We are glad to publish the last and definitive version of next 2018 Melges24Tour.
A few words from this NCA Chairman, Andrea Racchelli:
The Italian Melges 24 Class worked together with IM24CA to schedule the 2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series. Was not easy to find good solutions, and of course, not everybody will be happy, but we believe that the series will help the class to grow in 2018 again.
With the European Championship on Lake Garda in August the best thing to do was to have regattas centralised in the Southern Europe to try to have less travel as possible. The goal for everybody is to have high quality racing in good venues with as much boats as possible. Starting in Punta Ala is great because usually in Tuscany there are great sailing and weather conditions in the beginning of spring. After that fleet will move to Portoroz for classic Slovenian act which has been always well attended place with a wonderful hospitality. After Portoroz you can move to the Garda Lake for three months. Makcesine, Torbole and Riva are awesome locations for super classic events: very funny to come back to Torbole after World Championship 2012. Riva for sure will host a superb European Championship for the Melges 24 fleet. Domaso in Como Lake is a new event, and is also considered as the Melges 24 Italian Nationals. If you have never been there, you will discover another beautiful place in Italy with very good sailing conditions. Finally we will have the classic Lino Favini Cup in Luino - everybody after many years know the superb hospitality we are treated there with.
As Italian class, we will give soon (possibly in early January) information about boat storage between the events, in particular between Punta Ala and Portoroz, near Garda between the three events, and after Garda till Domaso and Luino. It will be very easy to park the boat and travel by plane or only by car - this can help everybody to come and sail every single event.
Hope to see all Melges 24 sailors in Punta Ala and from the Italian Melges 24 Class best wishes for Merry Christmas and happy sailing in new year!