Melges24 Worlds 25.08.2017


2017 International Melges 24 World Council AGM – November 4th

International Melges 24 Class Association’s Annual General Meeting 2017 will be held in Royal Ocean Racing Club, London, UK on November 4. The AGM will be preceded by the Technical Committee Meeting on November 3.

More specific details about the venue with the timeline and deadlines for the submission of the motions and proposals you’ll find at melges24.com/agm2017

The first deadline for you is September 8 – motions and nominations to be proposed at the AGM shall be submitted to the International Treasurer (Tomi Hakola at tomi.hakola@starsquad.fi and copy to Class Administrator Piret Salmistu at piret@melges24.com) not less than 8 weeks (56 days) before the date of the said AGM.
The form for the submissions and more information you’ll find at melges24.com/agm2017

Melges 24 New World Champions: Italian Maidollis and Taki 4 – Congratulations!

The 20th edition of the Melges 24 World Championship in Helsinki concluded with a series of eleven races that challenged the crews with weather conditions that ranged from light wind to heavy breeze and seas.

After the success obtained in the Worlds of Torbole in 2012, exactly five years ago on August 4th, the couple helmsman-tactician Carlo Fracassoli-Enrico Fonda contributed to the success of Italian entry Maidollis by Gian Luca Perego with also Giovanni Ferrari as a part of the 2012 winner team, and Stefano Lagi onboard.

Taki 4 managed to confirm itself for the second year in a row as Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion, after the success obtained in Miami and will keep the perpetual Henri Samuel’s Trophy another year. The crew was made, as past year, by Niccolò Bertola in helm, Giacomo Fossati, Marco Zammarchi, Matteo De Chiara, Giovanni Bannetta and Niccolò Bianchi as the coach.

1 – Carlo Fracassoli’s MAIDOLLIS – ITA
2 – Bruce Ayres’s MONSOON – USA
3 – Kevin Welch’s MIKEY – USA
1 – Niccolò Bertola’s TAKI 4 – ITA
2 – Geoff Carveth’s GILL RACE TEAM – GBR
3 – Tõnu Tõniste’s LENNY – EST

Story, results, photos, videos

2017 melges 24 North American winners
Melges 24 New North American Champions: Mikey and Sunnyvale – Congratulations!

It was all smiles (and adrenaline) at the 2017 Diversified Melges 24 North American – NorAm Championship. Mother nature generously delivered a banner week of warm and sunny planing conditions to an international fleet of Melges 24 sailors. .

Kevin Welch’s Mikey USA835 with Jason Rhodes, Ian Sloan, Ross McDonald and Serena Vilage took the North American title with 24 points followed by Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe USA825 with 40 points (both teams were competing a week later at the Worlds in Helsinki). Fraser McMillan’s Sunnyvale CAN151 with Harry Miller, Adam Koster, Keegan Moynihan, Kieran Horsburgh were crowned as the Corinthian North American champions, being third in overall with 48 points.

1 – Kevin Welch’s MIKEY – USA
2 – Micahel Goldfarb’s WARCANOE – USA
3 – Fraser McMilan’s SUNNYVALE – CAN
1 – Fraser McMilan’s SUNNYVALE – CAN
3 – Gord Galbraith’s LEKKER – CAN

Story, results
Melges 24 NorAm Championship

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USM24CA: 2018-20 Election and Rule Change Proposal Results

Officially, the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association has concluded its election for the 2018-2020 Executive Committee with the following elected Class Officers:
Travis Weisleder, President (USA-848, Lucky Dog)
Roger Counihan, Vice President (USA-775, Jaws)
K.c. Shannon, Secretary (USA-801, Shaka)
George Haynie, Treasurer (USA-687, Firewater)
A great round of thanks to all the nominees that came forward to volunteer their time, enthusiasm and passion for the Melges 24.
Read more about the elections and Rule proposals to IM24CA AGM from the USM24CA website.

Racing News
Worlds 2017: Interviews with the 2017 Melges 24 world champions Gian Luca Perego and Carlo Fracassoli

Click on the picture below for an interview with Gian Luca Perego after winning the Melges 24 Worlds 2017 title in Helsinki with team of Maidollis ITA854.
Interview edited by Classe Italiana Melges 24 and footage from Helsinki by Zerogradinord.

Quantum’s Carlo Fracassoli added World Champion to his resume again after winning the 2017 Melges 24 world title for the second time in August in Helsinki. Quantum’s Director of Offshore One Design Scott Nixon interviewed the Italian champion to learn about the event and his team’s success.

Read the interview here

Interview with Gian Luca perego – the owner of Maidollis ITA854

Worlds 2017: How to Get On a Melges 24 Worlds Podium

Article on Sailish.com about team MIKEY USA838 recent experience at the Melges 24 Worlds 2017 in Helsinki. The Anacortes-based Melges 24 MiKEY, skippered by Kevin Welch, finished an amazing third in the open fleet Melges 24 Worlds in Helsinki, Finland July 28-August 4. Ian Sloan gives us insights into the event and what it takes to race at that level.website.
Read the interview here

Denmark: Kim Christensen Is Danish Melges 24 Champion 2017 – Congratulations!

A great fleet of 24 Melges 24 teams from Norway, Sweden, Germany and Denmark were competing for the title of the Danish Melges 24 Champion in Hellerup over the weekend of August 18-20.

With a good margin of 15 points ahead of the runner-up, the tile of the Melges 24 Danish Champion 2017 achieved Kim Christensen’s team. On the second place ranked Norwegian Peder Nergaard ahead of Danish Marc Wain Pedersen as third.
See the results here

Upcoming Events

For the full 2017 Events Schedule click on the calendar above

Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2017:
Medemblik and Luino Are Calling

After a brief summer rest, the Eruopean Melges 24 fleet will lead to Medemblik, the Netherlands for the penultimate event of Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2017, that is going to conclude in October in Luino, Italy.
Medemblik, NED – September 15-17: Notice of Race ; Online Entry , Entry List
Luino, ITA – October 13-15: Notice of Race ; Online Entry
More about the Melges 24 European Sailing Series at melges24.com/europeansailingseries

Canada: 2017 Melges 24 Canadian Nationals on September 21-24

26 teams entered for the 2017 Melges 24 Canadian National Championship, the third event of the 2017 NorAm Tour, to be held on September 21-24 in Toronto, Ontario.

Register HERE
Entry List is HERE
Event website : melges24nationals.ca
2017 Melges 24 NorAm Tour website

Italy: 2018 Melges 24 Tour Dates and Venues Published


Melges 24 Italian Class Association has published the 2018 Melges 24 regatta schedule – seven events of true sailing in great locations.

„The new calendar has been designed with our mind focused to competitor’s needs and desires. Nice locations, optimized „course“ and logistic support are just some of the factors will bring European and American teams to choose the best Melges 24 regatta circuit. In a few weeks a dedicated website will be available and populated by information,“ said Luca Babini, the Secretary of the Melges 24 Italian Class Association.

Take note of the dates and plan your breathtaking 2018 Melges24Tour in Italy.
Photo Flashback

20 Years Later!
These guys were all participating at the first ever Melges 24 Worlds in Torquay, England in 1998 and were also at the 20th Melges 24 World Championship 2017 in Helsinki making the Melges 24 as a historical and epic one!
It’s huge to have you in class – Peter Flinkman, Richard Thompson, Bruce Ayres, Nigel Young, Jimbo Schwerdt, Stian Ness Rorvik, Tõnu Tõniste, Tammo Otsasoo and Peder Nergaard!
Cheers to the next 20 years!!!
Photo: (c) Pierrick Contin – pierrickcontin.com