sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Melges 24 World Championship - Fleet unleashed on Corpus Christi

Melges 24 World Championship - Fleet unleashed on Corpus Christi

'Melges 24'   

Melges 24 World Championship - The entry list boasts some of the very best international sportsboat teams in the world and the 2011 Melges 24 World Championship hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club is noted to be one of the closest fought events in the class’s history.

In keeping with the tradition of Melges 24 World Championships, this year's event which runs from 11 - 21 May, has attracted a top quality international field with entries from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the USA.

The breezy conditions which generally prevail in Corpus Christi are a perfect match for the high performance Melges 24 Class, and there is already a general mood of anticipation amongst the sailors - not least about the potential for some high speed downwind sleigh rides. George Peet, sailing this week with foiling Moth legend Bora Gulari on Airforce 1, confessed to be hoping for some big breeze. 'We were here for some training a few weeks ago and it was blowing twenty-five knots the whole time. It was just fantastic fun. Can't wait for more of that.'

According to Principal Race Officer Mark Foster, weather conditions are set to be close to perfect for the main world championship series. 'The thunderstorms that are rumbling around the area right now are forecast to clear out over the next 48 hours and we should then see a return to the classic Corpus Christi wind conditions. 15 - 18 knots is typical in the early afternoon with the possibility of 20 knots plus in the mid to late afternoon. The added bonus is that both the air and sea temperatures are predicted to be around 80 degrees Fahrenheit.'

The high quality fleet boasts many of the top international Melges 24 teams, including the reigning champions, Italy's Uka Uka Racing, who will be hoping to repeat the form which saw them clinch last year's world championship in Tallinn, Estonia with a race to spare. Speaking shortly after successfully completing their crew weigh-in this morning, tactician Jonathan McKee said that the mood amongst the crew was very upbeat.

'We have exactly the same team as last year and we are looking forward to what promises to be a great regatta. Having just arrived, we are planning to do plenty of sailing over the next four days to familiarise ourselves with the conditions here is Corpus Christi. Our first priority is to make the choice on what sails we are going to use. Although it is generally always quite windy here, I think there is a chance we may actually get a range of conditions for the series.'

The Uka Uka Racing lineup is certainly not lacking in pedigree - McKee along with owner Lorenzo Santini, and helmsman Lorenzo Bressani are each double Melges 24 World Championship winners and their trimmer Federico Michetti has no less than three class world titles to his name. According to McKee however, these statistics will have little bearing on their strategy this week. 'We won't be thinking about that. You just have to put that all aside, prepare well, hope things go your way when you are on the water, and then it's a case of, come what may.'

International Melges 24 Class Chairman Ricardo Simoneschi, who will be helming Audi this week, had this to say 'As a competitor I am very much looking forward to this regatta. Corpus Christi is well known as an exceptional sailing venue and has really brought out the cream of the crop. The quality of both the professional and amateur teams competing here this week is very high and we are expecting the racing to be fantastic. The club and its team of volunteers have been planning this event for nearly three years and we really appreciate all of the hard work they have put in to make this year's world Championship a success.'

Following successful completion of registration and measurement, the teams will get their first chance to measure up against each other over a two day Pre-Worlds regatta this weekend, before the 2011 Melges 24 World Championship Opening Ceremony takes place at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club on Sunday evening. The twelve race World Championship Series begins on Monday 16 May and runs through until Saturday 21 May with two races scheduled per day.

Melges 24 World Championship: Website




by International Melges 24 Class Association

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=83424

1:30 AM Fri 13 May 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

22 May 2011  Melges 24 World Championship victory to Uka Uka Racing
21 May 2011  Melges 24 World Championship - Showdown for the podium
20 May 2011  Melges 24 World Championship battle for second
19 May 2011  Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day three - Leader extends
18 May 2011  Melges 24 World Championship day 2 and a new leader
17 May 2011  Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day one + Rick Tomlinson images
16 May 2011  Melges 24 Pre-Worlds win to Melleby on Full Medal Jacket + images
15 May 2011  Melges 24 World Championship - Pre-Worlds day one images
15 May 2011  Melges 24 Pre-Worlds day one

News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Rod Davis - why I left Team NZ *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,




















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
















Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,










Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia   
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing   
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third   
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer   
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT