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Posts Tagged ‘michetti’

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Today the first-ever Melges 40 regatta began, and here’s a quick preview from our friends at Melges Europe.

Designed to race with maximum performance, everyone is quite curious and excited to check out the numbers produced by the Melges 40. Its initial performances in Dubai over the past few months show speeds very similar to that of a TP52.

For the first 2017 event and the only one to be held in Italy, there are four teams in Porto Cervo. Additional Melges 40s will be launched in the coming months.
Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG (Melges 32 and Melges 20 World Champion), Richard Goransson on INGA (2016 Melges 32 Series Champion), Valentin Zavadnikov’s SYNERGY GT (2014 Audi Sailing Series), and Hannes Waimer at the helm of NIGHTSHIFT from Dubai are the protagonists of the Melges 40 Grand Prix.

The current onboard configuration is a crew of nine, including the helm/owner. Tactics will be entrusted to Olympic Gold Medallist Jordi Calafat on STIG, multi-champion Vasco Vascotto for INGA, America’s Cup winner Ed Baird on SYNERGY GT, and former Volvo Ocean Race sailor Gordon Maguire for NIGHTSHIFT.

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

Check out the M40 Facebook Page for photos, videos, and updates!

 

June 16th, 2017 by admin

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The UK’s ‘Fast 40’ class is one of the few places handicap racing is thriving, but if Federico Michetti’s VPP is accurate, the Melges 40 is about to blow the doors off all of ’em.  Our friend Alden Winder sat down with Inga From Sweden skipper Richard Goranson and crew Ollie, Vasco, and Federico last week to talk about their shot at the Melges 32 Worlds, and their soon-to-be-launched Melges 40.  Informative and well-produced stuff from Alden and the Newport Live Media folks.

September 2nd, 2016 by admin

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Pacific Yankee learned why you don’t fuck around with John Kostecki in a pre-start match race today when they threw away a three-point lead over Pinta going into the final race of the 56-boat Melges 20 Worlds, ultimately losing by 7 to the Michael Illbruck-helmed boat.  Watch Illbruck/Kostecki/Michetti manhandle the boat owner and his paid crew of Morgan Reeser/Charlie Smythe in the start above (with commentary by the inimitable Mauro Melandri).

This makes (we think) Federico Michetti the first man to own World Championships in all three Melges sportboats. We’ll be talking with Federico soon ab0ut his accomplishment and the imminent arrival of the Melges 40 for the SA Podcast soon…

You can head over to Livestream to watch the other race clips from Scarlino and the live prizegiving, which will air in an hour or two.  Emanuele Savoini took the Corinthian crown.

 

August 28th, 2016 by admin

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