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2015 Melges 24 World Rankings

December 18, 2015 · Posted by kate

Riccardo Simoneschi Wins 2015 Melges 24 World Ranking, Miles Quinton/Geoff Carveth Claims European, Steve Boho North American and Chris Links Australasian Ranking

2015 Melges 24 World, European, North American and Australasian Ranking Results

The 2015 Melges 24 World and Continental Ranking series featured 14 events across Europe, North America and Australia including the main title event of the year – Melges 24 World Championship incorporating National Championships and major regional events all around the world. Every continent hosted 4-6 ranking series events in conclusion of which the winners of continental rankings were found out and World Ranking consisted of all events from three continental series. 213 competitors from 23 countries took part.

Pierrick ContinMelges 24 World Championship 2015 in Middelfart, Denmark
© Pierrick Contin

As for the final score of the 2015 Melges 24 World Ranking four events did count, then with two victories from the opening and season ending events of the Europeans Sailing Series along with a high fourth position at the Melges 24 Worlds in Denmark and with a fifth place at the Riva del Garda regatta Italian Riccardo Simoneschi’s Audi tron secured the overall victory of the World Ranking 2015. It’s the fourth time in a row since 2012 for Simoneschi’s team to win this ranking making him the sailor with the most victories at the Melges 24 World Ranking Hall of Fame outpacing Swiss Flavio Favini who has been placed to the Hall of Fame in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Simoneschi took 3 point victory over Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team with Geoff Carveth helming from UK, who with the consistently good racing and participation at all the events of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series claimed the victory of the continental ranking. Last year’s winner of the European Corinthian division, Hungarian Kalman Rosznyay’s FGF Sailing Team with Robert Bakoczy in helm proved their stability and performance also in open division claiming third place. Another Hungarian team, Andras Milbich’s Jedi Business with Peter Czegai in helm finished fourth and placing Italian Andrea Pozzi’s team Bombarda Racing fifth, third Hungarian Akos Csolto with Seven-Five-Nine took sixth, Ukrainian Oleg Dyvinets’ Marusia finished seventh, Dutch Ronald Veraar’s Team Kesbeke/Sika/Gill was eighth, David Rowen’s Imagine from UK took ninth and Swiss Michael Good’s Cinghi-Aile rounded out the top ten.

“I was eager to conquer this goal for a long time” said Riccardo Simoneschi “I’m very proud of this achievement. I’d like to express a sincere thankfulness to my team in particular to tactician Gabriele Benussi, tailer Stefano Orlandi, pitman Federico Buscaglia, bowman Lucia Giorgetti Simoneschi, all top skilled sailors able to create a strong team synergy.”

View the Overall World Ranking Results

The second, third and fourth from the World Ranking – Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team with Geoff Carveth helming and Hungarians Kalman Rosznyay’s FGF Sailing Team with Robert Bakoczy in helm and Andras Milbich’s Jedi Business with Peter Czegai in helm, filled the top three podium positions of the 2015 Melges 24 European Sailing Series placing Ukrainian Oleg Dyvinets’ Marusia to fourth position as the best Corinthian team.
Holding the perpetual trophy of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series, donated to the class by the former IM24CA Chairman Riccardo Simoneschi, Miles Quinton said: “We have had a fantastic season on Gill Race Team leading the European Sailing Series for most of the series, a victory that was sealed at the Worlds in Denmark with a 5th place overall and winning the Dutch Open in Medemblik. We also retained our UK Nationals title. I thank my amazing team Geoff Carveth, Nigel Young, Will Goldsmith and Catherine Alton as well as our sponsors Gill Marine for making it happen. The Melges24 is still the most competitive and exciting sports boat in sailing so we are looking forward to next season and the Worlds in Miami!”

View the 2015 European Sailing Series Results

In the North American Ranking 2015 Steve and Cathy Boho’s The 300 of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin claims the title. With a dominant victory at the Fall Championship and a Top 10 finish at CSR US Nationals, Steve Boho with a crew ofHeidi Rittmeyer, Bill Goldsberry, Ted Keller and Brian Hutchinson managed to hold off Canadian Richard Reid’s Zingara of Toronto for the series win. George Haynie’s Firewater was third overall in the 2015 North American Ranking Series. The happy overall winner, Steve Boho said: “Lucky for us the Melges 24 is the most exciting ride among modern-day sport boats.”

View the Overall 2015 North American Ranking Results

Australasian Ranking 2015 wins Chris Links on Cavallino winning Australian Nationals and NSW Melges 24 State Championships and being fourth at the Mid Winter International One design regatta with Harley Walters in helm, Links winning by 52.5 points from Robin Deussen’s Red Mist who’s lead ahead of Heath Walters’ Amigos was 4 points only. For Links and his Cavallino it was the second time to win the ranking as he was the winner of the inaugural ranking in 2013 and was placed on the second position in 2014.

View the Overall 2015 Australasian Ranking Results

Since its inception in 2001 the Melges 24 World and Continental Rankings have been a huge success and for the International Melges 24 Class Association it’s great to see so many teams from different countries taking part. The highlights of the 2016 season will be definitely Melges 24 European Championship in Hyères, France in September and Melges 24 World Championship in Miami, November-December.

View the Initial Melges 24 2016 Events Schedule And Ranking Events All Around the World

Riccardo Simoneschi's Audi tron ITA840 - photo BPSE:MMelandri

Riccardo Simoneschi’s Audi tron ITA840

Miles Quinton's Gill Race Team GBR694 - photo IM24CA:MMelandriMiles Quinton’s Gill Race Team GBR694

Steve & Cathy Boho'sThe 300 USA839 - photo by Jan's Photography

Steve & Cathy Boho’sThe 300 USA839

Chris Links' Cavallino AUS795 - photo Ally Graham

Chris Links’ Cavallino AUS795

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel/Pugh and built by Melges Boat Works and holds a unique position among the world’s one design sportsboats as one of the most successful classes of high performance yachts.

For more information please visit the official website of the International Melges 24 Class Association

Piret Salmistu – International Melges 24 Class Administrator & Media Coordinator

Title Photo: Melges 24 World Championship 2015 in Middelfart, Denmark – © Pierrick Contin
© BPSE/MMelandri, © IM24CA/MMelandri, © Jan’s Photography, © Ally Graham


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WILD OATS XI Preparations Reaffirmed for the Sydney Hobart Race

December 15, 2015 · Posted by kate

Sydney, Australia (December 14, 2015) – After a perfect start in light winds at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual SOLAS Big Boat Challenge bash around Sydney Harbor, Bob and Sandy Oatley’s super maxi 100-foot Wild Oats XI steadily drew away from the bigger, wider, more powerful 100 footers, Ragamuffin 100 and Perpetual Loyal, on every leg of the 14 nautical mile course. In the end, 3 minutes 50 seconds separated the slim and elegant Wild Oats XI from the fleet as they crossed the finish line off the Opera House first. Read More …

NZL Coastal Classic: RP42 Rikki Wins Iconic Race

November 30, 2015 · Posted by kate

Bay of Islands, New Zealand (October 27, 2015) – The Coastal Classic Yacht Race from Devonport Wharf to Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands, is New Zealand’s premier fleet race and has been held annually at Labour weekend since its inception in 1982.

RIKKI, Ray Haslar’s R/P designed 42’ was the Overall Winner of the 2015 race – 64 boats finished the race with 49 DNF’s. Read More …

RP52 Vincitore and James Mitchell

November 1, 2015 · Posted by kate

James Martin Mitchell
April 6, 1932 – July 29, 2015

Owner of RP52 Vincitore and native Chicagoan James Mitchell passed away this July leaving a beautiful sailing legacy sure to continue. The head of a family of sailors, he raced with his two sons and two grandsons on the Great Lakes and around the world. Vincitore was named Overall Rolex US IRC National Champion in 2009 after winning: the 2009 International Rolex Regatta (St Thomas), 2009 Nanny Cay Cup, 2009 BVI Spring Regatta, 2009 Chicago Mackinac Race, 2009 Bayview Mackinac Race and the 2009 Big Boat Series.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Discover.

Title photo © Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster

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Inventing Legends | Wallycento Galateia

October 22, 2015 · Posted by kate

Reichel/Pugh launches the second generation of their ultra-fast 100ft performance cruisers into the Wallycento class with GALATEIA. The Wallycento box-rule was developed during Reichel/Pugh’s collaboration with owner Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones when he initiated the wallycento project for Magic Carpet 3. Key points are lightweight planing hulls, a powerful sailplan and high stability combined with a lifting keel and strict cruising interior requirements defined by the Wally Class rules. Read More …

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