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Melges 32 World Championship 2020 at Villasimius, Sardinia - Overall

by Melges Europe 30 Aug 2020 06:07 BST 26-29 August 2020

Martin Reintjes' Caipirinha is the winner of one of the hardest-fought Melges 32 World Championships: proof of this competitiveness is the fact that the crew of Reintjes, at his third year of racing in the Class, managed to win the world title being rewarded by the consistency of placements, since he did not score any bullets in the nine races held during the event. A fact counterbalanced by the fact that the "crew dressed in yellow" never finished lower than sixth place.

Proof of this is the path of La Pericolosa, winner of the World Title in 2019: Christian Schwoerer's outgoing champions finished just one point behind Caipirinha. A detail that must not be misleading, both because the team of which Gabriele Benussi is tactician did not run the last race, as they won with a race to spare, and because the German crew had made their debut between the marks of Villasimius, racing below its potential, effectively forcing itself to a run-up regatta.

Another story of this World Championship, organized by Melges Europe in collaboration with Marina di Villasimius and Lega Navale Villasimius, concerns the third classified: the best of the Corinthians, or non-professionals, got the bronze medal around their necks. An important result was achieved by the guys from Homanit of the Wagner-Stein duo who, rightly, celebrated the feat properly.

The top five is completed by Giangiacomo's G-Spot Serena di Lapigio, credited with concrete chances of victory on the eve of today's races, and Wilma by Fritz Homann, who fueled podium dreams throughout the course of the event.

A characteristic note of this World Championship is the fact that it was the first World title for keelboats awarded during this 2020 marred by the Covid emergency, but that despite this saw the Melges fleets start again with their competitive activity already from the month of July.

Having said goodbye to Villasimius, the Melges 32 Class is preparing to return in september for another Melges 32 World League, a circuit won in 2019 by that Caipirinha of which we spoke at the beginning.

Melges Europe and Melges World League thank all the partners of the 2020 edition: Helly Hansen, Quantum Sails, North Sails, Garmin Marine, Rocket Performance, Rigoni di Asiago, Azienda Agricola il Ponte, Revi Trento Doc, Loison Pasticceri dal 1938, Dai Dai, Le Formiche di Fabio Vettori, La Thuile, boutique hotel Rifugio Azul (Minorca) and Rifugio hotel Lilla (La Thuile), Cedea, Equilibra, Sabatini Gin, Free Ride Cosmetics e One Ocean; moreover, we thank for the contribution the Team Partners UYN Sports.

Melges Europe and Melges World League support the message of One Ocean Foundation having signed Charta Smeralda.

Find out more, including full results, at melges32.com/noticeboard

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