27 July 2021
A three-regatta rally with well-varied winds is a sentence that aptly articulates the third stage of the 2021 Melges World League Europe, hosted from 22–25 July in Italy’s Lake Garda.
Kicking off the event was the Melges 32 regatta, which included the former World Champions La Pericolosa alongside Corinthian World Champions Homanit.
Of the first race, La Pericolosa, led by Christian Schwoerer, claimed victory. But the presence of the twice World Champion Tavatuy, led by Pavel Kuznetsov, quickly deflated that leadership, with the latter taking two first places in the remaining races.
In third was Lasse Petterson’s Pippa, trailed by Hungarians of Farfallina, Heat and Maximilian Stein’s Homanit.
But despite the close action, poor weather conditions during the following day only allowed one more additional race in the Melges 32 competition, a race that concluded the series with Tavatuy in first place again. In the remaining spots on the podium were La Pericolosa and Fritz Holmann’s Wilma respectively.
In the Melges 20 class, victory went to Dario Levi’s Fremito d’Arja, followed by Nika in second place and Russian Bogatyrs in third following four complete races
The final day saw this continuing thread of weather conditions, resulting in only one race in the Melges 14 class. But the singularity enabled Davide Di Maio to seal his position as the weekend’s winner, with Luca Angelini and Mario Aquila also taking podium finishes.
The next stage of the Melges World League will return on 27 August in Sardinia.
The Melges 32 World Championship will also commence in Sardinia on 1 September.