Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team from Great Britain in Pro division and Oleg Dyvinets’ Marusia from Ukraine in Pro-Am (Corinthian) division celebrated their victory of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2015 in Luino on October nine – eleven, where the Finale Grande both of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series and Italian circle – Audi tron Sailing Series Melges 24 took place.
Busy season of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2015 included six regattas with the season opener in Portoroz, Slovenia in March; Balatonfüred, Hungary in May; Riva del Garda, Italy in May; World Championship in Middelfart, Denmark in June-July; Medemblik, the Netherlands in September and Luino, Italy in October.
A total of 124 teams (16 teams more than 2014) from 19 nations took part in the series presented for the first time in 2013. Melges 24 European Sailing Series introduces also Pro-Am/Corinthian ranking as it is usual in all the events of the Melges24 Class. In Pro Am division in total of 71 were participating through the season. Fifty races of the six events with eight discards were considered for the scoring of the ranking.
The winners of the six events have been: Riccardo Simoneschi’s Audi tron ITA840 in Portoroz and Luino; Ian Ainslie’s Strange Brew HUN392 in Balatonfüred; Angelo di Terlizzi’s Marrakech Express ITA636 with Matteo Ivaldi in Riva del Garda; Christopher Rast’s EFG SUI684 in Middelfart (World Champion); Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team GBR694 with Geoff Carveth helming in Medemblik. In Pro-Am division were victorious Kalman Roszynay’s FGF Sailing Team HUN728 in Portoroz; Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team GBR694 with Geoff Carveth helming in Balatonfüred; Tõnu Tõniste’s Lenny EST790 in Riva del Garda and Middelfart (World Champion); Ronald Veraar’s Kesbeke/Sika/Gill NED827 in Medemblik and Michael Good’s Cinghi Aile SUI382 in Luino.
The overall winner of the series, Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team GBR694 from Great Britain started the series with the sixth place among 22 teams in Portorož, continued with the second place on the Balaton Lake after local Ian Ainslie’s team among 11 competitors and ending the Audi tron Sailing Series regatta with 46 entries as 13th. Gill Race Team’s highlight of the season, no doubt, was in Middelfart, Denmark where at the most important event of the year – Melges 24 World Championship – team placed as fifth among 95 entries. Gill Race Team was crowned as the Melges 24 Dutch Champion in Medemblik competing among 18 teams and at the final event of the series in Luino was placed 16th among 24 entries.
Gill Race Team confirmed their strong victory of the whole series with 286 points in total and with a margin of 75 points. Travelling throughout Europe to all six events more than six thousand kilometres, Miles Quinton is thankful to his team including main crew members Geoff Carveth, Nigel Young, William Goldsmith, Catherine Alton and also Rob Gullan, Colm Dunne and Richard Marshall for their commitment and great achievements.
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 fifth 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!’
At the second place of the European Sailing Series overall ranking we have 2014 Pro-Am Winner, Hungarian Kalman Rosznyay’s FGF Sailing Team HUN728 with Robert Bakoczy helming and Domonkos Rozsnyay, Kristof Takacsy, Bence Buza in team. FGF Sailing Team’s results achieved throughout the season were five – six – sixteen – twenty-three – five – six with 361 points in total. On the third position with 444 points in total and with the series of results eight – three – twenty-four – twenty-four – eight – eleven we see Andras Milbich’s Jedi Business HUN481 with Peter Czegai helming and Andras Milbich, Henrik Hoffmann and Szabolis Weores in crew. Both Hungarian teams, like the winner team from Great Britain, have been taking part from all six events of the series.
In Pro Am division the winner, Ukrainian Oleg Dyvinets’ Marusia UKR819 was travelling altogether 26 500 km counting all trips back and forth to the all six events and back home. Team with Oleg Dyvinets helming and Nikita Dyvinets, Vadym Zinnatullin and Alexey Akynshyn in crew collected 222 points being second, second, eighth, thirty-fourth, third and eighth throughout the season in Pro-Am division (respectfully ten – four – twenty-five – fifty-eight – seven – twenty in the main fleet).
Nikita Dyvinets, the crew member of Marusia said after winning the perpetual trophy of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series Pro-Am division: ‘Great season of sailing finalized with the pleasant result, what can be better? It was great fun to race in all these locations with the great fleet. We also want to thank all the organizers for making the events and the whole series happen so nice and smoothly. Melges 24 is a great boat, easy to sail and maintain, but giving thrilling experience while racing. With all that said I think it is a good way to get people to know what Ukraine is, so we are proud to be the first Ukrainians on the podium of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series. We are happy to win the trophy and will put all the efforts to improve our performance next year!’’
Dutch Ronald Veraar’s Team Kesbeke/Sika/Gill NED827 with Eelco Blok, Pim Mommersteeg and Joost Brouwer were awarded with the silver medals of the series missing the event in Hungary only and collecting 395 points in total. Achieving third, seventh, fifth, first and fourth positions in Pro-Am division (nine – twenty-three – twenty-one – two – thirteen in the main fleet) the most valuable is fifth position among 56 Corinthian teams at the World Championship in Middelfart. Third position in the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2015 belongs to Swiss Michael Good’s Cinghi-Aile SUI382 jumping into this position at the final event of the series. With Michael Good helming and Katharina Hanhart, Nino Castellan, Regina Tzeschlock and Michael Neracher in team, they collected 1045 points in total (missing the points from the events in Slovenia and Hungary) with the results of fourteen – twenty-one – two – one (thirty-six – fourty-four – three – seven in overall) in Pro-Am division.
International Melges 24 Class Association would like to thank all clubs and organizations with their sponsors and partners for hosting international events of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2015: Marina Portoroz, Yachting Club Portoroz, Melges 24 Slovenia, Balatonfüredi Yacht Club, Hungarian Melges 24 Class, Fraglia Vela Riva Yacht Club, Melges 24 Classe Italiana, Match Racing Denmark, Melges 24 Denmark, International Sailing Center Medemblik, Dutch Melges 24 Class Association, Associazione Velica Alto Verbano, B.Plan Sports and Events, Audi Italia, Melges Europe and also Zerogradinord with Janna Buriani and Mauro Melandri and Pierrick Contin for capturing the events to the history books.
The series has been well welcomed by the sailors and more than ten bids to host the 2016 series events have been received by the International Melges 24 Class Association. The final schedule for the 2016 series will be announced by the International Melges 24 Class Association no later than after Annual General Meeting taking place on 21st of November in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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