Riva del Garda Pours the Final Fuel on the Fire at the 2017 Melges 20 World League, European Division

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Big fleet racing anticipated for a predominantly Russian field of competitors, top National and World League divisional titles at stake

Riva del Garda, Italy (August 31, 2017) - The Melges 20 World League, European Division has arrived at its fifth and final destination in 2017 as Fraglia Della Vela Riva plays host to the Russian Open.

Starting on Friday, September 1 and scheduled to conclude on Sunday, September 3, the event is all set for a massive showdown on the European frontlines. It will be a huge fight as the first winner of the first Melges 20 World League (M20WL) edition will be decided.

In Europe, the big challenge seems to be between a very strong Vladimir Prosikhin's NIKA, who currently leads the Division, and newly crowned 2017 European Champion Igor Rytov aboard RUSSIAN BOGATYRS. Only two points separate these fellow countrymen, each with big desire to win their respective National title.

Rytov is the current leader of the overall Melges 20 World League Ranking that includes participation from 83 teams worldwide.

For Rytov, the task is to continue his dream in what we know will be a full-on, wholehearted attempt to capture all the titles in 2017.

In addition to Prosikhin and Rytov, add master Italian Melges 20 helmsman Achille Onorato sailing MASCALZONE LATINO JR to the mix. He is ranked third overall on the European M20WL and hopes to deliver his best performance yet.

Krzysztof Krempec's MAG TINY team has been on an upswing all season. Although ten points back from first, he too hopes to keep up his tenacious and persevering crusade to reach podium status.

As always, the Corinthian division will work its zealous magic too, keeping spectators on the edge of their seats with top-notch teams such as Marina Kaverzina's MARUSSIA and Emanuele Savoini's EVINRUDE. These two teams in particular are sure to put up a grand final fight on Lake Garda.

In addition to all the titles this event will award, the racing on Lake Garda will be spectacular and is set to take on a very special feel. It is the final event for the entire International Melges 20 fleet before it heads over to Newport, RI in the U.S.A. for the World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club on October 3-7.

The Melges 20 World League European Division is supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, Toremar, North Sails, Lavazza, Norda and Barracuda Communication.

As with other Melges 20 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Melges 20 Facebook Page. Be sure to also follow the fleet on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews and photos at melges20.com.

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1.) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 128 pts.
2.) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE = 77 pts.
3.) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA = 72 pts.
4.) Liam Kilroy, WILDMAN = 66 pts.
5.) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO = 64 pts.

1.) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA = 72 pts
2.) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 70 pts.
3.) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO, JR. = 64 pts.
4.) Krzysztof Krempec, MAG TINY = 62 pts.
5.) Alexander Ezhkov, PIROGOVO = 58 pts.
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The International Melges 20 Class would like to extend a very special thanks to the following sponsors who make the 2017 Melges World League European Division racing possible: Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, Lavazza, Toremar, and Barracuda Communications.


The Melges 20 fulfills the need for a more compact, yet spacious, fast, well-built sportboat. With its introduction, Melges Performance Sailboats delivered the next generation of sailboat racing and competition. An exclusive Reichel/Pugh keelboat design, it is advanced in every respect. Seriously fun, simple to sail, made with high-quality materials and easy to rig, the Melges 20 enjoys a well-established and ever-growing worldwide fleet and fan base. For more information, visit the International Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) at melges20.com.

The Melges World League is the ultimate one-design competition, uniting the Melges 20 and Melges 32 owners across the globe into one streamlined championship system. It is a season-long series that includes regattas hosted at the world's most desirable venues, featuring sailing's best owner/drivers and Corinthian sailors throughout North America, Europe and Asia. News, results and other info will be published online as it becomes available at melgesworldleague.com.

Stefano Bareggi

European and Asian Melges 20 Fleet Press Officer

Mobile: +39 3387721969

Skype: s.bareggi

Joy Dunigan

International Melges 20 Class Press Coordinator

Mobile: +1 (912) 398-5776

Skype: joysavannah

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