Rombelli Captures Big Melges 40 Grand Prix Win at Copa del Rey Mapfre 2018

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(4 August 2018 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - After eleven races, Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG with Francesco Bruni as tactician, and crew members Daniele Fiaschi, Luca Faravelli, Iztok Knafelc, Pietro Mantovani, Pierluigi De Felice, and Giorgio, and Martino Tortarolo are 2018 Copa del Rey Mapfre Champions!

Rombelli started the day five points ahead of Yukihiro Ishida’s SIKON (Manu Weiller, tactician), and as he has managed in the past, he successfully found the right edge to keep his team in the lead to take the win, despite the aggressive attacks from his best opponents.

“This regatta is one of the most prestigious to win in the Mediterranean, and an event I have sailed before. But, to win in my Melges 40 has special meaning,” said Rombelli. “ We wanted to do well here in Palma because it was an important race that could put us back in a good position on the 2018 ranking. We are very excited about the final event on the circuit, and the possibility of defending our title.”

The last day of Copa del Rey Mapfre, hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma commenced with Ishida winning Race Ten keeping all hopes alive that the winner could still be decided on the final race. Rombelli came a close second, followed by Andrea Lacorte’s VITAMINA-CETILAR (Alberto Bolzan, tactician) in third.

Race Eleven saw the bow of Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ-SYNERGY SAILING TEAM (Kelvin Harrap, tactician) across the finish line in first to complete the event. Rombelli clinched the Copa del Rey Mapfre title by taking second place. Finishing in third was Richard Goransson’s INGA, who up until now had dominated every Melges 40 event this season.

Lacorte completes the podium at the 37th edition of Copa del Rey Mapfre, a direct result of hardwork and perseverance by a team that is constantly growing and improving with each passing Melges 40 Grand Prix event.

Goransson remains the leader of the 2018 ranking by virtue, yet tied in equal points with Rombelli. The last round of competition for the Melges 40 in 2018 is scheduled for November 8-11.

“I am very proud of the team as they did a great job in winning this regatta, something we were after since Day 1,” said Bruni. “All of the racing was held under similar conditions in terms of wind direction and intensity, but it was important for us to win. We look to the next event with confidence, however it will be intense as we will be playing for everything.”

The Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit counts on the support of Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, and Melges Europe.

Melges 40 Grand Prix has signed and adopts the code of ethics of the Charta Smeralda strongly promoting the values of One Ocean Foundation.

FULL RESULTS (FINAL - After 11 Races)
1.) (ITA) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 1-4-2-2-1-1-[5]-4-1-2-2 = 20
2.) (JPN) Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; 5-1-1-5-[6/DNF]-3-1-1-4-1-4 = 26
3.) (ITA) Andrea Lacorte/Alberto Bolzan, VITAMINA-CETILAR; 2-2-4-1-3-[5]-4-3-2-3-5 = 29
4.) (RUS) Valentin Zavadnikov/Kelvin Harrap, DYNAMIQ-SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 3-3-[5]-3-2-4-3-2-5-5-1 = 30
5.) (SWE) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA; 4-[5]-3-4-4-2-2-5-3-5-3 = 35
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Rombelli Keeps the Melges 40 Lead Going into Final Day at Copa del Rey Mapfre 2018

Rombelli Keeps the Melges 40 Lead Going into Final Day at Copa del Rey Mapfre 2018

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(3 August 2018 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - The third day of racing for the Melges 40 fleet at Copa del Rey Mapfre 2018 may have been a decisive one, mainly in favor of overnight leader Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG (Francesco Bruni, tactician).

Today demonstrated perfectly that the competitive aspects of the Melges 40 fleet is equally distributed, making it almost impossible for any team to effectively defend what is considered by many a comfortable lead against their opponents.

That said, Rombelli was perceived as the prey, with Yukihiro Ishida’s SIKON (Manu Weiller, tactician) clearly back in the hunt after collecting two out of three bullets available today, successfully moving him up the charts and into second place overall.

Rombelli is a true champion and showing great strength and pride, he raised his hat to win the final race of the day (Race Nine).

“Our opponents were really out to make our lives very complicated today,” said a smiling Rombelli. “Initially we were aggressive and at first, only partially defended ourselves. But, we managed to find the confidence and lucidity required to maintain a nice lead. Tomorrow, for the final day we will start again and will just try to sail our very best.”

Alberto Bolzan, tactician aboard VITAMINA-CETILAR commented on how his team, although seated third, is tied in points with Ishida yet anticipate an intense final day of competition in Palma. “Our team only recently entered the Melges 40 Class, so we continue to grow and improve, but it is not easy. We are working very hard to remain on the podium, and if things go our way it could be our best performance yet. The Melges 40 is a beautiful ‘race car’ that is unique. It’s performance is incredible and there is still so much to discover.”

The final day of racing for the third event of the 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit held in conjunction with Copa del Rey Mapfre hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma takes place on Saturday, August 4.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit counts on the support of Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, and Melges Europe.

Melges 40 Grand Prix has signed and adopts the code of ethics of the Charta Smeralda strongly promoting the values of One Ocean Foundation.

FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Nine Races)
1.) (ITA) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 1-4-2-2-1-1-5-4-1 = 16
2.) (JPN) Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; 5-1-1-5-6/DNF-3-1-1-4 = 21
3.) (ITA) Andrea Lacorte/Alberto Bolzan, VITAMINA-CETILAR; 2-2-4-1-3-5-4-3-2 = 21
4.) (RUS) Valentin Zavadnikov/Kelvin Harrap, DYNAMIQ-SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 3-3-5-3-2-4-3-2-5 = 25
5.) (SWE) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA; 4-5-3-4-4-2-2-5-3 = 27
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Rombelli Rallies to the Front at Copa del Rey Mapfre

Rombelli Rallies to the Front at Copa del Rey Mapfre

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(2 August 2018 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - Three more races were successfully added to the scoreboard in Palma de Mallorca today at the third event of the Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit, held in conjunction with Copa del Rey Mapfre 2018 hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma.

Moving up in the standings by leaps and bounds is Alessandro Rombelli's STIG (Francesco Bruni, tactician) gaining a substantial 6 point lead over the fleet.

Rombelli started the day in second overall, but his 2-1-1 scoreline demonstrates best that he has come to Palma to win.

"Today, we put away acknowledging all the things that put us behind yesterday. More and more, the very level competition in this fleet is obvious, and it becomes a question of the details," said Rombelli. "We do have a good advantage going into the final two days here in Palma, so we will work hard to limit the risks and try to preserve our lead."

The first race of the day (Race Four) was just the start of good things to come for Rombelli as he finished a close second to Andrea Lacorte's VITAMINA-CETILAR (Alberto Bolzan, tactician).

For overnight leader Yukihiro Ishida and his SIKON team (Manu Weiller, tactician), it was a difficult day as they were unable to get the boat going, finishing up fourth overall.

In Races Five and Six, Rombelli and his team began to build their masterpiece performance by grabbing two consecutive bullets, ultimately putting him in charge of the Melges 40 Class at Copa del Rey Mapfre 2018.

Looking ahead to the third day of competition, two things remain obvious - that the fight for podium position is still valid, and in no way shape or form can anyone be counted out.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit counts on the support of Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, and Melges Europe.

Melges 40 Grand Prix has signed and adopts the code of ethics of the Charta Smeralda strongly promoting the values of One Ocean Foundation.

FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Six Races)
1.) (ITA) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 1-4-2-2-1-1 = 11
2.) (ITA) Andrea Lacorte/Alberto Bolzan, VITAMINA-CETILAR; 2-2-4-1-3-5 = 17
3.) (RUS) Valentin Zavadnikov/Kelvin Harrap, DYNAMIQ-SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 3-3-5-3-2-4 = 20
4.) (JPN) Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; 5-1-1-5-6/DNF-3 = 21
5.) (SWE) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA; 4-5-3-4-4-2 = 22
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Ishida and Rombelli Set the Melges 40 Grand Prix Rhythm at Copa del Rey Mapfre 2018

Ishida and Rombelli Set the Melges 40 Grand Prix Rhythm at Copa del Rey Mapfre 2018

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(1 August 2018 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - The Melges 40 made its grand debut today at the 37th edition of Copa del Rey Mapfre. Three races were completed with the usual thermal of Palma in place. At the end of Day One, Japan's Yukihiro Ishida (Manu Weiller, tactican) aboard SIKON is practically on equal terms with Alessandro Rombelli's STIG (Francesco Bruni, tactician).

It's no real surprise to see Ishida in first place overall, especially after his previous Palma success at the final event of the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit. Palma is home to SIKON tactician Manu Weiller. Who else would know the race course of Real Club Nautico de Palma better?

"We are in front, but today was not an easy day," said Weiller post racing. "The first race was tough because our set up was not quite right, so it was hard to be competitive. Eventually, we found the right balance, improved our speed, and played our cards right on a race course that did not favor one side over the other, so we had to work hard to avoid losing precious meters. The team raced well today as a whole, now we have to continue in this direction and remain focused."

Ishida's SIKON team was not the only ones benefiting from excellent starts today. Andrea Lacorte's VITAMINA-CETILAR (Alberto Bolzan, tactician) had the satisfaction for the first time since his Melges 40 Class debut to be atop the standings after two races. A tough fourth place finish in Race Three forced him to surrender the lead to Ishida.

The day also bears the signature of Rombelli as he came on strong early to win Race One. A solid performance puts him in second overall, dead-even in points with Ishida.

For season circuit leader Richard Goransson on INGA, today seemed like an uphill battle. After a penalty in Race One and an OCS in Race Two, Goransson and his team clawed their way back everytime, back into the heart of the battle.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit counts on the support of Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, and Melges Europe.

Melges 40 Grand Prix has signed and adopts the code of ethics of the Charta Smeralda strongly promoting the values of One Ocean Foundation.

FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Three Races)
1.) (JPN) Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; 5-1-1 = 7
2.) (ITA) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 1-4-2 = 7
3.) (ITA) Andrea Lacorte/Alberto Bolzan, VITAMINA-CETILAR; 2-2-4 = 8
4.) (RUS) Valentin Zavadnikov/Kelvin Harrap, DYNAMIQ-SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 3-3-5 = 11
5.) (SWE) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA; 4-5-3 = 12
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