Day Two Results Published – Audi Ultra Continues To Lead

Click here for the provisional day two results (protests are still being heard so these may be subject to change).

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Notice To Competitors No 2 Published

Notice to Competitors No 2 has been published with information about today’s crew reweigh and tomorrow’s competitor briefing and racing times.  Click here to view.

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End Of Regatta Haul Out List Published

The haul out list for the visiting boats here in Balaton has been published.  Local boats will wait until last and those with the furthest to travel will come out first.  Here is the list:

Order

Yacht

Bow no.

Yacht

Sail No.

1.

02

SWE 666

2.

04

DEN 823

3.

21

DEN 358

4.

23

DEN 664

5.

09

GER 672

6.

05

ITA 819

7.

15

SUI 821

8.

01

AUT 716

9.

03

AUT 609

10.

13

AUT 406

11.

14

AUT 681

12.

12

SLO 726

13.

24

SVK 828

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All Set For A Great Second Day At The MVM Balaton Melges 24 Regatta

BalatonFlagsThe breeze is on here in Balatonfured for the second day of the MVM Balaton Melges 24 Regatta.  PRO Gert Schmidleitner has warned the teams that the race committee aims to run at least three and possibly four more races today to take advantage of the great conditions.  Right now we have a SSW winds of around 15 knots and the teams are preparing to go afloat.

Stand by for results and race reports later today!

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Clear Superiority of Simoneschi And The Audi Team On Day One Of The MVM Balaton Melges 24 Regatta

Balaton13Day1WeatherMarkBalatonfured, Hungary – The MVM Balaton Melges 24 Regatta sponsored by the MVM Hungarian Power Company, the inaugural event of the new Melges 24 European Sailing Series, got underway on Lake Balaton today. With 23 teams from nine nations and with four continents represented among the crews this truly is an International gathering. The day started with an initial postponement ashore allowing time for coffee, delicious Hungarian pastries and a few informal games of chess and football in the hot sunshine. By early afternoon a beautiful 10-13 knots from the south-west was blowing and the fleet started the first of three excellent races under the watchful eye of PRO Gert Schmidtleitner and RO Bence Fluck.

Current Melges 24 World and European Ranking Champion Riccardo Simoneschi, sailing Audi with crew Lucy Giorgetti, Enrico Fonda, Vittorio Rosso and Federico Buscagua, won all three races in style giving the other teams little or no chance to catch them. Behind Audi the battle for places was extremely open and tonight two teams are tied for second place and two for fourth.

Jorg Hotz of Switzerland sailing Andele and Italy’s Pablo Soldano, sailing for the Swedish team of Fredrick Wenehult aboard Floda Systemskylt, are both on 15 points with Holz taking second place on count-back.

Lying in fourth on count-back is the multi-continental team of triple South Africa Olympic Finn representative Ian Ainslie, who is crewed aboard Strange Brew by top Australian match racer Adam Martin, former Hungarian Optimist Champion Botond Weores and US Melgs 24 Class President Chris Farkas of San Francisco. Tied with Ainslie on 18 points is Denmark’s Rene Bruun who also leads the Corinthian, all amateur, division in the regatta.

Bruun’s fellow Dane Bo Boje Pedersen takes second position in the Corinthian division by just a single point, and two further points behind him is Austria’s Franz Urlesberger sailing Die Wiesse who started is day with an eighth place but went on to win the Corinthian Division in races two and three. Fifteen of the 23 competitors in the regatta qualify for the Corinthian division making them a very strong fleet within a fleet.

With the Melges 24 European Championship 2014 also being held on Lake Balaton this event offers the perfect warm up opportunity for both competitors and race managers alike.  As well as excellent racing, the organising Hungarian Melges 24 Class and the MVM Sailing Association Koloska Marina Balatonfured are providing an fun informal social programme for the teams.  This evening’s offering was classic Hungarian Goulash supper and a demonstration of and lessons in Hungarian Folk Dancing from the Csopak Folklore Dance Group which were enjoyed by all.

Two more days of racing and up to eight races in total are scheduled so there are plenty of chances for change on the leader board. Tomorrow’s forecast is for 15-20 knots from the south-south-west and further good winds and more sunshine are expected for Sunday’s final day.

Provisional Overall Top Five After 3 Races

1   Audi – ITA819 – Riccardo Simoneschi – 1,1,1 = 3
2   Andele – SUI821 – Jorg Hotz – 2,7,6 = 15
3   Floda Systemskylt – SWE666 – Pablo Soldano – 4,8,3 = 15
4   Strange Brew – HUN392 – Ian Ainslie – 3,3,12 = 18
5   BNI – DEN664 – Rene Bruun – 7,6,5 = 18

Provisions Corinthian Top Three After 3 Races

1   BNI – DEN664 – Rene Bruun – 1,3,3 = 7
2   DEN823 – Bo Beje Pedersen – 2,2,4 = 8
3   Die Wiesse – AUT681 – Franz Urlesberger – 8,1,1 = 10

Full Results

Photo Gallery – Additional and high resolution images are available on request from Gabor Cserta on e-mail cserta@gmail.com.

For more information about the MVM Balaton Melges 24 Regatta please visit www.melges24balaton.wordpress.com or contact Hungarian Melges 24 Class Secretary Marta Weores on E-mail marta.weores@gmail.com.

For further information about the International Melges 24 Class and the Melges 24 European Sailing Series please visit www.melges24.com or contact IMCA Administrator Fiona Brown on E-mail fiona.brown@melges24.com.

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Day 1 Photos From Official Photographer Gabor Cserta

Beautiful Day 1 images for our official photographer Gabor Cserta.  See Gabor’s website at www.cseropix.hu for more images.

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Notice To Competitors No 1

Click here to read Notice To Competitors No 1

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