September 22, 2019 – Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy – “Since the very first day of training here in Villasimius, the feeling with the race course and the boat has been positive. This positive wake has continued even in the following days of racing, which have allowed us to climb on the highest step of the podium in an event that, above all on the psychological level and on the motivation of the crew, has a fundamental role in view of the great seasonal goal, the World Championship of October” – these are the words by Andrea Pozzi, owner of Bombarda ITA860, returning to the dock in Villasimius.
The crew of Andrea Pozzi dominated the three-days-racing of the Melges 24 Pre-Worlds in Villasimius leaving behind the Italian crew of Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 ITA778 with Niccolo Bertola in helm, overall silver and winner of the Corinthian division, in continuous comeback after the first day of racing, and the Hungarian FGF Sailing Team HUN728 helmed by Robert Bakoczy, which in Day Two had repeatedly tried to slow down the advance of Bombarda.
The Corinthian podium sees Estonian Lenny EST790 of Tõnu Tõniste closing the event in second position, with the German entry of Michael Tarabochia White Room GER677 with Luis Tarabochia in helm stepping on the third place of the podium.
Daily winners in Day Three were, in the order, Bombarda, Taki 4 and Andrea Racchelli’s Altea ITA722 (who finished fourth overall).
With extremely variable conditions over the weekend, Villasimius once again showed the beauty of its race course: the crews found themselves facing wind up to twenty knots with a steep wave, but also a light breeze with a long swell, putting themselves to the test in the best possible way with the race course, which, on October 8th, will put challenge with a five-days of racing valid as Melges 24 World Championship 2019.
There are already 62 boats registered, representing as many as 15 nations from 3 continents, but it is estimated the number could still grow by some units: a beautiful result for a one design that exceeds twenty five years of age but which continues to maintain an unparalleled charm.
September 21, 2019 – Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy – Second day of racing in Villasimius for the eve event of the Melges 24 World Championship 2019: the fleet completes three more races, which are added to those disputed yesterday, bringing to six the total of the series up to this moment and taking into play the discard of the worst result for all the crews.
Bombarda ITA860 (7-4-1 today) by Andrea Pozzi, with Matteo Ivaldi on tactics, retains control of the provisional ranking, taking the bullet in the sixth race and resisting on several occasions the attacks of Robert Bakoczy’s helmed FGF Sailing Team HUN728 which, with partial scores of 2-1-2, is the best boat of the day and shortens its gap between Bombarda to just 5 points. Excellent day also for the Corinthian crew of Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 ITA778 with Niccolo Bertola in helm (1-5-3) which climbs up to third place in the general standings and stands firmly at the top of its division ranking.
The overall top five is completed by the reigning World Champions onboard Andrea Racchelli’s Altea ITA722 (5-3-UFD) in fourth place and by the Canadian Richard Reid’s Zingara CAN853(3-7-16) in fifth.
The Corinthian division, led by the already named Taki 4, sees Tõnu Tõniste’s Lenny EST790 (6-9-5, seventh in overall) occupying the second place, immediately followed by Michael Tarabochia’s White Room GER677 (14-14-4) with Luis Tarabochia helming, both in the overall and Corinthian standings.
With conditions similar to those of today (Northerly breeze and choppy seas), tomorrow the last races of the Pre-Worlds will take place with the first warning signal on midday.
Then, the appointment is set to October 8th, for the first start of the World Championship.
Top 10 after 6 races (1 discard):
1. Bombarda, Andrea Pozzi , ITA – 1 -1 -1 - -4 -1 ; 8
2. FGF Sailing Team, Robert Bakoczy , HUN –  -4 -4 -2 -1 -2 ; 13
3. Taki 4 (C), Marco Zammarchi , ITA – 3 -5 - -1 -5 -3 ; 17
4. Altea, Andrea Racchelli , ITA – 5 -2 -10 -5 -3 - ; 25
5. Zingara, Richard Reid , CAN – 4 -12 -2 -3 -7 - ; 28
6. Mikey, Kevin Welch , USA – 2 -8 -3 - -10 -8 ; 31
7. Lenny (C), Tõnu Tõniste , EST – 13 -3 - -6 -9 -5 ; 36
8. White Room (C), Michael Tarabochia , GER – 6 -11 -7 - -14 -4 ; 42
9. Melgina, Paolo Brescia , ITA – 7 -6 -8 -12 - -9 ; 42
10. Nefeli, Peter Karrié , GER – 9 - -14 -8 -6 -7 ; 44
September 20, 2019 – Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy – The race course of Villasimius could not welcome any better the Melges 24 fleet that, starting today, is engaged in a three-days of racing valid as a rehearsal for the main event of the season, the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 that will start on October 8th.
The first day, characterized by choppy seas and a steady wind with gusts up to 20 knots, only responds to the name of Bombarda ITA860 by owner and helmsman Andrea Pozzi who, making the most of the challenging conditions offered today by the Sardinian bay, wins all three races held today.
Trying to slow down the inexorable advance of Bombarda, it was the American crew aboard Kevin Welch’s Mikey USA835 (2-8-3 the partial scores of today), who occupy the second place of the general ranking, ten lengths away from the leaders, and the Hungarians on Kalman Rozsnyay’s FGF Sailing Team HUN728 (8-4-4), third at 13 points from Bombarda. The reigning world champions on Andrea Racchelli’s Altea ITA722 (5-2-10) are fourth with 17 points; the Canadian Zingara CAN853 of Richard Reid closes the top-five (4-12-2).
In the Corinthian division, reserved to non-professional sailors, Melgina ITA693 (7-6-8) by Paolo Brescia leads the pack, followed by White Room GER677 by Michael Tarabochia and Taki 4 ITA778 by Marco Zammarchi in third position.
Strong fleet of 62 Melges 24 teams to compete from 15 nations for two 2019 Melges 24 World Champion title in Villasimius, Italy in three weeks!
September 17, 2019 – Villasimius, Italy – The biggest, most major event of the season for the Melges 24 Class – Melges 24 World Championship 2019 – is now a short three weeks away from its start. To registration closing date on September 15 the entry list includes the participation of 62 teams representing 15 nations of three continents, among them besides Europeans inclusions from Singapore, Canada and the United States.
Shoreside, Marina di Villasimius and Lega Navale Villasimius are fully prepared and already welcoming Melges 24 teams that anticipate a warm-up racing and boat tuning at the pre-Worlds in Villasimius this upcoming weekend. The World Championship itself will be raced from Tuesday 8 October to Saturday 12 October.
For many teams the stakes are high, and the favorites to watch include three Melges 24 World Champions and several podium finishers at past Melges 24 Championship events: Andrea Racchelli’s Altea (Italy), reigning World Champion; 2017 World Champion, Gian Luca Perego’s Maidollis (Italy) with Carlo Fracassoli-Enrico Fonda tandem onboard; 2013 World Champion Brian Porter with his sons onboard of Full Throttle (USA). Even more eager for the title, for sure, are the teams having been on the podium, but not on the highest level yet. Bruce Ayres’ team Monsoon (USA) includes America’s Cupper Mike Buckley as tactician and Federico Michetti, multiple world champion of the Melges 24 and other classes. Kevin Welch’s Mikey (USA), Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe (USA), Andrea Pozzi’s Bombarda (Italy) and Richard Reid’s Zingara (Canada) are also top teams with a lot to gain, to name only few.
Great racing is in store for the all-amateur Melges 24 teams. There are numerous teams that have faired well in past World Championships but one team stands out for their recent success as a double winner of the Corinthian Title – Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 (Italy) with Niccolo Bertola in helm with the titles from 2016 and 2017.
But they will have some impressive opposition in some strong teams like former double World Champion Lenny (Estonia) of Tõnu Tõniste, former triple World Champion Storm Capital Sail Racing (Norway) helmed by Peder Jahre, 2019 ORC Sportboat Champion Arkanoe by Montura (Italy) of Sergio Caramel, and recent European podium finishers Seven_Five_Nine (Hungary) of Akos Csolto and Gill Race Team (Great Britain) of Miles Quinton with Geoff Carveth in helm, to name a few.
Andrea Racchelli – Altea, reigning World Champion and President of the Italian Melges 24 Class is very happy to see 62 entered to the Worlds. “We are reigning world champions and will be very difficult to defend the title, since the entry list is long and full of very strong team from Europe and US. For sure Altea will fight till the end! As the President of the Italian Melges 24 Class I’m very happy that Melges 24 fleet can sail in wonderful Villasimius, I hope that each sailor of this big family will enjoy this awesome place. I know that reaching Sardinia is a bit difficult, but I’m sure, everybody will be happy about this choice!”
Brian Porter – Full Throttle, 2013 World Champion is very much looking forward to racing against stiff competition in Italy. “I have had tremendous experiences sailing in Europe on the Melges 24. I am especially looking forward to enjoying the time with my sons n the boat. Villasimius looks like a beautiful place with a good racecourse and hopefully great breeze!”
Mike Buckley – Monsoon, 2017 Worlds runner-up and 2018 bronze is saying that the Melges 24 class is as strong as ever! “We are excited to race against 60+ boats from around the world for the World Championship. There is something special about racing in Italy so it attracts the best of the best, you have to bring your best to have a shot at winning!”
Niccolo Bertola – Taki 4, 2016 and 2017 Corinthian World Champion is very excited about this event in Villasimius for many reasons. “First, because the Melges 24 World Championship in Sardinia is the best you could ask for sailing, and also because I like the idea of “closing” the season with a World Championship. There will be 60+ boats racing from around the world – all the best teams will be in Villasimius and this will make it hard and exciting. The pre-Worlds will be very important for us to get back in shape after two months break and to understand the racing area. I can’t wait to start!”
Tõnu Tõniste – Lenny, 2015 and 2006 Corinthian World Champion is saying that the level of the competition will be very high. “There are World Champions Maidollis and Altea from Italy on the list, as well very strong top teams from the United States. Also, among the Corinthian teams there are all strong teams from the recent title events what happened in Europe, present – Taki 4, Gill Race Team, Storm Capital Sail Racing, Team Kesbeke and us. Lately, Corinthian teams have been showing strong competition against the pro teams and I hope, that may be this time one of the all-amateur teams will reach the overall podium.”
Jens Wathne, the Chairman of the International Melges 24 Class, helming Party Girl (Norway), is excited about the upcoming title event. “With only few weeks away, most of the teams are starting the final preparations for the ultimate title of the class. Some teams take the opportunity to race at the pre-Worlds to have local knowledge and to run the championship crew through the paces. The fleet is looking forward to warm weather sailing in turquoise waters of Villasimius with a well-organized championship under Micro Babini’s supervision. The Italian National Class Association has also worked hard to make this championship the best possible.
Personally, I am looking forward to this grand finale of the season. Also, I would thank all the teams from 15 nations for making the efforts to travel and participate in the championship. Safe travels!”
As a registered competitor for the 2019 Melges 24 World Championship, carefully read the list below of very important items required to complete your entry:
Please make sure you have paid your entry fee. If not, you can do so by logging into the Owner’s Corner here: https://yachtscoring.com/ownerarea/owner_login.cfm Eligible boats may enter by completing online registration at YachtScoring together with the required fee by September 15th, 2019.
There are some special agreements with teams from US, UKR and CAN to pay entry fee at the venue – please confirm that to Ms Valentina Marrocu at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each Melges 24 shall produce a valid Measurement Certificate issued on the current owner’s name before the close of registration October 7, 2019. Documents may be submitted before registration to IM24CA Administrator Piret Salmistu via email at Piret@melges24.com.
Per NOR Item No. 21, Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of 1.500.000 € per event or the equivalent. The boat owner or the representative of the boat shall sign a declaration to confirm this at the registration in Villasimius.
Class Membership is required for all Melges 24 Owners and Drivers (if not the Owner). Check the National Class Directory at IM4CA website regarding joining your respective National Class.
Boats that qualify for the Corinthian division, need to make sure that all crew members are currently registered with the World Sailing Sailor Classification System as a valid Group 1 sailor by September 15, 2019. Read more about the Corinthian Division racing here.
Submit THE CORINTHIAN DECLARATION FORM by September 15.
NB! When submitting once, you will be able to edit this form later. The Corinthian Division status in YachtScoring entry system will be amended according to your submitted declarations by the organizers.
The list of boats to be fully measured in Villasimius (about 20 boats) will be published after September 15th. Each team on the list will be contacted personally to create the schedule of measurement according to your travel plans.