SIKON - Samurai Spirit joins the Melges 40 Grand Prix

SIKON - Samurai Spirit joins the Melges 40 Grand Prix

(28 July 2017) - Another Melges 40 comes to life! Mr. Yukihiro Ishida announced today that Sikon - Samurai Spirit will be the next boat to join the Melges 40 Class. The Japanese Team will make their first appearance on the starting line at the second ever Melges 40 Grand Prix event, scheduled for October 11-14 in Valencia.

The Melges 40 family is very happy to welcome Mr. Ishida to the next level. His track record as an important leader for the Melges 20 and Melges 32 fleets shows that he has a strong appreciation for the world-class racing and organization that Melges Performance Sailboats offers. There is no doubt that the Sikon - Samurai Spirit team will excel in their new Melges 40.

“We are happy to return to racing with Melges, which we have found to be the best format for one design racing" said Mr. Ishida. "We wanted the most interesting and best performing one design monohull on the market, so we chose the Melges 40. After following the first steps of the Melges 40 and the first event, we realized very quickly that it is the future of one design racing. Melges boats are simply a legend that guarantees top racing, the best performance and unforgettable events. Based on our previous experience with the Melges 20 and 32 Classes, it was easy to decide to start this exciting new Melges 40 campaign. We have really fallen in love with this boat and look forward to being the first of many Japanese boats in the Melges 40 fleet".

“The Melges 40 fleet has continued to grow after its inaugural Melges 40 Grand Prix event in Porto Cervo,” said Harry Melges, “We would like to extend a very special welcome to Mr. Ishida, who has put his trust in the future of the Melges 40. He has helped open the floodgates of rapid growth of the new Melges 40 Class.”

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Rombelli Wins Absolute First Melges 40 Grand Prix in Costa Smeralda

STIG, helmed by Alessandro Rombelli crowned Champion of Melges 40 Grand Prix, the new benchmark in one-design racing

(17 June 2017 / Porto Cervo, Italy) - The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has officially concluded the first Melges 40 Grand Prix event on the 2017 circuit, featuring the largest keelboat produced by Melges Performance Sailboats. The interest level throughout the yacht racing world regarding its debut in Porto Cervo has been very high, in particular due to racing canting keels on windward/leeward courses. 
 
“It’s sexy, fast and different,” describes Vasco Vascotto, tactician aboard Richard Goransson’s INGA. “I believed in this project right away and the results we have witnessed here, fully reflects everyone’s expectations. The boat is fun, and I am certain that it has a great future ahead of it.”
 
With yesterday’s double bullet scoreline from Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG, with Olympic Gold Medallist Jordi Calafat on tactics, they had clearly imposed on the rest of the fleet. After a scheduled first attempt at racing around noon today, the Race Committee delayed the start, waiting patiently for a light wind to come from the North-Northeast.
 
At 3 o’clock, Race Three commenced with only 5-6 knots of breeze from the Northeast with INGA taking immediate control, just ahead of Rombelli, followed by Valentin Zavadnikov and tactician Ed Baird on SYNERGY, then Hannes Waimer on NIGHTSHIFT.
 
In the light breeze, the positions remained unchanged despite Rombelli’s repeated attacks on INGA. The breeze diminished further, calling for the Race Committee to end the games with only one race complete. Competitors soon made their way back to harbor to celebrate the conclusion of the first ever Melges 40 Grand Prix.
 
With two bullets to his name, Rombelli at the helm of STIG was crowned Champion as he climbed atop the highest step of the podium. A grand round of congratulations are in full order for Rombelli, tactician Jordi Calafat and crew which includes Saverio Cigliano, Pierluigi De Felice, Luca Faravelli, Iztok Knafelc, Filippo La Mantia, Pietro Mantovani and Giorgio Tortarolo.
 
Goransson’s INGA, on this occasion helmed by Andy Soriano, accepted second place honors. Zavadnikov finished the event in third. Waimer, sailing the first Melges 40 hull released by Premier Composite Technologies stands at the foot of the podium.
 
“We are delighted to have won the first Grand Prix of the Melges 40 Class,” said winner Rombelli. “This new class is really taking off. It is a beautiful boat and today, we managed to win the regatta and have fun with only 5-6 knots of breeze. This is a great honor to the crew, the boat and its organization.”
 
During the informal award ceremony on the upper terrace of the YCCS, Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo expressed his best wishes for the future of the Melges 40 Class: "We are particularly pleased to have welcomed the Melges 40 in the year of celebrating our 50th Anniversary. It is with this first historic regatta that we wait to watch the Melges 40 write new chapters in the history of sailing. Thanks to you all for being with us for the debut of the Melges 40.”
 
"The YCCS has previously hosted and organized the 2008 Melges 24 World Championship that enjoyed an outstanding level of participation. This was followed by two more World Championships for the Melges 32 in 2009 and 2013. As soon as the Class has developed and received recognition from World Sailing, we will be looking to host the Melges 40 again as well. In addition to all the owners, to Harry Melges, Federico Michetti and his staff, I would like to thank the Race Committee, the International Jury, the Class Manager and all of the YCCS team that made the first Grand Prix of the Melges 40 a great success.”
 
“We have worked hard and are convinced that this type of boat is a huge winner,” commented Federico Michetti. “We have tested the Melges 40 under all conditions and we are extremely happy. Now, we will make this the new benchmark by which all one-design boats and competition are measured.”
 
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NEXT UP
The next appointment for the Melges 40 is on October 11-14 in Spain, then onward to gorgeous Palma de Mallorca on November 15-18. The schedule is already building for 2018 with what will be two great Spring Series Events in Palma on February 14-17, and again on March 21-24.

FULL RESULTS (FINAL - After Three Races)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli/Jordi Calafat; ITA-4, STIG; 1-1-2 = 4
2.) Richard Goransson/Vasco Vascotto; SWE-2, INGA; 2-3-1 = 6
3.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; MON-3, SYNERGY; 3-2-3 = 8
4.) Hannes Waimer/Gordon Maguire; UAE-1, NIGHTSHIFT; 4-4-4 = 12
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Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG Wins Day One at 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix

A brilliantly successful day in Porto Cervo results in two completed races at the very first Melges 40 Grand Prix, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

(16 June 2017 / Porto Cervo, Italy) - The story of the Melges 40 Grand Prix started today, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS). After waiting for the breeze to shift some 120 degrees, the first warning was given just after 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
 
From the very start, teams immediately looked to take advantage of the super fast Melges 40, which with its canting keel and twin rudders impressed spectators as it offered impressive acceleration numbers. 
 
Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG with Jordi Calafat in the afterguard, placed his bow out front of everyone on the first lap of Race One. Sweden’s Richard Goransson on INGA with Vasco Vascotto on tactics, Valentin Zavadnikov’s SYNERGY GT with Ed Baird, and Hannes Waimer on NIGHTSHIFT followed by a few meters. In addition to some very good, solid tactical choices, Rombelli and his crew handled the boat perfectly which made all the difference. Not once did he allow room for an opponent to challenge his lead. For Rombelli, it is a great honor knowing that his name is now forever engraved in the Melges 40 history book as the winner of the first ever Grand Prix race.
 
“We could not wait to race the new Melges 40,” said Rombelli. “We are more than satisfied with what we saw and experienced today in the race field. Certainly our performance with two wins for the day fills us with pride. But, the happiness is also due to the regatta, and the impressive performance of this boat whose real potential is still yet to be explored.”
 
It was obvious that Rombelli’s team was the most comfortable in today’s very light conditions, not to mention he knew exactly how to make the most of the entire ‘arsenal’ available on the Melges 40.
 
Rombelli also conquered the second race of the day, placing him in the overall regatta lead leaving behind the order of SYNERGY GT, INGA and NIGHTSHIFT.
 
“It was a great, fun day today. A light, fast boat with strong acceleration,” says Zavadnikov. “Racing in the Melges 40 Grand Prix is a new game in which all teams will have to learn to make the most of their boat detail as quickly as possible to push the entire ‘package’ to the limit. The Melges 40 really impressed me with its numbers, for now with light air. We obviously want to be the fastest to learn all the secrets of racing the Melges 40.”
 
The final day of racing continues on Saturday, June 17 with a 12.00 warning.

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FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Two Races)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli/Jordi Calafat; ITA-4, STIG; 1-1 = 2
2.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; MON-3, SYNERGY GT; 3-2 = 5
3.) Richard Goransson/Vasco Vascotto; SWE-2, INGA; 2-3; 5
4.) Hannes Waimer/Gordon Maguire; UAE-1, NIGHTSHIFT; 4-4 = 8
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2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix Gets Underway, Hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

A world premiere event — the brand new Melges 40 takes to the stunning cerulean waters of Porto Cervo racing for the very first time

(15 June 2017 / Porto Cervo, Italy) - The Melges 40 - the largest and most powerful keelboat ever produced by Melges Performance Sailboats will debut in Porto Cervo, Italy at the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix starting tomorrow.

As event organizer, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) will baptize the field of competitors racing the new 40-foot carbon, canting keel sailboat designed by Botin Partners.

Designed to race with maximum performance, everyone is quite curious and excited to check out the numbers produced by the Melges 40. Its initial performances in Dubai over the past few months, show speeds very similar to that of a TP52.
 
For the first 2017 event and the only one to be held in Italy, there are four teams in Porto Cervo. Additional Melges 40s will be launched in the coming months.

Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG (Melges 32 and Melges 20 World Champion), Richard Goransson on INGA (2016 Melges 32 Series Champion), Valentin Zavadnikov’s SYNERGY GT (2014 Audi Sailing Series), and Hannes Waimer at the helm of NIGHTSHIFT from Dubai are the protagonists of the Melges 40 Grand Prix.

The current onboard configuration is a crew of nine, including the helm/owner. Tactics will be entrusted to Olympic Gold Medallist Jordi Calafat on STIG, multi-champion Vasco Vascotto for INGA, America’s Cup winner Ed Baird on SYNERGY GT, and former Volvo Ocean Race sailor Gordon Maguire for NIGHTSHIFT

The first warning signal commences at 12.00 noon tomorrow with a forecast of medium to light winds. The event concludes on Saturday, with a prize-giving ceremony at Piazza Azzurra at 18.00.

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ENTRY LIST
1.) Hannes Waimer/Gordon Maguire; UAE-1, NIGHTSHIFT
2.) Richard Goransson/Vasco Vascotto; SWE-2, INGA
3.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; MON-3, SYNERGY GT
4.) Alessandro Rombelli/Jordi Calafat; ITA-4, STIG
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