Countdown to Melges 24 Worlds
Published on October 6th, 2019
The 2019 Melges 24 World Championship has attracted 61 entrants representing 15 nations of three continents, among them besides European teams inclusions from Singapore, Canada and the United States to compete in Sardinia, Italy.
With racing from October 8 to 12, the favorites to watch include three Melges 24 World Champions and several podium finishers at past Melges 24 Championship events: Andrea Racchelli’s Altea (Italy), reigning World Champion; 2017 World Champion, Gian Luca Perego’s Maidollis (Italy) with Carlo Fracassoli-Enrico Fonda tandem onboard; 2013 World Champion Brian Porter with his sons onboard of Full Throttle (USA).
Even more eager for the title, for sure, are the teams having been on the podium, but not on the highest level yet. Bruce Ayres’ team Monsoon (USA) includes Mike Buckley as tactician and Federico Michetti, multiple world champion of the Melges 24 and other classes. Kevin Welch’s Mikey (USA), Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe (USA), Andrea Pozzi’s Bombarda (Italy), and Richard Reid’s Zingara (Canada) are also top teams with a lot to gain, to name only few.
Great racing is in store for the all-amateur Melges 24 teams. There are numerous teams that have faired well in past World Championships but one team stands out for their recent success as a double winner of the Corinthian Title – Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 (Italy) with Niccolo Bertola in helm with the titles from 2016 and 2017.
But they will have some impressive opposition in some strong teams like former double World Champion Lenny (Estonia) of Tõnu Tõniste, former triple World Champion Storm Capital Sail Racing (Norway) helmed by Peder Jahre, 2019 ORC Sportboat Champion Arkanoe by Montura (Italy) of Sergio Caramel, and recent European podium finishers Seven_Five_Nine (Hungary) of Akos Csolto and Gill Race Team (Great Britain) of Miles Quinton with Geoff Carveth in helm, to name a few.
Twelve races are planned for the five days of racing.