The Melges 20 World League, European Division has arrived at its fifth and final destination in 2017 as Fraglia Della Vela Riva plays host to the Russian Open.
Starting today, on Friday, September 1 and scheduled to conclude on Sunday, September 3, the event is all set for a massive showdown on the European front lines. It will be a huge fight as the first winner of the first Melges 20 World League (M20WL) edition will be decided.
In Europe, the big challenge seems to be between a very strong Vladimir Prosikhin's Nika, who currently leads the Division, and newly crowned 2017 European Champion Igor Rytov aboard Russian Bogatyrs. Only two points separate these fellow countrymen, each with big desire to win their respective National title. Rytov is the current leader of the overall Melges 20 World League Ranking that includes participation from 83 teams worldwide. For Rytov, the task is to continue his dream in what we know will be a full-on, wholehearted attempt to capture all the titles in 2017.
In addition to Prosikhin and Rytov, add master Italian Melges 20 helmsman Achille Onorato sailing Mascalzone Latino JR to the mix. He is ranked third overall on the European M20WL and hopes to deliver his best performance yet.
Krzysztof Krempec's Mag Tiny team has been on an upswing all season. Although ten points back from first, he too hopes to keep up his tenacious and persevering crusade to reach podium status.
As always, the Corinthian division will work its zealous magic too, keeping spectators on the edge of their seats with top-notch teams such as Marina Kaverzina's Marussia and Emanuele Savoini's Evinrude. These two teams, in particular, are sure to put up a grand final fight on Lake Garda.
In addition to all the titles this event will award, the racing on Lake Garda will be spectacular and is set to take on a very special feel. It is the final event for the entire International Melges 20 fleet before it heads over to Newport, RI in the U.S.A. for the World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club on October 3-7.
The Melges 20 World League European Division is supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, Toremar, North Sails, Lavazza, Norda and Barracuda Communication.
Results of the Russian Open will be available here.