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Rombelli is 2019 Melges 20 World Champion, Joyce is Corinthian

April 8, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

The winner of the 2019 Melges 20 World Championship is Alessandro Rombelli and the STIG team of Francesco Bruni, Giorgio Tortarolo, and Tea Faoro!

Reichel/Pugh sends best wishes to all competitors at the 2019 Melges 20 Worlds.

MIAMI (April 7, 2019) — Twenty-two teams representing nine countries sailed the 2019 Melges 20 World Championship held April 4-7 hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in Miami, Florida on Biscayne Bay. Alessandro Rombelli and the Italian STIG team of Francesco Bruni, Giorgio Tortarolo, and Tea Faoro can call themselves world champions! In the all-amatuer Corinthian division, the World title goes to Rhonda Joyce and the GRINNING STREAK team of Jeremy Edwards and Tony Bowman.

Day 3<br /> Melges 20 World Championship<br /> Coconut Grove Sailing Club<br /> Miami, 3 April 2019<br />

© Melges 20/Zerogradinord

HEARTBREAKER driven by Bob Hughes with Federico Michetti and Manu Weiller finished in second place, Igor Rytov’s RUSSIAN BOGATYRS with Konstantin Besputin and Anton Sergeev finished in third place. Daniel Thielman’s KUAI and Vladimir Prosikhin’s NIKA rounded out the podium.

© Melges 20/Zerogradinord

The Melges 20 Class and the Melges World League now look to Europe and Asia for racing, then back to North America for next winter’s Miami Winter Series. The 2020 World Championship will be in Europe, and the 2021 World Championship will be back in North America.

Up next: two weeks until the first race of the Melges 20 World League in Villasimius, Sardinia!

Photos by Zerogradinord / Melges 20

About the Melges 20
The Melges 20 Experience is simple, fun world-class racing at yachting’s most celebrated venues. Introduced in 2007, the Melges 20 is an-exclusive Reichel/Pugh design manufactured by Melges USA. For more information on the International Melges 20 Class Association, visit

About the Melges World League
Designed to increase rivalry and enhance the worldwide racing experience, the Melges World League (MWL) is the global racing platform and ranking system for Melges owners around the world. The MWL includes the Melges 14, Melges 20 and Melges 32 Classes. For Melges 20 World League information, visit

all photography © Melges 20/Zerogradinord

Illbruck the New 2016 Melges 20 World Champion, Savoini Claims Corinthian

August 28, 2016 · Posted by kate

Reichel/Pugh wishes a warm congratulations to all competitors at the 2016 Melges 20 Worlds.

Scarlino, Italy (August 28, 2016) – The last day of competition in Scarlino came to a dramatic close with two final races and Michael Illbruck on Pinta with tactician John Kostecki, and trimmer Federico Michetti becoming the 2016 Melges 20 World Champions! Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of racing at a stunning venue with more than 200 athletes. Read More …

R/P-Designed MELGES 20 Selected as Sportboat for 2016 Resolute Cup

January 29, 2016 · Posted by kate

Designated as the sportboat of choice for the New York Yacht Club’s 2016 Resolute Cup, the progressive Melges 20 raises the bar and sets a new standard for Corinthian style, one-design racing.

(Newport, R.I.) “We are extremely excited to have the Melges 20 class involved in the 2016 Resolute Cup,” says event chair Patricia O’Donnell. “The name Melges has been synonymous with performance sailing for more than half a century. The inclusion of the company’s latest keelboat in the 2016 Resolute Cup will add a dose of speed and excitement to the regatta.” Read More …


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