2019 Melges 24 Worlds are declared open

Melges 24 World Championship 2019 Opening Ceremony was held in the eve of the Worlds on Piazza Margherita Huck hosted by the Comune di Villasimius. Moderators Mauro Melandri of Zerogradinord and Enrica Micconi welcomed all the sailors and organizers in present.

61 teams from 15 countries representing Europe, North-America, Asia made it to Sardinia, including current World Champion – Andrea Racchelli’s Altea and current European Champion – Maidollis of Gianluca Perego and Corinthian European Champion – Taki 4 of Marco Zammarchi.

Sailors were welcomed and greeted by:

  • Sergio Ghiani, President of the Lega Navale Italiana Villasimius
  • Luca Dessì, Mayor of Villasimius
  • Fabrizio Atzori, Director of “Area Marina Protetta Capo Carbonara”
  • Regatta Chair, Mirco Babini
  • Andrea Racchelli, the president of the Italian Melges 24 Class Association
  • Jens Wathne, the Chairman of IM24CA

Lots of gratitude and thanks was addressed to the generous supporters and sponsors:

  • Regione Autonoma Sardegna
  • Municipality / Comune of Villasimius
  • Melges Europe
  • Moby / Tirrenia
  • Cagliari Airport
  • Slam
  • North Sails

IM24CA Executive Committee members and staff were introduced to the audience, and the organizing team including the International Jury, Technical Committee and Race Committee were invited to the stage to be introduced as well.

Jury Chair Arto Kiiski (FIN) was introducing his team of:

  • Eric Mehlbaum (NED) – Vice Chair
  • Ron Barak (ISR),
  • Doug Sloan (USA),
  • Piero Occhetto, Tito Morosetti, Marco Giampà and Giorgio Bolla (ITA)

The Measurers, Race Committee and the rest of the Organizing Committee was invited to the stage:

    1. Gabor Csernussi (HUN) – Event Chief Measurer
    2. Branko Parunov (SLO) – Chief Equipment Inspector
    3. Eros Angeli (ITA) – Measurer
    4. Gianpaolo Sanna (ITA) – Measurer
    5. Athanasios Papantoniou (GRE) – Principal Race Officer
    6. Costanzo Vila (ITA) – Assistant Race Officer
    7. David Bartol (SLO) – IM24CA Championship Coordinator
    8. Piret Salmistu (EST) – IM24CA Class Administrator and Media Coordinator
    9. Valentina Marrocu – Head of Race Office
    10. Jamie Wilkinson (IRL) – World Sailing Classifier

All in present had fun with live music in background while the snacks and refreshments were offered by the host Comune di Villasimius.

Photo gallery by Pierrick Contin

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