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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
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Three Within One Point: Lanzarote To Decide 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix Champion

Three Within One Point: Lanzarote To Decide 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix Champion

LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS/SPAIN, 06 November 2018 - The most anticipated event of the 2018 Melges 40 season officially gets underway on Thursday, November 8. With all the right ingredients in place, the 2018 Melges 40 Lanzarote Grand Prix will be a guaranteed racing showdown.

After three events (a season that commenced in Palma de Mallorca last May), three very capable teams are positioned at the top, but only one can take home the crown.

Leading the 2018 ranking is Sweden's INGA helmed by owner Richard Goransson (Cameron Appleton, tactician). For most of the season, Goransson dominated with great success at the Class' first two events in Palma, then went on to win the One Ocean Grand Prix hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda this past July.

All things changed at Copa del Rey as Alessandro Rombelli's STIG (Francesco Bruni, tactician) brought Gorannson's march on success to a screeching halt. After a tough start to the season, Rombelli managed to change gears in Palma and in one fell swoop, closed the gap that separated him from leader. He is second overall, dead even in points with Goransson.

Seated third and also very much in contention to win the 2018 title is Japan's Yukihiro Ishida sailing SIKON (Manu Weiller, tactician). They are the only team standing on the podium lacking a first place event win, but if he can capture it in Lanzarote, it could spell victory for him on the Melges 40 circuit.

Valentin Zavadnikov racing DYNAMIQ SYNERGY (Michele Ivaldi, tactician) will be looking to score his first event win in the Melges 40 Class, a result that has eluded him on several occasions.

The same goal applies to Italy's Andrea Lacorte aboard VITAMINA CETILAR (Gabriele Benussi, tactician). Although 2018 has him marked as a rookie, he and his team, in a very short period of time have proven they are on an upswing by winning the final race at Copa del Rey last August.

Ten races are scheduled on the waters of Arrecife, starting on Thursday and completing on Saturday, November 10.

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.

2018 GRAND PRIX RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Three Stages)
1.) (SWE) Richard Goransson, INGA; 1-1-5 = 7
2.) (ITA) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG; 4-2-1 = 7
3.) (JPN) Yukihiro Ishida, SIKON; 3-3-2 = 8
4.) (MON) Valentin Zavadnikov, DYNAMIQ SYNERGY; 2-5-4 = 11
5.) (ITA) Andrea Lacorte, VITAMINA CETILAR; 5-4-3 = 12

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Melges 40 Grand Prix Announces 2018 Finals in Lanzarote

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LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS/SPAIN, 06 September 2018 - The Melges 40 Class is proud to announce that the final event and location for the 2018 Grand Prix circuit will be Calero Marinas | Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.

Marina Lanzarote and the onsite Calero Marinas Shipyard, conveniently situated in the island's capital, Arrecife, will serve as the teams' logistics headquarters as they prepare for this year’s culminating event, scheduled to take place from November 8-11, 2018. The Real Club Náutico de Arrecife will co-organise the racing, set to take centre stage right in front of the town and has cordially invited participants to enjoy their comfortable club facilities during the events.

The Melges 40 is one of the fastest boats that Melges has ever designed and produced. Presented in Dubai last year and featured mainly at Mediterranean regattas, the Melges 40 will for the very first time reach the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful Spanish island of Lanzarote, the northernmost and easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands. From a technical point of view, it will be quite spectacular and is predicted to be one of the most interesting and highly competitive stages for the fleet

With the Real Club Nautico de Palma events complete, the Melges 40s are in transit, direct to Lanzarote. Once arrived, the entire Melges 40 fleet will settle in for the winter as the weather, conditions, high-profile facilities and services guaranteed by Calero Marinas are also ideal for off-season training sessions.

“We are really pleased to be guests of Calero Marinas and the island of Lanzarote, two names in the sailing world best known for great events and high-profile races,” said Melges Europe CEO, Federico Michetti. “The Melges 40 Grand Prix is constantly searching for the highest quality venues and events. This is the watchword for our entire organization. The opportunity to collaborate and make the final 2018 Grand Prix event, as well as the opening sessions for 2019 a reality with a partner like Calero Marinas ensures the highest levels of success.”

The Lanzarote Melges 40 Grand Prix marks the final act of the 2018 season, which started last May as part of PalmaVela, then continued with the One Ocean Grand Prix in Porto Cervo, and the third event at Copa del Rey Mapfre 2018.

Lanzarote has also been selected to host the first two Melges 40 Grand Prix events of 2019 — a warm-up on January 24-27, and a season opener on March 21-24.

José Juan Calero, Managing Director for Calero Marinas announced that he was delighted with the new Class’s decision to come and race in Lanzarote, where the local conditions continue to attract the world’s best sailors: “Together with the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife, we are thrilled with the opportunity to host this exciting one-design fleet during the 2018-19 season and look forward to some sensational racing over the winter.”

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.

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