Please select your home edition
Melges 14 2019 Leaderboard

It's go time for 2018 Melges 20 World Championship in Cagliari

by IM20CA 9 Oct 2018 16:55 PDT 10-13 October 2018
2018 Melges 20 World League, World Championship Cagliari, Italy © Melges World League / Barracuda Communication

The International Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) has officially reached its peak point of the season. On October 10, the first warning signal will fire for the start of the 2018 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Yacht Club Cagliari.

The field of competitors is set and ready to go anticipating one of the most uncertain World Championship events held in recent years. Pushing spectators and race fans further toward the edge of their seats, a complicated weather forecast is on hand that can only add to the unpredictability of the final outcome.

The lead up to the World Championship in Europe has been incredibly exciting, and for many unprecedented. Of the five events completed, titles have been bestowed upon four noteworthy, championship trophy-deserving teams:

Filippo Pacinotti's BRONTOLO stormed the fleet by winning the Forio D'Ischia circuit opener, then closed the deal in Cagliari to earn the title of 2018 Melges World League, European Champion.

Defending World Champ Drew Freides' PACIFIC YANKEE claimed a big win in Scarlino, and is now on station in Cagliari with his steady American crew of tactician Morgan Reeser and Charlie Smythe.

2012 Melges 20 Gold Cup Champion Dario Levi at the helm of FREMITO D'ARJA took top honors in Lerici.

And last but not least, but most certainly the one to watch is Igor Rytov's RUSSIAN BOGATYRS. He is no stranger to Melges 20 success and together with Konstantin Besputin, he captured Riva del Garda in July, Cagliari in September, then triumphed this past weekend at the Russian Open. For sure Rytov's agenda must include the task of adding the title of World Champion to his already long list of accomplishments.

Standing on the sidelines in attack position is Achille Onorato's MASCALZONE LATINO JR. with Paul Goodison as tactician, and current Melges 20 World League Ranking leader - Vladimir Prosikhin's NIKA with Michele Ivaldi calling tactics.

Thirty-seven teams are in attendance at the World Championship, representing 11 nations (Australia, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the USA).

Racing starts on Wednesday, October 10 with the warning signal for the first of ten scheduled races at 13.00 local time.

The Melges World League is supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, North Sails, Toremar, Lavazza, Rigoni di Asiago and Melges Europe

Melges World League has signed and adopts the code of ethics of the Charta Smerarlda strongly promoting the values of One Ocean Foundation.

Melges 20 World Champions:

2017 (USA) - Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE
2016 (USA) - Michael Illbruck, PINTA
2015 (USA) - John Kilroy, Jr., SAMBA PA TI
2014 (USA) - John Kilroy, Jr., SAMBA PA TI
2013 (USA) - John Taylor, NINKASI

Melges 20 Gold Cup Champions

2012 (ITA) - Dario Levi, FREMITO D'ARJA
2011 (ITA) - Alessandro Rombelli, STIG
2010 (ITA) - Farnetti/Muscone, REGGINI SAILING TEAM

Quick Links:

Related Articles

Melges 20 World League Scarlino overall
More success for Russian Bogatyrs The third European event of the Melges 20 World League 2019 came to an end with the success of Russian Bogatyrs of Igor Rytov on the race course of Club Nautico Scarlino. Posted on 16 Jun
Melges 20 World League Scarlino day 1
Garmin Day serves as a warm-up The race course of Club Nautico Scarlino delivers once again great races, today in occasion of the Garmin Day, opening day as a "warm up" to the third continental event of Melges 20 World League 2019. Posted on 15 Jun
North Sails Weekly Debrief
New race record, Boogie wins Melges 20 Act 2, Superyacht Times interview, #NorthSails Congratulations to George David's Rambler 88 for completing the 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar in 13 hours 50 minutes and 43 seconds to secure a new race record. Posted on 2 Jun
Boogie 2.0 wins Melges 20 World League
This success is a great step up for Boogie 2.0 The youngest team of the Melges 20 fleet, sailing onboard the Argentinian Boogie 2.0 by Pierluigi Giannattasio, won today its first event ever in the Melges 20 World League, during the leg of Puntaldia. Posted on 27 May
Melges 20 World League Puntaldia day 2
No wind on day 1, but 3 races now run in Sardinia After the no race of yesterday set by the lack of wind, the second leg of the European Melges World League was launched today on the race course of Puntaldia, where three races were held in a South-Easterly breeze blowing at around 7 knots. Posted on 25 May
Middle Harbour YC Women's Regatta
Three races held on a perfect Autumn day Three races were completed for the MHYC Women's Regatta in south-west to southerly breezes mainly 10-15 knots. Race Officer Elaine Fowler and the Middle Harbour Race Management Team had two short windward leeward races in the bag by 1pm. Posted on 10 May
2019 Melges 20 World League Villasimius overall
Russian Bogatyrs wins the first European leg Igor Rytov, at the helm of Russian Bogatyrs, is the winner of the first leg of the long European season of the Melges 20 World League, confirming himself as one of the top teams in the fleet. Posted on 28 Apr
2019 Melges 20 World League Villasimius day 2
In the strong wind of Villasimius Russian Bogatyrs takes control of the ranking Great day of sailing today on the race course of Villasimius, where the first European leg of the Melges 20 World League is taking place. Strong breeze, once again from the SW and with gusts up to 25 knots, allowed the fleet two complete two more races. Posted on 28 Apr
2019 Melges 20 World League Villasimius day 1
Three races and three winners on the inaugural day he Melges 20 fleet is once again the protagonist in Europe, where today the first continental event of the Melges 20 World League 2019 kicked off. Posted on 27 Apr
North Sails Weekly Debrief
World Champion Interview, 3Di NORDAC, How To, Client Testimonial Rombelli and crew triumph at the Melges 20 Worlds. Hear what they did to overcome a rough patch to turn around and win the championship. Posted on 20 Apr
Melges 14 2019 FooterMelges IC37 2019 Footer