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MELGES 24 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP STILL WIDE OPEN AFTER 5 RACES

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After another two-hour delay waiting for wind the race committee were finally able to get the days proceedings underway. For a short while it looked as if Garda might deliver the conditions for which she is so famous and race four started in a building 12 knot breeze. The competitors were a little over eager after their long delay at it took them three attempts to finally get away. The smart money was on the left hand side of the line and the right hand side of the first beat.

RAIN DELAYS PLAY IN TORBOLE

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IMS 50' WORLD CHAMPION FLAVIO FAVINI TELLS US WHAT BROUGHT HIM INTO THE MELGES 24 CLASS

FB – You’ve just come back from winning the IMS 50’ Worlds. It must be a big change from that to Melges 24 sailing. How are you finding it?

SMITH LEADS THE FIRST TWO RACES OF MELGES 24 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

The opening day of the Melges 24 Europeans in Torbole produced two fantastic races in near perfect sailing conditions and glorious sunshine.

FIRST DAY LEADER ROB SMITH SPEAKS WITH FI BROWN

FB – So what was it like out there today Rob?

TORBOLE WELCOMES THE MELGES 24 FLEET IN A MOVING CEREMONY

The town of Torbole welcomed the Melges 24 fleets to their 2001 European Championship in a moving ceremony held at the Town Quay this evening. Formalities opened with welcome speaches in Italian and English from the Mayor of Torbole, the Commodore of the Circolo Vela Torbole and the Italian Regional Sports Minister.

10 POINTS SEPARATE TOP 13 IN MELGES 24 EUROPEAN RANKING

On the eve of the Melges 24 European Championship, the final event in the 2001 European Ranking Series, just 10 points separate the top 13 boats. Jamie Lee (helming for Richard Thompson), Laurent Pages and Keith Musto share the top slot on 199 points each with Mario Zilini snapping at their heels in fourth place on 197 points. Fifth placed Ants Haavel is unable to take part in the Europeans dropping him out of the overall competition, but sixth placed Cedric Pouligny is very much in the running on 194.

CLASS TECHNICAL ADVISOR DAVID CHIVERS REPORTS ON A NEW FEW INTERESTING POINTS RAISED CLASS DURING REGISTRATION AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN TORBOLE

With around half of the entrants measured in so far registration is going well at the Europeans in Torbole.

RECORD 94 ENTRIES FOR MELGES 24 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2001

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With a record breaking 94 entries from 12 nations the 2001 Melges 24 European Championship, to be run on Lake Guarda, Italy by the Circolo Vela Torbole from 30 August to 7 September, promises to be one of the most exciting regattas taking place in Europe this year.

TOM KNUTSEN REPORTS FROM THE NORWEGIAN OPEN NATIONALS

Facing the relaitvely long way to travel to the Oil Capitol of Norway, Stavanger 28 boats had made the trip. Facing the fact that the Scandinavian Class has rapidly grown into 44 boats these days and that the Open Norwegians 2001 is a part of the European Melges Ranking, 28 boats had found their way to Stavanger including EST-509 (Tonu Töniste, Ants Havel, Toomas Töniste, Maiki Saaring) and USA-353 (Tom Freytag, Ben Cooke, Fred Kempt, Ben Cooper).