SIKON - Samurai Spirit joins the Melges 40 Grand Prix

(28 July 2017) - Another Melges 40 comes to life! Mr. Yukihiro Ishida announced today that Sikon - Samurai Spirit will be the next boat to join the Melges 40 Class. The Japanese Team will make their first appearance on the starting line at the second ever Melges 40 Grand Prix event, scheduled for October 11-14 in Valencia.

The Melges 40 family is very happy to welcome Mr. Ishida to the next level. His track record as an important leader for the Melges 20 and Melges 32 fleets shows that he has a strong appreciation for the world-class racing and organization that Melges Performance Sailboats offers. There is no doubt that the Sikon - Samurai Spirit team will excel in their new Melges 40.

“We are happy to return to racing with Melges, which we have found to be the best format for one design racing" said Mr. Ishida. "We wanted the most interesting and best performing one design monohull on the market, so we chose the Melges 40. After following the first steps of the Melges 40 and the first event, we realized very quickly that it is the future of one design racing. Melges boats are simply a legend that guarantees top racing, the best performance and unforgettable events. Based on our previous experience with the Melges 20 and 32 Classes, it was easy to decide to start this exciting new Melges 40 campaign. We have really fallen in love with this boat and look forward to being the first of many Japanese boats in the Melges 40 fleet".

“The Melges 40 fleet has continued to grow after its inaugural Melges 40 Grand Prix event in Porto Cervo,” said Harry Melges, “We would like to extend a very special welcome to Mr. Ishida, who has put his trust in the future of the Melges 40. He has helped open the floodgates of rapid growth of the new Melges 40 Class.”

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