This years’ last and third stage of the Dynamiq Yachts Melges 20 Monaco Winter Series just ended in Monaco. It was probably the most tensed stage of all for both organizers and participants. For two days fleet was resting ashore due to the lack of wind. There were signs that there will be no regatta this weekend at all. However, on Sunday the wind picked up, and everyone sighed with relief and rushed on the water.
In the end, 4 races were held during the third stage of the of the Dynamiq Yachts Melges 20 Monaco Winter Series, which is the maximum possible amount for one day.
Alexander Novoselov’s Victor won the first race and the second was won by Polish Krzysztof Krempec’s Mag Tiny. The winner of third and fourth race was Alexander Ezhkov’s PIRogovo, the leaders of the season 2016/2017.
However, despite the two victories of PIRogovo, the main prize of the Beluga Cup was given to Polish team, who had the best stability during this regatta: 4th, 1st, 3rd and 2nd places. Both Victor and PIRogovo had their poorer races (7th and 6th positions), which disallowed them to rise in the rankings.
Mag Tiny won from PIRogovo by only one point! Last month they were placed second, after Valentin Zavadnikov’s Synergy.
Victor surprised us again with their stable performance, on all three stages of this season they finished among the prizewinners.
Alexander Ezhkov and his team were again almost at their best this time: two start races they weren’t lucky, but the last two they won.
Not everyone can do the same in Melges 20 fleet in Winter Series.
Vadim Yakhinson’s Leviathan placed 4th in Beluga Cup. We can clearly see they are adjusting to a new boat and crew changes, which occurred at the beginning of the season. In Act 1 Leviathan was placed 7th, in Act 2 they came 6th and now they have 4th position. There is clearly a positive tendency going on!
We see a similar trend with the performance of Marina Kaverzina’s Marussia. In October this Corinthian team achieved their first victory in one race, and now in December they have a 2nd and two 5th places in their pockets, and they are placed 5th at the end of the regatta. Bravo!
Our steps to the prize places are millimeter steps, — says Marina Kaverzina
And you wish it to be meters, right?
Or even bigger! Honestly, our finishes during last regatta are quite satisfactory: we were once placed 2nd and twice 5th. Besides that one time, when we were placed 11th. But we are getting close; we can do so much better than in the beginning. For now, our plan is to improve tactics and helming.
The Melges 20 fleet said their goodbyes to 2016. The next gathering will be in Monaco on January 13-15, 2017. We cannot wait!