Riva del Garda – Nefeli (today 7-4) is the winner of the third event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series, considered also as Act 5 of the Italian Melges24Tour. Peter Karrié‘s crew of Niccolò Bianchi, Alessandro Saettone, Francesco Coari, Saverio Cigliano and Enrico Fonda as a coach, held up to a never compliant Altea (1-1) which was not enough to score a double bullet to fill the gap with Nefeli that, in light of the performances expressed between the Fraglia Vela Riva’s electronic marks, is now a strong candidate for a leading role at the upcoming Melges 24 European Championship in Portoroz, Slovenia.
“It was a tough event with very tricky conditions,” said Peter Karrie, the owner of Nefeli, “but we have such a great feeling that the competition level of the class is so high and we are really proud to stay on top of the rankings. It has been a long road for Nefeli team – we started two and a half years ago and we have improved a lot and now we are more confident and comfortable in different conditions ready to act faster – it’s been a team effort! Amazing opportunity to get ready for the Europeans in Portoroz and we are very much looking forward to the event – see you all there!”
Nefeli first, then, and Andrea Racchelli‘s ITA-722 second by just one point ahead of Melgina (2-2) of Paolo Brescia, who completed his participation with two solid races, demonstrating that he possesses performance cues and tactical knowledge for strive for excellence.
Fourth place is for Strambapapà (6-3) of Italian Olympian Michele Paoletti who, in the overall ranking, anticipates Taki 4 (3-5) of Marco Zammarchi with Niccolo Bertola helmig, who wins among the Corinthian ahead of Gill Race Team (9-9) of Miles Quinton with Geoff Carveth at the helm, seventh overall, and Michael Tarabochia’s White Room (8-6) with his son Luis Tarabochia as a helmsman, finished ninth overall.
After the third event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series, it is now time to focus on the Melges 24 European Championship, scheduled in Portorož between 4th and 11th September, an event that will return to assign a prestigious title after a couple of seasons marked by the problems related to the COVID emergency, during which it was almost impossible to organize important international events. A palpable expectation, underlined by the massive participation: to date the entries are in fact just under fifty. Marina Portoroz and YC Marina Portoroz are looking forward to welcome you in September!