MKB Bank Melges 24 Europeans and the Next Entry Deadline on March 1st

Don’t forget that the next entry deadline of the MKB Bank Melges 24 European Championship 2014 is approaching. The organisers have generously lowered the late entry surcharge to 20% instead of 30% until the next deadline which is 1 March 2014 so please hurry up and make your entries as soon as possible to take advantage of this special offer!

MVM Melges24 Spring Regatta 2014 – Pre-Race of the Melges 24 Europeans 2014

MVM Sport Club welcomes all Melges24 teams to Balatonfüred, to participate on the MVM Melges24 Spring Regatta 2014which will be the pre-race for the 2014 Europeans being held on April 26-27, 2014!

Venue: Balatonfüred- Hungary
Pre-entry deadline: 6 April 2014

Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2014 First Event  in Portoroz

There's just a bit more than a month to go until the start of Open Slovenian National Championship, the first event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2014  which runs from 27-30 March in Portoroz.

First Aussie Melges 24 world championship fair dinkum ripper

Australia’s southern states are in the midst of another summer heatwave. The upshot is Geelong’s trusty afternoon sea breeze was waylaid today, cutting short the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 by one race.

The standings at the end of race 11 became the final results and Bora Gulari missed his opportunity to trade places for second overall.

Blu Moon helmsman Flavio Favini and owner Franco Rossini had the world championship wrapped up with a day to spare and opted to haul out and pack up the boat this morning, ready for shipping back to Europe.

Twice for a Blu Moon

It’s been 13 years since the Italian sailing maestro Flavio Favini won a Melges 24 world championship. 

Last year in San Francisco he finished runner-up to Brian Porter’s Full Throttle by two points and on many more occasions since his win in 2001, Favini has finished tantalisingly close to the top spot.

Aussie bandits steal the show on day three of Gill Melges 24 Worlds

It was Australia Day all over again on day three of racing at the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014, when three Aussie lads unleashed some of their best work. Not enough to worry the top shelf though.

There has been movement at the top of the leaderboard after three more windward leeward races, Flavio Favini’s Blu Moon (SUI) switching up into first overall and leading Harry Melges’ team STAR (USA) by 1.5 points.

The STAR crew had a day they need to forget and move on from, an eighth in race seven and a 13th in race eight.

Geelong sparkles as Harry Melges’ Star takes the lead

Three races deeper into the 12 race Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 and the visitors unsurprisingly continue to dictate terms.

After the completion of race six in the 10-12 knot sou’easter, Harry Melges’ STAR and crew Andy Burdick, Jeff Ecklund and Federico Michetti, sailing for New York and Lauderdale yacht clubs, are lead boat and have created some breathing space.

Chris Larson’s Cavallino/McLube (CAN) is five points off Melges on 14, a 10th in race four denting yesterday’s pointscore leader’s chance for an encore.

North Americans overwhelm on day one of the Gill Melges 24 Worlds

Chris Larson and his Canadian team on Cavallino/McLube are leading the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 after a crackalackin’ opening day on Geelong’s Corio Bay.

There’s little comfort in their early lead however, with Harry Melges’ STAR tied on seven points and second on a countback.

North American crews overwhelmed the 26 boat field on day one of the five day, 12 race regatta, filling the top three places.

Quantum Key West Race Week 2014 - Tim Wilkes Photography

The 27th edition of Key West Race Week sponsored by Quantum concluded last week, with Nicola Ardito's Little Wingfrom Italy winning the overall Melges 24 division. Ardito slammed the fleet with a solid string of bullets from start to finish. 

Long-time American Melges 24 owner Tom Ritter aboardTramp came second, followed by Canada's Richard Reid onZingara. Ritter cashed in with his own set of second's and thirds (taking the last race as a throw out) to place six points ahead of Reid. 

Strong winds keep Melges 24 crews ashore

A honking northerly breeze and an outdoor temperature of 40 degrees have meant a subdued start to the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 at Geelong in Victoria, Australia.
A practice race was scheduled for this afternoon, but winds of 28 knots gusting to 35 are well above the class’ upper limit. At the skipper’s briefing this morning at the host club, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, all of the 26 teams opted to remain ashore.

An AP/A flag signalling no more racing today is flying at the club.