Big Melges 20 Fleet Racing In Store For Porto Venere

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13 April 2016

Porto Venere, Italy - More than forty Melges 20 teams representing twelve nations will participate at the first edition of the 2016 Melges 20 European Sailing Series this coming weekend. Three days of racing are planned and in addition to the big attendance numbers, top names and sailors have their sights set on premium sailing conditions that will stir stiff competition.

At the top of the ‘most watched’ list are both Italian and Russian teams (which also make up the fleet majority). 2016 Melges 20 Monaco Winter Series Champion Alexander Ezhkov’s Pirogovo Sailing, former European and Series Champions Dario Levi on Fremito D’Arja and Guido Miani’s Out of Reach are scheduled to attend. All eyes will be on 2011 Gold Cup Champion and reigning Melges 32 World Champion Alessandro Rombelli on STIG, and especially Achille Onorato sailing Mascalzone Latino Jr.

This event is the first of many as the fleet works its way up to the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship taking place on 25-28 August hosted by Club Nautico Scarlino at Marina di Scarlino. As the fleet inches closer to this event, the numbers will surely continue to grow.

Thursday afternoon, 14 April will host the Skippers Meeting with the first warning to commence on Friday, 15 April.

Social events will be another weekend highlight as teams celebrate with a crew dinner buffet on Friday evening at the Grand Hotel Porto Venere. A sensational dinner party is planned at Locanda Lorena on Palmaria Island, just opposite of Porto Venere on Saturday.

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