The 2017 World Championship was held in Newport (Rhode Island) - one of the most famous cities in the sailing world, which had earlier hosted the America's Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race and many other world championships in different classes. The regatta was organized by New York Yacht Club.
38 teams from USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, Monaco, Sweden, Brazil, and Russia came to the start line.
This year, after the creation of the Melges 20 World League, the fleets raced in the regions first, and then the strongest teams of Europe and the USA met face to face at the World Championship.
The Melges 20 fleet is very even and strong, but the favorites of the race were Drew Freides' PACIFIC YANKEE (leader of North American Division and silver prize winner of the 2016 World Championship) and Igor Rytov's RUSSIAN BOGATYRS (Champion of Europe, winner of the European Division and leader in the overall standing of the 2017 World League).
If we speak about the determination of the leader, the race was surprisingly calm: PACIFIC YANKEE was a leader of the fleet from the first to the last race. Americans gained 30 points in the eight races (the result of the final start was thrown away: PACIFIC YANKEE did not participate in the final start, because the team had already ensured its golden medal by that time).
Other teams were fighting for the second and third places in the regatta. Vladimir Prosikhin succeeded in that battle. His NIKA had started the championship not very successfully (it did not finish one of the races on the first day and received 39 penalty points), however it did not make any other mistakes further on. In the end, Prosikhin six finishes in top 6 in 8 races, which gave him 37 points that were counted.
The silver prize of the Melges 20 World Championship is one more important achievement of Vladimir Prosikhin in sailing. Congratulations!
The most active competitor of the Russian team was two-times Melges 20 World Champion John Kilroy and his SAMBA PA TI. However, the strongest American crew ranked only third in 2016 (46 points).
As far as BOGATYRS are concerned, Igor Rytov, Konstantin Besputin, and Anton Sergeev were the 2nd, 19th and 3rd places on the first day. The 19th place looked strange in that row and everybody was sure that a situation like that would not occur again. Unfortunately, something went wrong in that regatta and great finishes were mixed with poor ones, not corresponding with the team’s level. Final result – place 11.
However, despite a relatively unsuccessful performance in Newport, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS continue to have a strong lead in the overall standings of the 2017 World League.
RUSSOTRANS, consisting of Yury Morozov, Maksim Kuzmin, and Evgeny Neugodnikov, took the 23rd place at the World Championship and won the final race of the regatta.
Oleg Evdokimenko's KOTYARA (Alexandra Evdokimenko, Sergey Shevtsov) finished the Newport Race at the 24th place, Leonid Altukhov's RUS 294 (Georgy Leonchuk, Valery Zatsarinsky) – at the 26th place, Anatloly Karachinsky's PATH (Anatoly Krylov, Maksim Logutenko) – at the 34th place.