Melges teams ready for the start of 2015 season

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A total of 24 teams from 11 nations have registered at Melges 24 European Sailing Series opening event in Portoroz, with racing set to commence at noon on Friday 27 March through to Sunday 29 March.

Organizing committee member Branko Parunov said: “We saw some excellent racing last year and I expect to see the same high standards of competition and race management this time around. We are very satisfied with the number of entries and the fact that we attracted two new crews from Great Britain and one from Ukraine gives us the energy to continue working hard.”

Melges 24 starting the season

Photo Credit: Jaka Jeraša

The Chairman of the International Melges 24 Class Association Jens Wathne is also pleased with good attendance in Portoroz. “The Melges 24 European Sailing Series has become a natural part of the European teams’ racing schedule. It is vital to maintain the high level of racing and it encourages local fleets around Europe to sail against fierce competition from other countries.”

Although the event was supposed to be valid as the Open Slovenian National Championship 2015, the current champion Jure Jerkovič won’t be able to defend his title due to a low number of Slovenian entrants. “We are really excited to line up against some of the class’ strongest racers following the winter break. Our goal is to improve last year’s 8th place and to beat our compatriots, despite there are only two.”

The invincibles

FROM THE LEFT: SLOVENIAN NATIONAL TITLE HOLDER JURE JERKOVIČ, MELGES 24 CLASS ADMINISTRATOR PIRET SALMISTU, PORTOROŽ YACHTING CLUB’S SECRETARY SUZANA JUKIČ AND MEMBER OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE BRANKO PARUNOV

Top entrants include the 2014 overall winner in Pro division Riccardo Simoneschi with his Audi Tron team and the winner of the 2014 Pro Am division FGF Sailing Team from Hungary with Robert Bakoczy at the helm. Last year’s winner of the regatta Andrea Racchelli on board of Altea is also eyeing on a podium spot.

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