Please select your home edition
Edition
PredictWind.com 2014

Melges 24 World Championship - Strong winds keep crews ashore

by Lisa Ratcliff on 28 Jan 2014
Melges 24 World Championship 2014 Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014
Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 is being held at Geelong in Victoria, Australia. A honking northerly breeze and an outdoor temperature of 40 degrees have meant a subdued start to the worlds.

A practice race was scheduled for this afternoon, but winds of 28 knots gusting to 35 were well above the class’ upper limit. At the skipper’s briefing this morning at the host club, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, all of the 26 teams opted to remain ashore.

An AP-A flag signalling no more racing today is flying at the club.

Morning activities included registration and crew weigh-ins then a welcome by the class championship coordinator and PRO Hank Stuart and the chance to hear from the international jury chair and the measurer who spot checks sails, keels, masts and crew weight.

These one-design sports boats come from the same mould build and they are bound by strict rules so they are deemed equal. Then it comes down to the crew racing them.

Fifteen of the Melges teams considered the best in the world are at Geelong vying for the prestigious crown.

Close to half of the starting list of 26 has travelled from far afield - Germany, Italy, Japan, USA, Canada and Switzerland – to join 16 national teams.

International Melges 24 Class Association president Riccardo Simoneschi, skipper of the Melges 24 Audi, says Geelong is in for a great show in the coming five days.

'The fleet is a good size for this challenge, the top 15 boats in the world are here and the competition will be very high level,' said Simoneschi this morning.

'It will be exciting and a great show. I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow; it will be a big battle from beginning to end.'

Racing is scheduled to start tomorrow, Wednesday 29th January 2014, with a 1330hrs warning signal.

Up to 12 races will be conducted over five days and there will be two sets of results published each afternoon, overall results and separate results for the Corinthian Melges 24s who are racing with a full amateur crew.

Harry Melges and his Star crew executed the perfect tune-up to the world title, winning the Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals that wrapped up on Sunday as part of the Festival of Sails’ penultimate day.

Some teams are braving the extreme heat and wind and launching at the club this afternoon, others are still on the hardstand rubbing any remaining residue off these one-design sports boats to make them as slippery as possible.

Class founders and world championship candidates Harry Melges and Andy Burdick will share their wisdom at a 1700hrs technical clinic at the RGYC prior to the official world championship welcome function that will be attended by competitors and special guests including the Hon. Hugh Delahunty Minister Sport and Recreation Victoria.

A southerly change is due this afternoon and tomorrow’s temperature is likely to be a more comfortable 23 degrees, along with an untroublesome 12 knot southerly breeze.

Geelong last hosted a sailing world championship at least 20 years ago. The Victorian government and City of Greater Geelong have partnered with the RGYC and event sponsor Gill to deliver the second major event for Geelong in as many weeks with the Festival of Sails finishing yesterday.

'We are honoured to be the first city outside the northern hemisphere to host the Melges 24 World Championship,' City of Greater Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons said.

Event website: click here
Henri Lloyd 50 YearsFestival of Sails 2017 660x82Harken AUS HL Snatch Block 660x82

Related Articles

Debriefing the 2014 Melges 24 Worlds with Jonathan McKee-part two
A Q&A with Jonathan McKee about his experiences at the 2014 Melges 24 Worlds and about the class' growth and evolution I recently caught up with Jonathan McKee at my kitchen table for part one of this two-part interview to talk about his recent experiences at the 2014 Gill Melges 24 Worlds, and to get his pulse on the state of competition and evolution within the Melges 24 class.
Posted on 28 Feb 2014
Debriefing the 2014 Melges 24 Worlds with Jonathan McKee-part one
A Q&A with Jonathan McKee about his experiences at the 2014 Melges 24 Worlds and about the class' growth and evolution I recently caught up with Jonathan McKee at my kitchen table for part one of this two-part interview to talk about his recent experiences at the 2014 Gill Melges 24 Worlds, and to get his pulse on the state of competition and evolution within the Melges 24 class.
Posted on 27 Feb 2014
Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 – Final day photos
Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 – Final day photos Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 – Final day photos
Posted on 3 Feb 2014
Melges 24 World Championship - Battle for podium placings underway
Melges 24 Worlds - It’s been 13 years since the Italian sailing maestro Flavio Favini won a Melges 24 worlds Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 - It’s been 13 years since the Italian sailing maestro Flavio Favini won a Melges 24 world championship. Last year in San Francisco he finished runner-up to Brian Porter’s Full Throttle by two points and on many more occasions since his win in 2001, Favini has finished tantalisingly close to the top spot.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014
Gill Melges 24 World Championship Day 4 - More images by Teri Dodds
Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 day four images provided by photographer Teri Dodds Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 day four images provided by photographer Teri Dodds.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014
Gill Melges 24 World Championship Day 4 - Images by Teri Dodds
Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 day four images provided by photographer Teri Dodds. Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 day four images provided by photographer Teri Dodds.
Posted on 1 Feb 2014
Gill Melges 24 World Championship - More day 3 images by Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds was out on the water for day three of the Melges 24 World Championship to capture these image of the action. Photographer Teri Dodds was out on the water for day three of the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 to capture these image of the action.
Posted on 1 Feb 2014
Gill Melges 24 World Championship - Day three photos
Day three photos of the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 captured on location by photographer Teri Dodds. Day three photos of the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014, being held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Victoria, Australia captured on location by photographer Teri Dodds. Racing continues tomorrow at 1330 hrs (local time).
Posted on 1 Feb 2014
Gill Melges 24 World Championship Day 3 - Australia Day all over again
Melges 24 World Championship 2014 - Movement at top of leaderboard after three more windward leeward races Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 - There has been movement at the top of the leaderboard after three more windward leeward races, Flavio Favini’s Blu Moon (SUI) switching up into first overall and leading Harry Melges’ team STAR (USA) by one and half points.
Posted on 31 Jan 2014
Melges 24 World Championship - Cocktail Party images by Teri Dodds
Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 - Party Images-Host club Royal Geelong Yacht Club treated skippers, crews, guests The Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 Welcome Cocktail Party, at Royal Geelong Yacht Club, treated skippers, crews and guests with some surprise guests on the night from the local Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary. The following images have been provided by Photographer Teri Dodds.
Posted on 29 Jan 2014