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Melges 24: Melgina and White Room are the champions of the series

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The overall podium of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021 - 1. Melgina ITA793, 2. Arkanoe by Montura ITA809, 3. White Room GER677 - Trieste, It
The overall podium of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021 - 1. Melgina ITA793, 2. Arkanoe by Montura ITA809, 3. White Room GER677 - Trieste, Italy © Michele Rocco

October 04, 2021 - Trieste, Italy - October 4, 2021 - Trieste, Italy - 2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series concludes in Trieste, Italy after the earlier events held in Malcesine and Riva del Garda in Italy and Melges 24 Europeans in Portoroz, Slovenia with a total of fifty-one teams from fifteen nations that joined the circuit this season. Having taken part of all the events of the season, Paolo Brescia's Melgina, from Italy, is the overall winner of the 2021 edition while German Michael Tarabochia's White Room secures the victory on Corinthian division, completing also overall podium of the series, where second place belongs to Sergio Caramel's Arkanoe by Montura, from Italy. Top three teams were taking part of all five events of the season, not missing any of the fifty-one sailed single races.

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Through the season aboard of Paolo Brescia's Melgina helped to secure the victory 470 Junior World Champion Simon Sivitz Kosuta calling the tactics and Ariberto Strobino, Matteo Capurro, Jas Farneti, Stefano Orlandi, Matteo Puppo, Nicolas Starc, Matteo Ramian and Jan Bassi in the crew. 

Paolo Brescia, the owner and helmsman of Melgina, holding the perpetual trophy donated to the series by the former Chairman of IM24CA, Riccardo Simoneschi (2011-2014), which has been awarded since 2013: "It was a great series of events. Our goal was to improve event by event and we are very happy about the result!" Tactician Simon Sivitz was thanking entire Melgina crew, who were helping to secure this result through the season and added, that their goal was to develop through the season: "We made some changes, tried the new boat and may be all this was a bit hard for us and we have had a very different performance during the season. But, at the end, we won the ranking, so, something good was done!"

Second classified of the 2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series is Arkanoe by Montura of Sergio Caramel from Italy, who was sailing through this season with Karlo Hmeljak, Filippo Orvieto, Federico Gomiero, Michele Meotto, Michele Bonetti, Riccardo Gomiero, Vid Jeranko and Stagni Alessandro aboard. Being the leader of the series with a two-point lead ahead of Paolo Brescia's Melgina before the final event in Trieste, but missing their tactician Karlo Hmeljak in the crew in the final battle, finished the season 11.5 points behind the winner as a runner-up.

The overall podium is completed by the Corinthian champion of the 2021 series. Michael Tarabochia's White Room, steered by Luis Tarabochia was replicating the result of 2018, holding now for one year the Melges 24 European Sailing Series Corinthian Trophy. 

Luis Tarabochia, the helmsman of White Room was thanking his crew of tactician Sebastian Bühler, father Michael Tarabochia, brother Marco Tarabochia, Marvin Frisch and Mathy Thomas, who helped to achieve this result. "Comparing to the last year influenced by Covid-19, we were happy to have a higher participation in all events, we experienced nice venues and good weather and all in all we are very happy being the best Corinthian and third in overall ranking!" 
Video interview with Luis Tarabochia and Sebastian Bühler

The second on the Corinthian top 3 is a 2021 Melges 24 Corinthian European Champion, Tõnu Tõniste's Lenny from Estonia, being sixth in the overall ranking, and the Corinthian podium is completed by the 2019 Corinthian winner of the series, Marco Zammarchi's Taki 4 from Italy steered by Niccolo Bertola, ranked as eight in the overall series. 

The trophies and medals of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021 were awarded by Miles Quinton, IM24CA Vice Chair of Europe, who thanked all fifty-one teams from fifteen nations that joined the circuit this season.

Top 3 in Overall of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021:
Winner – MELGINA ITA 793 – 133.5 pts 
Paolo Brescia, Ariberto Strobino, Matteo Capurro, Jas Farneti, Simon Sivitz Kosuta, Stefano Orlandi, Matteo Puppo, Nicolas Starc, Matteo Ramian, Jan Bassi
2nd - ARKANOE BY MONTURA ITA809 – 145 pts 
Sergio Caramel, Filippo Orvieto, Federico Gomiero, Michele Meotto, Michele Bonetti, Karlo Hmeljak, Riccardo Gomiero, Vid Jeranko, Stagni Alessandro
3rd - WHITE ROOM GER677 - 180 pts 
Michael Tarabochia, Luis Tarabochia, Sebastian Bühler, Marco Tarabochia, Marvin Frisch, Mathy Thomas

Top 3 in Corinthian division of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021:
Winner – WHITE ROOM GER677 - 180 pts - (3rd Overall) 
Michael Tarabochia, Luis Tarabochia, Sebastian Bühler, Marco Tarabochia, Marvin Frisch, Mathy Thomas
2nd - LENNY EST790 – 268 pts (6th Overall) 
Tõnu Tõniste, Toomas Tõniste, Tammo Otsasoo, Maiki Saaring, Henri Tauts
3rd - TAKI 4 – 306 pts (8th Overall) 
Marco Zammarchi, Niccolo Bertola, Giacomo Fossati, Giovanni Bannetta, Pietro Seghezza

Full results of the 2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series


Tight battle to finish the Melges 24 regatta in Trieste

The last day of Melges 24 regatta in Trieste was showing to the sailors some heavy rain and lack of wind in the morning, but at the end, two nice races were managed by the PRO Dario Motz. The battle for the win was really tight on top. The victory of the first race of the day went to Alberto Venuti's Skoropios and White Room of Michael Tarabochia wins the final race in Trieste. 

Melgina was the leader starting the final day with a one-point lead ahead of Richard Thompson's Black Seal, from UK, steered by a local Stefano Cherin. Black Seal scores 5-2 and Melgina 3-6, which makes them tied on points at the end of the regatta, but better placement on the final race secures the victory to Stefano Cherin steering Richard Thompsons's Black Seal with Nigel Young, Andrea Tesei, Ewan O'Keefe and Sara Zuppin in the crew.
 
Stefano Cherin was really happy that Black Seal was able to finish the regatta on the first position in Trieste. "We enjoyed a lot and I would like to say thank you to Richard Thompson, who gave me this opportunity to helm his boat, everything was fine and we were also lucky to have some nice breeze to manage eight races to do our performance!" Nigel Young added, that it was a great fight in Trieste, where 4-5 teams were very close to the top. "Stefano is a fantastic tactician and helmsman, and being from Trieste, and we had a little bit of home advantage and a little bit of local luck we managed to pull it off, so it was fantastic!"
Video interview with Black Seal team

Melgina of Paolo Brescia is second on the Trieste's podium, sailing with Simon Sivitz, Jas Farneti, Riccardo Tonini and Jan Bassi. The best Corinthian team completes the overall podium - Michael Tarabochia's White Room steered by Luis Tarabochia, sailing with Sebastian Bühler, Marco Tarabochia and Thomas Mathy.

4th in the overall ranking is also second-best Corinthian team, Sergio Caramel's Arkanoe by Montura and Alberto Venuti's Skorpios rounds up Top 5 completing Corinthian podium.

Results of Melges 24 Trieste regatta after 8 races:
1. BLACK SEAL GBR822 - Richard Thompson / Stefano Cherin 19p
2. MELGINA ITA793 - Paolo Brescia 19p
3. WHITE ROOM GER677 (C) - Michael / Luis Tarabochia 25p
4. ARKANOE BY MONTURA ITA809 (C) - Sergio Caramel 30p
5. SKORPIOS ITA454 (C) - Antonio Masoli 37 p

Some of the Melges 24 fleet now stay in Trieste to be part of the particular events like Barcolana One Design and Barcolana by night during the Barcolana week and some boats move also to Croatia, where in October and November two more Melges 24 events, including the inaugural Melges 24 Croatian Nationals, will be held in Split. 

The final event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021 and Italian Melges24Tour was hosted by the Società Triestina Sport del Mare - ASD, in co-operation with Melges 24 Gulf of Trieste group, Italian Melges 24 Class and International Melges 24 Class Association. Huge thanks goes to the Società Triestina Sport del Mare - ASD managed by Guido Benci and the entire regatta management team led by Simone Viduli and Alan Travaglio for their excellent hospitality and wonderful management of the regatta.
 
After the winter the European season will resume in 2022: dates and venues of the entire series are under the discussion and will be announced shortly, but the most prestigious event of the year - 2022 Melges 24 Worlds will be held in Fort Lauderdale, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club on May 9-15.

2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series was scheduled with 6 events:
June 25-27 – Malcesine, Garda lake, ITA - Results
July 23-25 – Riva del Garda, ITA - Results
August 20-22 - Riva del Garda, ITA - Results
September 4-11 – Portoroz, SLO – Melges 24 Europeans 2021 - Results
September 24-26 - Attersee, AUT - CANCELLED
October 1-3 - Trieste, ITA - Results

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