Melges 24 World Championship – 2015 Andrea Racchelli's Altea Takes The Top Spot

1 July 2015

01 July 2015 – Middelfart, Denmark – Thanks to 7-10 knots of breeze, blowing from 170-180 degrees, one of the biggest Melges 24 fleets ever completed another three races and now the standing counts on six races with one discard.

Thanks to a solid progression, Italian Andrea Racchelli's Altea ITA735 (6-5-8 today) is now leading the ranking with five point margin on Bora Gulari's Air Force One USA820 (4-8-13), that uses the discard to throw away the 44 points collected in race number three. The provisional podium is completed by Swiss Chris Rast's EFG SUI684 (20-1-16), that was anticipated in the first hour leader Czech Martin Trcka's ICZ/Rodop CZE704 (30-11-23) and Italian Riccardo Simoneschi's Audi tron ITA840 (11-2-31), together with 50 points.

"We are really happy about this great start and we will try to do our best to defend our leadership but it will be not easy: the fleet is really huge and wind is light and shifty. It seems that tomorrow will be a windy day and we are ready to surf the waves - finally," said Andrea Racchelli a few minutes after the end of race number six.

Also the fight for the Corinthian Trophy starts to be interesting, with German Kicker Schäfer's Musto Racing GER803 (17-24-11) that is now in front of Austrian Four And A Half Men AUT681 (8-30-3) with Franz Urlesberger in helm and Estonian Tõnu Tõniste's Lenny EST790 (1-18-20). The Corinthian boats are respectively on the sixth, ninth and twelfth positions in the overall ranking.
For the full results please visit http://www.melges24worlds15.dk/results-new

Races valid for the Melges 24 World Championship 2015 will resume tomorrow, at 11 am. Weather forecast predicts the windiest day of the week: so, be ready for three more races.

We remind you that the series will count on 14 races and that after the end of race number 13 the standings will include two discards.

Melges 24 World Championship is organized by Match Racing Denmark in collaboration with International Melges 24 Class Association and Middelfart Sailing Club

Photo gallery by Pierrick Contin / IM24CA
High resolution images are available to acredited media. For further information please E-mail Piret Salmistu

To follow the racing the 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 are covering with a 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

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

Air Force One USA820 - Bora Gulari © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

EFG SUI684 - Christopher Rast © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Musto Racing GER803 - Kicker Schäfer © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Four And a Half Men AUT681 - Franz Urlesberger © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Lenny EST790 - Tõnu Tõniste © Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

Itsi-Bitsi DEN701 - Michael Hestbaek ©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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