20th Melges 24 Worlds in Helsinki Have Been Declared Open

Three days of regsitration, measuring the boats, checking the sails and getting familiar with the race course, have been fabulous. Finnish summer has been showing the better part of it to the sailors and everybody has been enjoying to get together and see again the members of the Big Happy Melges 24 Family to celebrate the 20th Worlds of the class.

Sunday evening the Worlds were officially declared open by Perttu Rönkkö, Regatta Chair and the Vice Commodor of the hosting club Helsingfors Segelklubb. The 59 Melges 24 teams from 15 nations were greeted by Benedek Fluck, the IM24CA Championship Coordinator Europe (HUN); Jens Wathne, the Chairman of IM24CA (NOR); Tomi Hakola, IM24CA Treasurer and the President of the Finnish Melges 24 Class Association; Henrik Andersson, the President of the Finnish Boat- and Sailing Federation. The ambience was great and emotional while almost 300 sailors were greeting staff of IM24CA, Race Committee, Jury, organisers and volunteers.

At the end of the official opening ceremony the anthem of Finland, celebrating it’s 100 Years of Independence in 2017, was played. This was to honor the opportunity to have this fabulous sailing event here in Helsinki, Finland, where the last Melges 24 title event was held in 2003 – Jacobs Creek Europeans. And the second time up here in the North the title event was held in Tallinn, Estonia 2010 – Marinepool Melges 24 Worlds.

See the full gallery of the Opening Ceremony of the 20th Melges 24 World Championship by Pierrick Contin


Services for Competitors

Here are some useful information to you about breakfasts, food packages, after sail meals etc. Check them out and let the Race Office know about your choices by Sunday evening (July 30).


1) RESTAURANT BLUE PETER (just 50 meters from the docks)
All competitors have a -10% discount from all drinks. When ordering use the code: MELGES24

Restaurant Blue Peter will be open Monday 31st to Friday 4th starting from 8.00 am

You can utilize the 2017 World Championship race pre order food package service. They have to be ordered ONLINE for every day, paid and picked up from Blue Peter the day you have them planned for. The online service: https://wolt.com/fin/helsinki/blue-peter/ (scroll down to “race pre order sub title)

The pick up happens at the restaurant by showing the order confirmation from your mobile phone.

FOOD SERVICE AFTER SAILING (every day 3 – 5 pm)
Monday 31.8. Chicken pasta
Tuesday 1.8 Piglet wok
Wednesday 2.8 Pasta
Thursday 3.8. Sea food wok
Friday 4.8. Salmon Wok
Price per meal is 10 eur /person. If paid in advance to race office the price for 45 days eur / person

2) PRO SAILOR, the yacht shop (just 300 meters from the docks)
Prosailor is a yachting specialized shop having everything you can imagine for the MELGES24. Open every weekday during the Worlds from 9am to 6pm

2017 Melges 24 Worlds Social Program and other Social Activity Possibilities

Sunday 30th July at 19.00
“Opening Ceremony”
Place: Worlds 2017 tent in harbor

Monday 31st July at 19.00
“Celebrating 20 years of Melges 24 World Championships”
Place: Haukilahti water tower, Hauenkalliontie, 02170 Espoo
NOTE! Due to the water tower capacity the first 200 entries will be accepted. Please make your entry to the race office before Sunday 30th Opening Ceremony

Wednesday 2nd August at 18.00
“Regatta dinner”
Place: Restaurant Blue Peter, HSK harbor
NOTE! Additional family, or team members besides the 2017 World crew the dinner cost is 50€ per person. Price includes regatta dinner and wine. These additional members / persons have to buy a ticket from the race office before Tuesday 1st of August 17.00

Friday 4th August as soon as possible
“Prizegiving and closing ceremony”
Place: Worlds 2017 tent in harbor

Monday 31st July – Thursday 3rd August as soon as possible
“Daily First prizegiving”
Place: Worlds 2017 tent in harbor


OTHER social activity possibilities ie. for Tuesday 1st, Thursday 3rd by using code “MELGES24”

1) Brewdog Helsinki (-15% discount from drinks)
Brewdog Helsinki is the flagship bar for Brewdog craft beers. With 24 drafts and huge bottle selection there is something for everybody.

Address: Tarkk’ampujankatu 20, Helsinki
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrewDogHel/

2) Löyly Helsinki (-20% discount from food & 2h sauna for 15€/person)
Unique seaside restaurant, sauna and outdoor terrace area in downtown Helsinki

Address: Hernesaarenranta 4, Helsinki
Facebook: www.facebook.com/helsinkisauna/?fref=ts
Sauna shall be pre booked by calling +358 9 6128 6550 & using code ”Melges24”

3) Restaurant Merimakasiini (-15% discount from food)
Restaurant Merimakasiini is situated right by the old docks of Helsinki, straight in the city centre. Specialized in seafood but also seasonal meat dishes can be found on the menu.

Address: Hietalahdenranta 14, Helsinki
Facebook: www.facebook.com/merimakasiini/?ref=br_rs
menu: www.merimakasiini.fi/merimakasiini/doc/SUMMER2017-ALA-CARTE.pdf

4) Restaurant Fisken på Disken (-15% discount from food)
Fisken på Disken is Swedish for “Fish on the Dish”. This is what you will get! Speciality –  beef tartar  High class seafood restaurant on the top floor of Kamppi Mall.

Address: Kamppi shopping center, Urho Kekkosenkatu 1, 5th floor, Kortteli, Helsinki
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fiskendisken/
menu: www.fisken.fi/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Fisken-på-Disken-Summer-Menu.pdf


2017 Melges 24 Worlds: Melges 24 Class Celebrates 20 Years of World Championships

July 21, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland – Time is running fast as the Melges 24 fleet approaches the most awaited event of the season, the Melges 24 World Championship 2017 that, after having been hosted in the warm Miami past December, moves back to cooler Northern European climates: from July 28th to August 4th one of the most active fleets in the one-design scenario will be fighting once again to get on top of the World. Already for the 20th time as the first-ever Melges 24 World Championships were held in Torquay, England in 1998, where Vince Brun of San Diego, U.S., won the title among ninety-three teams. During these twenty remarkable years fifteen Melges 24 skippers overall and fifteen in Corinthian division have been crowned as World Champions. Excitement grows to see who are going to be the next ones!

See the Hall of Fame of the Melges 24 Class


Jens Wathne, the Chairman of the International Melges 24 Class Association is excited about the upcoming World Championship: “In one week’s time all our attention will turn to the 2017 Worlds in Helsinki, Finland. Almost fourteen years ago the Melges 24 Europeans were held in the same place and it was a fabulous championship. Sailors from this region have been active in the class during most of the boat’s life. This is the 20th World Championship in the class with fifteen nations on the line; it will be special as it’s the first one in Finland. Boats are travelling large distances to fight for the trophies in pro and Corinthian divisions. Especially I would like to welcome the six boats from the US making the effort in joining the fleet in the waters of the Finnish capital of Helsinki. See you there – safe travels to the championship!”

Fifty-nine boats from fifteen nations have registered to the copious fleet. Countries from Northern Europe have the largest representation with a total of twenty-eight boats coming from the Scandinavian area, but also Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, and Great Britain will be racing. From overseas the American fleet will be represented by six boats: among them there are some crews that already marked the history of the Melges 24 Class and that rarely miss the most relevant appointments of the fleet: 2009 Corinthian World Champion and 2016 Worlds’ overall 4th – Monsoon by Bruce Ayres; 2016 Worlds’ 7th – John Brown’s Blind Squirrel andLucky Dog/Gill Race Team by Travis Weisleder being 9th at the latest Worlds, are just few of the well-known boats that will race in Helsinki.

In the best traditions of Melges 24 Class, the Corinthian division will represent more than a half of the fleet – thirty three teams. There will be the 2016 World Champions and current leaders of the European Sailing Series aboard the Italian entry, Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4; also current leaders of the European Sailing Series Corinthian ranking and 2016 European Champions Gill Race Team by Miles Quinton with Geoff Carveth in helm, as for today the main competitor for Taki 4 in the European events during the spring. The Estonian entry Lenny by Tõniste twins will try to replicate the success obtained in the World Championship held in Hyeres, France in 2006 and in Middelfart, Denmark in 2015. It seems that there will be a lot of challenge and exciting sailing to shape the podium of the Corinthian division.

Also in the overall division there will be many teams to keep in the spotlight: among them Italian Altea, helmed by Andrea Racchelli, second in the Worlds of Middlefart and winner of the 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series; and Italian Maidollis by Gianluca Perego, with the Fracassoli-Fonda tandem on board, that already won Melges 24 World Championships on Garda Lake in 2012 and was 2nd at the Miami Worlds in 2016, will be two of the most credited aspirants for the top of the podium.  But also the Norwegian entry, three-times World Champion (2008, 2010, 2012) Storm Capital Sail Racing of Oyvind Peder Jahre will be competing in open division with Giulio Desiderato, tactician for the 2016 Melges 24 World Ranking winner Bombarda of Andrea Pozzi, onboard.

Entry List

A Pre-Worlds regatta will be held on July 22-23, allowing the visiting sailors a chance to test themselves against the Helsinki conditions and each other. The first start for the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship, hosted by the Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK) and organized by the International Melges 24 Class Association in cooperation with Finnish Melges 24 Class Association, is scheduled for July 31st at 11.00 am (Finnish time), while practice race will be held on July 30th.  Twelve races are scheduled for the regatta.

Schedule of the events:

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th of July – Registration & Measurement
Sunday 30th of  July – Registration & Measurement, Practice Race, Opening Ceremony
Monday 31st of July to Friday 4th of August – Racing at the 2017 Melges 24 Worlds
Friday 4th of August – Racing + Closing Ceremony

Melges 24 World Chmapionship 2017 is supported by:
FinnLinesTallinkVana TallinnLifeProofDermoshopMelges EuropeHelly HansenEstonian Melges 24 Class AssociationHoliday Inn.

Press release of the International Melges 24 Class Association