Melges 24 World Championship 2017 is in the history book for now. Thank you all for the wonderful week in Helsinki, Finland!

It was just a pleasure to be there with ‪‎Melges 24 big happy family! The best one-design sportboat,  the best class, the best sailors!

Thank you to Helsingfors Segelklubb for your wonderful hospitality as our hosts and to the Finnish Melges 24 Class Association and Tomi Hakola for all their work on our behalf and to our IM24CA team – Benedek Fluck and Piret Salmistu – for the support they give to the sailors and to our event organisers.

Tomi Hakola


Benedek Fluck – IM24CA Championship Coordinator Europe and Jens Wathne – Chairman of IM24CA

Special thanks goes to Ted Gröndahl and Perttu Rönkkö leading this wonderful team of Helsingfors Segelklubb and a huge bunch of volunteers with all these happy smiles willing to help the sailors during this tense and long week.

Big thanks to everyone involved in helping to organize the event.

  • Shoreside event management team led by Ted Gröndahl
  • PRO Madis Ausman, ARO Andres Talts and their team afloat
  • Jury Chair Eric Mehlbaum and his team: Arto Kiiski IJ FIN, Piero Occhetto IJ ITA, Willii Gohl IJ GER, Lars Nyqvist NJ FIN, Keke Tulomäki IJ FIN, Rick Mallinson NJ USA,  Juha Lehtinen NJ FIN.
  • Scorer Ari Peltomäki
  • Head of Race Office Anneli Brummer and her team
  • Measurers Agnes Lill and Jan Schmidt and their team
  • Jamie Wilkinson – World Sailing Classifier
Race Committee
Video Team – Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegati from Zerogradinord and Matteo Sprecacenere from Melges Eruope

Huge thanks to our media team –  Zerogradinord – Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegati with Matteo Sprecacenere as their boat driver representing Melges Europe ; and our Official Photographer Pierrick Contin. You did an amazing job and some magic with all these images and videos and interviews!

Congratulations all those who have been at the first Melges 24 Worlds in Torquay in UK 20 years ago and were still at the Worlds 2017 making the Melges 24 as a historical and epic one.

From left: Peter Flinkmann, Richard Thompson, Bruce Ayres, Nigel Young, Jim Schwerdt, Stian Ness Rorvik, Tõnu Tõniste, Tammo Otsasoo, Peder Nergaard. Photo – (c) Pierrick Contin

It was great to have 59 Melges 24 teams from 15 nations, especially great to see 6 US teams making an effort to come to Helsinki, helping to make this such a spectacular 20th Melges 24 World Championship!

Thank you to all the sponsors for their generosity without which the event would not be the same:  Melges Europe, Melges 24 Estonian Class Association, FinnLines, Tallink, Vana Tallinn, Dermoshop, LifeProof, Holiday Inn, Helsingfors Segelklubb, Blue Peter Restaurant.


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