by IM24CA 10 Aug 01:11 UTC 7-9 August 2020 Tweet
Sparkling final for the Melges 24 European Sailing Series regatta in Torbole, where a fleet of sixteen boats from seven nations has completed a series of eight races to crown the winner of the first event of the 2020 season.
Altea ITA722 of Andrea Racchelli – 2020 Melges 24 European Sailing Series Event #1 in Torbole, Italy – photo © Zerogradinord / IM24CA
At the eve of the final day, Altea ITA722 by Andrea Racchelli and Taki 4 ITA778 by Marco Zammarchi were tied in points at the top of the standings and the expectations for the last day of racing were high: the Race Committee was forced to leave the fleet ashore for approximately two hours with respect to the scheduled starting time, waiting for the breeze to stabilize and eventually calling the boats on the race course for the last two races of the weekend.
Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 ITA778 with Niccolo Bertola at the helm – 2020 Melges 24 European Sailing Series Event #1 in Torbole, Italy – photo © Zerogradinord / IM24CA
After a tight duel at only a few lengths of distance, Altea gained the bullet in Race 7, immediately followed by Taki 4 and White Room GER677 by Michael Tarabochia: in this way, Andrea Racchelli and his crew gained one-point margin over Taki 4 and started their final run towards the victory of the event.
In the eighth and final race, Altea definitely put the seal on her success: with Melgina ITA693 by Paolo Brescia gaining the last victory of the series and Altea finishing on second place, the crew by Andrea Racchelli was crowned winner of the first event of the 2020 Melges 24 European Sailing Series.
Paolo Brescia’s Melgina ITA693 – 2020 Melges 24 European Sailing Series Event #1 in Torbole, Italy – photo © Zerogradinord / IM24CA
Silver medal, just three points behind, for Taki 4 by Marco Zammarchi with Niccolo Bertola at the helm, also the winner of the Corinthian division, and bronze medal for the reigning Italian champions onboard Melgina by Paolo Brescia.
Corinthian Top 3 of the 2020 Melges 24 European Sailing Series Event #1 in Torbole, Italy – photo © Zerogradinord / IM24CA
The Corinthian ranking, led by the already mentioned Taki 4, sees Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team GBR694 in second place and Akos Csolto’s Seven_Five_Nine HUN759 in third.
After the inaugural event on Garda Lake, the Melges 24 fleet will gather again on Attersee (Austria) at the end of the month of August.
Overall Top 3 of the 2020 Melges 24 European Sailing Series Event #1 in Torbole, Italy – photo © Zerogradinord / IM24CA
|1||ITA 722||Andrea Racchelli, Gaudenzio Bonini, Federico Zam, Michele Gregoratto, Matteo Ram, CVCI
|2||ITA 778||Marco Zammarchi, CORINTHIAN, Giacomo Fossati, Giovanni Bann, Bertola Niccolo’, Pietro Seghe, YCI
|3||ITA 693||Brescia Paolo, Ariberto Strobino, Stefano Orl, Jas Farnetti, Simon Sivitz, Yacht Club Italiano
|4||ITA 689||Michele Paoletti, Giulia Pignolo, Pietro Perelli, Diego Paoletti, Giovanna Micol, Svbg
|5||GBR 694||Miles Quinton, CORINTHIAN, Geoff Carveth, Oliver Wells, Adam Brushett, Suzy Russell, RORC
GILL RACE TEAM
|6||HUN 759||Ákos Csoltó, CORINTHIAN, Balázs Tomai, Botond Weöres, Mihály Kása, BYC
|7||GER 677||Tarabochia Luis, CORINTHIAN, Sebastian Bühler, Marvin Frisc, Marco Tarabochia, Michael Tara, YCL
|8||SLO 726||Jure Jerkovic, CORINTHIAN, Emil Jerkovic, Blaz Kmetec, Tina Mrak, Dejan Presen, SD Gibanca
|9||EST 790||Tonu Toniste, CORINTHIAN, Toomas Toniste, Maiki Saaring, Tammo Otsasoo, Henri Tauts, Kalevi Jahtklubi
|10||SUI 821||Hotz Jörg, CORINTHIAN, Felix Sarnthein, Michael Loose, Myrlin Tappolet, Rafael Bommer, Zürcher Yacht Club
|11||GER 504||Gastl Sebastian, CORINTHIAN, Johannes Kaske, Raoul Heraeus, Julian Autenried, Bayerischer Yacht-Club
|12||ITA 636||Roberto Doria, CORINTHIAN, Davide Rapotez, Simone Viduli, Massimiliano Palmisano, Massim, Soc. Triestina Sport del Mare
|13||GER 327||Thiermann Martin, CORINTHIAN, Maximilan Thierman, Johannes T, Nathalie Wojzok, Lorenz Suchy, YCN
|14||ITA 528||Fabio Rochelli, CORINTHIAN, Daniela Semec, Pietro Fantoni, Lambertenghi P Antonia Contin, SvBarcola Grignano
|15||ITA 433||Alfredo Liverani, CORINTHIAN, Riccardo Schiavi, Cristina Fab, Roberto De Palo, Umberto Geros, Circolo Velico Ravennate
|16||GER 647||Jannes Wiedemann, CORINTHIAN, Hanna Busch, Jan Herrmann, Tom Tschilov, Victor Pruchniew, Wse.V