EFG Melges 24 Worlds 2015 Update
The EFG Melges 24 Sailing Team are now World Champions as of July 5th 2015. The team came together after a year off and competed and triumphed at 2 of the 3 regattas they sailed, the most important being the 2015 Melges 24 Worlds Championship in Middlefart, Denmark.
The two events leading up to the worlds were apart of the Italian Audi Tron Sailing Series. Loano, Italy was the first destination and we had a solid team of new and returning members; Chris Rast (SUI, Helm), Pade Zuagg (SUI, Tactician), Nikolay Kornev (RUS, Trimmer), Carlo Zermini (ITA, Floater), Dani Rast (USA, Bow). This was the first regatta back in the Melges 24 since the 2013 M24 Worlds in San Francisco. We got back on our feet and did very well against the 13 boat fleet.
Porto Venere was the stage for our second regatta. We sailed with a slightly different crew, but it was treat to have them onboard. Dave Hughes was our tactician. Dave is an American who is fighting his way to compete at the 2016 Olympics racing on a 470, a two manned sailing boat. Shortly after he sailed with the EFG Team he went on to win two Gold Medals, at two separate World title events. He along with the remainder of the team; Chris Rast (SUI, Helm), Udo Moser (AUT, Trimmer), Oliver Bone (CAN, Floater), Dani Rast (USA, Bow), were able to climb to the top of the podium to win the Audi Tron Sailing Series Act 2, Porto Venere. The boat after this regatta was in tiptop shape for the worlds, thanks to a dedicated and talented team!
The EFG Melges 24 season ended in Middlefart, Denmark. The Middlefart Match Racing Center put together a World Championship worth talking about! We had 95 boats competing from 18 countries, with past M24 World Champions, Olympians, and World Champions from other classes on the starting line. It was a wonderful six days of racing with a range of conditions from light and difficult too windy and fast. The team consisted of Chris Rast (SUI, Helm), Pade Zuagg (SUI, Tactician), Udo Moser (AUT, Trimmer), Rene Schenk (SUI, Floater), Pavel Tolonen (SUI, Bow), and Dani Rast (USA, Shore Support). Chris and his team had solid starts and were able to manage the 95 boat fleet, working hard to keep clear of bad air and staying out of trouble on the race course. The EFG team led the fleet with 50-point margin, winning 5 of the twelve races sailed. We are proud to say that the EFG Sailing, Chris Rast and crew get to add their names to a the prestigious Melges 24 World Champion Trophy, that has been around for just over 20 years.