2016 Melges 24 European Championship In Hyères Is Open For Entries

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5 February 2016

February 5th, 2016 - Hyères, France - The Notice of Race has been published for the Melges 24 European Championship 2016 and Melges 24 sailors are invited to make their entries for the most prestigious event of the year in Europe that takes place from 2nd to 9th September 2016 in Hyères, France.

The 2016 Melges 24 European Championship will be hosted by the Cercle d'Organisation du Yachting de Compétition Hyérois (COYCH), in co-operation with the International Melges 24 Class Association (IM24CA) and the French Melges 24 Class. The online entry, the Notice of Race and other information about the venue are available at melges24.com/europeans2016

The fleet is returning to Hyères after 2006 Melges 24 World Championship won by Nicola Celon's Bete Bossini, and 2009 Melges 24 European Championship, won by the three times Melges 24 World Champion, Lorenzo Santini's Uka Uka, with Lorenzo Bressani helming. In 2016 the competitors will sail for the title of the European Champion, now in the hands of Franco Rossini's Blu Moon and Corinthian European Champion, the title which is held by Tõnu Tõniste's Lenny.

Hyères is an extremely popular regatta venue for the Melges 24 fleet. The stunning Cote d'Azur location, exceptional sailing conditions, excellent logistical links and outstanding facilities make it a natural choice for major events where the International Melges 24 Class is delighted to be once again.

"Hyères offers great conditions and I expect a big turnout for this event," said Jens Wathne, the Chairman of IM24CA. "Many good teams will compete for the European title in September. The mix of wind and waves will challenge the sailors. At earlier Melges 24 events in Hyères the sailors, me included, have been applauding to the organizing committee for their great job on and off the water. Please join the action and make the Melges 24 Rock!"

"After the World Championship in 2006 and the European Championship in 2009, the COYCH is glad to host the Melges 24 Europeans in September 2016 in Hyères," said Régis Bérenguier, the Regatta Coordinator. "At this time of the year, the sun and the wind are perfect to sail and your friends and families will be able to enjoy the charm of our city. Please feel free to contact us for any matter - COYCH team would love to hear from you."

Event dates:
Friday 2nd to Sunday, September 4th: Measurement and registration
Sunday 4th September: Practice race and the Opening Ceremony
Monday 5th to Friday 9th September: 2016 Melges 24 European Championship
Event website 
Event in Facebook

2016 Melges 24 Europeans will be supported and sponsored by Ville de Hyères, PACA, Département du Var, Toulon Provence Méditerranée, FFVoile, Eurovoiles, LIROS; the organizers and co-operation partners are COYCH, International Melges 24 Class Association, French Melges 24 Class and World Sailing.

About the COYCH:
The COYCH is one of the most active sailing associations in France, which organizes at least one European or a World Championship each year. The COYCH has a full team of volunteers and employees very glad and used to host international sailing events.
COYCH website

For further information on the Melges 24 European Championship 2016, please contact:
Piret Salmistu
IM24CA Administrator & Media Coordinator
+372 507 7217
piret@melges24.com

Régis Bérenguier
Regatta Coordinator
COYCH
+33 494 386 167
contact@coych.org or regis.berenguier@gmail.com

Bastien Bérenguier
Press Officer
COYCH
+33 (0) 6 5246 6640
bastien.berenguier@gmail.com


2009 Melges 24 European Championship in Hyères, France - photo Pierrick Contin


Lorenzo Santini's Uka Uka, with Lorenzo Bressani helming at the 2009 Melges 24 Europeans - photo Pierrick Contin


Hyères from the air