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Små fejl koster danskerne mange placeringer

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Danske Michael Hestbæk og hans besætning jubler efter sejren i dagens første sejlads ved VM i Melges 24, der sejles i Middelfart. Foto: Mick Anderson/SAILINGPIX.DK
 
Sejlsport har aldrig været let, men svære forhold i dagens sejladser ved VM i Melges 24 i Middelfart var nok til at give selv de professionelle grå hår i hovedet.
 
SEJLSPORT: Da vejrudsigten blev tjekket i morges, sagde flere sejlere på: 'Det bliver ren copy/paste fra i går'. Men sådan ville vejrguderne det ikke. 
 
Vinden kom senere end tirsdag, og efter en times udsættelse måtte Melges-sejlerne have påhængsmotorerne frem for at nå ud til sejladsområdet i tide. Ude på banen var vinden sprunget fra en vestlig til en sydlig retning, hvorfra den opførte sig mindre eksemplarisk end i går. 
 
Og vindspringene blev da også den helt store udfordring for de danske både, som leverede svingende resultater - ligesom mange andre i feltet. 
 
- Vi sluttede af med en placering som nummer 59 i går, så vores taktik i dag gik ud på at sejle mere på midten af banen, hvor risikoen for at blive sat helt af er mindre, fortæller Rasmus Melsen, som udover at være gast på den frederikshavnske Melges.dk også er formand for Melges-klassen i Danmark. 
 
- Vores fart og højde i båden er god, men dagen igennem kæmpede vi med at finde den hurtigste vej til mærkerne. Så selvom vi laver placeringer som nummer 29-35-14, er vi egentligt godt tilfredse, for vi har ikke lavet noget rigtigt dårligt endnu, og i så store felter handler det om at holde niveauet i hele serien. Fejl koster, siger Melsen.
 
Lå helt stille efter start
En af dem, der lavede fejl i dag var Michael Hestbæk, som ellers startede dagen med raketfart. I dagens første sejlads lagde han sig i front ved første topmærke og holdt føringen hele vejen til mål. Men i anden sejlads gik det helt galt. - Vores start var helt forfærdelig, og vi endte med at ligge helt stille, mens feltet stak af. Ved det første bundmærke lå vi nummer 91 og fik os sejlet op på en 64'er, siger den tidligere OL- og America's Cup-sejler, Michael Hestbæk fra Vallensbæk. Han og besætningen sluttede dagen af med en 30. plads, og de holder stadig fast i placeringen som bedste dansker ud af de 18 både med DEN i sejlet på en foreløbig 10.plads. Næstbedste danske besætning er Allan Hansen, som har overrasket alt og alle. 
 
Favoritterne trækker fra
I toppen af det 95 både store felt er favoritterne begyndt at stramme nettet, selvom der resterer fire dage af stævnet. Med en stærk serie på 6-5-8 har italienske Andrea Racchelli lagt sig i front med et forspring på fem point til Moth-verdensmesteren fra 2013, Bora Gulari, USA. - Middelfart er et fantastisk sted at sejle med smuk natur og et svært baneområde. Vi har ikke på noget tidspunkt i dag haft en tro på, at vi havde regnet banen ud. Der skete hele tiden noget uforudsigeligt, siger Bora Gulari, som er opkaldt efter en kraftig vind i Slovenien. - Det her er det lækreste VM, jeg har været med til, men også et af de sværeste, for man er nødt at lægge en low-risk strategi for at komme bedst muligt gennem de her letvindsdage, hvor alle kan sejle stærkt. Vi glæder os til, vinden tager til i morgen, og vi kan komme ud at spille med musklerne, griner amerikaneren, som har den erfarne Jonathan McKee med som skipper og OL-windsurferen Solvig Sayre som forreste gast. 
 
Han og de øvrige besætninger får noget at se, når vinden i følge meteorologerne tager til torsdag - op til frisk vind med stød af kulingstyrke. Det får bådene til at plane, og man kan forvente 'champagnesejlads', når det danske sommervejr viser sig fra sin bedste side - set med sejlerbriller. VM fortsætter frem til søndag, hvor verdensmesteren får overrakt sin guldmedalje på Middelfart Marina. Indtil da kan medier og andre interesserede følge med via live-streaming, stævnets hjemmeside og de sociale medier. Se links nedenfor. 
 

Stilling efter seks sejladser: 
1. Andrea Racchelli, ITA, 35 points
2. Bora Gulari, USA, 40 point
3. Christopher Rast, SUI, 44 point
4. Martin Trcka, CZE, 50 point
5. Riccardo Simoneschi, ITA, 50 point
10. Michael Hestbæk, Vallensbæk, DEN, 90 point
22. Allan Hansen, DEN, 126 point
24. Kris Houmann, Frederikshavn, DEN, 129 point
26. Jesper Bendix, Strib, DEN, 137 point
28. Kim Christensen, Egå, DEN, 139 point
 
Om Melges 24 VM
Fra den 30. juni til den 12. juli 2015 afvikles 2 x sejlsports-VM i Middelfart i hhv. Melges 24 og kvinde-matchrace. Værten ved de 2 x VM er Match Racing Denmark, der på vegne af sejlklubberne i Middelfart, Vejle, Horsens, Fredericia og Kolding samarbejder med Dansk Melges 24 Klub, International Melges 24 Class Association, Dansk Sejlunion, ISAF (den internationale sejlunion), WIMRA (Women’s International Match Racing Series) samt ikke mindst Middelfart Kommune, Udvikling Fyn, Sport Event Denmark, Trekantområdet og Destination Lillebælt, der er partnere på mesterskaberne.
 
Du kan følge med via de sociale medier og stævnets hjemmeside: 
 
Twitter: @matchracingdk
Instagram: matchracingdenmark
Medier kan hente gratis pressefotos via dette link: http://bit.ly/1GFyhq6
Kodeord til download: Press
 
Yderligere informationer: 
Stævneleder: Søren Laugesen - 2443 3545 
Presse: Mick Anderson - 2711 4450
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Michael Hestbæk fra Vallensbæk tog første stik

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Dagens første sejlads under VM i Melges24 i Middelfart endte med en dansk sejr. 

Skipper Michael Hestbæk, som med OL- og America’s Cup-erfaring er en af Danmarks absolut mest talentfulde sejlere, har vænnet sig til det store felt med 95 både og vandt første sejlads foran britten Goeff Carveth.  

- Jeg sejler normalt i mindre felter, hvor der er mere plads til at kæmpe sig til fri luft, men det er et fantastisk syn at se så mange både og spilere omkring sig på den første lænser. Men fordi vi er så mange, betyder det også, at alle valg har konsekvenser, sagde Michael Hestbæk efter tirsdagens tre sejladser.
 
Hårdt for psyken
Med en serie på 10-32-17 sejlede han og sine besætningsmedlemmer sig ind på en 12. plads i stævnet, der fortsætter til søndag. En placering, han ser ud til at forbedre i dag.
 
- Dagen i dag (tirsdag, red.) har været hård psykisk, fordi man bliver straffet så hårdt for at lave selv meget små fejl. I morgen (onsdag, red.) bliver også en dag med let luft, og vi ser frem til at give den gas, når vinden frisker senere på ugen, sagde den bedste dansker ud af de 18 både med DEN i sejlet. 
 
Med sejren sprang Michael Hestbæk fem pladser frem i den samlede stilling, så han nu ligger nummer syv. Der mangler to sejladser, før andendagen blæses af.

Resultater fra onsdagens 1. sejlads:
1. DEN701 /91 Itsi-Bitsi – Michael Hestbaek
2. GBR715 /2 Gill Race Team – Geoff Carveth
3. GER766 /10 Arteria – Juergen Fuchs
4. UKR485 / 21 Arctur – Andriy Yano
5. HUN481 / 56 Jedi Business – Peter Czegai
6. ITA735 / 13 Altea – Andrea Racchelli
7. NED117 / 55 Ruyten One design – Maarten Jamin
8. AUT681 / 5 Four and a half men – Franz Urlesberger
9. HUN728/34 FGF Sailing Team – Robert Bakoczy
10. DEN782 / 95 Soffe – Kim Christensen
 
 
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5CMelges 24 VM starter i let luft

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Martin Trcka og hans besætning har lagt sig i spidsen af stævnet efter den første dag. 
 
Maskineriet kørte som smurt i letvindsolie i dag, hvor 95 både fik tre sejladser på resultattavlen. 
Michael Hestbæk hænger godt med i toppen. 
 

SEJLSPORT: I morges så vejrudsigten fremragende ud - for alle, som ikke er sejlere og skal bruge vind til at fylde sejlene. Men for en af de bedste danske deltagere ved VM for Melges 24, betød den lette luft store udfordringer på kapsejladsbanen. 

- Det er svært at sejle kapsejlads i så stort et felt, hvor startlinien er over 1300 meter lang. Vælger man forkert side af starten, er man håbløst bagud, fortæller skipper Michael Hestbæk, som med OL- og America’s Cup-erfaring er en af Danmarks absolut mest talentfulde sejlere. 


Mangler fri luft

Og starterne voldte i dag Hestbæk og sin besætning store problemer. 

- Vi fik startet i den rigtige ende af linien i alle tre sejladser, men vi fik aldrig kæmpet os til fri vind. Og så er det altså svært at lave topplaceringer, når der er så mange både i feltet, at man hele tiden sejler gennem brugt og turbulent luft, forklarer han. 

Ligesom de andre 94 besætninger fra 18 nationer, smurte han fra morgenstunden et ekstra lag solcreme på næsen og smed en ekstra vanddunk i sejlertasken vel vidende, at det blev en lang dag i solen. 

- Jeg sejler normalt i mindre felter, hvor der er mere plads til at kæmpe sig til fri luft, men det er fantastisk syn at se så mange både og spilere omkring sig på den første lænser. Men fordi vi er så mange, betyder det også, at alle valg har konsekvenser, siger Michael Hestbæk, som i dag fik tingene til at fungere på trods af dårlige starter. 

Hårdt for psyken
Med en serie på 10-32-17 sejler han og sine besætningsmedlemmer sig ind på en 12. plads i stævnet, der fortsætter til søndag. 

- Dagen i dag har været hård psykisk, fordi man bliver straffet så hårdt for at lave selv meget små fejl. I morgen bliver også en dag med let luft, og vi ser frem til at give den gas, når vinden frisker senere på ugen, fortæller dagens bedste dansker ud af de 18 både med DEN i sejlet. 

Dagens bedste sejlere kommer fra Tjekkiet og skipper Martin Trcka kan med en serie på 2-9-5 konstatere, at de er både hurtige og konstant med fremme i feltet, der er spækket med topsejlere fra hele verden. De bliver skarpt forfulgt at en schweizer - Christopher Rast - og tre italienske både.

Sejladserne fortsætter til og med søndag, hvor den nye verdensmester bliver hyldet ved den ceremoni på havnen i Middelfart, hvor Match Racing Danmark som arrangør og mere end 100 frivillige får hele arrangementet til at spille.

Stilling efter tre sejladser: 

1. Martin Trcka, CZE, 16 point
2. Christopher Rast, SUI, 27 point
3. Carlo Fraccasoli, ITA, 31 point
12. Michael Hestbæk, DEN, 59 point
17. Jesper Bendix, DEN, 75 point
20. Allan Hansen, DEN, 79 point 
 
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Michael Hestbæk ved roret af sin Melges 24. Han er efter tre sejladser den bedste placerede dansker. 
 

Om Melges 24 VM

Fra den 30. juni til den 12. juli 2015 afvikles 2 x sejlsports-VM i Middelfart i hhv. Melges 24 og kvinde-matchrace. Værten ved de 2 x VM er Match Racing Denmark, der på vegne af sejlklubberne i Middelfart, Vejle, Horsens, Fredericia og Kolding samarbejder med Dansk Melges 24 Klub, International Melges 24 Class Association, Dansk Sejlunion, ISAF (den internationale sejlunion), WIMRA (Women’s International Match Racing Series) samt ikke mindst Middelfart Kommune, Udvikling Fyn, Sport Event Denmark, Trekantområdet og Destination Lillebælt, der er partnere på mesterskaberne.

Man kan følge med via de sociale medier og stævnets hjemmeside:  

Twitter: @matchracingdk
Instagram: matchracingdenmark
Medier kan hente gratis pressefotos via dette link: http://bit.ly/1GFyhq6
Kodeord til download: Press
 
Yderligere informationer: 
Stævneleder: Søren Laugesen +45 2443 3545 
Presse: Mick Anderson +45 2711 4450
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The first leader comes from Czech Republic

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Melges 24 World Championship 2015 - Middelfart, Denmark 
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30 June 2015 - Middelfart, Denmark. -  The first day of the 2015 Melges 24 World Championship has finished in Middelfart, Denmark with a ninety-five boats on the starting line. The event is organized by Match Racing Denmark along with the Middelfart Sailing Club in cooperation with International Melges 24 Class Association. 

Light winds, sometimes quite like imperceptible, and some strong current did not prevent the Principal Race Officer Hank Stuart to complete three races, exploited by Czech Martin Trcka to bring his ICZ/Rodop CZE-704 (2-9-5) to the top spot of provisional standing with eleven point margin on EFG SUI-684 (6-2-19), helmed by Chris Rast from Switzerland winner of the Audi tron Sailing Series event in Porto Venere, and fifteen on Italian Maidollis ITA-822 (26-1-4) owned by Gianluca Perego and helmed by former Melges 24 World Champion Carlo Fracassoli, penalized due to an OCS under the Zulu flag.

Also in the top five we have Italian Marrakesch Express ITA-636 (5-29-2), with a former Italian Olympian and reigning Melges 24 European Champion Matteo Ivaldi at the helm, and the 2014 leader of the Melges 24 world ranking, Italian Audi tron ITA-840 (18-12-7), with Riccardo Simoneschi and Gabriele Benussi in the cockpit.

The sixth spot of the standing is in the hands of the Estonian Tõnu Tõniste's Lenny EST-790 (21-24-1), who is the first of the Corinthians in front of former Corinthian Storm Capital Sail Racing NOR-751 from Norway (51-4-18) with Øyvind Jahre in helm as a fifteenth in overall ranking; and Elsa DEN-808 (56-3-16) helmed by Jesper Baungaard as the seventeenth in overall ranking.

For the full results please visit http://www.melges24worlds15.dk/results-new

Photo gallery by Pierrick Contin / IM24CA 

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Day 1 video edited by Zerogradinord - Mauro Melandri, Janna Buriani and Simona Bellobuono

Racing will resume tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.; wind will blow around 8-10 knots, with some puffs. Race Committee plans to have three races (the first discard will enter after the race number six).

To follow the racing a greatest set ever of the manpower and equipment has been used. With three cameras on the water the streaming was produced by Zerogradinord and SportsXStream along with the International Melges 24 Class Association. Steve Ancsell from United Kingdom and Mauro Melandri as the official Event press Officer from Italy all three races were covered with an fascinating commentary about the racing and content about the Melges 24 Class. The link to the daily LiveStream can be found here http://www.sportsxstream.com/MultiLevelEvent/Melges-24-World-Championship-2015.html 

Besides that, live from the Morning Briefing and after the racing dock chats were brought to the audience from the Middelfart Marina. International media team will broadcast such content daily until the end of the event. See emotional interviews and follow the action (https://livestream.com/zerogradinord/melges24worlds2015 ).

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Martin Trcka - helm of the ICZ/Rodop CZE-704  © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

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Lenny EST-790 with Tõnu Tõniste in helm © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

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EFG SUI-684 with Chris Rast in helm © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

The days of the event are:

Tuesday 30 of June to Sunday 5th of July: 2015 Melges 24 World Championship 
Sunday 5 of July: Closing Ceremony
Full schedule of the event  

Event website: http://www.melges24worlds15.dk/

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How to follow the Melges 24 Worlds 2015 racing

The live streaming will be brought to you by Zerogradinord and SportsXStream along with the International Melges 24 Class Association. It is available on YouTube, and the link can be found here http://www.sportsxstream.com/MultiLevelEvent/Melges-24-World-Championship-2015.html. Racing will start at 11:00 am every morning.

In addition, every morning, live from the Middelfart Marina, the media team will broadcast the Morning Briefing and a series of interviews with the protagonists of the event at 8.30 – 9:15 (https://livestream.com/zerogradinord/melges24worlds2015).

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95 teams are ready to race at the Melges 24 World Championship 2015 in Middelfart, Denmark

(Press Release, June 29 2015)

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29 June 2015 - Middelfart, Denmark. - Ninety-five Melges 24 teams have gathered in the Middelfart Marina in Denmark for the Melges 24 World Championship 2015 to be held from June 30 till July 5. The most important event of the year for the Melges 24 fleet is organized by by Match Racing Denmark along with Middelfart Sailing Club in cooperation with International Melges 24 Class Association.

Eighteen nations are represented: Austria (3), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (17), Estonia (2), Finland (2), Great Britain (3), Germany (18), Hungary (2), Italy (5), Lichtenstein (1), Netherlands (5), Norway (18), Slovenia (1), Switzerland (4), Slovak Republic (1), Sweden (9), Ukraine (2) and United States of America (1).

Following three days of registration and measurement to ensure all the boats and sails conform the strict Melges 24 class one-design rules, racing is scheduled to begin on Tuesday June 30 and run through to Sunday July 5.

The president of the International Melges 24 Class Association, Jens Wathne from Norway is happy to see such a great and competitive fleet in Denmark. "It is great to be in Denmark and Middelfart with ninety-five boats from eighteen nations intending to take on fourteen races. We'll meet here some of the best sailors of the world on this great one design boat. The host is doing all he can to make the competitors enjoy Denmark and the fierce competition. See you on the water!"

The main organizer, Søren Laugesen is talking about the huge work what Match Racing Denmark has done for this event to be successful. "The Marina has almost turned into a Venue for now. All our volunteers are working really hard to make sure that this will be the best organized event that the Melges 24 class sailors have attended. Everything starts when the sailors arrive at the gate - hopefully they loved the designated parking spots for each team, took advantage of the extra lift in the parking area, and enjoyed the trip down to the crane with our little tractors. This clears the pier from parked vehicles, and gives everybody a great opportunity to go directly to the crane. The majority of the measurements went really well and the boats are ready to race."

The principal race officer for the championship is Hank Stuart from United States of America, who is the Championship Coordinator for the Melges 24 Class, a highly experienced race officer and very well known for the fleet.

Russell Green from New Zealand is the chairman of the seven-man international jury who will rule on any official protests during the regatta.

A maximum of 14 races will be sailed and the schedule allows for up to three races per day.

A minimum of five races are required to constitute a championship series. If six or more races are completed teams will be allowed to drop their worst result from their final points tally; when thirteen or more races have been completed, a boat's series score will be the total of her scores excluding her worst score.

The professional and Corinthian crews will race against each other in a single fleet for the overall Melges 24 World Championship title, with the Corinthian results being extracted to determine the winner of the Corinthian World Championship title. Fifty-six out of ninety-five teams will fight for the Corinthian (non-professionals allowed) World Champion' Trophy which comes all the way long from Australia here.

Now - please, have a seat and be ready to feel the emotions of the Melges 24 World Championship 2015 directly at home because, thanks to an agreement between IM24CA, SportsXStream and Zerogradinord, races valid for the championship will be streamed and commented live.

Everything is now set, with three cameras placed on the race course: one located on the Race Committee boat, one close to the windward mark and one on a catamaran, specially built for this type of activity. The streaming will be brought to you by Zerogradinord and SportsXStream along with the International Melges 24 Class Association, it will be available through YouTube and the link can be found here http://www.sportsxstream.com/MultiLevelEvent/Melges-24-World-Championship-2015.html

In addition, every morning, live from the Middelfart Marina, our media team will broadcast the Morning Briefing and a series of interviews to the protagonists of the event (https://livestream.com/zerogradinord/melges24worlds2015).

The first day of the racing on Tuesday, June 30 will start with the Competitors Briefing at 9:00 am and the first warning signal of the day at will be given at 11:00 am.

The days of the event are:
Monday 29 of June: Practice race and the Opening Ceremony at the Hindsgavl Castle
Tuesday 30 of June to Sunday 5th of July: 2015 Melges 24 World Championship
Sunday 5 of July: Closing Ceremony
Full schedule of the event

All racing days will be covered with live streaming and English commentary and tracking as well. More detailed information about the options will be shared with the pre-event press release on June 29.

Official event website www.melges24worlds15.dk.

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Hashtags: #melges24 #m24worlds #melges24WC

Event dates:
Saturday 27 to Monday 29 of June: Measurement and registration
Monday 29 of June: Practice race and the Opening Ceremony at the Hindsgavl Castle
Tuesday 30 of June to Sunday 5th of July: 2015 Melges 24 World Championship
Sunday 5 of July: Closing Ceremony

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Middelfart Marina

For further information on the Melges 24 World Championship 2015, please contact:

Mauro Melandri
Event Press Officer
(IMCA/Zerogradinord)
Phone +39 366 342 1743
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Søren Mathiesen Laugesen
COO and Partner Manager
(Match Racing Denmark)
Phone +45 24 43 35 45
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Piret Salmistu
IMCA Administrator & Media Coordinator
Phone +372 507 7217
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Websites of interest:
Melges 24 World Championship 2015 
Match Racing Denmark
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The Melges 24 Class Association, Denmark

 

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10 days to go until nearly 100 teams will start to race for the World Champion title in Middelfart, Denmark

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19 June 2015 - Middelfart, Denmark. - A maritime market town in the el dorado of Denmark - Middelfart, the venue for the most important event of the year for the Melges 24 fleet, has ten days to wait while around 500 sailors will fill the marina and town. Melges 24 World Championship will take place from June 30 until July 5 in Middelfart marina organized by Match Racing Denmark along with Middelfart Sailing Club in cooperation with International Melges 24 Class Association.

The entry list stands at 96 teams from 18 nations: Austria (3), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (18), Estonia (2), Finland (2), Great Britain (3), Germany (18), Hungary (2), Italy (5), Lithuania (1), Netherlands (5), Norway (17), Slovenia (1), Switzerland (4), Slovak Republic (1), Sweden (9), Ukraine (3) and United States of America (1).

While the size and geographical spread of the championship fleet is significant, the number of Corinthian (no professional sailors allowed) crews competing at this year's championship is also remarkable. With 50 entries, the Corinthian division makes up more than 50 per cent of the fleet - this is definitely greatest testimony to Melges 24 racing in general as well to the wonderful venue, which is the perfect base for a holiday for the active bonvivant and the child at heart.

As is the norm at major Melges 24 championships, professional and Corinthian crews will race against each other in a single fleet for the overall Melges 24 World Championship title, with the Corinthian results being extracted to determine who wins the Corinthian World Championship title.

Melges 24 Top guys 2015

The chase for the World Champion title is reflected in a very competitive entry list: Due to the high level of the fleet, the sailing rock stars involved, and considered the many variables of the sailing world, is not easy to identify just one favorite.

Certainly among the eligible candidates to the success in Middelfart' waters, we can include the US entry Air Force One with 2013 Moth World Champion Bora Gulari at the helm, with Olympic Champion Jonathan McKee calling tactics and many times Melges one-design classes' World Champion Federico Michetti, involved as trimmer.

And again, Audi Italia Sailing Team's Audi tron, from three years at the top of the Melges 24 ranking lists and winner of the 2015 first European Sailing Series' event in Portoroz and Audi tron Sailing Series' Act 1 in Loano. Riccardo Simoneschi will sail with 2014 Melges 24 World and European Champion Gabriele Benussi in the afterguard. Also to be observed the Suisse entry of EFG, helmed by Chris Rast on the podium's top spot in Audi tron Sailing Series Act 2; Italian Gianluca Perego's Maidollis, helmed by 2012 Melges 24 World Champion Carlo Fracassoli with a solid lineup; the Swedish guys of GKSS, with match race specialist Staffan Lindberg at the helm and Czech former Olympian Martin Trcka on ICZ/Rodop.

In the middle earth between the favorites and the outsiders we find Italian Angelo Di Terlizzi's Marrakesh Express, winner in Audi tron Sailing Series Act 3 along with helmsman Matteo Ivaldi, 2014 Melges 24 European Champion on Blu Moon and past Olympic 470 competitor (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000); from UK Gill Race Team, with the many times Laser Sb20 World Champion Geoff Carveth at the helm.

For the success in the Corinthian division will fight Estonian Lenny of the two times 470 Olympic medalist and 2014 Corinthian European Champion Tõnu Tõniste with, at least, former World Champion Norwegian Storm Capital Sail Racing with Øyvind Jahre at helm and 2013 Corinthian European Champion Team Kesbeke/Sika/Gill with Ronald Veraar, a past Laser class international campaigner. View the list of entries

Current rankings of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series - overall & Corinthian/Pro-Am division, Audi tron Sailing Series and Doyle Sails Nordic Trophy can give a good summary about the fleet racing in Europe.

Competitor registration, boat measurement, equipment inspection and crew weigh-in for the Melges 24 World Championship will take place June 27 - 29 with practice racing scheduled for June 29. Racing in the championship series is scheduled to start on June 30 and runs through to July 5.
Time schedule of the event

The official Melges 24 Worlds 2015 event hotel is Hindsgavl Castle. The many thousand square meters of the castle will be converted to the clubhouse for the Melges 24 World Championship sailors during this event. The opening ceremony will also take place at Hindsgavl Castle on Monday, June 29.

All racing days will be covered with live streaming and English commentary and tracking as well. More detailed information about the options will be shared with the pre-event press release on June 29.

Official event website www.melges24worlds15.dk.

Event dates:
Saturday 27 to Monday 29 of June: Measurement and registration
Monday 29 of June: Practice race and the Opening Ceremony at the Hindsgavl Castle
Tuesday 30 of June to Sunday 5th of July: 2015 Melges 24 World Championship
Sunday 5 of July: Closing Ceremony

For further information on the Melges 24 World Championship 2015, please contact:

Søren Mathiesen Laugesen
Regatta, Event and Partner Manager
(Match Racing Denmark)
Phone +45 24 43 35 45
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Piret Salmistu
IMCA Administrator & Media Coordinator
Phone +372 507 7217
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Websites of interest:
Melges 24 World Championship 2015: www.melges24worlds15.dk
Match Racing Denmark: www.m-r-d.dk
The International Melges 24 Class Association: www.melges24.com
The Melges 24 Class Association, Denmark: www.melgesclass.dk

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