The 20th episode of the Melges 24 World Championship ended yesterday in Helsinki, Finland after a successful tournament of 11 races. The competitors were confronted with both mild and heavy wind as well as similar sea conditions.
Precisely 5 years after their victory at the World Championship of Torbole in 2012, Italian couple helmsman-tactician Fracassoli-Fonda was responsible for the triumph of team Maidollis again in this years’ championship. Gianluca Perego, Giovanni Ferrari and Stefano Lagi were also onboard.
Maidollis, using Quantum Sails, sailed to victory through consistency, with only placing lower than 10th in one of the races; resulting in a margin of 23 points over second placed team American Monsoon, and a grand total of 35 points. Moreover, Maildollis went on to win all races on the second racing day; something never done before in a Melges 24 World Championship.
American Monsoon achieved their second place by winning two races as well as being generally consistent. Nevertheless, they only have a 3-point margin over 3rd place winner Team Mikey, another American entry. Mikey managed to overtake Italian team Altea in the standings on the last day of the Championship and caused the Italian team to take in a fourth place in this years’ Melges 24 ultimate battle.
The top 5 was completed by Team Taki 4, led by helmsman Niccolò Bertola. They were also championed as the Corinthian World Champion for the second year in a row. Using Quantum Sails on their boat, just like overall winner Maidollis, they sailed to an overall 5th place among the professionals!
Soon the Melges 24 fleet will touch the water in Medemblik, The Netherlands for the second to last regatta of 2017. The season will close in October in the Italian town of Luino.
Some locations of the 2018 seasons are also already known: the 2018 Melges 24 World Championship will be held in Victoria, Canada, which will host the event for the first time and the European championship will be held in early August on the beautiful Italian Garda Lake.
All results can be seen here.