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MELGES 24 EUROPEANS CLOSE WITH AN EMOTIONAL PRIZE GIVING

The 2001 Melges 24 European Championship closed with a very emotional prize giving in which Christina Zuccoli, widow of the late and great Giorgio, presented the new Georgio Zuccoli perpetual trophy to the overall winner Cedric Pouligny and his crew. The teams were all very moved by Christina's decision to present the prize personally at the club which Giorgio considered home.

Also presented for the first time was a youngest crew trophy, sponsored by the Hotel Santoni, which went to the British

FOLLOWING THEIR THIRD PLACE IN RACE FIVE, FI BROWN SPOKE WITH NICK HALMOS AND HIS CREW FROM RHODE ISLAND USA

FB – Where are you all from?
Nick – I’m from Palm Beach, Florida but I live in Newport, Rhode Island.
Rob – The rest of us are all from Newport.

FB – So what made you decide to come and do the Melges 24 Europeans?
Nick – We acquired a boat last July and we’ve been sailing all winter and wanted to tune up for the Worlds. Also we’d heard that Lake Garda is the most beautiful place ever to sail so we came over.

FB – You must be very happy with your third place in the fifth race?

SEAN THE LUCKY SHEEP BRINGS CEDRIC POULIGNY SUCCESS IN TORBOLE

The Melges 24 Europeans drew to a close with a final seventh race in Torbole today. Racing started just before 9am in a brisk northerly breeze with most of the overall leaders opting for the left end of the line and the left hand side of the course.

OVERALL LEADER POULIGNY OCS IN RACE 6 AT MELGES 24 EUROPEANS

Race six at the Melges 24 Europeans saw major upsets with Cedric Pouligny and Favio Favini caught OCS.

After a six and a half-hour postponement sailing finally got underway at 5.30pm. Keen to ensure the fleet got away rapidly the race committee introduced the black flag catching out both overnight leader Pouligny and fourth placed Favini. Pouligny is protesting his disqualification so final results hang on the outcome of this hearing.

CREWS PARTY AND PAY TRIBUTE TO GIORGIO IN TORBOLE

450 Melges sailors and official from the Circolo Vela Torbole enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Riva's smartest hotel last night. The crews enjoyed a wonderful italian meal with endless free wine before watching a very moving film tribute to Giorgio Zuccio and video from the first two days of sailing. Afterwards each skipper was presented with a specially commissioned limited edition print of Melges 24s sailing on Lake Garda by a local artist.

2001 MELGES 24 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP STILL WIDE OPEN AFTER 5 RACES

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.

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?

FIRST DAY LEADER ROB SMITH SPEAKS WITH FI BROWN

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