by Melges Europe 10 Oct 20:36 UTC 7-10 October 2020 -cala-galera-greece-overall-e759a73.jpg” /> Brontolo wins the Melges 20 World Championship at Cala Galera, Greece © MWL / Zerogradinord Melges 20 World Championship at Cala Galera, Greece prize giving © MWL / Zerogradinord Melges 20 World Championship at Cala Galera, Greece prize giving © MWL / Zerogradinord
The World Title of the Melges 20 Class remains in Italy: following the success of Alessandro Rombelli in Miami in 2019, this year the winner is Filippo Pacinotti’s Brontolo Racing.
The crew of Pacinotti were extremely consistent for the entire duration of the event, 1-1-2-1-2-4-1-1-DNC being their results of the series, won the World title with a race to spare, leaving the Russian Bogatyrs by Igor Rytov and Fremito d’Arja by Dario Levi 21 points behind. The latter secured the third step of the podium only at the end of the very last race of the series.
Brontolo, already European Champion in 2019 in Malcesine, set their pace in the very first race, proving to be able to perfectly read the varied weather conditions that characterized the week on the Argentario promontory, scoring a near flawless series.
Filippo Pacinotti, on the sidelines of the prize-giving ceremony, commented: “We are proud to have achieved this important result, also thinking that until a few months ago it seemed unlikely to be able to return to racing in such a complicated year. The Melges 20 is confirmed as always a fun boat and the fleet is exciting, there is a lot of battle on the water but then sportsmanship and sharing prevail ashore. My heartfelt thanks certainly goes to my crew who, after the important victory of the European title last year in Malcesine, this year took me up here. Thanks therefore to Manuel, Federico and my son Andrea, whose presence managed to make the flavor of this victory even sweeter”.
The battle was also heated in the Corinthian division, reserved for non-professional sailors: going into the last race of the series, Siderval and B.Lex were competing for the world title on equal points. In the last, decisive, race, Marco Giannini’s Siderval definitely set the pace, establishing himself as the winner of the race and thus securing the victory of the Corinthian title.
The marina of Cala Galera will host the Melges 20 fleet also for the last event of the year 2020 scheduled from 20 to 22 November which will decide the winner of the Melges World League 2020 circuit.
Melges Europe and Melges World League thank all the partners of the 2020 edition: Helly Hansen, Quantum Sails, North Sails, Garmin Marine, Rocket Performance, Rigoni di Asiago, Azienda Agricola il Ponte, Revi Trento Doc, Loison Pasticceri dal 1938, Dai Dai, Le Formiche di Fabio Vettori, La Thuile, boutique hotel Rifugio Azul (Minorca) and Rifugio hotel Lilla (La Thuile), Cedea, Equilibra, Sabatini Gin, Free Ride Cosmetics e One Ocean; moreover, we thank for the contribution the Team Partners UYN Sports and the Event partners Marina di Cala Galera and A Point Porto Ercole Resort & Spa.
Melges Europe and Melges World League support the message of One Ocean Foundation having signed Charta Smeralda.
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Brontolo wins the Melges 20 World Championship at Cala Galera, Greece – photo © MWL / Zerogradinord