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May 16, 2017

Mascalzone Latino Jr. Takes The Melges 20 Act 2 Overall Win In Scarlino

Wrapping up Act 2 of the Melges 20 European Division in beautiful Scarlino, Italy with 32 teams from 7 different nations. A very nice job by the event organizers at Circolo Nautico Scarlino and the race committee personnel for running an excellent regatta for the M20 class.

Day one was very light and the RC decided to call it for the day as the wind was not going to fill in with enough time to race. Saturday and Sunday were great sailing days, with 8-14 knots of breeze, the fleet was able to get in three good races. With the growth of the Melges 20 fleet as a whole, the boats are very tight on the race course, making speed a good start the most important take-away from the event. The starting line was just big enough for all boats, making it that much harder to find a hole and accelerate in a timely manner.

Saturday and Sunday allowed for the teams to really work the boat on the downwind legs. Getting your team in sequence and being able to transition through modes was very important. Knowing how hard to push the boat downwind allowed for separation within the fleet and with the different techniques teams had it was interesting from a spectators point of view to see how each team found their groove.

North Sails 3Di RACE is a fresh introduction to the Melges 20 class. The product has been demoed by a handful of fleet members including Leviathan, Raya, Cars 167, RUS 2, Mascalzone Latino Jr, and Maolca. Tactician Cameron Appleton had the following to report after using the sails on Mascalzone Latino Jr:

“I was extremely happy with the 3Di RACE sails. We noticed how the mainsail handled a range of wind pressure and rig tune. The design has transferred from 3DL to 3Di seamlessly, with the match being very close and the sail’s behavior on par with what we expect from 3Di RACE verse 3DL sails.”

“Each team will want to fine tune their own rig tune and setting with he new sail to suit there crew weight and style of sailing,” Cam continued. “So far we’ve gone approximately 85% off of the M-16 tuning guide with our own variations of tune for the conditions.”

Congratulations to our clients for finishing within the top 10 positions, and great job to Mascalzone Latino Jr. for their impressive victory at Act 2 of the Melges 20 European Series. Next stop for the Melges 20 fleet, Zadar Croatia for Act 3!

Stay posted on the North Sails offering for the Melges 20 here.

Melges World League / Barracuda Communication
Melges World League / Barracuda Communication
Melges World League / Barracuda Communication
Melges World League / Barracuda Communication
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