Welcome to day one of the MKB Bank Melges 24 European Championship in Balatonfured on Hungary's Lake Balaton.  After two days of wet and windy weather we finally have glorious sun and a moderate breeze.  The fleet are on the water with up to three races scheduled and you can follow the action as it happens with Justin Chisholm's live updates over on the event website.  Later on we will have sailing photos from Pierrick Contin and video from Zerogradinord, also at the event website.

03 May 2014 - Balatonfüred, Hungary. Sixty-two yacht racing teams have congregated at the MKB Bank Sailing Club on Hungary's Lake Balaton this weekend for the MKB Bank Melges 24 European Championship 2014 which runs from May 2 - 9.

Eighteen nations are represented: Austria (4), Czech Republic (2), Denmark (8), Estonia (2), Finland (2), France (2), Great Britain (2), Germany (7), Hungary (12), Italy (5), Liechtenstein (1), Netherlands (1), Norway (3), Slovenia (1), Switzerland (2), Slovak Republic (1), Sweden (4), Ukraine (3).

Gill Race Team Claimed the Victory at the MVM Melges 24 Spring Regatta

The MVM Melges24 Spring Regatta 2014 which was also the pre-race for the 2014 Europeans ended successfully on April 27 after completing five beautiful races on the Lake Balaton with the victory of the British Gill Race Team helmed by Geoff Carveth, representing the Royal Ocean Yachting Association. The second place went to the Estonian team Lenny  helmed by Tõnu Tõniste and the third place to the Hungarian Nonderemai Team with Pomucz Tamás in helm.

MVM Melges24 Spring Regatta

Twelve boats including three foreign boats were on the starting line of the MVM Melges24 Spring Regatta, the pre-race of the Melges 24 European Championship 2014 on the Lake Balaton competition organized by the Sports Association of MVM on April 26-27.

Racing took place in 5-8 knots of steady wind with a little cloudiness in the morning, however in the afternoon the sailors could enjoy the real spring while the water of the lake was azure-coloured and was glimmering in the sun.

2015 Key West Race Week Dates Confirmed

Key West, Florida Keys -- Classes and sailors from across the country and around the world already have Quantum Key West 2015 on the winter calendars. Boats ranging is size from 23 to 72 feet will compete in the waters off America's southernmost city during the 28th edition of Key West Race Week, scheduled for January 18-23.

Monsoon - Winner of Melges 24 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week

Congratulations are in full order for Melges 24 Charleston Race Week Champion — Bruce Ayres and his Monsoon team of Mike Buckley, Jeff Reynolds, Brent Rhune and Jessica Koenig. After three days and seven races, never once did Ayres relinquish his overall lead. 

Local favorite Guy Mossman on Battle Rhythm fought hard and proud, submitting only one of two single-digit scorelines in the fleet to finish second overall.

Italian Melges 24 Series ACT1 Notice of Race Is Published

Series ACT 1 is organised by Yacht Club Punta Ala in co-operation with the Italian Sailing Federation, X-35 and Melges 24 Class Associations in Punta Ala on May 23-25, 2014. This year the event will be a part of the important Gavitello D'argento trophy. 

Charleston Race Week Ddraws Professional Sailors and Weekend Warriors

Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week started officially on Friday and continues through Sunday, April 11-13. There is fleet of 27 Melges 24 boats competing among 288 boats participating in this huge regatta. The regatta is set up for boats from 21 to 80 feet, though the longest boat competing this year is 51 feet. 

Get well soon, Flavio Favini!

"We were informed that the reigning Melges 24 world champion Flavio Favini suffered from a very risky accident when his balcony collapsed dropping him some 30 feet to the ground below in his house on the Lake Maggiore on Wednesday. Luckily, while suffering from several wounds and broken bones, he is not at risk.

We are close to him, his wife Paola and the whole family and we are looking forward to see him back on the race course soon!"

Riccardo Simoneschi 
IMCA Chairman