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Melges 20 World Championship at Cala Galera, Greece - Day 1

by Melges Europe 7 Oct 2020 10:47 PDT 7-10 October 2020
Melges 20 World Championship at Cala Galera, Greece day 1 © MWL / Zerogradinord

The Melges 20 World Championship begins in spectacular conditions: for the 2020 edition, the Melges 20 World Competition has found hospitality in the waters of Cala Galera, a location much appreciated by the Melges fleets, which last time hosted the Melges 32 for the 2017 edition of their Worlds.

Day 1 of racing immediately challenges the crews with demanding conditions, characterized by a crossed sea with steep waves and gradually increasing wind, up to exceeding the limits imposed by the Class regulations.

The reigning European Champion, Filippo Pacinotti's Brontolo Racing, was the one who read today's conditions in the best possible way: the tactical choices of Manuel Weiller, after an intense duel with Igor Rytov's Russian Bogatyrs, led Pacinotti's crew to cross the finish line in first position, followed by Rytov and Dario Levi's Fremito d'Arja.

At the end of the first race, held in gusty wind conditions of 20 knots and gradually increasing, the Race Committee has ordered the suspension of the regattas for today. The tests will resume tomorrow, Thursday 8 October, at 12.00.

Melges Europe and Melges World League thank all the partners of the 2020 edition: Helly Hansen, Quantum Sails, North Sails, Garmin Marine, Rocket Performance, Rigoni di Asiago, Azienda Agricola il Ponte, Revi Trento Doc, Loison Pasticceri dal 1938, Dai Dai, Le Formiche di Fabio Vettori, La Thuile, boutique hotel Rifugio Azul (Minorca) and Rifugio hotel Lilla (La Thuile), Cedea, Equilibra, Sabatini Gin, Free Ride Cosmetics e One Ocean; moreover, we thank for the contribution the Team Partners UYN Sports.

Melges Europe and Melges World League support the message of One Ocean Foundation having signed Charta Smeralda.

More information and full results can be found here.

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