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57 boats from 13 nations to compete at the Sperry-Topsider Melges 24 World Championship in San Fran

Wednesday September 18th 2013, Author: Justin Chisholm, Location: United States

The Sperry-Topsider Melges 24 World Championship 2013, which takes place from 30 September to 5 October at the San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere, California, has attracted a star-studded entry of professional and Corinthian teams from around the world.

While more than half of the entries come from the USA, the 59 boat fleet also includes teams from 12 other countries including Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland.

The event sees the Melges 24 World Championship fleet return to San Francisco for the first time since the 2003 worlds when the prevailing breezy conditions produced some of the most spectacular racing in the class's history.

This year, a healthy dose of high adrenaline Melges 24 action should provide the perfect antidote for Bay Area sailing fans still coming down after the America's Cup summer of sailing which concludes shortly before the Melges 24 fleet rolls into town.

Melges 24 World Championships always feature the best professional and Corinthian (no pro-sailors allowed) crews pitched against each other in a single overall fleet with the Corinthian results also counted separately to determine who will be crowned Corinthian world champion.

With such an eminent group of Corinthian and professional teams on this year's entry list it is impossible to pick any standout favourites for the podium positions.

Surely among the contenders to lift the title however must be Italian Flavio Favini at the helm of Swiss entry Blu Moon. Favini last tasted Melges 24 World Championship glory when he won in 2001 in Key West, Florida and would dearly love to add a second worlds victory to the Melges 24 European title he just claimed this August in Italy.

Also looking to chalk up a second world title in the class that bears his name will be Harry Melges III aboard Zenda Express who returns to the helm at world championship level for the first time since he was crowned world champion in Travemunde, Germany in 2002.

Serial one-design champion and America's Cup campaigner Terry Hutchinson will be making a return to San Francisco Bay were he previously sailed as helmsman aboard the Swedish AC72 Artemis Racing. Hutchinson won the Melges 24 North American Championship in 2008 on his home water in Annapolis, Maryland but finished ninth there at the worlds the following year. This time Hutchinson will be hoping what his America's Cup training taught him about San Francisco's tricky breezes and currents could help serve him up a long sought after Melges 24 worlds win.

The list of other likely top three contenders is almost endless but strong performances are expected from American class stalwart and international campaigner Brian Porter on Full Throttle, International Class Chairman Italy's Ricardo Simoneschi on Audi, past Olympic 49er campaigner Swiss/American Chris Rast on EFG Bank and last year's North American Championship winner Australia's Warwick Rooklyn on Bandit.

Some sort of early form guide will be established when many of the Melges 24 competing teams will take part in the Rolex Big Boat Series hosted by the St Francis Yacht Club the week prior to the worlds.


Sail no Boat Helm
AUS-553 Jester 4 Bull, Dave
AUS-717 Bandit Rooklyn, Warwick
AUS-750 Roger That Miles, Cameron
BER-655 hedgehog Cutler, Alec
CAN-11 Goes to Eleven Stamper, Duncan
CAN-364 Byrr Hansen, Peter
CAN-591 Recidivist Bond, Michael
CAN-606 Sheva FOX, Alex
CAN-631 Rosebud Smith, Malcolm
CHI-622 Red Hot Chile Concha, Fernando
CHI-630 Gallyas Marine Gallyas, Pablo
DEN-782 SOFFE 2 Christensen, Kim
DEN-823 upupup Pedersen, Bo Boje
GBR-830 Black Seal Ratteray, Derek
GER-624 Kleine Rainbow Dietrich, Bent
IRL-829 Embarr Wilmot, Nathan
ITA-722 Maitech pardini, andrea
ITA-735 Altea racchelli, andrea
ITA-822 Maidollis PIZZATTI , Giovanni
JPN-797 ThreeBond Matsunaga, Tetsuya
NOR-632 American Lady Notto Simensen, Kristian
SUI-654 EFG Bank Rast, Chris
SUI-825 BLU MOON Flavio, Favini
USA -795 Rock N' Roll Campbell, Argyle
USA-077 BONES Harf, Robert
USA-140 Posse Lang, Sallie
USA-161 Don't Pass the Buck Buck, S. David
USA-180 M1 Collignon, Ian
USA-24 Smokin' Clark, Kevin
USA-243 Trophy Wife Klute, Glenn
USA-248 Nothing Ventured Yoslov, Duane
USA-282 Maka'ala Gillette, Isaac
USA-379 Nikita Arntson, Paul Krak
USA-445 Rusalka Kirueshkin-Stepanoff, Zhenya
USA-449 Relentless Joyner, David
USA-49 Flygfisk Gorham, Sid
USA-498 TBD MacGregor, Matt
USA-52 Scotch Bonnet Beale, Tony
USA-540 Wilco Wilhelm, Doug
USA-547 Oxygen Keefe, Michael
USA-55 Gnarly Ruca Jazwiecki, Curtis
USA-556 Lounge Act Colahan, Loren
USA-596 Goose n Duck Bennett, Paul
USA-620 Brio Schmiedl, Manfred
USA-657 Personal Puff Hauserman, Dan
USA-674 Rose Bud Hutchinson, Terry
USA-675 12happythoughts Brede, David
USA-736 Hocus Pocus Davenport, Frank A.
USA-747 Monsoon Ayres, Brucey
USA-749 FULL THROTTLE Porter, Brian
USA-811 WTF Field, Alan
USA-820 West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes Gulari, Bora
USA-835 Mikey Madrigalli, Jeff
USA-839 The 300 Boho, Steven
USA-855 Viva Jesberg, Donald
USA-96 Distraction Carver, Greg

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