Sibenik, Croatia (July 15, 2017) - Congratulations to 2017 Melges 20 European Champions Igor Rytov at the helm of RUSSIAN BOGATYRS and crew members Konstantin Besputin and Anton Sergeev. From the early beginning they gained the overall lead, but Rytov admits that getting to the top of this incredible Melges 20 World League fleet was not easy, and staying there was no easy task either.
"Today was really tough. It was us against the entire fleet," said Rytov. "Our closest opponents proved to be very strong, attempting to put us in trouble at every turn."
"Fortunately, we were able to withstand the heavy pressure and react, a direct result of our hard training in the U.S.A. and Europe. As seen today, it rewarded us well. So, we celebrate today and return to a serious focus tomorrow because the season is not over. We are not only fighting to be victorious in the overall Melges 20 World League, but also want to do well at the Worlds in October," concluded Rytov.
Rytov's stiff competition never let up on trying to push and intimidate him at every possible opportunity, forcing him to re-group on the run-in positions. Fellow Russian competitor Alexander Novoselov's VICTOR and Alessandro Rombelli's STIG/OPENJOBMETIS were left to settle finishing second and third respectively with only a couple of points of separation.
Orel Kalomeni's ARCORA finished fourth overall, followed by Melges 20 Class veteran Achille Onorato's MASCALZONE LATINO JR. getting fifth.
The last two races of the 2017 European Championship were happily awarded to Krzsztof Krempec on MAG TINY (Race Seven) and Matteo Marenghi Vaselli on RAYA (Race Eight).
In the Corinthian division, it was an exciting final day as Marco Giannini's EVINRUDE pulled ahead to beat Marina Kaverzina's MARUSSIA for the highly-coveted all-amatuer 2017 Melges 20 Corinthian Championship title.
FROM HERE TO THERE
The International Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) rallies onward to Asia for the Melges Summer Regatta on July 22-23, then its back to glorious Newport for the next highlight event of the 2017 season - the U.S. National Championship on August 17-19. The U.S. Nationals will present the perfect warm-up stage, building up to the pinnacle event of the entire year - the 2017 Melges 20 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) on October 2-7.
The Melges 20 World League European Division is supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, Toremar, Lavazza, and Barracuda Communication. Additional 2017 Melges 20 European Championship media communications supported by North Sails.
MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
TOP FIVE RESULTS (FINAL - After Eight Races)
1.) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS; 3-1-8-6-2-6--7 = 33
2.) Alexander Novoselov, VICTOR; 1-8-9--3-3-8-2 = 34
3.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG/OPENJOBMETIS; 5-2-3-8-8--5-4 = 35
4.) Orel Kalomeni, ARCORA; 2-7-10-5-11-9-10- = 54
5.) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO JR.; 13-18-5-13-[36/BFD]-1-3-3 = 56
TOP FIVE 2017 MELGES WORLD LEAGUE RESULTS (After Eight Events)
1.) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 96 pts.
2.) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA = 57 pts.
3.) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE = 57 pts.
4.) Liam Kilroy, WILDMAN = 49 pts.
5.) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO = 48 pts.
TOP FIVE 2017 MELGES WORLD LEAGUE, EUROPE RESULTS (After Three Events)
1.) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA = 57 pts
2.) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 35 pts.
3.) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO, JR. = 48 pts.
4.) Krzysztof Krempec, MAG TINY = 48 pts.
5.) Rodney Jones, CARS 167 = 48 pts.