The second part of the Cro Melges 24 season opens with a record regatta in Split
The Croatian sailing 'League of Champions' opens the second part of the season in style, since this weekend Split will host the best Croatian sailors at the Mornar CRO Melges 24 Cup regatta, where a record 16 boats and 74 sailors will compete.
After Dubrovnik, Biograd, Opatija and the premier regatta of the European Sailing Series in Rovinj, the Split water area will host top names in Croatian sailing, including current and former Olympians, winners of numerous medals and winners of numerous prestigious regattas.
"I am already very satisfied before the start of the continuation of the CRO Melges24 Cup season because this weekend we will have our new record of Croatian crews at one of the regattas. I am sure that at the very end of this season, the regattas in Split and Zadar will be even more numerous and will be completed by other foreign crews', said on behalf of the organizers from JK Mornar, European silver and world bronze winner Filip Jurišić, who is and still is the president of the Croatian association of the Melges 24 class.
CRO Melges 24 Cup has in a short time become the most numerous and strongest sailing series on the Adriatic, and with over 20 boats it represents the third largest fleet of Melges 24 in the whole world. The renaissance of Melges was also supported by America's Cup participant Karlo Kuret, who is coming to Split with a new boat.
'I am happy that our fleet is growing from regatta to regatta, and the competition is becoming more numerous and stronger. I will not be modest, I am interested in fighting for the podium in Split,' said Karlo Kuret.
The Melges 24 class is an internationally widespread class of monotype sailboats, recognized by the World Sailing Federation (ISAF - International Sailing Federation) and very attractive to top and experienced sailors precisely because it sails and competes on sailboats with the same technical characteristics, which means that it dominates the regatta field equality, and in the battles of the sails the knowledge, skill and coordination of the helmsman and the crew decide.
With over 900 sailboats in the world, this class gathers the best of the sailing world on an international level - participants in the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Olympians, as well as numerous excellent professional sailors. In Croatia, the Melges 24 class gathered the cream of Croatian sailing, such as Šima and Mihovil Fantele, Tonči Stipanović, Karl Kuret, Ivan Kljaković Gašpić, Filip Jurišić, Tomislav Bašić, Stjepan Vitaljić and numerous others.