A full round of congratulations goes out to 2018 Melges Rocks Regatta Champions Vladimir Prosikhin and his NIKA team which included tactician Michele Ivaldi and crew Giorgio Tortarolo. Simultaneously, they have also conquered the 2017-18 Miami Winter Series. They are the very first European team to ever win the Winter Series Championship title and take home the trophy.
“The Melges 20 attracts very good sailors. That’s what I really enjoy most,” said Prosikhin. “I like the race course in Miami… flat water, stable conditions. There was really only light wind for just one day in the Series. And, it’s a very, very strong fleet to compete with.”
“This is a big achievement. I am happy, and the crew is happy! It feels good to finish the Series strong. Now we are off to Ischia to race the European circuit in Italy.”
Igor Rytov’s RUSSIAN BOGATYRS and Alexis Michas’ MIDNIGHT SUN completed the podium in second and third respectively.
Rob Wilber’s CINGHIALE finished fourth overall. Italy’s Dario Levi on FREMITO D’ARJA rounded out the top five.
On Sunday morning, as teams awoke and made their way to the docks, the light air prevailed. From an early point, PRO Blake Middleton was quoted as saying, “Conditions are not looking awesome.” At 1100 the call was made to abandon racing, therefore the results for the Melges Rocks Regatta as of Saturday, remain as is and stand as final.
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