Melges 32 World League gets underway in Porto Venere
Friday, March 31, 2017 9:45 AM
Porto Venere, Italy (Mar. 30, 2017) - Everything is set and ready for the first official appointment of the 2017 Melges World League (MWL) in Europe - a brand new format featuring the supersonic Melges 32 (March 31 - April 2), but also the wildly successful Melges 20 (April 7-9).
The Melges 32 World League will serve as a concise reference point for the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) as it merges core fleet values onto one dynamic stage. It is designed specifically to maximize intense, yet fair competition, promote and foster an extraordinary class culture filled with camaraderie in a family-friendly environment. It is these qualities that have always been enjoyed to the fullest by Melges owners and sailors, keeping them coming back year-after-year for more. And, 2017 will be no different.
Regattas for the Melges 32 will take place in Porto Venere, Scarlino (May 5-7), Riva Del Garda (June 2-4), Sibenik in Croatia (July 20-22), followed with a grand finale in stunning Cala Galera, Italy as it hosts the World Championship on August 23-26. View A Complete 2017 Melges 32 Events Schedule.
Melges Europe President, Federico Michetti is thrilled about the start of new MWL: "This is the beginning of a new era involving some of the best teams and sailors. The combination of several fleet newcomers, experienced veteran teams and the participation of new partners who strongly believe in our values and share our vision of fair one design racing - that's the Melges World League!"
The Class is proud to welcome back many Melges 32s as they make their season debut at the first of five European events this weekend. Fifteen incredible teams have registered for the start including Turkey's AhmetEker on Eker, Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio's G-SPOT, Edoardo Lupi's Torpyone, Matteo Balestrero's Giogi and Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino just to name a few.
The Melges 32 World League European Division races in Porto Venere are sponsored by the Comune di Porto Venere and organized in collaboration with the Comitato dei Circoli del Golfo, Porto Venere Sviluppo srl and Porto Venere Servizi.
ALL SPONSORED UP AND EVERYWHERE TO GO
The 2017 Melges World League European events are destined for greatness, not only because of the big competition that awaits the speed-hungry fleet and celebrity-style sailors who will participate, but also due to the support of first-tier partners who guarantee further success and high standards of excellence at every venue.
- Helly Hansen is the official signature clothing of the the 2017 Melges World League. They will headline the hospitality areas, reaffirming their dedication to the sport of sailing and its fans.
- Garmin Marine is the official timekeeper of all races of the Melges World League European Division.
- Lavazza will keep sailors and racing enthusiasts alike well served the taste of Italian coffee.
- Toremar realizes Melges' link to the sea.
- Official photos and videos will be brought to life and presented by the impeccable Barracuda Communications.
- The MWL enjoys further technical partnership with Motorvela and Submariner that handled placement and installation of the Melges World League powered by HH hospitality area.
MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with all Melges 32 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Melges 32 Facebook Page. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post-racing at melges32.com.
1.) Martin Reintjies/Enrico Fonda, Caipirinha (Corinthian)
2.) Ahmet Eker/Andrea Rachelli, Eker
3.) Edoardo Pavesio/Manuel Weiller Vidal, FRA MARTINA
4.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Branko Brcin, G-SPOT
5.) Matteo Balestrero/Paolo Cian, Giogi
6.) Kilian Holzapfel/Jan Jasper Wagner, Junior Homanit (Corinthian)
7.) Christian Schwoerer/Jesper Radich, Dangerous
8.) Vincenzo Onorato/Cameron Appleton, Mascalzone Latino
9.) Claudia Rossi/Matteo Ivaldi, Pippa
10.) Andrea Ferrari/Pietro Sibello, Spirit of Nerina
11.) Konstantin Besputin/Evgeny Neugodnikov, Tavatuy
12.) Edoardo Lupi/Lorenzo Bressani, Torpyone
13.) Francesco Graziani/Andrea Fornaro, Vitamina (Corinthian)
14.) Andrea LaCorte/Gabriele Benussi, Vitaminia Amerikana
15.) Fritz Homann/Michele Paoletti, Wilma