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2012 Melges 24 World Championship - Here Come The Corinthians

24 July 2012

Torbole, Italy - 23 July 2012 - Along with the fight for the overall title, that will involve at least ten very strong crews and a good number of outsiders, the 2012 Melges 24 World Championship in Torbole, the stage will also be set for another battle: the one aimed at the conquest of the Corinthian title.

Always much coveted, the Corinthian competition, for the non-professional crews, represents an added value: the Corinthians, sometimes capable of performance very similar to those of the professionals, may point to the double success. As usual, the Corinthians will race within the overall fleet, but their results will be scored as a separate competition (i.e., first Corinthian may finish 13th on the water, but he will score 1 point in the Corinthian results, second Corinthian may finish 19 on the water, but he will score 2 Corinthian points, and so on).

During the Torbole's Melges 24 Worlds (July 28th-August 4th), the entry list will count 65 Corinthian crews coming from 17 Nations - a record for the International Melges 24 Class Association - but will not include the defending champion Eachiro Hamazaki, who won the title in Corpus Christi in May 2011. Among the favorites to the win there are Storm Capital Sail Racing, helmed by the solid Norwegian skipper Peter Oivynd, former Corinthian World Champion in 2008 and 2010, the Estonian brothers Tomas and Tonu Toniste sailing Lenny, who won the World title in Hyeres in 2006 and became European Corinthian Champions in Neaustadt (2007) and Aarhus (2011), and their countrymen of Rock City, the Melges 24 owned by Tiit Vihul. Italy can count on a couple of crews that have been showing great consistency lately: Pensavo Peggio di Beppe Zavanone and Alessio Marinelli, fresh from their success in the Corinthian grouping of the Italian Volvo Melges 24 Cup 2012, and SIV Arborea helmed by Lorenzo Gemini, who finished second in the same competition.

All eyes are also on the Californian Robert Harf, one of America's leading Corinthian skippers, who will be debuting in the Old Continent aboard his USA-77, and Michael Good, helmsman of Swiss Team Holcim, the third force in the Corinthian Volvo Cup 2012.  

Events like the 2012 Melges 24 World Championship are not possible without the most generous support of the event sponsors led by the Municipality of Comune di Nago Torbole and including the Regional Authority of TrentinoTrentoDoc, partner of Circolo Vela Torbole whose excellent selection of sparkling wines will be enjoyed by all; Trentingrana, whose cheese is made using milk exclusively from the Trentino area; InGarda, the touristic company supporting visitors to Lark Garda; and technical sailing clothing supplier Marinepool.  

Organised by Circolo Vela Torbole in collaboration with the International Melges 24 Class Association, the 2012 Melges 24 World Championship will count a maximum of twelve races, with up to three daily races. Five races are required to made the event valid, although the famous weather conditions, typical of the northern Garda, should make this rule unnecessary.  

To see the overall and Corinthian entry lists click here.

The 2012 Melges 24 World Championship will run from 27 to 4 August.   

How to follow the Melges 24 World Championship 2012 

Event Website - www.melges24worldchampionship.com

International Melges 24 Class Website - www.melges24.com     

Images - official photographer Pierrick Contin - www.pierrickcontin.fr   

Updated on daily basis will be also the IMCA's YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/IM24CA)  on which will be posted the highlights and the interviews made by Zerogradinord, in charge of the media content of the event.

The event will also be followed via Facebook (www.facebook.com/World.of.Melges24) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/Melges_24), where the updates will be in real time.