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Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013 - Stunning opener


'Robertissima leading the way after first day of racing at Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013'    JOY - International Melges 32 Class Association ©

The OtterBox Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013, Event No. 1 in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, was nothing short of stunning on all accounts in the opening race. The day produced simply gorgeous, sunny and warm island conditions, stellar racing action, and only par excellence on shore from host Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS).

PRO Hank Stuart fired off three amazing races, providing ample opportunity for overall leader Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima 1 and tactician Vasco Vascotto to submit an impressive 1-4-1 score line.

'What more can I say. We had a great day of racing. A beautiful regatta, in a beautiful location. This is amazing.' said an elated Tomasini Grinover after a long day of very aggressive racing.

Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013 -  JOY - International Melges 32 Class Association ©  


'We had a good day, but I feel as though we still made some mistakes.' says Vascotto. 'We did well in the first race and last race today, which is great. Roberto is so happy. But, mistakes in this class can be so costly. So, we have to continue to work hard and go fast.'

Race one of the weekend's scheduled series of ten commenced on time under glorious sunshine and light, yet quite comfortable breezes. The sea state was a lot calmer that teams were expecting.

Tomasini Grinover got an immediate jump on the competition right off the line. With a pleasant 9-12 knots of breeze, clean left side start and stiff competition from Mark Plaxton's INTAC and Richard Goransson's Inga from Sweden, Tomasini Grinover took an early lead, pushing his team to the forefront of the fleet. As the race progressed, he extended nicely followed by a vicious battle between Plaxton and Gorannson for second. The two fought hard on the final run with Plaxton proving he had the speed to hold on for second. Goransson finished third.

Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013 -  JOY - International Melges 32 Class Association ©  


The second race of the day went to Dick DeVos at the helm of Volpe. From line-to-line, DeVos alongside of tactician Ed Baird poured on the speed, keeping just ahead of a strong Tomasini Grinover. DeVos worked hard taking the win in front of Alex Jackson's Leenabarca in second. Valentin Zavadinkov aboard Team Synergy had a great race to finish third.

The final heat was a key race with big moves for both Tomasini Grinover and Jackson. Both grabbed nice starts off the boat end of the starting line. About half way up the first beat it was obvious the two had struck a massive deal with the wind gods. Tomasini Grinover was launched several boat lengths ahead of the fleet. Jackson, running in second offered up some separation of his own rounding second by a sizable margin. The two campaigned nothing but speed finishing respectively first and second. Plaxton maintained position taking third.

Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013 -  JOY - International Melges 32 Class Association ©  


More racing is scheduled for Friday, February 20, 2013. First warning is at 11.00 BVI.

About The Series

The 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series consists of three exquisite events and is the first ever of its kind for the progressive sportboat class. Act one of the three-part series, the BVI Sportboat Regatta takes place this weekend, February 21-24, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda. The second event happens in conjunction with the International Rolex Regatta in the U.S. Virgin Islands on March 22-24, 2013. The grand finale of the Series, the 2013 Caribbean Championship happens in late April on the luxurious and very private Peter Island.

The IM32CA has also proud to be partnered with Presenting Gold Level Sponsors Seaborne Airlines and INTAC Global Investments.

Inga at Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013 -  JOY - International Melges 32 Class Association ©  


Melges Media

The IM32CA Press Team is excited to be in the BVI, and on-the-water updates are expected to occur. The connection is slow, so we appreciate everyone's patience as we plan to update the Official Melges 32 Blog regularly. Periodic updates will be posted to Facebook.

Top Five Results (Preliminary - After 3 races)

1. Robertissima 1/Roberto Tomasini Grinover (6 points)
2. Leenabarca/ Alex Jackson (8 points)
3 Volpe/Ryan DeVos (12 points)
4. Inga From Sweden 3/Richard Goransson (12 points)
5. INTAC/James Mark Plaxton (13 points)
6. Synergy GT/Valentine Zavadnikov (17 points)
7. ARGO/Jason Carroll (20 points)
8. Delta/Dalton DeVos (20 points)
9. Smile and Wave/Jaime Torres (27 points)

Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013


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