Dynamiq Yachts Melges 20 Monaco Winter Series: it's going to be a tough fight

The last stage of the Dynamiq Yachts Melges 20 Monaco Winter Series, the MonteMaggio Cup, will be held at the Yacht Club de Monaco on March 3-5 2017. There are 24 teams participating, and everyone has their own story and things to fight for.

The leader of the fleet is the winner of last season of the Winter Series, PIRogovo team. Alexander Ezhkov, Yuri Morozov (who replaced him at the wheel), Daniil Odintsov and Alexander Ekimov are now stronger than ever. Their leadership in the fleet is undoubtful:  they are ahead of Victor, who is placed send, by 23 points.  Considering than PIRogovo is participating in the fifth regatta of the season, and not likely to weaken their positions, the winner is pretty much determined.

According to the Regulation, the final amount of points will be determined as the sum of all received points in all the races, discarding of the worst results after 6th, 12th, 18th, 24th, 30th and etc races. For now, after four regattas, there has been 21 race held: 8 races in Act 1, 4 races in Act 2, 4 races in Act 3 and 5 races in Act 4. That means the overall ranking is discarded of three worst results now. PIRogovo has 30 points after this discarding. If all nine possible races will be held in the Act 5 of the Dynamiq Yachts Melges 20 Monaco Winter Series, the bad results will be discarded two times.

There is only one person who is in front of Ezhkov with the discarding of the worst result, Alexander Novoselov with his 26 points discarded. Ezhkov and his team had to do something really extraordinary in a negative sense to lose this season.

We wish them luck and let’s see what else we have in the rankings. Victor seems quite sure about their position, with their 59 points, which is 38 points ahead of the third place.

Victor in this 2016-2017 season is at their best! Alexander Novoselov, Egor Larionov, and Stefano Cherin work together incredibly well. There are no equals to them in stability, in all four regattas of the season they were on the podium. The second place in the overall rankings is more than well deserved.

The actual fight on the last regatta in Monaco will be for the third place. The teams are tightly packed: Synergy of Valentin Zavadnikov and Matteo Tenti, Vadim Yakhinson’s Leviathan, Alexander Mikhaylik’s Alex Team, they all are separated only by 20 points. This regatta in March will become the moment of truth for those teams!

We wish all of them luck! Let Synergy remember their amazing victory in November, Leviathan – to forget failures in January, Alex Team – to get more stability in their races.

That is all for now about the fight for the podium on the Dynamiq Yachts Melges 20 Monaco Winter Series.

However, every victory on every stage is highly important, so we will keep you updated about all races on the MonteMaggio Cup. Anyone can win, and the fight is bound to be glorious!

All participants will get something, the famous Tuscan wine producer MonteMaggio prepared surprises for everyone!

The start of the regatta is planned on the March 3rd, 2017!