Rombelli Crowned 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix Champion, Ishida Wins Big in Palma

Rombelli Crowned 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix Champion, Ishida Wins Big in Palma

(18 November 2017 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - The final day in Palma at the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma was nothing short of exciting — most especially for newly crowned champion Yukihiro Ishida on SIKON with tactician Manuel Weiller and crew members Enrique Camselle, Jaro Furlani, Michele Gregoratto, Darren Jones, Victor Marino, Antonio Otero, Alberto Viejo and Vittorio Zaoli.

This is only the second event for Yukihiro and clearly, he and his team appear to have mastered the Palma racing landscape. With two final light air races and two bullets — all the prizes available today along with the overall title go home with him.

Although Alessandro Rombelli and tactician Francesco Bruni aboard STIG finished second overall in Palma, undeniably they are 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix Series Champions, yet another first. Pierluigi De Felice, Luca Faravelli, Daniele Fiaschi, Iztok Knafelc, Filippo La Mantia, Pietro Mantovani and Giorgio Tortarolo served as crew.

Richard Goransson’s INGA with Cameron Appleton leaves the season on an upswing as he landed two second place finishes to secure a third place finish, while Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ SYNERGY SAILING TEAM with Ed Baird on tactics completes the field of competitors.

A very special thanks to all the teams for an amazing 2017 season, (2018 will be BIGGER) and especially to Melges 40 Grand Prix supporters Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, Barracuda Communication and North Sails.

FULL RESULTS (FINAL, After Nine Races)
1.) Yukihiro Ishida/Manuel Weiller SIKON; [3]-2-1-3-2-2-1-1-1 = 13
2.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni; STIG; 1-3-3-2-1-1-[5/DNF]-4-3 = 18
3.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton; INGA; [4]-1-4-1-3-4-2-2-2 = 19
4.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; DYNAMIQ SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 2-4-2-4-4-3-3-3-4 = 25
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Fit to be Tied at Palma Melges 40 Grand Prix

Fit to be Tied at Palma Melges 40 Grand Prix

(17 November 2017 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - Day three in Palma was, to say the least, the most intense yet of the event, if not the entire season. The battle continues between event leader Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG with tactician Francesco Bruni in first place overall on countback, and his most major opponent, Japan’s Yukihiro Ishida’s SIKON with Manu Weiller on tactics sits in second with equal points.

Two additional races were held at the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma with Rombelli and Ishida grabbing a bullet each, leaving race fans and spectators on the edge of their seats for the start of racing on Saturday — the final Palma showdown.

Rombelli championed Race Six with a wire-to-wire performance to win. Ishida was hot on his heels for the duration of the heat followed closely by Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ SYNERGY SAILING TEAM with Ed Baird serving as tactician.

For the final race of the day, Race Seven, Ishida delivered a relentless samurai stride to grab the lead, chased hard by Richard Goransson’s INGA and tactician Cameron Appleton. In the end, Ishida earned a very important win while Rombelli suffered his worst finish yet on the circuit.

One thing is for certain, tomorrow’s final day of competition will be a heated one. With a virtual tie for first place, it will be equally intense for the Palma Grand Prix Trophy hangs in the balance.

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FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY, After Seven Races)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 1-3-3-2-1-1-[5/DNF] = 11
2.) Yukihiro Ishida/Manuel Weiller, SIKON; [3]-2-1-3-2-2-1 = 11
3.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA; [4]-1-4-1-3-4-2 = 15
4.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird, DYNAMIQ SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 2-4-2-4-4-3-3 = 18
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Melges 40 Grand Prix Continues With Rombelli Taking the Lead

Melges 40 Grand Prix Continues With Rombelli Taking the Lead

(16 November 2017 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - Day two in Palma at the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma featured two close races offering up a new provisional leader. Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG with tactician Francesco Bruni is now ahead of Japan’s Yukihiro Ishida’s SIKON with Manu Weiller on tactics by one slim point.

The light and shifty conditions only complicated matters for tacticians today, a circumstance to blame for the ever-changing positions at the top.

From today’s heated battles, Richard Goransson at the helm of INGA accompanied by tactician Cameron Appleton came on strong early to take the win in Race Four ahead of Rombelli, ultimately moving him up in the overall standings to third.

“We recovered well, improving on all the imperfections of yesterday. For now we are satisfied because our boat speed seems good, and we feel we are quite competitive in the light conditions compared to yesterday’s breeze,” commented Rombelli back at the dock. “The game inside the fleet is really very interesting both for the beauty and performance of the Melges 40. And, because the level is definitely very high, every race is a great challenge. We see that our opponents are growing stronger and faster, and nothing is absolute. So, we realize that we need to remain focused if we want to try and defend our position — at this event and on the circuit as a whole.”

Although more light and unstable air is predicted for Day Three, the Melges 40 Grand Prix in Palma has three races scheduled, one of those races will be the Garmin Race with guests aboard each Melges 40.

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FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY, After Five Races)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni; STIG; 1-3-3-2-1 = 10
2.) Yukihiro Ishida/Manuel Weiller SIKON; 3-2-1-3-2 = 11
3.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton; INGA; 4-1-4-1-3 = 13
4.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; DYNAMIQ SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 2-4-2-4-4 = 16
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Ishida’s SIKON in Command of Melges 40 Grand Prix of Palma de Mallorca

Ishida’s SIKON in Command of Melges 40 Grand Prix of Palma de Mallorca

(15 November 2017 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - The third and final event of 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma officially got underway today with brand new owner Yukihiro Ishida alongside of tactician Manuel Weiller on SIKON gaining the overall lead.

Racing commenced under premium conditions. Fifteen to seventeen knots of breeze greeted the fleet for the opening heat, which diminished as each race progressed swinging from 300-330 degrees. And yet again, there was great balance within the fleet awarding three different winners.

Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG with tactician Francesco Bruni has dominated almost every Melges 40 Grand Prix race held, but what is most impressive is that this very skilled team clearly marches to the beat of their own drum. A strong start in Race One gave way to a win, but the struggle was real in Races Two and Three to finish up the day in second.

Richard Goransson’s INGA recovered well with great speed and pace to win Race Two as Ishida put down a hard chase to catch him. A repeat performance in the final race of the day proved too difficult for Goransson as Ishida out maneuvered him on the final run to the finish simultaneously making room for Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ SYNERGY SAILING TEAM with Ed Baird on tactics to finish second instead, then Rombelli.

Headed into tomorrow’s racing, Ishida is one stroke ahead of his closest opponent and with the forecast predicting light air, every position on the scoreboard could potentially be shaken to their very core.

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FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY, After Three Races)
1.) Yukihiro Ishida/Manuel Weiller JPN-40, SIKON; 3-2-1 = 6
2.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni; ITA-4, STIG; 1-3-3 = 7
3.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; MON-13, DYNAMIQ - SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 2-4-2 = 8
4.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton; SWE-42, INGA; 4-1-4 = 9
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