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news - Final day Marinepool Melges 24 WM, Tallinn (EST)

Aug 12 2010

Tallinn, Estonia - 12 August 2010

Despite the willingness of both the competitors and the Race Committee to do everything possible to complete the final two races of the 2010 Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship in Tallin, Estonia, the wind refused to make an appearance on the final day.

The lack of any racing today, meant that the placings from the previous day remained unaffected, with Italian helm Lorenzo Bressani on Uka Uka Racing confirmed as the 2010 Melges 24 World Champion. Norway's Kristian Nergaard on Baghdad took second place overall, ahead of Italy's Alberto Bolzan on Hurricane in third. In the closely fought Corinthian Division, Norway's Oyvind Peder Jahre on Storm Capital Sail Racing Team were crowned 2010 Melges 24 Corinthian World Champions, ahead of Estonian Tonu Toniste on Lenny in second and Italian Marco Schirato on La Besa in third.

Bressani had turned in a stellar performance in the Championship series, winning three of the ten races sailed and never placing outside of the top ten all regatta, meaning that he had established a virtually unassailable thirty-two-point lead going into the final day. The Race Committee on Thursday confirmed to the fleet by radio that a maximum of one race would be possible before the official two o'clock cut-off for racing. This announcement meant that Bressani could now not be caught and triggered an immediate victory celebration aboard Uka Uka Racing who, to the cheers and applause of their fellow competitors, then downed sails and headed for the dock.

Jahre came into this event as a past Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion (2008) and as reigning Melges 24 Corinthian European Champion. By finishing in ninth overall and winning the Corinthian Division, Jahre says he and his young crew have achieved their pre-regatta goals. 'We wanted to retain the title and finish in the top ten overall. We have done both so we are happy.'

Talking before this evening's prizegiving at the Kalev Yacht Club Bressani said that he was pleased to have won but claimed that it had been more difficult than it looked. 'This was a tough event. The fleet was big and full of good sailors and the venue is very challenging on the water.' Bressani was also quick to praise his crew. 'In Lorenzo Santini we have a remarkable owner and without him none of us would be here. This week our tactician Jonathan McKee has been outstanding. He and I are opposite temperaments and I think that is why we sail well together. Our bowman Fabio Gridelli has fitted in perfectly with the team and has not put a foot wrong all week. What can I say about a three time Melges 24 World Champion like Federico Michetti? He is a great sailor, motivator and nobody pays as much attention to boat preparation as him.'


Overall Top Ten After Five Races

1. ITA787 - UKA UKA RAcing - Lorenzo Bressani - 30 pts

2. NOR400 - Baghdad - Kristian Nergaard - 62 pts

3. ITA727 - Hurricane - Murphy & Nye - Alberto Bolzan - 67 pts

4. SUI782 - Blu Moon - Flavio Favini - 81 pts

5. ITA783 - Audi - Riccardo Simoneschi - 94 pts

6. ITA807 - Gullisara - Carlo Fracassoli - 97 pts

7. ITA716 - Saetta - Niccolo Bianchi - 102 pts

8. ITA735 - Altea - Andrea Racchelli - 132 pts

9. NOR751 - Storm Capital Sail Racing Team - 136 pts

10. FRA599 - Poizon Rouge - Jean-Marc Monnard - 144 pts

Provisional Corinthian Top Five After Two Races

1. NOR751 - Storm Capital Sail Racing Team - 42 pts

2. EST790 - Lenny - Tonu Toniste - 47 pts

3. ITA780 - La Besa - Marco Schirato - 70 pts.

4. SWE666 - Number of the Beast - Jonas Berntsson - 83 pts

5. FIN529 - Midnight Sun Sailing One - Sami Ekblad - 85 pts


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