Italian Strambapapa celebrated in Rovinj, followed by Trogir's Mataran and Biograd's Panjić
At the premiere regatta European Sailing Series in the class Melges 24 and the fourth regatta CRO Melges 24 Cup, which was held last weekend in Rovinj, 30 crews from seven European countries took part, and the Italian Strambapapa won in front of three Croatian crews. The regatta fully justified the epithet of one of the largest 'one design' regattas ever held in Croatia. Nine races, 30 crews from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Great Britain and Austria, and two Croatian teams on the podium marked three days of top regatta at the foot of St. Euphemia.
The victory was taken by the Italian crew of Strambapapa, the top Italian sailor Michele Paoletti in front of the Trogir Mataran 24, whose helmsman was Ante Botica, and Panjić from Biograd with Luka Šangulin at the helm. Among the ten best of the Croatian crews were Ivan Kljaković Gašpić with Universitas Nova in fourth place and Goran Ivanković, whose Fjonda took ninth place in the overall standings.
The arrival of such a large regatta is a recognition of the Melges 24 class association and the entire Croatian sailing, which was given the opportunity for great promotion. We had excellent conditions at sea, three days of sailing in which seconds decided the winner. Rovinj was really a real sailing festival ", said the third-placed Luka Šangulin.
For the first two days of the regatta, the Croatian crew Mataran 24, which competes in the amateur Corinthian class, held the lead in the overall standings, but Sunday's bora shuffled the cards differently. The crew of Ante Botica finally won second place in the overall standings, and first among amateur crews.
"We have had three difficult days in our lives. An excellent regatta with top competition in which we held the leading position for two days. We gave up a bit on the last day, but we are still satisfied with the top result," said Matarana 24 member Mario Škrlj.
The winner is the sailing ship Strambapapa, whose helmsman is former Italian Olympian Michele Paoletti.
"I haven't had many opportunities to sail in Croatia, but it seems that I will have to come more often because every time I'm here - I finish first," said the Rovinj winner who celebrated last year at the Croatian Open Championship in Melges 24 class held in Split .
The regatta in Rovinj concluded the first part of this year's CRO Melges 24 Cup. The competition continues in the fall when two regattas are scheduled in Split and the Croatian Open Championship in Zadar.