Marc Wain Pedersen wins Melges 24 Danish Nationals 2021
October 15, 2022 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Ten teams sailed the 2021 Melges 24 Danish National Championship, held 8-10 October 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark with crews enjoying a 14-race series over the course of three days. The championship, which was hosted by Sundby Sejlforening, got off to a slow start with heavy fog, no wind, and an AP posting on the morning of day one. By mid-day, winds picked up slightly in Øresund Channel, and the sun flared as the 10 Danish teams jockeyed for a prime position on the line in three races. Day two and three delivered sunshine and a range of wind conditions that provided for spectacular racing.
Delivering a strong performance in every single race, DEN-840 “Whosah” skippered by Marc Wain Pedersen and crew of Claes Bohn-Willeberg, Kristian Schaldemose, Lærke Marie Sørensen and Astrid Harsaae from Sundby Sejlforening and Yachtklubben Furesøen were crowned the 2021 Danish National Champions. The team finished 1, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 5, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 for a total of 14 points.
With a total of 38 points, the silver medal went to DEN-761 “Top Gun” skippered by Peter Havn and crew of Mathilde Hansen, Mads Taatø and Allan Hansen from Sundby Sejlforening, Kastrup Sejlklub and Taarbæk Sejlklub.
Taking the bronze with a total of 40 points was DEN-409 “Randalin” skippered by Kim Haugaard and crew of Joachim Dichmann, Jonas Lauring Sørensen and Jacob Nikolajsen from Kerteminde Sejlklub and Horsens Sejlklub.
The new Melges 24 Danish Champion, Marc Wain Pedersen: "Three days with everything from light to medium and strong winds. We sailed fast and high and started as we should. We sailed a stable and nice series and are happy to call us Melges 24 Denmark's Champions 2021. The event was hosted by the Sundby Sejlforening and once again they delivered a sublime well-performed event with super courses and nice weather. Before the Danish Nationals we participated the Melges 24 European Championship in Slovenia - a long-awaited event as we haven't been sailing outside Denmark's borders since the Europeans in Garda in 2018. In terms of results, we met our goals. And more importantly, we were just reminded again why we are sailing Melges 24 - it is and will be the coolest keelboat!"
“It’s always fantastic sailing in a full range of wind conditions. It puts crews to the test and is the best way to crown a championship team. Team Woosah dominated the series, and managed to re-trim the boat with precision to hold their top position both upwind and downwind. They raised the bar, and showed speed and consistency again and again. It was a well-deserved win. Also, a huge thank you to Sundby Sejlforening, their team of volunteers, and the Race Committee for hosting yet another great Melges 24 event. It was great to finally see everyone back on the water!,” said Søren Blume, Chairman of the Danish Melges 24 Class Association.