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From Russia with love - Rytov Crowned Melges 20 European Champion

by Melges 20 on 16 Jul
2017 Melges 20 European Champions - Russian Bogatyrs © Barracuda Communication / Melges World League
Congratulations to 2017 Melges 20 European Champions Igor Rytov at the helm of Russian Bogatyrs and crew members Konstantin Besputin and Anton Sergeev. From the early beginning they gained the overall lead, but Rytov admits that getting to the top of this incredible Melges 20 World League fleet was not easy, and staying there was no easy task either.

'Today was really tough. It was us against the entire fleet,' said Rytov. 'Our closest opponents proved to be very strong, attempting to put us in trouble at every turn.'



'Fortunately, we were able to withstand the heavy pressure and react, a direct result of our hard training in the U.S.A. and Europe. As seen today, it rewarded us well. So, we celebrate today and return to a serious focus tomorrow because the season is not over. We are not only fighting to be victorious in the overall Melges 20 World League, but also want to do well at the Worlds in October,' concluded Rytov.



Rytov's stiff competition never let up on trying to push and intimidate him at every possible opportunity, forcing him to re-group on the run-in positions. Fellow Russian competitor Alexander Novoselov's Victor and Alessandro Rombelli's STIG/OPENJOBMETIS were left to settle finishing second and third respectively with only a couple of points of separation.



Orel Kalomeni's Arcora finished fourth overall, followed by Melges 20 Class veteran Achille Onorato's Mascalzone Latino Jr. getting fifth.

The last two races of the 2017 European Championship were happily awarded to Krzsztof Krempec on MAG TINY (Race Seven) and Matteo Marenghi Vaselli on Raya (Race Eight).

In the Corinthian division, it was an exciting final day as Marco Giannini's Evinrude pulled ahead to beat Marina Kaverzina's Marussia for the highly-coveted all-amatuer 2017 Melges 20 Corinthian Championship title.



From here to there

The International Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) rallies onward to Asia for the Melges Summer Regatta on July 22-23, then its back to glorious Newport for the next highlight event of the 2017 season - the U.S. National Championship on August 17-19. The U.S. Nationals will present the perfect warm-up stage, building up to the pinnacle event of the entire year - the 2017 Melges 20 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) on October 2-7.



Top Five Results (Final- After Eight Races)

1.) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS; 3-1-8-6-2-6-[9]-7 = 33
2.) Alexander Novoselov, VICTOR; 1-8-9-[23]-3-3-8-2 = 34
3.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG/OPENJOBMETIS; 5-2-3-8-8-[18]-5-4 = 35
4.) Orel Kalomeni, ARCORA; 2-7-10-5-11-9-10-[16] = 54
5.) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO JR.; 13-18-5-13-[36/BFD]-1-3-3 = 56

Top Five 2017 Melges World League Results (After Eight Events)

1.) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 96 pts.
2.) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA = 57 pts.
3.) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE = 57 pts.
4.) Liam Kilroy, WILDMAN = 49 pts.
5.) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO = 48 pts.

Top Five 2017 Melges World League, Europe Results (After Three Events)

1.) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA = 57 pts
2.) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 35 pts.
3.) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO, JR. = 48 pts.
4.) Krzysztof Krempec, MAG TINY = 48 pts.
5.) Rodney Jones, CARS 167 = 48 pts.

2017 Melges 20 World League European Division // Event 4 - Preliminary Cumulative Results




Bow Sail Number Yacht Name Yacht Design Owner/Skipper Race
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Melges 20


1. 296   RUS 296 RUSSIAN BOGATYRS Melges 20 Igor Rytov 3 1 8 6 2 6 9 7 [9] 33.0


2. 275   RUS 275 VICTOR Melges 20 Alexander Novoselov 1 8 9 23 3 3 8 2 [23] 34.0


3. 65   ITA 65 OPENJOBMETIS/STIG Melges 20 Alessandro Rombelli 5 2 3 8 8 18 5 4 [18] 35.0


4. 288   MON 4444 ARCORA Melges 20 Hugo Feydit 2 7 10 5 11 9 10 16 [16] 54.0


5. 23   ITA 23 MASCALZONE LATINO JR Melges 20 Achille Onorato 13 18 5 13 36/BFD 1 3 3 [36] 56.0


6. 261   RUS 261 NIKA Melges 20 Vladimir Prosikhin 8 4 11 18 7 11 12 5 [18] 58.0


7. 264   POL 264 MAG TINY Melges 20 Krzysztof Krempec 36/BFD 12 7 1 4 7 1 27 [36] 59.0


8. 47   RUS 47 KOTYARA Melges 20 Oleg Evdokimenko 18 17 2 2 9 14 25 6 [25] 68.0


9. 255   RUS 2 PIROGOVO SAILING Melges 20 Alexandr Ezhkov 4 3 18 12 16 31 7 8 [31] 68.0


10. 270   ITA 270 MAOLCA Melges 20 Manfredi Vianini Tolomei 6 21 1 7 6 8 24 25 [25] 73.0


11. 167 North Sails  AUS 167 AUDI SUNSHINE COAST Melges 20 Rodney Jones 16 10 6 24 1 4 16 28 [28] 77.0


12. 219   RSA 219 TNT Melges 20 Tina Plattner / Tony Norris 14 14 28 9 27 5 6 9 [28] 84.0


13. 289   RUS 289 LEVIATHAN Melges 20 Vadim Yakhinson 7 20 19 17 15 12 4 14 [20] 88.0


14. 301   MON 301 RAYA Melges 20 Matteo Marenghi Vaselli 24 15 4 3 36/BFD 36/BFD 11 1 [36] 94.0


15. 180   CZE 180 ALOHA Melges 20 Jan Kuchar 15 30 17 4 25 10 15 12 [30] 98.0


16. 183   ITA 183 4 SALE Melges 20 Manlio Carlo Soldani 17 5 20 15 12 22 28 11 [28] 102.0


17. 81   MON 81 COIMMVEST Melges 20 Corrado Agusta 21 6 23 14 14 29 2 24 [29] 104.0


18. 410   ITA 410 GONE SQUATCHIN Melges 20 Pietro Loro Piana 10 32 13 19 5 20 17 21 [32] 105.0


19. 206   ITA 206 EVINRUDE (Corinthian) Melges 20 Marco Giannini 36/BFD 22 31 10 10 19 13 13 [36] 118.0


20. 156   RUS 156 MARUSSIA (Corinthian) Melges 20 Marina Kaverzina 25 9 12 21 18 21 14 29 [29] 120.0


21. 276   RUS 276 ROCKNROLLA Melges 20 Dmitry Samokhin 9 13 25 26 17 24 18 18 [26] 124.0


22. 44   RUS 044 RED OCTOBER Melges 20 Artem Kuznetsov 22 19 21 30 19 13 21 10 [30] 125.0


23. 149   ITA 149 CAMAY Melges 20 Lauro Bonora 11 29 15 20 24 17 20 20 [29] 127.0


24. 137   RUS137 ALEX TEAM (Corinthian) Melges 20 Alexander Mikhaylik 26 23 16 16 26 2 27 22 [27] 131.0


25. 185   RUS 185 ELF Melges 20 Sergey Sobolev 27 24 14 11 36/BFD 25 22 19 [36] 142.0


26. 135   NED 135 FANTASTICHINA (Corinthian) Melges 20 Wilma Homann 12 26 26 32 13 16 30 26 [32] 149.0


27. 277   JPN 277 CONTIOUS Melges 20 Norikatsu Aizawa 20 25 24 22 29 26 19 31 [31] 165.0


28. 208   POL 208 STARTELEKOM Melges 20 Waldemar Salata 23 11 22 34 23 30 26 32 [34] 167.0


29. 36   RUS 36 ANNA Melges 20 Vladimir Silkin 19 16 27 31 21 36/BFD 23 30 [36] 167.0


30. 236   CRO 236 CRO-A-SAIL Melges 20 Miroslav Reljanovic 28 33 33 28 20 27 36/DNF 17 [36] 186.0


31. 161 North Sails  GER 161 MOJITO Melges 20 Florian Rixner 33 31 34 35 22 28 29 15 [35] 192.0


32. 146 North Sails  DEN 146 GT (Corinthian) Melges 20 Anders Junker Nielsen 30 28 32 25 28 36/DNF 31 23 [36] 197.0


33. 181   ITA 181 MENDIETA Melges 20 Luigi Giannattasio 29 27 29 29 36/BFD 15 36/BFD 36/DNF [36] 201.0


34. 294   RUS 294 PIROGOVO EVOLUTION Melges 20 Leonid Altukhov 31 34 30 27 30 23 36/DNS 36/DNS [36] 211.0


35. 125   CRO 104 ŠIBENIK Melges 20 Selcuk Balci 32 35 35 33 36/DNF 36/DNS 36/DNS 36/DNS [36] 243.0
 
2017 Melges 20 World League European Division // Event 4 - Corinthian Teams - Preliminary Cumulative Results




Bow Sail Number Yacht Name Yacht Design Owner/Skipper Race
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Melges 20


1. 206   ITA 206 EVINRUDE Melges 20 Marco Giannini 36/BFD 22 31 10 10 19 13 13 [36] 118.0


2. 156   RUS 156 MARUSSIA Melges 20 Marina Kaverzina 25 9 12 21 18 21 14 29 [29] 120.0


3. 137   RUS137 ALEX TEAM Melges 20 Alexander Mikhaylik 26 23 16 16 26 2 27 22 [27] 131.0


4. 135   NED 135 FANTASTICHINA Melges 20 Wilma Homann 12 26 26 32 13 16 30 26 [32] 149.0


5. 146 North Sails  DEN 146 GT Melges 20 Anders Junker Nielsen 30 28 32 25 28 36/DNF 31 23 [36] 197.0
 
 
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