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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

 

2017 Melges 32 World Championship - Countdown to the Start

 

Seventeen super-charged teams representing seven nations are ready for the start of the Cala Galera Worlds, the final act of the 2017 Melges 32 World League

 

Cala Galera, Italy (Aug. 14, 2017) - The Melges 32 never sleeps and the hands are running fast in the countdown to the 2017 Melges 32 World Championship presented by Boero taking place in Cala Galera, Italy - the most important event of the season, as well as the closing act of the first edition of the Melges 32 World League.

Ten races are scheduled from August 22-26 hosted by Circolo Nautico e della Vela Argentario.This event carries a big weight. Not only does it crown the next Melges 32 World Champion, but it will also define the true strength of teams after a long season on the World League circuit.

And so, the great debate begins... the various themes, conversations, discussions and predictions will continue right up until the first warning on Wednesday, August 23 at 13.30.

Reflecting on World Championships past and present, the strongest teams appear to be American in nature, style and stamina, but that is not the case in 2017. Thus far, every stage of the Melges 32 World League has been won by an Italian team - Matteo Balestrero's GIOGI (Portovenere and Scarlino), and European Champions Edoardo Lupi and Massimo Pessina's TORPYONE (Riva del Garda and Sibenik). Of the two, the dynamic duo of Lupi/Pessina are clearly the ones feeling the most pressure to do well, especially after being runners up at the Miami Worlds in 2014 - now is TORPYONE's time!

Andrea Lacorte's VITAMINA AMERIKANA is also poised to play well in Cala Galera. Seated third overall on the Melges 32 World League ranking, Lacorte is in full pursuit of the top prize.

Atop the current Melges 32 World League standings is Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio's G-SPOT. Despite not having won a MWL event this year, perhaps Cala Galera holds the key to success for di Lapigio's extraordinary and well-versed team.

Other teams on the radar include Andrea Ferrari's SPIRIT OF NERINA, Edoardo Pavesio's FRA MARTINA, Richard Goransson's INGA, Ahmet Eker's EKER representing Turkey, Fritz Homann's WILMA, Christian Schwoerer's LA PERICOLOSA, Lasse Petterson's PIPPA from Norway and Russia's Pavel Kuznetsov on TAVATUY.

Vincenzo Onorato's MASCALZONE LATINO needs no introduction, especially in the Melges 32 Class. As European Champion in 2016, Onorato is back with one clear and single goal in mind - win the World Championship!

The Corinthian Division promises to be a heated extravaganza with several tough teams, set and ready to take on the biggest and boldest of opponents. Corinthian European Champ Martin Reintjes's CAIPIRINHA will most likely be keeping a very close eye on Francesco Graziani's VITAMINA, Germany's Kilian Holzapfel on HOMANIT JR. and Jens Kuhne on SJAMBOK.

The Melges 32 World Championship presented by Boero is proudly supported by Helly Hansen, Toremar, North Sails, Garmin Marine Italia, Lavazza and Barracuda Communication.

MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with all Melges 32 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the ENTRY LIST
1.) Martin Reintjies/Enrico Fonda, CAIPIRINHA (Corinthian)
2.) Ahmet Eker/Mike Buckley, EKER
3.) Edoardo Pavesio/Manuel Weiller Vidal, FRA MARTINA
4.) Matteo Balestrero/Daniele Cassinari, GIOGI
5.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Branko Brcin, G-SPOT
6.) Kilian Holzapfel/Frithjof Schwerdt, JUNIOR HOMANIT (Corinthian)
7.) Richard Goransson, Vasco Vascotto, INGA
8.) Christian Schwoerer/Nic Asher, LA PERICOLOSA
9.) Vincenzo Onorato/Cameron Appleton, MASCALZONE LATINO
10.) Lasse Petterson/Matteo Ivaldi, PIPPA
11.) Jens Khune/Stefano Cherin, SJAMBOK
12.) Andrea Ferrari/Pietro Pietro Sibello, SPIRIT OF NERINA
13.) Pavel Kuznetsov/Evgeny Neugodnikov, TAVATUY
14.) Edoardo Lupi-Massimo Pessina/Lorenzo Bressani, TORPYONE
15.) Francesco Graziani/Andrea Fornaro, VITAMINA (Corinthian)
16.) Andrea Lacorte/Gabriele Benussi, VITAMINA AMERIKANA
17.) Fritz Homann/Nico Celon, WILMA
Official Yachtscoring Event Website

TOP FIVE RESULTS (2017 Melges 32 World League, Four Events Completed)
1.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio, G-SPOT = 72 pts.
2.) Edoardo Lupi/Massimo Pessina, TORPYONE = 68 pts.
3.) Andrea Lacorte, VITAMINA AMERIKANA = 65 pts.
4.) Matteo Balestrero, GIOGI = 63 pts.
5.) Pavel Kuznetsov, TAVATUY; 60 pts.
Full Melges 32 World League Results

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ABOUT THE SPONSORS
The IM32CA would like to extend a very special thanks to the following sponsors who make the 2017 Melges World League European Division racing possible:
Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, Lavazza, Toremar, North Sails and Barracuda Communications.


ABOUT THE MELGES 32
The Melges 32 is one design racing at its very best. Since 2005, it has successfully delivered bigger, better, more-simplified sailing that is fun and competitive. An exclusive Reichel/Pugh keelboat design, the Melges 32 possesses one of the most diverse regatta schedules that includes many prestigious venues supported by an organized and well-established class association, attracting some of the world's most notable sailing superstars. For more information, visit the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) at melges32.com.


ABOUT THE MELGES WORLD LEAGUE
The Melges World League is the ultimate one-design competition, uniting the Melges 32 and Melges 20 owners across the globe into one streamlined championship system. It is a season-long series that includes regattas hosted at the world's most desirable venues, featuring sailing's best owner/drivers and Corinthian sailors throughout North America, Europe and Asia. News, results and other info will be published online as it becomes available at melgesworldleague.com.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

For media photos (web and/or high resolution) or other info regarding the 2017 Melges 32 World League - European Division, please contact:

Stefano Bareggi

European and Asian Melges 32 Fleet Press Officer

Mobile: +39 3387721969

Skype: s.bareggi

 

Joy Dunigan

International Melges 32 Class Press Coordinator

Mobile: +1 (912) 398-5776

Skype: joysavannah

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Alejandro Muscat, campeón de España de la clase Finn

 

 

 

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El menorquín Joan Cardona ha estrenado participación en la clase Finn alzándose con el campeonato juvenil y siendo subcampeón absoluto

El regatista catalán Alejandro Muscat se ha proclamado hoy campeón de España de la clase Finn en el campeonato celebrado en el Real Club Náutico de Motril, Granada. La competición, que comenzó el pasado viernes 11 de agosto, terminó hoy, lunes 14, con una jornada en blanco por la falta de viento.

Muscat, regatista del Club Nàutic Garraf, lideró la competición en todo momento y consiguió cruzar la línea de meta en primera posición en las cinco pruebas disputadas a lo largo del campeonato. “Me he sentido muy cómodo en el agua, ha habido bastante viento estos días y estoy contento con cómo he navegado”, ha cometnado el flamante campeón de España de Finn. En la general, seis de los diez primeros clasificados han sido regatistas de categoría junior. “El nivel está creciendo y hay mucha gente joven que viene con fuerza”, ha reconocido Muscat.

El segundo clasificado, y campeón de España juvenil, ha sido el regatista menorquín Joan Cardona, quien recientemente ha cambiado la clase Laser Standard por el Finn. Cardona ha sumado tres segundos puestos, un quinto y un noveno. Con estos resultados, el regatista del Real Club Náutico de Palma se presenta como uno de los jóvenes con mejor proyección en esta clase olímpica. 

El podio absoluto lo ha completado el coruñés Miguel Fernández. El ganador en categoría Master ha sido el andaluz Álvaro Ballesteros, noveno clasificado en la general.