Goransson Crowned Champion at Sail Racing PalmaVela, 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix Event No. 1

Goransson Crowned Champion at Sail Racing PalmaVela, 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix Event No. 1

(6 May 2018 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - After four days and nine races, Richard Goransson's INGA FROM SWEDEN has been crowned champion of the first Melges 40 Grand Prix regatta of the 2018 season, an event held in conjunction with Sail Racing PalmaVela hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma. With Goransson at the helm, Cameron Appleton called tactics, and Harry Melges, Federico Michetti, Oliver Tizzard, Ian Baker, Marco Carpinello, Christian Kamp and Alex Sinclair served as crew members.

Making the final race of the event count as a bullet, DYNAMIQ SYNERGY driven by Monaco's Valentin Zavadnikov with Michele Ivaldi as tactician finished second overall. Japan's Yukihiro Ishida aboard SIKON with tactician Manu Weiller came third.

The final heat, Race Nine put added pressure on Goransson to do well, as he had successfully defended his position at the top of the standings for three days straight. Appleton took big risks on the last run to the finish, splitting off from the fleet trying to keep INGA in the lead. A third place finish was good enough to keep the crown.

"It was very tough, and Michele (Ivaldi) in particular was doing his best to ruin our party, but we believed we could do it in the end," said Appleton. "Richard and the team wanted this win and the time was right. He and the team can finally enjoy the taste of victory in the Melges 40 Class. It's a well deserved result that comes from working hard over the winter, so we could be out in front of everyone."

"This boat still has many secrets yet to be revealed, both for us and all the teams that race on the Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit. The learning curve for everyone is still on the rise. Beyond our performance, I am more and more enthusiastic about the Melges 40, which offers up such a great experience in a wide range of conditions."

At the foot of the podium in fourth is Alessandro Rombelli's STIG, the most successful team in the Melges 40 Class (with two event wins). Andrea Lacorte's VITAMINA completes the Sail Racing PalmaVela event in fifth.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix moves on to Italy, specifically to Porto Cervo on July 5-8. Teams will take to the regatta field of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in the One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit is thrilled to be supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine (official timekeeper), and Melges Europe.

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

FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY, After Nine Races, One Discard)
1.) SWE 42 - INGA FROM SWEDEN, Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton: 1-2-4-(5)-2-1-4-1-3 = 18
2.) MON 3 - DYNAMIQ SYNERGY, Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi: 4-1-(5)-4-1-3-1-5-1 = 20
3.) JPN 40 - SIKON, Yukihiro Ishida/Manuel Weiller; 3-3-3-1-3-2-(5)-2-5 = 22
4.) ITA 4 - STIG, Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni: 2-(5)-1-3-4-4-3-4-2 = 23
5.) ITA 63 - VITAMINA CELADRIN, Andrea Lacorte/Branko Brcin; (5)-4-2-2-5-5-2-3-4 = 27
Official Event Website
2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix

View Photo Gallery - Melges 40 PalmaVela

Melges 40 Website
Melges 40 on Facebook
Melges 40 on Instagram

Emotions Run High at Sail Racing PalmaVela 2018 for Melges 40s

Emotions Run High at Sail Racing PalmaVela 2018 for Melges 40s

(5 May 2018 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - The first 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix event, currently underway at Sail Racing PalmaVela hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma continues to bring not just a wide range of emotions, but also a swing in conditions and circumstances pushing teams to fight for victory. Three more races were completed leaving two final heats for Sunday.

Richard Goransson’s INGA FROM SWEDEN (Cameron Appleton, tactician) continues to lead the overall standings, despite relinquishing the position momentarily to Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ SYNERGY (Michele Ivaldi, tactician).

After Zavadnikov won Race Seven, Goransson came right back to win Race Eight, taking home his third bullet of the event, reclaiming the lead for a third consecutive day.

It was moving day for Japan’s Yukihiro Ishida (Manu Weiller, tactician) aboard SIKON. He moved up from fourth to second overall, now only two points behind Goransson.

“We had a few wasted opportunities today, but we are very close to the top and we plan lay it all on the line tomorrow,” says Manu Weiller, tactician aboard SIKON. “The crew is working very hard, and as we’ve seen in the last days, attention to the smallest details make the difference. Racing the Melges 40 is a very special feeling, a whole new game — so different from everything else, super rewarding and really fun for sailors.”

At the end of the day, Zavadnikov occupies third place, just two steps ahead of Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG (Francesco Bruni, tactician) who for sure is planning to strike back and land on the podium in Palma. Rounding out the field of competitors is Andrea Lacorte’s VITAMINA CELADRIN (Branko Brcin, tactician). He is clearly gaining momentum with each race as he on the hunt for his first bullet of the 2018 Grand Prix season.

“Our first task is to learn more, each and every day about what is key to sailing this wonderful boat. We’ve all seen what it is capable of, and today, we showed that the Melges 40 is much faster than the TP52 as we were racing on the same course… it was incredible!” said Lacorte.

“As a team, we still have a long way to go to fill the gap that divides us from those ahead of us. They have had more time in the boat, more data and experience. Our goal is to win a race, and I am convinced that this will happen very soon — we hope tomorrow!

With only one day left to go, the final races, number nine and ten will ultimately decide the first Melges 40 Grand Prix Champion of the 2018 season.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit is thrilled to be supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine (official timekeeper), and Melges Europe.

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

FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY, After Eight Races, One Discard)
1.) SWE 42 - INGA FROM SWEDEN, Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton: 1-2-4-(5)-2-1-4-1 = 15
2.) JPN 40 - SIKON, Yukihiro Ishida/Manuel Weiller; 3-3-3-1-3-2-(5)-2 = 17
3.) MON 3 - DYNAMIQ SYNERGY, Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi: 4-1-(5)-4-1-3-1-5 = 19
4.) ITA 4 - STIG, Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni: 2-(5)-1-3-4-4-3-4 = 21
5.) ITA 63 - VITAMINA CELADRIN, Andrea Lacorte/Branko Brcin; (5)-4-2-2-5-5-2-3 = 23
Official Event Website
2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix

View Photo Gallery - Melges 40 PalmaVela

Melges 40 Website
Melges 40 on Facebook
Melges 40 on Instagram

Narrow Margins and Tight Competition Prevails for Melges 40 Class at Sail Racing PalmaVela 2018

Narrow Margins and Tight Competition Prevails for Melges 40 Class at Sail Racing PalmaVela 2018

(4 May 2018 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - Day Two at Sail Racing PalmaVela hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma brought the number of completed Melges 40 Grand Prix races to five, leaving the general classification with very tight standings. Four teams have finished the day within one point of each other, proving that the Melges 40 is one of the most competitively balanced fleets in the world.

Richard Goransson’s INGA FROM SWEDEN (Cameron Appleton, tactician) remains in the overall lead. A fifth, and a second place finish has helped him stay in the top spot, ahead by just one point.

Japan’s Yukihiro Ishida sailing SIKON (Manu Weiller, tactician) came to play today with his game face on taking the win in Race Four, just ahead of Italy’s Andrea Lacorte on VITAMINA CELADRIN (Branko Brcin, tactician) in second, followed by Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG (Francesco Bruni, tactician) in third. It was Ishida’s first bullet of the 2018 season.

The second race of the day, Race Five went to Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ SYNERGY (Michele Ivaldi, tactician), giving him the most wins so far at Sail Racing PalmaVela.

“The racing is simply fantastic,” said Zavadnikov. “Racing like this, on an equal footing, just a few meters apart from each other, on the super-performing Melges 40… it’s all that a sailor can desire. We, like our opponents really push everything to the max, which doesn’t necessarily mean we always have good results. The success can only be found in the details of the Melges 40. Today, we are satisfied. We’ve won two out of five races, and are only one point away from the event leader. We have to stay focused, and keep working hard.”

With two more days of racing left, Zavadnikov, Ishida and Rombelli are all matched on equal points. Consistency and strong performances that bolster the right moves with the best speed will be critical for tomorrow’s success. Any of these teams could easily be the new event leaders.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit is thrilled to be supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine (official timekeeper), and Melges Europe.

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

FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY, After Five Races)
1.) SWE 42 - INGA FROM SWEDEN, Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton: 1-2-4-5-2 = 9
2.) MON 3 - DYNAMIQ SYNERGY, Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi: 4-1-5-4-1 = 10
3.) ITA 4 - STIG, Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni: 2-5-1-3-4 = 10
4.) JPN 40 - SIKON, Yukihiro Ishida/Manuel Weiller; 3-3-3-1-3 = 10
5.) ITA 63 - VITAMINA CELADRIN, Andrea Lacorte/Branko Brcin; 5-4-2-2-5 = 13
Official Event Website
2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix

View Photo Gallery - Melges 40 PalmaVela

Melges 40 Website
Melges 40 on Facebook
Melges 40 on Instagram

Melges 40 at the Center of 2018 Sail Racing PalmaVela Racing Excitement

Melges 40 at the Center of 2018 Sail Racing PalmaVela Racing Excitement

(3 May 2018 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - The 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix is off to a magnificent start, hosted for the very first time at Sail Racing PalmaVela. Three races in perfect, breezy conditions allowed the Melges 40 to shine ultra bright today. Every team looked extra sharp as they have all worked hard, training and tuning over the long winter break in preparation for an intense PalmaVela, 2018 Grand Prix circuit start. If anything, today’s competition was indicative of what is yet to come this season — three races produced three different winners, keeping the ranking very narrow.

The best out of the starting blocks in Race One was Richard Goransson’s INGA FROM SWEDEN with Cameron Appleton as tactician. Their impressive speed and angle upwind in particular, gave them a massive head start. With each leg, Goransson and team extended taking an undisputed win.

“It was a great start for INGA. Our speed is much better than last year, which is a direct result of strong teamwork,” said Goransson. “As for Palma, the place is fantastic. The wind conditions here are ideal, and the event organization by Real Club Nautico de Palma is incredible. The Melges 40 Class is extremely balanced and every race is a story in itself. There is a great mix of performance, and the technical level here is what makes it such a unique Class.”

Race Two featured a close battle between Goransson and Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ SYNERGY with Michele Ivaldi on tactics. In the end, Zavadnikov out-maneuvered the fleet getting ahead to take the win.

The third and final race of the day witnessed another aggressive performance by Goransson, this time calling out Italy’s Alessandro Rombelli at the helm of STIG with Francesco Bruni serving as tactician. Winner of the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix Circuit, Rombelli came on strong during the latter part of the race, successfully putting some separation between himself and Goransson. Aiding his winning effort, Goransson ran out of wind falling back to finish fourth, but still leads the general classification after three heats.

Tomorrow, Sail Racing PalmaVela continues with more Melges 40 Grand Prix 2018 racing.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit is thrilled to be supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine (official timekeeper), and Melges Europe.

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

FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY, After Three Races)
1.) SWE 42 - INGA FROM SWEDEN, Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton: 1-2-4 = 7
2.) ITA 4 - STIG, Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni: 2-5-1 = 8
3.) JPN 40 - SIKON, Yukihiro Ishida/Manuel Weiller; 3-3-3 = 9
4.) MON 3 - DYNAMIQ SYNERGY, Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi: 4-1-5 = 10
5.) ITA 63 - VITAMINA CELADRIN, Andrea Lacorte/Branko Brcin; 5-4-2 = 11
Official Event Website
2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix

View Photo Gallery - Melges 40 PalmaVela

Melges 40 Website
Melges 40 on Facebook
Melges 40 on Instagram