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Goransson Wins 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix

Goransson Wins 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix

2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix Champions — INGA FROM SWEDEN

2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix Champions — INGA FROM SWEDEN

(8 July 2018 / Porto Cervo, Italy) - Porto Cervo has revealed Richard Goransson and his incredible INGA FROM SWEDEN team as 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix Champions. As proven earlier in the season with wins in Palma, Goransson and his team - tactician Cameron Appleton and crew members Giovanni Cassinari, Federico Michetti, Marco Carpinello, Christian Kamp, Nicola Pilastro, Alex Sinclair and Oliver Tizzard - they were the most capable of winning.

"We've been working pretty hard, and it's all been small things. There is great trust and a good mood on the boat," said Goransson. "The mistral was really great and so much fun. We had to fight for every inch. It was not so much speed, we just didn't make that many mistakes. As for what lies ahead in Palma, we'll take it as it comes."

"In more than 20 knots in the Melges 40, there is still so much to learn. Yesterday in the breeze was about just keeping the boat moving, and keeping ourselves in a good position, then ripping downwind," commented INGA tactician Cameron Appleton. "Yesterday was unbelievable, fun races - some of the best sailing yet in the Class."

For Goransson, victory was sweet in Race Seven. After adding another bullet to his overall scoreline, he further separated himself in the points standing to become the 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix Champion. A fierce battle ensued between Valentin Zavadnikov's DYNAMIQ SYNERGY (Kelvin Harrap, tactician) and Alessandro Rombelli's STIG (Francesco Bruni, tactician) for second and third. It would be Zavadnikov's best finish of the event with a second place prize, Rombelli came third.

Despite the very light and shifty breeze, a strong performance from Rombelli in Race Eight led to collecting his third bullet in Porto Cervo, followed by Andrea Lacorte's VITAMINA CETILAR (Gabrielle Benussi, tactician). Goransson held on for third.

The final race win of the day went to an over-joyed Lacorte, as it was his first win ever in the Melges 40 Class. Zavadnikov had a great race to take second, followed by Goransson.

"We finally did it!' proclaimed Lacorte. "We still need to learn so much about the boat, but it's fantastic and as a team we grow day by day. It's true that my team is a group of friends. No matter what, we easily win first prize for best cooking. We have the best chef who is part of the crew. We have a lot of fun."

For Goransson, a sure and steady 1-3-3 on Sunday was all that was needed to capture the 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix trophy. Rombelli did well to place second overall, while Japan's Yukihiro Ishida at the helm of SIKON (Manu Weiller, tactician) struggled on Sunday with a string of 4's, finishing him up in third overall.

The next Grand Prix event for the Melges 40 now goes to Palma de Mallorca's famous Copa Del Rey regatta on August 1-4.

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. During the event, YCCS will make dispensers of natural and sparkling mineralized fresh water available to regatta attendees in an effort to reduce the consumption and use of plastic packaging.

FULL RESULTS (FINAL - After Nine Races, One Discard)
1.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA FROM SWEDEN; 1-3-[4]-2-2-1-1-3-3 = 16
2.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; [5]-5-1-3-1-2-3-1-5 = 21
2.) Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; 3-1-2-1-[4]-4-4-4-4 = 23
4.) Andrea Lacorte/Gabrielle Benussi, VITAMINA-CETILAR; 4-2-3-4-[5]-3-5-2-1 = 24
5.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Kelvin Harrap; DYNAMIQ SYNERGY; 2-4-[6/DNF]-5-3-5-2-5-2 = 28
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Goransson Moves Into the Lead at 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix in Porto Cervo

Goransson Moves Into the Lead at 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix in Porto Cervo

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(7 July 2018 / Porto Cervo, Italy) - All things change on Day Three of the 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) with Richard Goransson and tactician Cameron Appleton aboard INGA FROM SWEDEN overtaking for the lead in Porto Cervo, ahead by two slim points.

Six races are now complete and with one discard in effect, Goransson has officially displaced overnight leader Yukihiro Ishida and Manu Weiller on tactics racing SIKON. With only one day of scheduled racing remaining, teams are bracing for an epic Sunday showdown.

After Friday's complete absence of racing due to a strong mistral, teams were well rested and ready to go head-to-head on Saturday. Again, three daily races resulted in three different winners.

In the simply perfect wind conditions, the stunning yet elegant Melges 40 fleet zoomed across the starting line in Race Four with Ishida taking an early lead ahead of Andrea Lacorte's VITAMINA CETILAR with Gabrielle Benussi as tactician. With Ishida extending for the win, Goransson challenged Lacorte ultimately getting ahead to finish second. Lacorte settled for third.

The second race of the day, Race Five went to Alessandro Rombelli at the helm of STIG with Francesco Bruni as tactician, just ahead of Goransson in second and Valentin Zavadnikov's DYNAMIQ SYNERGY in third.

Heading into the third and final race on Saturday, after Ishida's fourth place finish in Race Five, Goransson found himself within striking distance of the lead. Goransson did well grabbing the bullet advancing he and his team into the top spot. Ishida's fourth place finish slid him back a spot, but he's more determined now than ever to win.

Sunday marks the final day of competition of the 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix in Porto Cervo.

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. During the event, YCCS will make dispensers of natural and sparkling mineralized fresh water available to regatta attendees in an effort to reduce the consumption and use of plastic packaging.

FULL RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Six Races, One Discard)
1.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA FROM SWEDEN; 1-3-[4]-2-2-1 = 9
2.) Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; 3-1-2-1-[4]-4 = 11
3.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; [5]-5-1-3-1-2 = 12
4.) Andrea Lacorte/Gabrielle Benussi, VITAMINA-CETILAR; 4-2-3-4-[5]-3 = 16
5.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Kelvin Harrap; DYNAMIQ SYNERGY; 2-4-[6/DNF]-5-3-5 = 19
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2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix, Porto Cervo

2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix, Porto Cervo

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2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix Returns to Porto Cervo with One Ocean Foundation

2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix Returns to Porto Cervo with One Ocean Foundation

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(4 July 2018 / Porto Cervo, Italy) - It has been only one year since the world debut of the Melges 40 in Porto Cervo, Italy at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), and the occasion was celebrated with Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG proclaiming victory as the event winner, and season dominator of the 2017 Grand Prix circuit.

Now upon its return, after proving it is the best performing one-design sailboat ever made by Melges, it arrives on a special stage linking it to the names and values of One Ocean Foundation and Charta Smeralda. Both invoke the environmental protection of the seas with a code of ethics and behaviours strongly supported by YCCS, and of which the Melges 40 Class and Melges Europe were immediate patrons.

The One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix will commence on Thursday, July 5. With the first warning, ten races are scheduled to unfold over four days — stick trials and short coastal races will take place in one of the most naturally scenic and spectacular places in the world.

The virtual pole position at the the One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix belongs to the Swedish entry of Richard Goransson and his INGA FROM SWEDEN team with kiwi tactician Cameron Appleton. They are perceived as the most fit crew so far this season with double successes at the Spring Series in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and the opening event of PalmaVela last May.

Rombelli returns with Francesco Bruni in the cockpit, and ultimately has the honor and burden of defending his win twelve months ago - reproposing his candidacy as the team to beat on the Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit.

The blue colors at the only Italian event of the 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix season will be flown by the ‘rookie’ Andrea Lacorte aboard VITAMINA CETILAR alongside tactician Gabriele Benussi. It was in PalmaVela that they managed to break the ice, getting up to speed at record pace, aiming for maximum results.

The One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix is also proud to present SIKON of Japan’s Yukihiro Ishida with Manu Weiller as tactician. They’ve proven before that they have the ability to persevere and win, as it was at their Class debut in Palma for the final stage event of 2017.

And lastly, but most certainly not least is Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ SYNERGY representing Monaco and flanked by none other than New Zealand’s Kelvin Harrap. They will be chasing his first win on the Melges 40 Grand Prix.

On the eve of competition, the Melges 40 Class has successfully reached the docks of YCCS. Teams are busy making their final preparations, working out and finding the best shape and set-up for the start of the highly anticipated One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix.

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. During the event, YCCS will make dispensers of natural and sparkling mineralized fresh water available to regatta attendees in an effort to reduce the consumption and use of plastic packaging.

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Valencia Readies for Start of Second Melges 40 Grand Prix Event

Valencia Readies for Start of Second Melges 40 Grand Prix Event

The Melges 40 Grand Prix officially launched in Porto Cervo, Italy last June with its first private event dedicated to the largest and most powerful design produced by Melges Performance Sailboats. Real Club Nautico de Palma in collaboration with La Marine de Valencia will host the second of three inaugural 2017 Melges 40 racing appointments beginning on Wednesday, October 11, and concluding on Saturday, October 14.

An ultra-high-performance, canting-keel monohull, the Melges 40 is quite comfortable in its America’s Cup style-home port, a venue that will demand great performances from high-quality, talented teams at the Melges 40 Grand Prix Event No. 2.

Four incredible teams will be on the starting line in Valencia, and at the forefront of competition and certainly center of the spotlight is Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG with Francesco Bruni as tactician. He won the first 2017 Grand Prix event hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and proudly entered his name into the history books as the first Melges 40 Champion.

Porto Cervo runner-up Richard Goransson’s INGA representing Sweden will be ready for action as he looks to tactical guru Cameron Appleton for direction.

The DYNAMIQ - SYNERGY SAILING TEAM of Russia’s Valentin Zavadnikov may be the one to take top honors as the very talented Ed Baird will call tactics. After all, who could possibly know better the secrets of Valencia, a place in which Baird successfully defended sailing’s most prestigious trophy and title held by Alinghi at the 2007 America’s Cup.

Japan’s Yukihiro Ishida at the helm of SIKON - SPIRIT OF SAMURAI will debut his Melges 40. Ishida is no stranger to the Melges brand as he is a past successful star in the Melges 20 and Melges 32 fleet under the guise of Yasha Samurai. Former Melges 24 World Champion Chris Rast (2016) will be at his side serving as tactician.

Racing commences on Wednesday at 2 p.m. (Valencia time) kicking off a maximum 10-race series program.

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

ENTRY LIST
1.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; MON-13, DYNAMIQ - SYNERGY SAILING TEAM
2.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton; SWE-42, INGA
3.) Yukihiro Ishida/Chris Rast; JPN-40, SIKON
4.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni; ITA-4, STIG
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