Please select your home edition
Edition
Armstrong-A-Wing-728x90 gif TOP

2022 Melges 24 European Championship at the Yacht Club Italiano - Day 3

by International Melges 24 Class Association 27 Oct 2022 18:57 PDT 22-29 October 2022

Wakeup at dawn for the competitors of the 2022 Melges 24 European Championship, called on the starting line at 9am for the two races, judged by all to be the most beautiful and competitive of the seven sailed to date in this event organized by the Yacht Club Italiano in collaboration with the International Melges 24 Class Association and the Italian Melges 24 Class.

Won by the Corinthian crew of Blow (NOR, today 1-18) by Peder Nergaard, and by Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic's Universitas Nova (CRO, 9-1), the sailed races caused a small earthquake in the provisional ranking. Strambapapà (ITA, 4-2) by Michele Paoletti is confirmed in command, conquering the Boat of the Day title, eight points on the now second ranked Mataran 24 (CRO, 2-4). The hull of Ante Botica, which even today was announced as the best among the Corinthians, overtook the position of the defending champion Andrea Racchelli on Altea (ITA, 15-7), who ran into a less brilliant day than expected and therefore slipped into fifth position behind the aforementioned Universitas Nova, who in the second race pushed Strambapapa on the finish line to a second, and to the hosts of Melgina (ITA, 3-3) by Paolo Brescia, completing the provisional podium, six points behind Mataran 24, and already winner of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021.

Lisa Helly Hansen (NOR, 19-12) led by Kristoffer Spone, confirmed itself in the Top Ten to eighth place in the provisional ranking, between the Michael Goldfarb's War Canoe (USA, 17-5), awarded as the furthest team during the Daily Prizegiving presented by North Sails, and Peter Karrie's Nefeli (GER,5-22).

In Corinthian division, the ranking has slightly lengthened, with Marco Zammarchi's hull Taki 4 (ITA, 11-11) steered by Niccolo Bertola confirming himself as second Corinthian and sixth in the overall Top Ten, well ahead of the third, the before mentioned Blow, which is currently in thirteenth position in overall, lifting just two points from AleAli Eurocart (ITA, 14-13) by Barbara Bomben and Gianfranco Noe steering.

The Melges 24 European Championship will resume tomorrow: the plan is to sail another two races in order to start Saturday with just one race to sail to complete the series of ten races. Before this the sailors, race officials and people working in the event are awaited in Palazzo della Meridiana for the event gala dinner hosted by the Yacht Club Italiano tonight.

Quotes of the day:

"Awesome sailing, a beautiful city, and a really good job by the Race Committee: Melges 24 it's the place to be. Let me tell you, that it's been great to go sailing early in the morning: we had some special conditions and two great races. It was not a foregone conclusion, but the PRO took its responsibility and saved our day: many compliments to all," stated Michael Goldfarb, owner of War Canoe USA841.

"Today we were really focused, and we kept the tension high through all the morning. In the beginning of the second race, we had the feeling that the right side was better, but we were able to keep calm and work on details until the finish line, where it took a bit of luck to get it right on Strambapapà. We are very happy to be here: the event is great under every point of view and the Yacht Club Italiano is doing a great job to make us happy. We can't wait for the gala dinner of tonight," told Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic, owner of Universitas Nova CRO567.

"On the first start we had a really good beginning, and we were able to line up in front of the pack. Also, Mataran 24 had a super start, but we found a left shift and we reached the mark right in front of them. As soon as we hosted the kite, we were flown away by seventy meters instantly and from that moment we managed the situation to defend the margin and eventually to increase it. It was a great experience to be in front for all the race in a so competitive fleet. Melges 24 is an incredible boat to sail: I was sailing some other classes recently, but this is the one design to sail, no doubt at all on this! The ambience is friendly, and we have some incredible and competitive racing. We need to push for this, make the Melges 24 known even to the youngest and to those who, although passionate, never had the opportunity to surf the wave on this unique toy. This is the way to bring more owners in the game and to return on the big numbers of the past," stated Peder Neergard, owner of Blow NOR787.

Results after Day 3: (top ten, 5 races sailed, 1 discard)

  1. ITA 689 STRAMBAPAPA' Michele Paoletti, Giovanna Micol, Pietro Perelli, Giulia Pignolo, Davide Bivi 3-1-3-4-(15)-4-2 17 pts
  2. CRO 383 MATARAN 24 CORINTHIAN Ante Botica, Ivo Matic, Mario Skrlj, Damir Civadelic, Max Carija (16)-9-5-1-4-2-4 25 pts
  3. ITA 693 MELGINA Paolo Brescia, Simon Sivitz Kosuta, Jas Farneti, Jan Bassi, Stefano Orlandi 9-3-7-6-(19)-3-3 31 pts
  4. CRO 567 UNIVERSITAS NOVA Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic, Marin Golem, Filip Miroic, Mia Kljakovic Gaspic, Sime Markic 2-11-2-(13)-7-9-1 32 pts
  5. ITA 722 ALTEA Andrea Racchelli, Gaudenzio Bonini, Michele Gregoratto, Rebecca Anderson, Matteo De Luca 4-2-4-8-12-(15)-7 37 pts
  6. ITA 778 TAKI 4 CORINTHIAN Niccolò Bertola, Pietro Seghezza, Marco Zammarchi, Giacomo Fossati, Giovanni Bannetta 1-7-(31)-14-5-11-12 50 pts
  7. USA 841 WAR CANOE Michael Goldfarb, Jonny Goldsberry, Matteo Ramian, Chris Rast, Andrea Serpi 6-4-6-(23)-13-17-5 51 pts
  8. NOR 697 HELLY HANSEN LISA Kristoffer Spone, Christen Horn Johannessen, Børre Hekk Paulsen, Sigurd Hekk Paulsen 10-5-13-(25)-2-19-12 61 pts
  9. GER673 NEFELI Peter Karrie, Alessandro Franci, Niccolo Bianchi, Saverio Cigliano, Alessandro Saettone 8-15-9-7-18-5-(22) 62 pts
  10. ITA854 STIG Alessandro Rombelli, Giorgio Tortarolo, Matteo Ivaldi, Massimo Gherarducci, Federica Salva 7-12-15-16-(20)-7-6 63 pts
Corinthian Results after Day 3: (top five, 5 races sailed, 1 discard)
  1. CRO 383 MATARAN 24 CORINTHIAN Ante Botica, Ivo Matic, Mario Skrlj, Damir Civadelic, Max Carija (16)-9-5-1-4-2-4 25 pts
  2. ITA 778 TAKI 4 CORINTHIAN Niccolò Bertola, Pietro Seghezza, Marco Zammarchi, Giacomo Fossati, Giovanni Bannetta 1-7-(31)-14-5-11-12 50 pts
  3. NOR787 BLOW CORINTHIAN Peder Nergaard, Morten Helgesen, Petrus Eide, Eivind Rubinstein 12-6-25-(27)-10-1-19 73 pts
  4. ITA139 AleAli EUROCART CORINTHIAN Gianfranco Noe, Barbara Bomben, Dean Bassi, Francesco Crichiutti, Federico Borghi (37BFD)-13-22-9-3-14-13 74 pts
  5. ITA638 JECO TEAM CORINTHIAN Marco Cavallini, Paolo Cavallini, Gianni Cavallini, Fabrizio Milan, Thomas Vieider 26-21-(33)-10-1-13-8 79 pts
Quick Links:

Related Articles

2023 Melges 24 Worlds open for entries
Taking place at Middelfart, Denmark at the end of June GoSail Middelfart and the IM24CA announce the publication of the Notice of Race for the 2023 Melges 24 World Championship powered by the bunkering company Bunker One to be hosted in Middelfart from 24 June to 1 July 2023. Posted on 3 Feb
Bacardi Winter Series Event 2 overall
Three days in a row of perfect sailing conditions Three days in a row of perfect sailing conditions on Biscayne Bay, January 27-29, 2023, and a dream event for all, with fantastic breeze, sun and shoreside Bacardi bonhomie at Bacardi Winter Series Event 2. Posted on 30 Jan
Festival of Sails overall
Winners declared at another successful event A grey sky, light breeze and showers prefaced the final day of Royal Geelong Yacht Club's 2023 Festival of Sails, but nothing was going to wipe the smiles from competitors faces, particularly those who were still in the running for trophies Posted on 29 Jan
Bacardi Winter Series Event 2 day 2
Wet and wild in Miami Blustery conditions on the second day of racing at Bacardi Winter Series Event 2, Saturday, January 28, upped the ante with 15-22 knots sweeping through the racetrack. Posted on 29 Jan
Melges 24 Australians heating up
Chris Links and crew on Banta lead at the Festival of Sails Two days into the Melges 24 Australian Championship at Royal Geelong Yacht Club's 2023 Festival of Sails, Chris Links and crew on Banta have one hand on the trophy and a well-tuned NSW crew answers for their strong performance. Posted on 28 Jan
Bacardi Winter Series Event 2 day 1
Sporty conditions liven up the racing The three-day Bacardi Winter Series Event 2 opened today, Friday, January 27, on Biscayne Bay, Miami, in thrilling conditions. Posted on 28 Jan
U.S. Melges 24 Class celebrates 30 years of racing
Introduced in 1993, built by Melges Performance Sailboats and designed by Reichel/Pugh Introduced in 1993, built by Melges Performance Sailboats and designed by Reichel/Pugh, the Melges 24 experienced instant success. Posted on 21 Jan
USM24CA announces 2023 National Ranking Series
The eleven-part series includes events all across the USA and Canada The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USM24CA) is proud to present its National Ranking Series schedule for 2023. Posted on 3 Jan
Winter Temps, Bacardi Invitational, Sydney Hobart
David Schmidt's pre-Christmas North American editorial Given the excitement of the weekend's World Cup—go Messi!—you're certainly forgiven if you had your eye on other sports this last week. Even if you don't follow soccer, you'd still be forgiven as it's frigid across wide swaths of Canada and the USA. Posted on 20 Dec 2022
Bacardi Winter Series Event 1 overall
Victory to Drew Freides in the Melges 24 & Richard Witzel in the J/70 A thrilling final day, Sunday, December 18, saw the race track shaken and stirred as the Melges 24 and J/70 teams battled for leaderboard glory at the opening event of the 2022/2023 Bacardi Regatta Series on Biscayne Bay, Miami. Posted on 19 Dec 2022
Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTERSelden 2020 - FOOTERVaikobi 2021 Boots - FOOTER