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Melges 24 Worlds - Italy's Racchelli takes title

 
Italy's Andrea Racchelli's Altea and his crew claim Melges 24 Worlds' title

The ultimate stalwarts of the Melges 24 - Andrea Racchelli's Altea from Italy and his crew of Filippo Togni, Gaudenzio Bomni, Matteo Ramian, Michele Gregoratto - claimed their first and well deserved Melges 24 Worlds' title.

Silver in the overall was Alan Field's WTF from the United States, and winning Bronze was Bruce Ayres' Monsoon also from the United States.

A final day of racing yielded three more races to conclude the 10-race series at the Melges 24 World Championship 2018, hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.

The forecast predicted wind, plenty of it, and it was delivered - 12 knots wind in the first race of the day was building up to 15 knots for the second, and was filling in up to 20 knots breeze.

Nothing was confirmed in the leaderboard when entering to the last day of racing.

The Italian crew has been able to sail very consistent races, with three race wins in their series and discarding an 8th result.

They closed the series with a total of 30 points and a margin of 6 points over the second classified.

Boat of the day was 2017 Worlds Bronze medal team - Kevin Welch and Jason Rhodes' Mikey USA835, scoring third place from the first, and two wins from the two final races of the day ending up 7th place in the overall ranking.

Meanwhile in Corinthian division B the local Royal Victoria YC team of Full Circle CAN415 of Robert Britten with crew of Graham Harney, Jose Grandizo, Liam Welgan-Gunn, Reid Cannon, who yesterday raced to a 1st place finish.

Britain's Stuart Simpson placed 23rd overall.

Melges 24 Worlds - Top five after 10 races (Overall)

1. Altea ITA 722, Andrea Racchelli, Filippo Togni, Gaudenzio Bomni, Matteo Ranian, Michele Gregoratto, 30 pts
2. WTF USA 829, Alan Field, Erik Shampain, Willem Van Waay, Steve Hunt, Lucas Calabrese, 36 pts
3. Monsoon USA 851, Bruce Ayres, Chelsea Simms, George Peet, Jeff Reynolds , Mike Buckley, 36 pts
4. Full Throttle USA 849, Brian Porter, RJ Porter, Matt Woodworth, Andy Burdick, 41 pts
5. Mikey CAN 838, Richard Clarke, Ansel Koen, Rachel Spinelli, Ben Whiting, Hunter Lowden, 43 pts

Melges 24 Worlds - Top five after 10 races (Corinthian)

1. Full Circle CAN 415, Robert Britten, Graham Harney , Jose Grandizo , Liam Welgan-Gunn, Reid Cannon, 112 pts
2. Good Enough USA 806, Matt MacGregor, Daryl Fitch, Genevieve Livingston, Kati Belden, Keith Hammer, 121 pts
3. ADHD CAN 591, Mike Bond, Gord Shannon, Mike Bassett, Sophie Stukas, 130 pts
4. ADHD CAN 184, Mumford / MarchantAdam Thomson, Alex Smyth, Brad Marchant, Ben Mumford, 134 pts
5. Lekker CAN 371, Smith / Galbraith Malcolm Smith, Gord Galbraith , Tim Stamper, Tom Insley, Royal 141 pts

Full results here

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