08 May 2015 - Balatonfüred, Hungary - Eleven teams have congregated so far at the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club (BYC) on Hungary's Lake Balaton this weekend for the Balaton Melges 24 Spring Regatta which runs from May 8-10. The regatta, which will be organized in kind co-operation with the Hungarian Melges24 Class Association and International Melges24 Class Association, will be the second event of European Melges24 Sailing Series 2015!
Balatonfüredi Yacht Club (BYC) and MVM Sport Club (MVM SE) are honoured to welcome the European Melges 24 fleet. Everything is ready for racing - summer has arrived to Balaton so hopefully the weather will be perfect for the event! The on-site registration will continue Friday morning and will be followed by the first race the warning signal of which is scheduled for 10.55 a.m.
There are seven local Hungarian boats registered so far among of which is the 2014 Pro Am Winner of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series - FGF Sailing Team with Robert Bakóczy in helm. From the 2014 European Sailing Series Top 3 boats there are represented also Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team from UK (3rd in Pro division) and Ukrainian team Marusia with Oleg Dyvinets in helm (2nd in Pro Am division). Besides those mentioned there are two teams from Austria competing as well.
The principal race officer of the event will be Benedek Fluck, international race officer who has great experience with Melges24 regattas being the PRO of the 2012-2014 Hungarian Melges 24 Championships, as well as of the Pre-regatta of 2014 Melges 24 European Championship n Balatonfüred.
A maximum of 9 races will be sailed and the schedule allows for up to four races per day. A minimum of two races are required to constitute a regatta series. If five or more races are completed teams will be allowed to drop their worst result from their final points tally; otherwise every result will count.
The first event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series was hosted by the Yachting Club Portoroz in Marina Portoroz, Slovenia in March. The rest of the series will feature five major regattas across Europe - Melges 24 Regatta in Balatonfüredi Yacht Club, Hungary; Audi tron Sailing Series Melges 24 Act 3 in Riva del Garda, Fraglia Vela Riva, Italy; Melges 24 World Championship in Middelfart, Denmark; Dutch Open Championship in Medemblik, The Netherlands and as the latest decision of the International Melges 24 Class Association while the Campione regatta in Switzerland was cancelled by the hosting club, Melges 24 Swiss Open Championship / Coppa Lino Favini on October 8-11. The final event in the series will be hosted by Flavio Favini and A.V.A.V. Luino (Associazione Velica Alto Verbano http://www.avav.it/ ). Read more about changing changing the events in the series on the IM24CA website.
For further information about the International Melges 24 Class and the Melges 24 European Sailing Series please visit www.melges24.com/europeansailingseries or contact IM24CA Administrator Piret Salmistu on E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org