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    Freides Wins Second Consecutive Melges 20 World Championship Title

    Cagliari, Italy (October 13, 2018) - All it took was one last, wild ride on Saturday, the final day of competition at the 2018 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Yacht Club Cagliari, to give the International Melges 20 Class Association its second-ever, double, back-to-back World Champion - Drew Freides' PACIFIC YANKEE. His magic combination team of tactician Morgan Reeser and crew Charlie Smythe came from third to finish first overall, crowning them supreme for a second year in a row.

    A jubilant Drew Freides provided a little insight on how they pulled of the near impossible:

    "The most hard fought event for our team since we began racing together. We knew going in that we didn’t have the huge speed advantage that we had last year. The Italians in the Russians had both caught on to our set ups and were very close in speed to us now. We knew it was going to be an all out brawl to the end.

    The good news is that having finished second two years ago and winning last year taught us what it takes to win. We had a positive frame of mind and just went out and did our jobs on the last day.

    It is really easy to let the pressure get to you. I knew it well two years ago when we blew it in the last race.

    During the last race we rounded the first mark in fourth right behind the Russians we needed to beat in the Italians were deep. We just looked at each other and said we know what needs to be done....pass them. We passed them on the first downwind leg and then proceeded to pass The second-place boat to put the needed boat in between us and the Russians on the next beat. To seal the deal we then past RUS 137 on the last jibe to the finish, only 100 yards from the line to win the race and the Worlds. It’s a good thing we did because Brontolo passed many boats on the last 2 legs and finished sixth in the race.

    You only see two of us in all of the pictures because in the last jibe our front guy hit Morgan Reeser, our tactician In the nose and broke it. There was blood everywhere as we crossed the finish line...

    What made it even more rewarding was that our boat, along with 2 others had been hit by lightning the first night of the regatta. When we turned the instruments on they had power so we thought we were good. The bad news was that the processor was fried and was not transmitting data. We therefore sailed the first day without boatspeed or a compass. We of course thought, “of all days why on the first day of the worlds?” Rather than stress about something we had no control over, we focused on the basics and sailing by feel. Winning the first race without electronics."

    Filippo Pacinotti's BRONTOLO with Manu Weiller as tactician and crew members Federico Michetti and Silvia Morini were runners up.
    Igor Rytov's RUSSIAN BOGATYRS with tactician Konstantin Besputin and crew Anton Sergeev rounded out the podium in third.

    Landing fourth overall and crowned 2018 Corinthian World Champion was Alexander Mikhaylik's ALEX TEAM with crew members Valery Zataravinski and Vitaly Rozhkov.
    Rounding out the top five was 2018 Melges World League Ranking leader Vladimir Prosikhin at the helm of NIKA with tactician Michele Ivaldi, and crew Giorgio Tortarolo and Lara Poljsak.

    It was a hard fight on the final day, but what was key for Freides was his ability to stay ahead of Pacinotti and Rytov. With the breeze coming from the East Southeast at 10-12 knots, the final race was filled with a string of emotions as the top three teams were separated by a very slim margin. While Pacinotti and Rytov chose the right side of the course, Freides went left. At the first weathermark things were quite heated as Freides rounded fourth behind Rytov in third, Pacinotti was deep.

    Just when it seemed that Pacinotti was out the the game, his very experienced team clawed their way back into the top ten finishing the race in sixth, behind Rytov in fifth. With Freides in the winner seat, Mikhaylik had another great race filling in the second place gap, with Krzysztof Krempec's MAG TINY in third.
    The 2019 World Championship happens April 4-7 in Miami, Florida, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club.

    TOP FIVE RESULTS (FINAL - After Seven Races, One Discard)
    1.) (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE; 1-4-[13]-11-4-1-1 = 22
    2.) (ITA) Filippo Pacinotti, BRONTOLO; 4-8-1-1-[21]-3-6 = 23
    3.) (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS; 7-[12]-6-4/SCP-1-2-5 = 25
    4.) (RUS) Alexander Mikhaylik, ALEX TEAM; [28]-7-4-4-8-2 = 32
    5.) (RUS) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA; 2-5-10-8-[14]-6-4 = 35

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    Impressive job by the Pacific Yankee team.

    I hope Morgan recovers soon.

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    Well done, especially Morgan for taking one for the team!

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