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Chris Rast is Melges 24 European Champion

Reigning Melges 24 World champion Chris Rast added the European title to his cabinet ahead of the final day.

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A strong West-SouthWest wind blew on the bay of Hyères with gusts up to 25 knots on Thursday.

Switzerland's Rast, with crew including Patrick Zaugg, Nikolay Kornev, Matteo Ferraglia and Danielle Rast finished second in race 11, putting him 17 points clear of Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda (ITA).

Bombarda was boat of the day with a 2, 1, but Rast 's 3, 2, sealed the title with a race to spare.

Three teams are divided just by one point for the other podium places:

Bombarda (ITA), currently second with 53 points, Gill Race Team (GBR), third with the same score and Marrakech Express (ITA) fourth with 54.

Marinepool Melges 24 European Championship - Leaders after 11 races

1. SUI 684 EFG - RAST Christopher 36 pts
2. ITA 841 BOMBARDA - POZZI Andrea 53 pts
3. GBR 694 GILL RACE TEAM - CARVETH Geoff 53 pts
4. ITA 636 MARRAKECH EXPRESS - IVALDI Matteo 54 pts
5. EST 790 LENNY - TONISTE Tonu 62 pts
6. HUN 728 FGF SAAILING TEAM - BAKOCZY Robert 76 pts
7. NOR 751 STORM CAPITAL SAIL RACING - JAHRE Peder 78 pts
8. ITA 735 ALTEA - RACCHELLI Andrea 80 pts
9. ITA 778 TAKI 4 - BERTOLA Niccolo 82 pts
10. NED 827 TEAM KESBEKE/SIKA/GILL - VERAAR Ronald 131 pts

Full results here

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Gerald New - Sailweb
9 September 2016 7:09 GMT


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