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Meliti IV and Low Noise crowned 2009 ORC Inetrnational World Champions

Through consistently excellent performance through this week of inshore and offshore competition, George Andreadis’s (GRE) GS 42R Meliti IV has been crowned the 2009 ORC International World Champion in Class A.
Giuseppe Giuffre (ITA) and his team on his M37 Low Noise has also won the World title for Class B.
The event, hosted by Circulo della Vela (CVB), scored a total of 5 inshore and 2 offshore races in conditions varying from light to blustery. In fact, conditions were brisk enough today to prompt CVB race managers to first delay the start of racing, then ultimately abandon the effort altogether as the strong 25+-knot northerly had not showed signs of abating at all today.
“We feel really happy to have achieved this victory,” said Andreadis. “The whole team worked really hard and the results have paid off.” Over the past three decades of active competition in several competitive classes Andreadis has been a perennial champion, but this is his first ORC International World title, even as that title was within his grasp at last year’s Worlds in his home waters near Athens yet slipped away on the final day of racing. But this was not the case here in Brindisi, where his win was highly convincing: Meliti took an early lead in the week’s racing and held and extended that lead daily despite stiff competition in a crowded 36-boat class. more...

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