Portoferraio, Italy – The International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA), alongside of host Lega Navale Italiana Portoferraio is proud to welcome a robust and highly-qualified fleet of nineteen teams to the waters of Portoferraio, Italy this weekend. Three days of the fastest and most thrilling one design racing will commence on Friday, 31 May and run thru Sunday, June 1. A maximum of eight races are scheduled with a discard coming into play after Race Six. Light wind is currently in the forecast.
Leading the overall 2013 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series after two events is Andrea Pozzi’s Bombarda, followed closely by Porto Ercole champion Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica in second, and Edoardo Lupi’s Torpyone is third. All three will be back to compete in Portoferraio in an effort to defend, and potentially advance to the next round with victory.
In addition, the Class anticipates heat from top challengers such as Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino, Gaeta champion Valentin Zavadnikov’s Team Synergy, Edoardo Pavesio’s FRA MARTINA, Marc de Antonio’s Bribon-Movistar, Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s Robertissima and Deneen Demourkas on Groovederci.
Making a grand return to the European arena is Jason Carroll’s Argo representing the USA. Three teams from Japan will also make an appearance – Keisuke Suzuki’s Swing, Daisuke Kimura’s Quetefeek and Naofumi Kamei’s Mamma Aiuto!.
Portoferraio happens this weekend, organized by BPSE B.Plan Sports & Events in full coordination with the IM32CA and Melges Europe. The next events takes place in Torbole (Event No. 4 on 12-14 July). The final event will be the 2013 Melges 32 World Championship on 18-22 September in Porto Rotondo, Italy.
THE AUDI QUATTRO EXPERIENCE TEST DRIVES ARE BACK
The Sailing Series continues its test drive tradition in 2013. At every event, the Audi Quattro Instructors will be available to guide all those interested in experiencing some of the most recent Audi models. The Audi A3 SB, RS5, SQ5 and S6 Avant will be available in Gaeta. For more information and test drive bookings, please call 345.3472530 or send an email to the Audi Quattro Experience.
AUDI MELGES 32 SAILING SERIES PARTNERS
In addition to title sponsor Audi, the 2013 Sailing Series is supported by official sponsor AstiHour, a very refreshing fruit cocktail that will be served during happy hours at the Audi Hospitality Village. Other sponsors include Kuehne+Nagel, Yeykey, Helly Hansen, and
SimBroker e Nacora.
FOLLOW THE AUDI SAILING SERIES
B-Plan Sport&Events is committed to greater visibility and appeal of the 2013 Audi Sailing Series. The event has three newly renovated websites: www.audisailingseries.com, www.audisailingteam.it,www.bpse.it – and a new Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AudiSailingSeries. Updates are also being posted as the racing happens at the Official Facebook Page of the International Melges 32 Class Association too!
Press releases are distributed in three languages – Italian, English and German – written and released at the end of each day. All photos will be posted online at melges32.com thanks to a renewed collaboration with Studio Borlenghi. Zerogradinord will produce interviews and video highlights available on the Official Audi Sailing Series YouTube Circuit Channel.
FULL ENTRY LIST
1.) Marc de Antonio Altimira/Gustavo Martinez Doreste, Bribon Movistar
2.) Carlo Alberini/Flavio Favini, Calvi Network
3.) Andrea Ferrari/Carlo Fracassoli, Spirit of Nerina
4.) Andrea Massi/Francesco Cruciani, ULIKA
5.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Branko Brcin, Audi Ultra Giacomel
6.) Edoardo Pavesio/Chris Rust, Fra Martina
7.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica
8.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda
9.) Edoardo Lupi/Pietro Sibello, Torpyone
10.) Vincenzo Onorato/Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino
11.) Naofumi Kamei/Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!
12.) Daisuke Kimura/Kazoto Seki, Quetefeek
13.) Keisuke Suzuki/Chris Nicolson, Swing
14.) Valetin Zavadinkov/Michele Ivaldi, Team Synergy
15.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima
16.) Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper, Helly Hansen Inga from Sweden
17.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo
18.) Deneen Demourkas/Mark Mendelblatt, Groovederci
19.) Malcolm Gefter/Sam Rogers, Celeritas