Setting Up for a Big Saturday Showdown At 2017 Melges 32 Worlds

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Kuznetsov continues to live large in Cala Galera, Lupi/Pessina keep it close with more teams hard charging in preparation for final day of competition

Cala Galera, Italy (Aug. 25, 2017) - Although the 2017 Melges 32 Boero World Championship hosted by Circolo Nautico e della Vela Argentario is on the eve of the last day of competition, the fight for who will win the trophy narrows to just a few names.

Russia's Pavel Kuznetsov at the helm of TAVATUY with Evgeny Neugodnikov's as tactician, continues to defend his leadership with seven races now complete.

His toughest opponents had no trouble putting heavy pressure on him during today's two additional light air races.

Edoardo Lupi and Massimo Pessina with tactician Lorenzo Bressani on TORPYONE closed the gap ever so slightly on Kuznetsov, further securing their second place overall status.

Although nine points back, Edoardo Pavesio's FRA MARTINA (third) with Manuel Weiller Vidal as tactician, Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio's G.SPOT (fourth) with best man Branko Brcin on tactics, and Christian Schwoerer and tactician Nick Asher on LA PERICOLOSA (fifth) share in equal points to complete the top five standings.

Beyond the top five, the point spread remains tight with Vincenzo Onorato's MASCALZONE LATINO and Paul Goodison on tactics in sixth overall, just three short points from the virtual podium.

Hip-hip-hooray for daily race and North Sails Day winners Ahmet Eker's EKER (Mike Buckley, tactician), and Lasse Petterson from Norway sailing PIPPA (Matteo Ivaldi, tactician).  

Leading up to the third day of racing in Cala Galera, Italy, the Corinthian division has been filled with great intensity, only one point separating the top two teams. Today, Francesco Graziani at the helm of VITAMINA, forged ahead besting former division leader Martin Reintjes' CAIPIRINHA, no thanks to the latter's disqualification in Race Seven. In true Melges 32 style, it will come down to the wire to see which of these amazing teams will be crowned 2017 Melges 32 Corinthian World Champion.

The forecast for the final day in Cala Galera depicts more light air conditions are on the way, meaning the situation on the race course will be complex and very tricky.

The final World Championship warning happens on Saturday at 13.00 (Italy).

All season long, Melges 32 World League partner Garmin Marine has been giving away beautiful timepieces, and that tradition continued on Day Two at the World Championship. It was Garmin Marine Day on Thursday and team members aboard FRA MARTINA, TORPYONE and MASCALZONE LATINO took home some amazing goodies with grand courtesy from this great Melges racing supporter.

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

As with all Melges 32 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the
Official Melges 32 Facebook Page. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post-racing at

1.) Pavel Kuznetsov/Evgeny Neugodnikov, TAVATUY; 1-1-2-5-[10]-5-7 = 21
2.) Edoardo Lupi-Massimo Pessina/Lorenzo Bressani, TORPYONE; 7-[8]-6-2-1-6-2 = 24
3.) Edoardo Pavesio/Manuel Weiller Vidal, FRA MARTINA; 3-7-8-1-7-7-[14] = 33
4.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Branko Brcin, G.SPOT; 2-3-4-[14]-2-13-9 = 33
5.) Christian Schwoerer/Nic Asher, LA PERICOLOSA; 10-2-[12]-4-9-3-5 = 33
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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.
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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.

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

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

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 August 2017 )