The largest event of the whole 2017 Melges 20 World League season in this week gets underway on October 2-7, which was hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC)
In its history of rich sailing, the R.I. of Newport has played as a host about every popular sailboat race on the planet: Volvo Ocean Race, the America’s Cup and a number of grand prix World Championship events, in addition to the distinguished and long bucket list of ocean races, which every sailor dreams of.
In a span of a few days, the (IM20CA) International Melges 20 Class Association will also get added to that list. It will cap off an awesome season with the start of the World Championship 2017 hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC). With an exciting fleet of 40 teams coming from four continents, all representing nine nations, various sailors, families and friends will be treated to best conditions of Newport to enjoy and experience the iconic sailing venue.
After a season, which was full of the action of the tropical storm, it appears that it has left in its wake idyllic fall of the sailing conditions and most probable, most likely, any threat of the Newport Nor’easter will get avoided. The rain is in the forecast, but the good part is that it will be only for one day in the beginning of the week, and according to the anticipation, the remaining days will remain warm, with crisp conditions holding a good chance for a legendary Newport sea breeze.
With the Peter “Luigi” Reggio at the position of PRO, all signs as of now are pointing for an extremely competitive and hard fought, series of ten races. All the sailors seem prepared and the beginning of the races will show who got what.