The come back to normality of international competitive sailing passes through Melges. From the last weekend the first two events of the Melges World League will take place until the next weekend, without any delay compared to the times dictated by the Italian Sailing Federation for the resumption of competitions.
The first two events of the Melges World League which, in Malcesine, will see the first Melges 20 (3-5 July), then Melges 32 (9-11 July). Melges 20 fleet gathered at the Fraglia Vela Malcesine where the 2020 regatta series began last weekend.
These will be the first acts of a season that, in terms of location, will offer some very welcome returns, such as the Sardinian destinations of Villasimius and Puntaldia, discovered by the Melges universe during 2019, when they hit the imagination of crews and staff you work thanks to weather conditions that have equaled the indisputable charm of these Mediterranean pearls.
Going to the detail of the Melges World League, it is a must to tell that exploited the unmissable opportunity to be among the first to return between the buoys, the fleets will separate their roads, with the Melges 20 that will be guests at the Marina di Scarlino towards the end of July (24-26).
An appointment that will anticipate that of Puntaldia, where the season will come alive with the September event (18-20), which will be followed by the Russian Open-Pre World (2-4 October) and the World Championship (7-10 October) , when the specialists of this competitive monotype will meet to discover the heir of Stig, winner in Miami of the 2019 world title.
The Melges 20 will therefore close their series in Porto Venere, with the showdown scheduled between November 20 and 22 . Instead, the Melges 32 will immediately head towards Sardinia, which, already the third of August, will be the protagonists in Villasimius (22-24 August) of a fraction that will anticipate the progress of the World Cup (26-29 August), during which to play the role of the outgoing champion will be La Pericolosa.
Once the world championship crown has been assigned, the Melges 32 fleet will remain faithful to the island that the Greeks called Ichnusa: between 24 and 26 September, in fact, the crews will be on stage in Puntaldia before returning to the continent for the grand finale of the season , scheduled between 29 and 31 October in a location that will be communicated shortly.
Luisa Bambozzi, managing director of Melges Europe, talked about the competition
For the Melges 14, the debut of the season will take place in Scarlino, coinciding with the Melges 20 stage of 24-26 July; after the Tuscan event, the fleet will meet in Lerci on 19-20 September, to then join the Melges 20 again in the appointments of Puntaldia (2-4 October) and Porto Venere (20-22 November).
Luisa Bambozzi, managing director of Melges Europe, commented: "We are excited about this return to normality and it is an honor for us that the Italian competitive sailing started again from Melges: during the lockdown, we have repeatedly remodeled the calendar, with the goal of organizing regattas that were a moment of fun, fun and healthy competition for everyone, in total safety.
If today we are ready to start again with our first regatta of 2020, it is thanks to the support of all our owners and sailors who feel part of the Melges family, who never doubted that we would be back to racing soon and gave us an important incentive to better organize the 2020 season as soon as the exit from the lockdown allowed it.
in many years of organizing events, it is a result that makes us proud. Special thanks go to the Italian Sailing Federation and in particular to President Francesco Ettorre who, even in the most delicate moments, has never stopped answering our calls, clarifying our doubts and allowing us to be among the first in the world to return to racing."