Getting ready for the European Sailing
Arkanoé Sailing Team Melges 24
Portoroz, Slovenia, 3rd April 2019 - The season of monotype of the Melges 24 opened on Stage 1 of the AlpeAdria Cup, one of the boats that, more than twenty years after its debut on the regatta fields, still proves to be among the most dynamic and appreciated monotypes in the international sailing scene.
Twelve Italian, Slovenian, Croatian and Hungarian flag teams participated in the event hosted by the Portoroz Marina, completing a total of six races in moderate wind conditions between 8 and 12 knots.
Sergio Caramel's Arkanoè by Montura (ITA-809) won the two days race, who with a series of 1, 1, 2, 2, UFD (scrap) and 1, closes reaching 7 total points.
The second place goes to "I’m Free" (HUN754) with 13 points, the third to the excellent Destriero (ITA579) with 18 points, helmed by Davide Rapotez, the soul of the new circuit "Trieste" and the large local fleet.
"A great weekend of sun and breeze accompanied us during a quality warm up, in preparation for the first stage of 2019 Melges 24 European Sailing Series that will take place right here in Portoroz next weekend, from 5 to 7 April. A good start for this long season that will end in Villasimius in October with the Melges 24 World Championship. Portoroz will also host the European Championship in 2020, so navigating here and getting to know the race course becomes more and more interesting and important, "he said Sergio Caramel, the young helmsman of Arkanoè Sailing Team Melges 24 who led the boat flying the pylon of Il Patavino Il Portodimare with Filippo Orvieto and the brothers Gomiero and Margherita Zanuso.
Once again, the hospitality of the YC Marina Portoroz and Branko Parunov was excellent, as they are now welcoming the fleet arriving from all over Europe with 32 formalized registrations representing 12 nations.