July 20, 2016 – IM24CA - Sailing season in Europe is in full swing and the International Melges 24 class has had four events of the 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series so far: first in Portoroz, Slovenia in April; second on Lake Attersee, Austria in June; third in Kiel, Germany in June and fourth in Riva del Garda, Italy last weekend. The current standings of the 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series have been calculated and published after four events with 28 single races and 4 discards as the total of the series. Fifth event of the series will be the most important competition of the European season – Marinepool Melges 24 European Championship to be held in another favourite sailing venue Hyeres, France in September and the series will wrap up in Luino, Italy in October with the 13th edition of the Lino Favini Cup (Coppa Lino Favini), considered also as the Melges 24 Swiss Open Championship 2016.
59 boats from 15 nations have been collecting points for the ranking so far. Six of them have been taking part from every event so far: Chris Rast’s EFG Bank (SUI), Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team (GBR), David Rowen’s Imagine (GBR), Michael Tarabochia’s White Room (GER) Jörg Hotz’ Andele (SUI) and Oleg Dyvinets’ Marusia (UKR).
Chris Rast's EFG Bank SUI684 - Riva del Garda, July 2016 - photo (c) IM24CA/ZGN
In OVERALL ranking top 5 boats are (59 boats ranked from 15 nations):
1. EFG BANK SUI684 – Chris Rast/Flavio Favini/Luka Rodion – 125 pts
2. GILL RACE TEAM GBR694 – Miles Quinton/Geoff Carveth – 146 pts
3. ALTEA ITA735 – Andrea Racchelli – 153 pts
4. IMAGINE GBR557 – David Rowen – 184 pts
5. WHITE ROOM GER677 – Michael Tarabochia/Luis Tarabochia/Sebastian Buhler – 221 pts
Full Overall ranking
Michael Tarabochia's White Room GER677 with Sebastian Buhler helming - Riva del Garda, July 2016 - photo (c) IM24CA/ZGN
In CORINTHIAN division top 5 boats are (41 teams ranked from 11 nations):
1. WHITE ROOM GER677 – Michael Tarabocchia/Luis Tarabochia/Sebastian Buhler – 105 pts
2. GILL RACE TEAM GBR694 – Miles Quinton/Geoff Carveth – 178 pts
3. MARUSIA UKR819 – Oleg Dyvinets – 184 pts
4. TEAM KESBEKE/SIKA/GILL NED827 – Eelco Blok/Ronald Veraar – 294 pts
5.CINGHI-AILE SUI382 – Michael Good – 333 pts
Full rankings for CORINTHIAN division
The next big event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Marinepool Melges 24 European Championship 2016 – will be held in Hyeres, France in September 2-9. The organisers of the Melges 24 Europeans have generously lowered the late entry surcharge to 30% instead of 50% until July 31. The entry fee to pay is 975 Euros instead of 1125. So please hurry up and make your entries as soon as possible to take advantage of this special offer!
2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series will come to an end in Luino, Italy in October with the 13th edition of the Lino Favini Cup (Coppa Lino Favini), considered also as the Melges 24 Swiss Open Championship 2016. Last year 24 teams from 9 nations - Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ukraine and Italy were taking part from this event.
“Same as last year we are proud of hosting the Swiss Nationals, which for us is a great achievement because we believe that our Melges 24 friends feel our club as home and our lake as their home waters. For the second time we will also host the final event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series, and the final prize giving. For us this will be a strong reason to try and do our very best in organizing the 2016 event and to confirm Luino as the favourite end of season regatta for the Melges 24 International class. Our sponsors and the Luino municipality will help us again and more but what we will really need is you and your team on our side and here in Luino, October 7th ready to start and to have a good time with us. Good luck for your sailing,” have said Flavio Favini.
The Notice of Race has been published and the entry system is open to register here http://melges24.com/europeansailingseries