Rombelli Crowned Melges 40 Valencia Grand Prix Champion

Rombelli Crowned Melges 40 Valencia Grand Prix Champion

(14 October 2017 / Valencia, Spain) - STIG, and STIG still. Alessandro Rombelli and his predominantly Italian team which includes tactician Francesco Bruni, Pierluigi De Felice, Luca Faravelli, Daniele Fiaschi, Iztok Knafelc, Filippo La Mantia, Pietro Mantovani and Giorgio Tortarolo are 2017 Valencia Melges 40 Grand Prix Champions.

Four days and ten races later (seven of which Rombelli claimed as his own), he has officially captured his second win of the 2017 season. Without discussion, it is a time that is fast becoming one of record-breaking, precedent-setting proportions.

"We are really happy about the result. We are very confident post our debut in Porto Cervo, and because of that success, we have been able to better understand our opponents and realize the secrets of this pure blood that is the Melges 40,” said Rombelli. “Behind our victory, there is really no secret other than the fact that we are a very united team, where everything is turning into perfection the longer we are together. We look forward to returning to Palma de Mallorca for the third Melges 40 Grand Prix regatta, which we think will be an increasingly challenging and exciting event.”

It was practically a carbon-copy day for Valentin Zavadnikov and tactician Ed Baird aboard DYNAMIQ - SYNERGY SAILING TEAM. A rough start in Race Nine resulted in a dead last finish position, but a nice bounce back in Race Ten kept him to finish the event in second overall.

For Richard Goransson’s INGA, he picked up from where he left off yesterday challenging Rombelli at every mark. He remained on track completing the event in third. Japan’s Yukihiro Ishida’s SIKON finished fourth.

"On the behalf of all Melges Performance Sailboats, congratulations to Alessandro and all the STIG boys because it is never easy to confirm at the summit. They are demonstrating an excellent level of preparation on the Melges 40,” says Federico Michetti, President of Melges Europe. “A sincere thanks also goes to all our Melges 40 owners whose energy in creating this Class is rewarded by the level of great competition that we have witnessed on the water. The learning curve on how to make the most of the arsenal made available by the Melges 40 is still on the rise for all teams. Already, we see that the racing is getting tighter, and the smallest details are beginning to make the difference. We look forward to racing the Melges 40 for the first time in Palma de Mallorca."

As always, a very special thanks to our partners who support the Melges 40 Grand Prix — Helly Hansen, North Sails, Garmin Marine, Yacht Moving, Barracuda Communication and most especially to our gracious host, Real Club Nautico de Palma in collaboration with La Marine de Valencia.

The Melges 40s move onward to Palma de Mallorca for the third and final act of 2017 Grand Prix competition on November 15-18.

FULL RESULTS (FINAL - After Ten Races)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni; ITA-4, STIG; 2-1-[3]-1-1-1-1-2-1-1 = 11
2.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; MON-13, DYNAMIQ - SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 1-2-2-[4]-2-2-4-3-4-2 = 22
3.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton; SWE-42, INGA; [4]-4-4-2-3-3-3-1-2-4 = 26
4.) Yukihiro Ishida/Chris Rast; JPN-40, SIKON; 3-3-1-3-[4]-4-2-4-3-3 = 26
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Rombelli Extends Lead at Melges 40 Valencia Grand Prix

Rombelli Extends Lead at Melges 40 Valencia Grand Prix

(13 October 2017 / Valencia, Spain) - Day Three in Valencia, Spain at the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma in collaboration with La Marine de Valencia produced another three races, ultimately giving overnight event leader Alessandro Rombelli and tactician Francesco Bruni aboard STIG the opportunity to extend their lead by an impressive seven points.

Rombelli once again came on strong hammering a super-solid 1-1-2 daily scoreline to secure the lead for a second day in a row. The intensity of his performance was also met with more wind in the 13-15 knots range. This acted as an accelerator making the canting keel duels at the mark tighter than tight and really spectacular.

Standing firm in second place is Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ - SYNERGY SAILING TEAM with Ed Baird in charge of tactics. Race Seven was tough for Zavadnikov, but a steady second place finish in Race Six, and a third in Race Eight enabled him to remain just behind Rombelli in the standings.

Literally speaking, it was moving day for Richard Goransson’s INGA with Cameron Appleton as tactician. A triumphant return to the winner’s circle with a bullet in Race Eight upped Goransson to third on countback, while Yukihiro Ishida’s SIKON inevitably slipped to fourth.

Tomorrow teams return to the Valencia battlefield for the last two races of the scheduled ten-part Melges 40 Grand Prix series. Regardless of who makes the podium, Rombelli’s domination will be a tough one to beat.

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FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Eight Races)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni; ITA-4, STIG; 2-1-[3]-1-1-1-1-2 = 9
2.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; MON-13, DYNAMIQ - SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 1-2-2-[4]-2-2-4-3 = 16
3.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton; SWE-42, INGA; [4]-4-4-2-3-3-3-1 = 20
4.) Yukihiro Ishida/Chris Rast; JPN-40, SIKON; 3-3-1-3-[4]-4-2-4 = 20
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Tit For Tat — Rombelli Takes The Lead In Valencia

Tit For Tat — Rombelli Takes The Lead In Valencia

(12 October 2017 / Valencia, Spain) - The second day of the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma in collaboration with La Marine de Valencia delivered light air conditions and a new overall event leader — Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG with tactician Francesco Bruni.

Rombelli’s aggression and assertiveness on Day One certainly carried over to Day Two. Despite the tricky light air that never exceeded more than seven knots, he won both Race Four and Five in the scheduled ten-race series. The wire-to-wire wins demonstrate that STIG is currently THE team to beat.

“We are very pleased with our performance thus far, how the boat is responding and with incredible speeds — even in the light air conditions the Melges 40 is great fun,” said a smiling Rombelli back at the dock. “Our team is working really well together. Obviously, we are learning step-by-step the many secrets of this design. Although, being ahead of our opponents allows us the opportunity to focus with great concentration on sailing the boat well.”

Now seated in second place overall is Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ - SYNERGY SAILING TEAM with Ed Baird on tactics. They now trail the new leader by three points, meaning officially have their work cut-out for them if they want to command the fleet. But, nonetheless Zavadnikov is a winner today as he won the special Garmin Marine Race.

Yukihiro Ishida’s SIKON remains pumped in third overall, followed by Richard Goransson’s INGA. Goransson had a much better day on the water with a second place finish in Race Four.

The grand prix racing excitement continues tomorrow, Friday, October 13.

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FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Five Races)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni; ITA-4, STIG; 2-1-3-1-1 = 8
2.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; MON-13, DYNAMIQ - SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 1-2-2-4-2 = 11
3.) Yukihiro Ishida/Chris Rast; JPN-40, SIKON; 3-3-1-3-4 = 14
4.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton; SWE-42, INGA; 4-4-4-2-3 = 17
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A Dynamiq Day At Melges 40 Valencia Grand Prix

A Dynamiq Day At Melges 40 Valencia Grand Prix

The second act of the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit got off to a strong start with three races completed on opening day in light to moderate breeze, naming three different race winners.

Atop the charts overall is Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ - SYNERGY SAILING TEAM with Ed Baird on tactics. They successfully submitted a 1-2-2 scoreline to take an early lead, while Porto Cervo champ Alessandro Rombelli at the helm of STIG with tactician Francesco Bruni gave the day a good run to finish up one point behind in second place.

“It was a great first day of racing, we did not have a lot of wind today, only about 12 knots, but the boat is still quite fun,” said Bruni. “There’s a lot to play with upwind and downwind, keel position at half-way, in the middle… It’s still a new boat and there are lots of things yet to learn, but it was a great day.”

It was an awesome starter day for new Melges 40 owner Yukihiro Ishida aboard SIKON with Chris Rast serving as tactician with a big win in Race Three. “The amazing thing about this boat is that even though it is 40-feet long, you sail it like a dinghy. It’s absolutely amazing. It is so lively, and the situations on the water at the mark are so close,” commented Rast.

More grand prix racing excitement is scheduled for Thursday, October 12.

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FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Three Races)
1.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; MON-13, DYNAMIQ - SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 1-2-2 = 5
2.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni; ITA-4, STIG; 2-1-3 = 6
3.) Yukihiro Ishida/Chris Rast; JPN-40, SIKON; 3-3-1 = 7
4.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton; SWE-42, INGA; 4-4-4 = 12
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