily winners in Day Three were, in the order, Bombarda, Taki 4 and Andrea Racchelli’s Altea ITA722 (who finished fourth overall).

Marina di Villasimius
Marina di Villasimius is looking forward to the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 now. – Photo ©IM24CA/Zerogradinord

With extremely variable conditions over the weekend, Villasimius once again showed the beauty of its race course: the crews found themselves facing wind up to twenty knots with a steep wave, but also a light breeze with a long swell, putting themselves to the test in the best possible way with the race course, which, on October 8th, will put challenge with a five-days of racing valid as Melges 24 World Championship 2019.
Top 10 of the Pre-Worlds
1. Bombarda, ITA860, Andrea Pozzi – 1 -1 -1 -7 -4 -1 -[9] -2 ; 17
2. Taki 4, ITA778, (C) Marco Zammarchi – 3 -5 -[24] -1 -5 -3 -1 -5 ; 23
3. FGF Sailing Team, HUN728, Robert Bakoczy – 8 -4 -4 -2 -1 -2 -10 -[24] ; 31
4. Altea, ITA722, Andrea Racchelli – 5 -2 -10 -5 -3 -[24] -12 -1 ; 38
5. Zingara, CAN853, Richard Reid – 4 -12 -2 -3 -7 -[16] -8 -4 ; 40
6. Mikey, USA835, Kevin Welch – 2 -8 -3 -[17] -10 -8 -7 -9 ; 47
7. Nefeli, GER859, Peter Karrié – 9 -[17] -14 -8 -6 -7 -5 -3 ; 52
8. Lenny, EST790, (C) Tõnu Tõniste – 13 -3 -[24] -6 -9 -5 -14 -8 ; 58
9. Melgina, ITA693, Paolo Brescia – 7 -6 -8 -12 -15 -9 -6 -[24] ; 63
10. Epervier, ITA383, Ernesto Brianza – [24] -16 -6 -9 -2 -15 -3 -14 ; 65
There are already 62 boats registered, representing as many as 15 nations from 3 continents, but it is estimated the number could still grow by some units: a beautiful result for a one design that exceeds twenty five years of age but which continues to maintain an unparalleled charm.
The Pre-Worlds was Act 4 of the Italian Melges24Tour 2019.
The Melges 24 events are 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.