Altea into the lead

Melges 24 European Sailing Series sets sail in Portoroz, Slovenia

Friday March 28th 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy

The opening day of Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2014 in Portoroz was blessed with sunshine and steady wind. After the relaxing morning in the marina, sailors hit the water at noon to sail their first races. 24 crews from 10 nations are competing in this first event of Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2014.

The northeast wind filled in in the early hours allowing the race committee to start the event according to the schedule.

After four races sailed Altea (ITA) is leading the 24 boats fleet, ahead of Audi team and Storm Capital Sail Racing.

"Other crews had one bad performance while we were very constant throughout the day. We are very satisfied with the outcome. It's actually better that what we were hoping for," said Andrea Racchelli, who holds a 14 point advantage over Riccardo Simoneschi's Audi team (ITA) and Storm Capital Racing (NOR).

"We arrived here only yesterday," said Peder Jahre, helmsman of the latter. "After 20 hours of driving we were quite tired but a short rest was enough to recharge our batteries. Besides that, we have still snow in Norway while here it's already spring. The weather and temperatures are just perfect. We really enjoyed racing and are really satisfied with the results so far."

The event is also the Slovenian National Championship and for Agapeja it's the first race after almost two years of absence. Hinko Golias, 11th overall and second in the Slovenian ranking commented: "Initially I was completely out of shape. I lost the feeling and we weren't functioning as one. However in the last race we pulled out the best of us. The start was perfect and all the manoeuvres were smooth. This victory is very important for us, it keeps our spirits high."

Leadling the Slovenian nationals Jure Jerkovič on Atena. "Of course we are thrilled to be in the top ten. This was our goal and we hope to continue like that," said Jerkovič, before joining other competitors at their pasta party.


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