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Melges 24 European Sailing Series Dates Confirmed

The dates for the 2014 Melges 24 European Sailing Series have been confirmed.  Responding to the fantastic reception that last year's series received, the 2014 programme will once again feature five regattas across Europe.  The programme has been designed to ensure ease of logistics for the competitors and top quality racing at outstanding venues.  The jewel in the crown will be the Melges 24 European Championship on Lake Balaton in May.  The full programme is

28-30 March - Portoroz Melges 24 Regatta, Slovenia (website coming soon)

The initial entry deadline for the Gill Melges 24 World Championship, taking place in Geelong from 27 January to 2 February, is Saturday 30 November so if you plan to enter and want to take advantage of the early entry discount take action now and make your entry at the event website. Competitors who have already made their entry but not yet paid their entry fee are reminded that the need to make their payments before the end of this week to avoid paying the 50% late entry fee.

Geelong Melges 24 Worlds 2014 - Entries From 8 Nations And 4 Continents Already Confirmed

In the first week since the entry system opened for the 2014 Melges 24 World Championship 22 teams from 8 nations and 4 continents have already confirmed their attendance! The overseas entries to date include Bruce Ayres from California, Flavio Favini and the Blu Moon crew from Switzerland, Tetsuya Matsunaga and the ThreeBond team from Japan, Andrea Racchelli and Riccardo Simoneschi from Italy, Germany's Bent Dietrich, Canada's Zarko Draganic and Thomas Hacklin from Finland.

Perfect Season Ending In Luino
No T-Shirt, no shorts – but this time Snow..! The last Act of the Italian Circuit 2014 was some kind of different of what the Melges 24 community knows from sailing in Italy. But: The beautiful Lago Maggiore in Front of lovely Lunio offered though once more best ever conditions for sailing and lots of action on the water. Even when some fingers and feet get really cold: It was well worth…! That's what all competitors finally agreed on. 22 Boats came to Luino for the "Coppa Lino Favini", as the last stage of this years Italian Act Series and announced as Swiss Open Nationals. 
Slovenian Nationals Coming Up 24-27 October

The Slovenian Nationals are coming up on 24-27 October and will take place in Portorož.  Only an hour across the boarder from Italy Portorož is easily accessible for travellers from across Europea and is a great venue.  Last year a number of international visitors enjoyed great hospitality and racing at this event and the Slovenian class looks forward to welcoming more visitors again this year.  Find out more at www.melges24.si

Porter Snatches Elusive World Title After Last Race Decider At Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 Worlds

American Brian Porter on Full Throttle took fourth in the final race of the Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship 2013 today to finally lay claim to the title he has been trying to win for many years.

Porter snatched victory by three points from 2013 Melges 24 European Champion Italian Flavio Favini at the helm of Franco Rossini's Swiss entry Blu Moon who had led by a single point going into the final day.

Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship 2013 Day 3 Video

Check out the fantastic day 3 video from San Francisco 

Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship 2013 Day 3 Video

Check out the fantastic day 3 video from San Francisco 

Tricky Penultimate Day Leaves Chamionship On Knife Edge At Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship 2013

Day three of competition at the Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship 2013 saw three races take place in shifty northeasterly breezes, which ranged as low as eight knots and as high as 18 knots.

Today’s wind direction was uncharacteristic for San Francisco Bay – almost the reciprocal of the regular wind – and produced lumpy seas, making life difficult for the helmsmen trying to coax maximum speed upwind and tough for rest of the crews hiking.

Breezy Day Two Sees Favini Snatch Lead At Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship

Light winds at the beginning and end of the second day of the Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship 2013 meant only two races of the scheduled three took place. Happily, after around an hour’s delay, the breeze came on strong and racing took place in breezes up to 20 knots.