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SIKON - Samurai Spirit joins the Melges 40 Grand Prix

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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Rombelli Wins Absolute First Melges 40 Grand Prix in Costa Smeralda

STIG, helmed by Alessandro Rombelli crowned Champion of Melges 40 Grand Prix, the new benchmark in one-design racing

(17 June 2017 / Porto Cervo, Italy) - The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has officially concluded the first Melges 40 Grand Prix event on the 2017 circuit, featuring the largest keelboat produced by Melges Performance Sailboats. The interest level throughout the yacht racing world regarding its debut in Porto Cervo has been very high, in particular due to racing canting keels on windward/leeward courses. 
“It’s sexy, fast and different,” describes Vasco Vascotto, tactician aboard Richard Goransson’s INGA. “I believed in this project right away and the results we have witnessed here, fully reflects everyone’s expectations. The boat is fun, and I am certain that it has a great future ahead of it.”
With yesterday’s double bullet scoreline from Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG, with Olympic Gold Medallist Jordi Calafat on tactics, they had clearly imposed on the rest of the fleet. After a scheduled first attempt at racing around noon today, the Race Committee delayed the start, waiting patiently for a light wind to come from the North-Northeast.
At 3 o’clock, Race Three commenced with only 5-6 knots of breeze from the Northeast with INGA taking immediate control, just ahead of Rombelli, followed by Valentin Zavadnikov and tactician Ed Baird on SYNERGY, then Hannes Waimer on NIGHTSHIFT.
In the light breeze, the positions remained unchanged despite Rombelli’s repeated attacks on INGA. The breeze diminished further, calling for the Race Committee to end the games with only one race complete. Competitors soon made their way back to harbor to celebrate the conclusion of the first ever Melges 40 Grand Prix.
With two bullets to his name, Rombelli at the helm of STIG was crowned Champion as he climbed atop the highest step of the podium. A grand round of congratulations are in full order for Rombelli, tactician Jordi Calafat and crew which includes Saverio Cigliano, Pierluigi De Felice, Luca Faravelli, Iztok Knafelc, Filippo La Mantia, Pietro Mantovani and Giorgio Tortarolo.
Goransson’s INGA, on this occasion helmed by Andy Soriano, accepted second place honors. Zavadnikov finished the event in third. Waimer, sailing the first Melges 40 hull released by Premier Composite Technologies stands at the foot of the podium.
“We are delighted to have won the first Grand Prix of the Melges 40 Class,” said winner Rombelli. “This new class is really taking off. It is a beautiful boat and today, we managed to win the regatta and have fun with only 5-6 knots of breeze. This is a great honor to the crew, the boat and its organization.”
During the informal award ceremony on the upper terrace of the YCCS, Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo expressed his best wishes for the future of the Melges 40 Class: "We are particularly pleased to have welcomed the Melges 40 in the year of celebrating our 50th Anniversary. It is with this first historic regatta that we wait to watch the Melges 40 write new chapters in the history of sailing. Thanks to you all for being with us for the debut of the Melges 40.”
"The YCCS has previously hosted and organized the 2008 Melges 24 World Championship that enjoyed an outstanding level of participation. This was followed by two more World Championships for the Melges 32 in 2009 and 2013. As soon as the Class has developed and received recognition from World Sailing, we will be looking to host the Melges 40 again as well. In addition to all the owners, to Harry Melges, Federico Michetti and his staff, I would like to thank the Race Committee, the International Jury, the Class Manager and all of the YCCS team that made the first Grand Prix of the Melges 40 a great success.”
“We have worked hard and are convinced that this type of boat is a huge winner,” commented Federico Michetti. “We have tested the Melges 40 under all conditions and we are extremely happy. Now, we will make this the new benchmark by which all one-design boats and competition are measured.”
The Melges 40 Grand Prix is proudly supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine and Barracuda Communication.

The next appointment for the Melges 40 is on October 11-14 in Spain, then onward to gorgeous Palma de Mallorca on November 15-18. The schedule is already building for 2018 with what will be two great Spring Series Events in Palma on February 14-17, and again on March 21-24.

FULL RESULTS (FINAL - After Three Races)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli/Jordi Calafat; ITA-4, STIG; 1-1-2 = 4
2.) Richard Goransson/Vasco Vascotto; SWE-2, INGA; 2-3-1 = 6
3.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; MON-3, SYNERGY; 3-2-3 = 8
4.) Hannes Waimer/Gordon Maguire; UAE-1, NIGHTSHIFT; 4-4-4 = 12
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The Melges 40 Is Here

The Melges 40 Is Here

The Melges 40™ is the largest, fastest and only canting keel sailboat ever offered by Melges Performance Sailboats (MPS), designed by Botin Partners Naval Architecture and built by Premier Composite Technologies (PCT). With great confidence, it confirms the continued success of a wide and diversified family of sailboat products. True to its original vision of ‘pure one-design’ racing, the Melges 40 is the perfect combination of absolute performance and innovation.

Over the last several months, Melges has embarked on a journey by which more collaboration with the best owners, sailors, teams and yacht clubs have taken place, all in the interest of re-defining the best and highest level of windward/leeward one-design racing.

Brought to life through the skilled and creative talents of Marcelino Botin and Adolfo Carrau, the Melges 40 represents the first Melges keelboat built entirely of carbon material. The design rests solid upon the laurels of Premier as it is the world leader in composite material technology.

The Melges 40 has completed its sea trials in Dubai with Melges Performance Sailboats and Premier Composite Technologies experts on hand. Boat no. 1, owned by Melges Premier Performance (MPP), has been used for further overall product development including fine tuning systems in an effort to finalize one-design Class Rules. View Video On Facebook.

Currently, new Melges 40 owners Valentin Zavadnikov of Team Synergy, Richard Goransson’s Inga From Sweden and Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG are sailing it for the first time. They will also attend the Melges 40 launch party happening at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club.

Special thanks goes to all the technical partners: North Sails, Gottifredi Maffioli, Cariboni, Southern Spars, Harken, Protect Tapes and Helly Hansen.

A website and digital Melges 40 presentation can be found online at

Downloadable PDFs that contain specifications and a sail plan are all available. The Melges 40 can also be found on a number of social media channels such as FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube. Be sure to LIKE and follow the Melges 40. You may also Sign-Up to Receive Melges 40 News Updates, Press Releases and event announcements.

The Future Has Arrived — Melges Performance Sailboats Presents the RE-Volutionary Melges 40

The Future Has Arrived — Melges Performance Sailboats Presents the RE-Volutionary Melges 40

Introducing the Melges 40… Designed by Botin Partners Naval Architecture, built by Premier Composite Technologies

(28 April 2016 / Zenda, WI) - Melges Performance Sailboats (MPS) is proud to introduce the brand new Melges 40™, designed by the extremely talented Botin Partners Naval Architecture and built by Premier Composite Technologies (PCT). This dynamic collaboration has created a one-of-a-kind, exciting, innovative-racing experience.

“We are thrilled to present the Melges 40, which will open the doors to a bright new future in the world of monohull, one-design, in-shore racing,” said Harry Melges, CEO of Melges Performance Sailboats. “We’ve always believed that one-design racing is sailing’s greatest strength, as it feeds all other aspects of the sport. We are excited about the Melges 40 because it will inspire and encourage sailors all over the world, regardless of age, gender or experience to have fun and enjoy sailing.”

“Fundamentally, it best represents our core values and philosophy,” said Federico Michetti, president of Melges Europe. “We’ve taken it to a whole new level by collaborating with the most visionary and award-winning yacht designer of the last decade, and one of the world’s best boat builders.”

“For years, customers and top teams alike approached us demanding a unique package that featured full-carbon technology — sculpted performance from bow to stern,” explained Michetti.
“The Melges 40 is a very special boat in that it’s the culmination of input from our best customers, owners and respected professional sailors, which is built within class rule and where the focus has been set to contain overall running cost. They asked for something that is 100% Melges concept — a boat that embodies the extraordinary. ”

Botin jumped at the chance to design Melges’ largest boat ever made to date. “Melges is a pure sailing legend, and this was an opportunity for us to design something very new and different,” said Marcelino Botin. “The design compliments the Melges brand, and upholds their top-quality ideals. With respect to their philosophy, we proposed a design that adopts and introduces new features and concepts. The Melges 40 creates a new benchmark for performance in the 40-foot range.”

“For sure the Melges 40 is a new starting point in the sailing world,” said Max Waimer, Head of Marine and Technical Director at Premier Composite Technologies. “We share the same passion as Melges and Botin for creating not only a exceptional boat, but a very new, competitive racing experience. We truly have a common vision. The additional input from customers has made a big difference too. We put all of our production expertise and technology into the Melges 40.”

“Utilizing our in-house, 5-axis milling capacity, rigorous quality control and weight management, the Melges 40 is the most precise, one design ever built,” he added.

Premier Composite Technologies is the exclusive builder of the Melges 40.

A canting keel and large sail plan aboard the Melges 40 increases upwind performance and creates a dramatically faster, thrilling downwind run. It will be unmistakably fun to drive, a real thoroughbred. 

Already, top international owners and teams have committed to the Melges 40 program in full anticipation of sailing by Fall 2016. The very first Melges 40 World Series event will take place in 2017.

A website and digital presentation can be found online at Downloadable PDFs that contain specifications and a sail plan are all available. The Melges 40 can also be found on a number of social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Be sure to LIKE and follow the Melges 40. You may also Sign-Up to Received Melges 40 News Updates and Press Releases, and event announcements.