The World Sailing Elite in Rovinj is fighting for the first points in the Melges 24 European Sailing Series

The World Sailing Elite in Rovinj is fighting for the first points in the Melges 24 European Sailing Series

The International Melges 24 Class Association (IM24CA) is in love with the Adriatic Sea. Some venues are clearly demonstrating this: after the 2021 European Championship, held in Portoroz, Slovenia past September and won by Andrea Racchelli's Altea, the 2022 Melges 24 European Sailing Series will start again from the Adriatic Sea, but just a little further in South, in amazing Rovinj, well known pearl of the Croatian shoreline. In addition, not to be underestimated, the fact that one of the largest Melges 24 national fleets is the Croatian one now, able to reach to more than twenty active boats recently, becoming currently the third biggest in the world.

In Rovinj, therefore, for the weekend, everything will be dedicated to sailors who will compete as part of the fourth CroMelges 24 Cup regatta this season, and the city at the foot of Sv. Euphemia will simultaneously host the premiere European Sailing Series regatta in the Melges 24 class. With 30 crews registered so far from seven countries (Croatia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, the UK) and many celebrated sailing names, this will be one of the biggest 'one design' regattas ever held in Croatia. The regatta will be held from 1 to 3 April in partnership with the special hospital Medico, OneSails, EmergenSea and Sailing Point and with the support of Rovinj's JK Maestral and ACI.

In just two years, the new Melges 24 class has attracted a large number of renowned grandmasters and, thanks to strong and well-known competition, has earned the popular title of the Croatian Champions League.

“In the class of sailing cream of our sailing: Šime and Mihovil Fantela, Tonči Stipanović, Ivan Kljaković Gašpić, Karlo Kuret, Enia Ninčević, Marija Anđela De Micheli Vitturi, Tomislav Basić and many other sailors who have marked numerous Croatian and world regattas. And we are especially proud that we managed to get a large number of sailors from the Corinthian group into this project, ie crews that do not have sailing professionals in their ranks. After a long time in Croatia we have a competition on equal terms, so the same type of sailboat so-called. one design, in which the skill of the sailor is brought to the fore. In addition to great sailing names, we have hired the best Croatian judges to make the CRO Melges 24 Cup the best of the best in Croatian sailing “, said Filip Jurišić, President of the HR class Melges 24, otherwise a successful sailor in the ILCA 7 class.

Two regattas will be held in Rovinj in one, one that will be scored for the CroMelges 24 Cup and in which Croatian crews compete, while the rest of the international crews together with Croatian competitors will fight for the first points in the European series of six regattas. After Rovinj, the host of the second race will be Trieste (April 29 - May 1), so the third will be held in Attersee, Austria (May 27-29), and the remaining three will be hosted again by Italy: Riva del Garda July 24), Imperia (September 23-25) and Genoa (October 22-29).

“We are greatly looking forward to an opening event of the European Sailing Series 2022 in Rovinj: it is an amazing place. It has a very special coastline, incredible sailing heritage with lots of amazing features to the waterfront and an excellent marina which is close to the racecourse. I like this city and I have been here for several times, so I have good memories. I hope for a good performance in Rovinj, but the racing is very competitive, everyone is good, everyone can win, but everyone can make mistakes too” said the Croatian sailing rockstar Tomislav Basic, tactician on Panjic CRO739 of Luka Šangulin, overall winner of the CRO Melges24 Cup 2021, and this season the Biograd crew is striving to defend the title after three CroMelges 24 Cup regattas held in Dubrovnik, Biograd na Moru and Opatija.

As with Bašić, impatience reigns in the ranks of Melgina ITA693, the overall winner of the 2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series, and Melgina owner Paolo Brescia said he could not wait to sail in hospitable Croatian waters.

"We are happy to see so many teams from so many European countries. This heartfelt participation manifests the desire for a unifying European spirit, which honours the pan-athletic motto ludis iungit. This European event in Rovinj is the paradigm of the sense of community that the Melges 24 Class has been able to build in this last quarter of a century. We are proud to be part of it.”