2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix Season Closes with Stig, Sikon and Inga on the Podium

2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix Season Closes with Stig, Sikon and Inga on the Podium

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LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS/SPAIN, 11 November 2018 - The Lanzarote edition of the Melges 40 Grand Prix season has officially come to a close, as the tenth race has been run and the results are finalized for the 2018 ranking.

Despite winning the Lanzarote Grand Prix yesterday and successfully, automatically defending his Grand Prix Championship title for a second time, Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG (Francesco Bruni, tactician) won the final heat today soaking up a sweet victory in the Melges 40 Class.

“We are really delighted to have achieved our goal of the season, and that was to defend our Grand Prix title for a second consecutive time,” said Rombelli. “We did this thanks to a very well structured program. In regards to every single detail, our crew did an excellent job giving us the best performance. We didn't start the season very well, so we were always racing uphill and chasing the leader, but in the end we completed our work to the fullest.”

As for the remaining podium positions, they have been officially decided. Taking an ‘all or nothing’ approach, Yukihiro Ishida at the helm of SIKON (Manu Weiller, tactician) gave a stellar performance to confirm his second place position on the ranking podium.

That podium is completed with Richard Goransson’s INGA (Cameron Appleton, tactician) seated in third, who up until August proved to be the strongest, and indeed unbeatable.

In fourth place overall is Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ SYNERGY (Michele Ivaldi, tactician), followed by Andrea Lacorte at the helm of VITAMINA CETILAR (Gabriele Benussi, tactician) in fifth.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit counts on the support of Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, and local partners Calero Marinas and Lava Charter.

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

2018 GRAND PRIX RANKING RESULTS (FINAL - After Four Events)
1.) (ITA) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 8 pts.
2.) (JPN) Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; 10 pts.
3.) (SWE) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA; 12 pts.
4.) (MON) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, DYNAMIQ SYNERGY; 15 pts.
5.) (ITA) Andrea Lacorte/Gabriele Benussi, VITAMINA CETILAR; 15 pts.

FULL LANZAROTE RESULTS (FINAL - After Ten Races, One Discard)
1.) (ITA) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 2-1-2-1-1-[3]-3-3-2-1 = 16
2.) (JPN) Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; [5]-2-4-3-5-2-2-1-1-2 = 22
3.) (ITA) Andrea Lacorte/Gabriele Benussi, VITAMINA CETILAR; 1-3-3-2-3-[5]-4-5-3-4 = 28
4.) (MON) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, DYNAMIQ SYNERGY; 4-4-1-5-2-1-5-4-4-[6/DNS] = 30
5.) (SWE) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA; 3-[5]-5-4-4-4-1-2-5-3 = 31
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Rombelli Conquers 2018 Lanzarote Melges 40 Grand Prix

Rombelli Conquers 2018 Lanzarote Melges 40 Grand Prix

LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS/SPAIN, 10 November 2018 - Congratulations are in full order for 2018 Melges 40 Lanzarote Grand Prix Champion Alessandro Rombelli at the helm of STIG. Racing alongside was tactician Francesco Bruni, with crew members Giorgio Tortarolo, Daniele Fiaschi, Iztok Knafelc, Luca Faravelli, Martino Tortarolo, Pierluigi De Felice and Pietro Mantovani.

“We are happy to have won the regatta, and excited about winning the Grand Prix as well,” said Rombelli post racing. “This was the goal of the year for us. We had a tough start to the season, but the boat has been great. We sailed very, very well this week.”

It was a true ‘moving’ day for Yukihiro Ishida’s Melges 40 team SIKON (Manu Weiller, tactician). A drastic improvement in the daily results catapulted him from fourth overall to the runner-up spot on the podium. His daily result of a 2-1-1 proves that he can do it too, hence the fleet’s very balance attitude when it comes to tough competition.

Proudly standing on the podium in third, Andrea Lacorte’s VITAMINA CETILAR (Gabriele Benussi, tactician) ends 2018 on a high note. Touted all season long as the Class rookie, Lacorte and his band of brothers are rookies no more. They confirmed that they have the ability to divide and conquer as they have captured their first Melges 40 bullet, a true diamond in their scoring portfolio.

Seated fourth and fifth overall respectively is Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ SYNERGY and Richard Goransson’s INGA. Of the two teams, Goransson seemed to struggle the most with only one light of brightness today when he and his team won Race Seven.

The tenth and final race will be held tomorrow. It proves that, although it will not alter the name of the stage and circuit winner, it will decide the podium of both Lanzarote and the entire Melges 40 Grand Prix Series.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit counts on the support of Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, and local partners Calero Marinas and Lava Charter.

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 Nine Races, One Discard)
1.) (ITA) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 2-1-2-1-1-[3]-3-3-2 = 15
2.) (JPN) Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; [5]-2-4-3-5-2-2-1-1 = 20
3.) (ITA) Andrea Lacorte/Gabriele Benussi, VITAMINA CETILAR; 1-3-3-2-3-[5]-4-5-3 = 24
4.) (MON) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, DYNAMIQ SYNERGY; 4-4-1-[5]-2-1-5-4-4 = 25
5.) (SWE) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA; 3-[5]-5-4-4-4-1-2-5 = 28
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Rombelli Champions Day Two at 2018 Lanzarote Melges 40 Grand Prix

Rombelli Champions Day Two at 2018 Lanzarote Melges 40 Grand Prix

LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS/SPAIN, 09 November 2018 - With six races complete at the 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix in Lanzarote, Alessandro Rombelli's STIG (Francesco Bruni, tactician) has extended his lead in the most impressive manner. A seemingly unstoppable 1-1-3 daily result keeps him in the event lead, five points ahead of second place finisher Valentin Zavadnikov's DYNAMIQ SYNERGY (Michele Ivaldi, tactician).

With only four more races to be contested, Rombelli has moved even closer to confirming and successfully defending his Melges 40 Grand Prix Championship title.

In comparison to Day One, the much breezier conditions (20 knots) played to Rombelli's advantage giving he and his team the opportunity to add more bullets to their scoreline. His worst result yet is a third, and that was discarded after the sixth race.

Rombelli also continued to extend his points lead as well, a stark contrast to Richard Goransson's INGA. With only four races left, Goransson's work is clearly cut out for him as he and his team must find a way to advance and capitalize on any mistakes made by Rombelli, all in the interest of retaining their leadership of the 2018 ranking.

Everyone will be watching the remaining podium positions currently occupied by Zavadnikov, and Andrea Lacorte's VITAMINA CETILAR (Gabriele Benussi, tactician) respectively, second and third with 12 points each.

Japan's Yukihiro Ishida's SIKON (Manu Weiller, tactician) trails with 16 points.

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, One Discard)
1.) (ITA) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 2-1-2-1-1-[3] = 7
2.) (MON) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, DYNAMIQ SYNERGY; 4-4-1-[5]-2-1 = 12
2.) (ITA) Andrea Lacorte/Gabriele Benussi, VITAMINA CETILAR; 1-3-3-2-3-[5] = 12
4.) (JPN) Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; [5]-2-4-3-5-2 = 16
3.) (SWE) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA; 3-[5]-5-4-4-4 = 20
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Rombelli To The Melges 40 Front in Lanzarote

Rombelli To The Melges 40 Front in Lanzarote

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LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS/SPAIN, 08 September 2018 - The final event of the 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit got underway today with Alessandro Rombelli's STIG (Francesco Bruni, tactician) taking the early lead.

Rombelli is no stranger to success. He is the defending Grand Prix Champion (2017) and winner of the most recently concluded Copa del Rey. All season long he has played second fiddle to Richard Goransson's INGA (Cameron Appleton, tactician) but today in Lanzarote, he launched a powerful, all-out attack on his opponents.

With his advancement to the top of the general classification, Rombelli is leading the overall 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix Ranking. But with the three races held on Day One and three different winners awarded, a balanced racing approach for the fleet remains intact.

The first bullet of the day went to Andrea Lacorte at the helm of VITAMINA CETILAR (Gabriele Benussi, tactician). Finally, this aspiring and progressive team demonstrated that they have graduated from being the 'simple rookie,' to being on equal footing and ability with the more experienced teams and names in the Class. Lacorte confirmed his strength with two additional third place finishes, leaving him in second place overall two points behind the event leader.

With the bullet in Race Two finding its way into the clutches of Rombelli, the light and shifty conditions in Race Three enabled a much needed win for Valentin Zavadnikov's DYNAMIQ SYNERGY (Michele Ivaldi, tactician). His much improved finish, pulled him up to end the day on the podium.

Tomorrow the conditions are expected to be in the intensity range of 20 knots, so current outsiders Yukihiro Ishida on SIKON (Manu Weiller, tactician) and Goransson will have the opportunity to redeem themselves.

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.) (ITA) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 2-1-2 = 5
2.) (ITA) Andrea Lacorte/Gabriele Benussi, VITAMINA CETILAR; 1-3-3 = 7
3.) (MON) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, DYNAMIQ SYNERGY; 4-4-1 = 9
4.) (JPN) Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; 5-2-4 = 11
3.) (SWE) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA; 3-5-5 = 13
Full Results
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 VITAMINA CETILAR

VITAMINA CETILAR

 DYNAMIQ SYNERGY

DYNAMIQ SYNERGY