Juanpa Cadario: Europeo de Melges 24 para Carlo Fracassoli de Italia

Europeo de Melges 24 para Carlo Fracassoli de Italia

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Fracassoli Crowned Melges 24 European Champion

Aarhus, Denmark: Day 5 of the 2011 Boklunder Melges 24 European Championship saw the regatta series come to a close with the final two races completed in breezes ranging from 6 - 10 knots. Overnight leader Carlo Fracassoli on ITA 803 Gullisara, who went into the day with a 22 point advantage, finished the regatta in style with a hard fought win in the first race of the day.

Fracassoli's race win initially appeared far from assured however. Rounding the first windward mark in sixth place he clawed his way up to third by the leeward gate before playing the shifty second beat to perfection to take the lead at the second windward mark. Once in front he was totally in control and on the final run to the finish he cruised home to take his third race win of the championship. This result sealed Fracassoli's championship victory with a race to spare and unsurprisingly he and his Italian crew immediately headed for the harbour to begin their victory celebrations.

International Melges 24 Class Chairman Riccardo Simoneschi, who finished the regatta in seventh place aboard ITA 819 Audi, had this to say about the success of this year's European Championship. "With 80 boats from 16 nations competing this week, the size and the quality of fleet here in Aarhus is a real testimony to the strength of the Melges 24 Class. It is also encouraging to see so many Corinthians and young teams racing here this week. For sure the standard of racing was fantastic."

The 2012 Melges 24 World Championship will take place in Italy and the 2012 North American Championship will take place in San Francisco, CA.

Final Results after 10 Races


1. Carlo Fracassoli ITA, 34 points
2. Flavio Favini SUI, 52
3. Alberto Bolzan ITA, 56
4. Petr Fiala CZE, 66
5. Andrea Racchelli ITA, 91

Corinthian Division:
1. Tonu Toniste EST, 29 points
2. Oyvind Peder Jahre NOR, 33
3. Tiit Vihul EST, 48

Racing in the 2011 Boklunder Melges 24 European Championship series began on Sunday 24th July and the ten race series ran through until Thursday 28 July.