On the heels of a highly successful 2015 World Championship in Trapani, the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) moves to Newport, R.I., partnering with SAIL NEWPORT (SN) and Newport Shipyard to host its seventh World Championship on 28 September - 2 October 2016.
In 2012, the Class held its largest World Championship in Newport and once again, it looks to recapture the yachting lore of one of America’s greatest sailing locations. Melges 32 owners and sailors will have the chance to take full advantage of the epic, fall sailing conditions.
“Newport is truly iconic in the worldwide sailing landscape and fulfills all the requirements we have as a Class for holding a premier World Championship,” commented North American Fleet Manager, Sam Rogers. “The city of Newport, its history and the overall experience is one of a kind.
The Melges 32 Class is looking forward to welcoming many longstanding veteran teams to Newport, as well as a few fresher teams who will be competing in their very first World Championship. Current World Champion Alessandro Rombelli and his STIG team will be back to defend their title. Doing their best to defend from a “home-field” advantage standpoint, Chris Wientjes’ Stormvogel, Ed Tillinghast’s Dark n’Stormy, Ben Schwartz’s Pisces, Jason Carroll’s Argo, Ryan DeVos’ Volpe, and Dalton DeVos’ Delta, have committed their participation. Making their way North from a successful Blue Water Series, a large number of international teams will also continue their march through North America and look to return home with some new, World Championship hardware.
For the first time in Class history, a Melges 32 Corinthian World Champion will be crowned in Newport. With the growth of a number of Corinthian teams in both North America and Europe, the Corinthian title will be hotly contested all the while competing for the overall as well. The “Kids” on Team Hydra are committed through the World Championships, and the Canadian team on Grant Hood’s Quest will be working hard to bring this prestigious title back to Canada.
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2016 MELGES 32 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP