Trogir CRO Melges 24 Cup Outdoor Festival: Panjić's Dream Weekend Beneath the Walls of Ancient Kamerlengo Tower
May 8, 2023 - Trogir, Croatia - The view of the old town of Trogir, the City of Masters, and Kamerlengo Tower provided the perfect stage for the sea battles of the best Croatian sailors in the one-design class Melges 24 last weekend. The premiere of the Trogir CRO Melges 24 Cup, which was sailed as part of the fifth edition of the Outdoor Festival, once again showcased the splendour of Croatia's sailing "Champions League".
In a strong competition between 17 crews from Croatia and the Czech Republic, the Biograd crew Panjić took the overall victory. Despite challenging weather conditions and light winds, the complete program of six races was carried out, in which Panjić was superior to the others. With three wins, two second places, and a fourth place as the worst result, helmsman Tonko Rameša's crew worked like a perfectly tuned machine on the racecourse in front of Trogir. In the end, they won convincingly with 11 points ahead of second-placed Mataran 24 and 14 points ahead of the Razjaren crew.
"I would like to thank our 'armatore' Luka Šangulin, who handed me the helm for this regatta. We have done the Panjićs proud in Trogir. Summa summarum, the genius and world experience of Tomislav Bašić made the difference, the crew did a top-notch job, and I served more as an autopilot. We functioned as a team, and that brought results," said Panjić's helmsman Tonko Rameša.
As the host of the Trogir CRO Melges 24 Cup Outdoor Festival, the current European Champion in the Corinthian division, the Mataran 24 crew, won second place.
"As the organizer, we are thrilled because we had excellent event, in which the absolute highlight was the finish line beneath the walls of Kamerlengo in the 'Masters under sail' regatta. To achieve a sports result, we needed a bit more concentration and luck, and Panjić deservedly won in Trogir. I would like to thank all our partners (city of Trogir, Tourist Board Trogir, Zajednica športskih udruga Trogir, Trogir Outdoor Festival, radio Trogir, restaurants Franka and Bocel, Way Point charter, SCT Marina Trogir, ICZ RODOP sailing team, Vinohradský pivovar, Pivovar Hostivar) and all people who were part of this beautiful Trogir's sailing story," said Mataran 24 crew member and one of the organizers, Ivo Matić.
In the Corinthian division, Tutta Forza took first place ahead of SHE and Iggy. The crew from Zadar has a 100% success rate this season in the CRO Melges 24 Cup races. With three wins in three appearances (Dubrovnik, Biograd and Trogir), they have clearly demonstrated their candidacy for the overall Cup winner among the Corinthians.
The CRO Melges 24 Cup is sailed in partnership with Angelina Yacht Charter, Sailing Point, North Sails, One Sails, digital studio Akvarij, digital agency Raiser, regate.com.hr, and EmergenSea, and after the summer break, Split will host the regatta from the Melges 24 European Sailing Series, which is scheduled from October 5th to 8th.
Trogir CRO Melges 24 Cup Outdoor Festival results: 1. Panjić 7, 2. Mataran 24 18, 3. Razjaren 21, 4. PointOne 22, 5. Yikes 23, 6. ICZ RODOP 24, 7. Amor 28, 8. Makako 24 29, 9. Tutta Forza 29, 10. Obi-Wan 42, 11. Joyrunner 48, 12. Iggy 50, 13. SHE 54, 14. Palmina 63, 15. ZEN 66, 16. Blue Label 68, 17. Orage 81.