With light, fickle winds for much of the 2018 Melges 24 World Championship on June 5 to 9, champagne conditions arrived in time to conclude the 10-race series in Victoria, BC.
for the fleet of 41 teams from five nations, Andrea Racchelli’s Altea from Italy and his crew of Filippo Togni, Gaudenzio Bomni, Matteo Ramian, and Michele Gregoratto have claimed their first and well deserved Melges 24 Worlds’ title.
Nothing was confirmed in the leaderboard when entering the last day of racing. Trailing the lead by two points, the Italian crew has been able to sail very consistent races, collecting as the only crew three bullets to their series, and discarding the 8th result as their worst finish to ultimately win by a margin of 6 points.
Silver in the overall was Alan Field’s WTF from the United States, and winning Bronze was Bruce Ayres’ Monsoon also from the United States.
Field, who had taken an absence from the class after the 2013 Worlds, led an all-star cast that had been sailing together for only two weeks – Erik Shampain, Willem Van Waay, Steve Hunt, and Lucas Calabrese. Long-time campaigner Bruce Ayres, sailing with Mike Buckley, Chelsea Simms, George Peet and Jeff Reynolds, held the overall lead entering today but did not close out and finished tied with Field in third.
Meanwhile in Corinthian division, the local Royal Victoria Yacht Club team of Full Circle by Robert Britten with crew of Graham Harney, Jose Grandizo, Liam Welgan-Gunn, and Reid Cannon defeated 24 other entries in Corinthian Division.