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2018 Melges World League · Year in Review

This year, 100 Melges teams campaigned and competed, battling ferociously around the globe in pursuit of being crowned the next Melges World League Champion.

The year has come to a close, and after 20 regattas, the results are clear.

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THE WINNERS CIRCLE

Melges 20 World League Champions:

Vladimir Prosikhin's NIKA

Melges 32 World League Champions:

Matteo Balestrero's GIOGI

Melges 20 World League – Division Champions:

Asian Division – Takahiro Kato's TRINITY

North America – Alexis Michas' MIDNIGHT SUN

European Division – Filippo Pacinotti's BRONTOLO

Thank you to the Melges World League Sponsors!

· Helly Hansen ·
· Garmin Marine ·
· North Sails ·
· Rigoni di Asiago · One Ocean Foundation · Lavazza · Moby · Tirrenia · Toremar · Norda · Harken ·

🥇Major congratulations to the Italian team of GIOGI, helmed by Matteo Balestrero along with tactician Branko Brcin and crew members Federico Michetti, Giulio Desiderato, Alessandro Siviero, Cristiano Giannetti, Elio Borio and Leone Taddei: The new 2018 Melges 32 World League Champions!

"In the end, we managed to win our first major trophy, a dream we have had since entering the class three years ago,” said Balestrero. “A very special thanks to the entire GIOGI team. They are all true friends, and I believe this was an essential element of our success. Today we celebrate!"

MELGES 32 WORLD LEAGUE FINAL RESULTS (Top 5)

1. Matteo Balestrero/Branko Brcin – GIOGI

2. Vincenzo Onorato/Paul Goodison – MASCALZONE LATINO

3. Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Michele Ivaldi – G.SPOT

4. Christian Schwoerer/Nick Asher – LA PERICOLOSA

5. Pavel Kuznetsov/Evgeny Nuegodnikov – TAVATUY

🥇 NIKA sailed an incredible series and took Melges World League by storm this year to earn the highly coveted title. Vladimir Prosikhin, along with tactician Michele Ivaldi and crew member Giorgio Tortarolo, not only won the overall title, but also won the Melges 20 Miami Winter Series title. If there is a perfect example of where consistency can pay in big dividends, Prosikhin is a shiner. The team's year-long steady but sure performance has led to the grandest success of all in one of the most competitive one-design classes in the world. Congratulations!

NIKA is surely the team to beat in the 2019 Melges 20 World League when the rankings start fresh! ✨

MELGES 20 WORLD LEAGUE FINAL RESULTS (Top 5 of 79)

1. Vladimir Prosikhin – NIKA

2. Igor Rytov – RUSSIAN BOGATYRS

3. Achille Onorato – MASCALZONE LATINO Jr.

4. Alexandr Ezhkov – PIROGOVO SAILING

5. Filippo Pacinotti – BRONTOLO

Melges 20 Asian Division Champion

Takahiro Kato's TRINITY

Melges 20 European Division Champion

Filippo Pacinotti's BRONTOLO

Melges 20 North American Division Champions

Alexis Michas' MIDNIGHT SUN

The Melges Experience

Simple, fun world-class racing at yachting's most celebrated venues. Year after year, that's what the Melges Experience is all about.

New boats and great used boats are available. Jump in and come race for the 2019 Melges World League!

Welcome to the World League, Melges 14!

The Melges 14 can be purchased through Melges Performance Sailboats, Melges Europe, or the Melges Dealer network. Charters are also available for all Melges 14 World League Events.

Melges 14 World League Events

NORTH AMERICAN DIVISION

— Melges 14 Midwinter Championship. Sarasota, Florida, USA. March 1-3, 2019.

— Melges 14 Spring Championship. Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. May 18-19, 2019.

— Melges 14 National Championship. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA. June 7-9, 2019.

— Melges 14 Southern Championship. Lake Lanier, Georgia, USA. October 2019.

EUROPEAN DIVISION

— Melges 14 Liguria Regatta. Liguria, Italy. May 10-12, 2019.

— Melges 14 Garda Challenge. North Garda Lake, Italy. June 28-30, 2019.

— Melges 14 Euro Cup. Malcesine, Garda Lake, Italy. September 7-8, 2019.

For More Information

ON NEW BOATS AND CERTIFIED USED BOATS:

Harry Melges III · harry@melges.com · (262) 275-1110

Andy Burdick · andy@melges.com · (262) 275-1110

Federico Michetti · federico@melges.com · +39.349.8569100

ON THE STORY:

Hannah Noll · hannah@melges.com · (262) 275-1110

PHOTOS BY:

Marina Semenova / Barracuda Communication for Melges Europe

Kazushige Nakajima for DailySailing JAPAN

Hannah Lee Noll for Melges Performance Sailboats

The leading performance sailboat supplier has proudly delivered high quality boats around the world for nearly 75 years. Each Melges boat is built with pride and backed by an experienced, knowledgeable team. Learn more at Melges.com.

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