September 20, 2015 – Medemblik, the Netherlands – Third day of the Delta Lloyd Dutch Open Championship 2015 was the one to decide the Dutch Champions in eleven classes and among them Melges 24 class with 18 teams from seven countries. Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team from Great Britain did not leave much chance to the others – gaining two bullets today and five out of eight in overall they were crowned 2015 Melges 24 Dutch Champions in the International Sailing Center Medemblik on the regatta considered to be the fifth event of the 2015 Melges 24 European Sailing Series.
Miles Quinton's Gill Race Team GBR694 - photo Jasper van Staveren
By the end of the second day of the Dutch Open Championship and with six races completed Gill Race Team GBR694 was three points behind of local top Melges 24 team – 2013 Melges 24 Corinthian European Champion – Ronald Veraar’s Kesbeke/Sika/Gill NED827 who has been leading the regatta since the beginning. On the final day Gill Race Team was strong and confident enough to win both two races to catch Kesbeke/Sika/Gill who got fifth and fourth place today. Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team GBR694 included Nigel Young, Rob Gullan, William Goldsmith, Colm Dunne and Richard Marshall and collected 16 points altogether. Ronald Veraar’s team including Eelko Block, Pim Mommersteeg and Joost Brouwer ended four points behind of the winner and with a ten points’ margin ahead of Swiss Michael Good’s Aile SUI382 who started the regatta from the fifth position jumping to third by the end of the second day.
Melges 24 Top 3 teams of the Dutch Open Championships - photo Jasper van Staveren
David Rowen’s ImagineGBR557 from Great Britain was eighth and second today and with 33 points in overall gained fourth place followed by the two Hungarian teams - Kalman Rozsnyay’s FGF Sailing Team HUN728 with Robert Bakozsy in helm (2-8 today, 33 pts overall) and then Akos Csolto’s Seven Five Nine HUN759 (3-13 today, 35 pts overall).
About the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2015
The final results of the event will certainly amend the current ranking of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series where the current leader in Pro division is Miles Quinton's Gill Race Team and in Pro Am (Corinthian) division is leading Ukrainian team Marusia with Oleg Dyvinets in helm. After Medemblik the final points to the ranking will be collected at the 6th event of the 2015 Melges 24 European Sailing Series in Luino, Italy at the Melges 24 Swiss Open Championship / Lino Favini Cup on October 9-11, being also the final event of the Italian circuit - Audi tron Sailing Series.
The current standings of the 2015 Melges 24 European Sailing Series calculated after four events with 34 races altogether and 5 discards can be found at http://melges24.com/europeansailingseries
Next ranking results after five events completed will be published on 22nd of September.
Current ranking results of the 2015 Audi tron Sailing Series http://www.audisailingseries.com/melges_24/default.aspx?lingua=1
Melges 24 class in Europe so far has had four events of the 2015 Melges 24 European Sailing Series so far: first in Portoroz, Slovenia in March, second in Balatonfüred, Hungary in May; third in Riva del Garda, Italy in May and fourth as the most important title event of the year, World Championship in Middelfart Denmark in June-July. Fifth event of the series just ended in Medemblik, the Netherlands and the best teams of the series will be awarded in Luino, Italy as a joint event with Audi tron Sailing Series in October.