Scarlino, Italy - Sixty international Melges 20 teams representing an impressive 16 nations are currently registered for the forthcoming World Championship taking place at Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino on 24-28 August. This number ultimately writes a new chapter in International Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) history as it is the highest attendance level ever.
This marquee Class event comes after the completion of the first half of the 2016 racing season, a journey that started in January at the Miami Winter Series. Since then, nine 2016 World Ranking events have been completed and the playing field has been defined. But the Worlds is unlike any other event in which victory is controlled by pressure, stakes and the desire for affirmation.
As usual, the racing will be of the highest quality. Between the buoys, an excellent international panel of race officers and umpires, and a measurement team with rigorous enforcement will ensure pure one-design racing — an essential standard in the Melges 20 Class.
Shoreside, the amazing Melges Europe Team will have a presence devoted strictly to Melges 20 owners and dedicated to delivering their signature ‘boat ready to sail at the dock’ service. Top notch technical service and customer support will be also be available.
Club Nautico Scarlino and Marina di Scarlino have rolled out the red carpet for competitors. A welcoming reception and memorable social events overlooking the Gulf of Follonica in the heart of Tuscany await the fleet.
The 2016 Melges 20 World Championship is a show not only reserved for those who are fortunate to be racing, but fans all around the world will have maximum access to full media coverage. As always, ‘live from the water’ updates that include results, photos and commentary will be readily available on the Melges 20 Facebook Page. In addition, get ready for livestreaming interviews with the main players on the docks, and some hot, new innovative 3-D tracking created and made available by Barracuda Communication — the official technical supplier of the event. Daily race reports and press releases will also be published online everyday at melges20.com.
The official clothing supplier is Helly Hansen, and they are proudly supporting the event with a dedicated race office inside the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship Race Village.
THE PERFECT LEAD IN
Happening this weekend 19-21 August, the 2016 Melges 20 Open Russian Championship serves as the perfect competitive prologue to Worlds. The current entry list includes more than 30 entries from 11 countries featuring some of the Class’ most high-profile teams. A Full Entry List is available. Full results will be posted online at the Official Yachtscoring Event Website.