Porto Cervo, Italy – When Melges 24 sailors dream of the perfect regatta venue, you can be sure they are visualizing crystal clear waters, great surfing waves, strong breezes, world class race management, a welcoming host club and competing against the very best sailors in the world.
That dream will come true in spectacular fashion for over 100 teams when they gather in Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s legendary Costa Smeralda from May 28-June 6 to compete for the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship 2008. Hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) this eleventh Melges 24 World Championship looks set to break records for the overall number of competitors, the number of nations represented and the number of Corinthian (all amateur) teams racing.
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s reputation for hosting some of the most prestigious sailing events in the world is well-established and second to none. Founded in 1967 in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, YCCS looks forward to welcoming the Melges 24 fleet for it’s first world championship to be held on Italian waters.
“The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is delighted to welcome such a large and international fleet of Melges 24 sailors for what is sure to be a thrilling world championship,” said YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo. “This is a highly competitive class and the regatta course off Porto Cervo provides varied and challenging conditions; we are looking forward to some spectacular racing in what will be one of the highlights of our 2008 calendar.”
Title sponsor Volvo’s support of the class is already well established through the hugely successful Italian Volvo Cup regatta series. The Melges 24 joined the initially multi-class Volvo Cup circuit in 2004 and for 2008 the Volvo Cup is exclusively focused on the Melges 24 class. The IMCA is delighted that Volvo is continuing this generous support through the title sponsorship of the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship 2008.
“We are pleased to be supporting the Porto Cervo event,” said Michele Crisci, Managing Director, Volvo Auto Italia. “Volvo has a strong commitment to sports in general and sailing in particular, Volvo Ocean Race being the most prestigious example of that commitment. Furthermore, we are also particularly proud of our support to the Melges 24 class, which has already proved to be a sailors’ favorite and one of the most interesting competitions in the sailing world.”
As always the fleet will include a host of Olympic and America’s Cup stars along with champions from many other classes. There will also be an exceptionally strong Corinthian division of all amateur crews racing head-to-head against professional and semi-professional teams and at the same time competing for the Corinthian honors.
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