Porto Venere, Italy (Apr. 6, 2017) - The first European Melges 20 World League event is upon us this weekend with more than 30 teams registered. Melges 20s representing nine different countries will attend, kicking off what will be one of the most sensational seasons of sportboat racing anywhere in the world!
The Melges 20 World League season officially got underway earlier at the Miami Winter Series in February and March. Now, it’s time for the European Division to strut its stuff with a grand schedule of racing taking place over the next five months — Porto Venere, Scarlino (May 12-14), Zadar in Croatia (June 9-11), followed by the European Championship in Sibenik (July 12-15), and the grand Russian Championship in Riva Del Garda, Italy (Sept 1-3). View A Complete 2017 Melges 20 Events Schedule.
For the start, with all guns ablaze the best of the best return to the Melges 20 stage. 2016/17 Monaco Winter Series Champion Alezander Ezhkov aboard Pirogovo Sailing, Igor Rytov’s Russian Bogatyrs, Manfredi Vianini Tolomei’s Maolca, Achille Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino Jr., Marco Franchini’s Mezzaluna, Matteo Marenghi Vaselli’s Raya, Valentin Zavadnikov’s Synergy GT and Poland’s Krzyztof Krempec on Mag Tiny are all in attendance just to name a few.
Three days of racing are scheduled in Porto Venere, commencing on Friday, and completing on Sunday.
At the end of the Porto Venere event, the general Melges World League overall international ranking will count more than sixty boats classified. View The Current Melges 20 World League Results.
The Melges 20 World League European Division races in Porto Venere are sponsored by the Comune di Porto Venere and organized in collaboration with the Comitato dei Circoli del Golfo, Porto Venere Sviluppo srl and Porto Venere Servizi.
ALL SPONSORED UP AND EVERYWHERE TO GO
The 2017 Melges World League European events are destined for greatness, not only because of the big competition that awaits the speed-hungry fleet and celebrity-style sailors who will participate, but also due to the support of first-tier partners who guarantee further success and high standards of excellence at every venue.
Helly Hansen is the official signature clothing of the the 2017 Melges World League. They will headline the hospitality areas, reaffirming their dedication to the sport of sailing and its fans.
Garmin Marine is the official timekeeper of all races of the Melges World League European Division.
Lavazza will keep sailors and racing enthusiasts alike well served the taste of Italian coffee.
Toremar realizes Melges’ link to the sea.
Official photos and videos will be brought to life and presented by the impeccable Barracuda Communications.
The MWL enjoys further technical partnership with Motorvela and Submariner that handled placement and installation of the Melges World League powered by HH hospitality area.
MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with other Melges 20 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Melges 20 Facebook Page. Be sure to also follow the fleet on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews and photos at melges20.com.