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.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix is proudly supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine and Barracuda Communication.

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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