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Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2016 – 2018 Announced

December 24, 2015

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel/Pugh and and built by Melges Boat Works and holds a unique position among the world’s one design sportsboats as one of the most successful classes of high performance yachts. The 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series, 2016 Melges 24 European and World Championships, Melges 24 future title events up to 2018 have been announced.

(December 23, 2015) – At the end of another great season the World Council of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IM24CA) met up for its Annual General Meeting to discuss about the feedback of the 2015 season and to draw the main line of the future events.

IM24CA is very glad to highlight that ten bids all around the Europe were received with a wish to host an event of the 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series. Based on the list of bids, and on some suggestions of the sailors, an initial draft of the events composing the series was made.

After a full discussion going through the proposals submitted with the focus to improve the number of entries and avoiding any overlap or bad timing of the events, it was voted in favour of the events that will make the 2016 European Sailing Series’ calendar:
1. April 1-3 – Portoroz, Slovenia
2. June 10-12 – Segelclub Kammersee, Attersee, Austria
3. June 23-26 – Kiel Week, Germany
4. July 15-17 – Riva del Garda, Italy
5. September 2-9 – Melges 24 European Championship, Hyeres, France
6. October 7-9 – Luino, Italy

Already at the first glance, it seems to be clear that Melges 24 Class members, no matter if they are Pro or Corinthian crew, will enjoy a really full season with six events to be completed in six months time, spacing from Kiel where the fleet will enjoy the world famous Kiel Race Week on the 1972 Olympic race course up to Hyeres, where the competitors will sail for the title of the European Champion, now in the hands of Franco Rossini’s Blu Moon. The fleet is returning to Hyeres after 2006 Worlds won by Nicola Celon’s Bete Bossini, and 2009 Europeans, won by the three times Melges 24 World Champion, Lorenzo Santini’s Uka Uka, with Lorenzo Bressani in helm.

Also important to underline that the Melges 24 fleet will enjoy three events on internal water, where it’s quite sure that the wind will never stop: Attersee (Austria), Riva del Garda (Italy) and Luino (Italy).

So be ready, the first warning signal of the 2016 Melges 24 European season will sound in the beginning of April, in Portoroz (Slovenia).
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The bids for the other future IM24CA title events up to 2018 were discussed and voted. In conclusion of that the following venues were chosen:

2017 – Melges 24 North American Championship – Columbia Gorge Racing Association, USA
2018 – Melges 24 World Championship – Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Canada
2018 – Melges 24 European Championship – Fraglia vela Riva, Riva del Garda, Italy

The highlights of the 2016 season for the Melges 24 class will be definitely Melges 24 European Championship in Hyères, France in September and Melges 24 World Championship in Miami, U.S. in November-December were respectively 19 teams for the Europeans and 86 teams fort the Worlds have been registered already so much time ahead!

Sailors are very welcome to enter to both events – online entry is open!

Event website of the 2016 Melges 24 European Championship

Event website of the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship

View the Initial Melges 24 2016 Events Schedule And Ranking Events All Around the World

Piret Salmistu, International Melges 24 Class – Administrator & Media Coordinator
Skype piret.salmistu
Tel +372 507 7217


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