Sails are warming up in Cala Galera, Italy for the Melges Argentario Rally, the second act of the international Melges World League circuit – and the first to get to the water are the crews of the Melges 32 fleet, which today completed the first three regattas.
Crews enjoyed a sea breeze that blew up to 12 knots, with excellent on-water management by the Melges Europe and the Circolo Nautico and Vela Argentario.
Everyone was eager to go back to racing after the usual winter break: “What a wonderful feeling to find ourselves here with the Melges 32 fleet. We are impatient to resume racing with this fantastic one design that always gives us emotions,” Max Augustin, owner of ‘Heat’ said.
“The location is fantastic, and the weather is splendid, we couldn’t wait to go back to racing in the Mediterranean.”
The team of former world champions on Tavatuy set the pace on the first day, leaving behind Fritz Homann’s Wilma (4-2-1), and Lasse Petterson’s Pippa (3-4-4) .
Tomorrow their will be more action, with the large Melges 20 fleet joining the 32s on the water for the first time in the 2021 season. Among them are the reigning world champions on Filippo Pacinotti’s Brontolo, and Dario Levi’s Fremito D’Arja, winner of the first stage of the Melges World League 2021 among others.
Saturday will be the real focal of the event, when all the fleets involved in the Melges World League (14s, 20s and 32s) will be on the water together, with over 40 boats representing 11 nations.
The Melges World League 2021 is supported by Helly Hansen, Quantum, North Sails, Garmin and the technical partners Free Ride Cosmetics, Equilibra, Rigoni di Asiago, Revì, Acqua Cedea, Azienda Agricola il Ponte, Birrificio Petragnolo, Dai, Pasta Berruto, La Bellanotte, Sabatini Gin, LTH, Rifugio Lilla, the Ants of Vettori and Caffè Ca’Marca.
Melges Europe and Melges World League support the message of One Ocean Foundation having signed Charta Smeralda.