2013 Melges 32 World Championship Brings Best of the Best In One Design Performance Racing to Porto Rotondo

13 September 2013

Porto Rotondo, Italy - Once the last boat has been measured, sails signed, stamped and declared and the final crew member weighed, one of the greatest World Championship battles ever to take place in International Melges 32 Class (IM32CA) history will commence on the beautiful waters of Porto Rotondo in Sardinia, Italy on 18-22 September 2013. The World Championship is also the final act of the very hotly contested Audi Sailing Series.

The players list is long and distinguished as the field of competitors represent nine countries from around the world. First-class tacticians saturate the twenty-six strong fleet including Cameron Appleton, Andrea Casale, Branko Brcin, Lorenzo Bressani, Steve Hunt, Michele Paoletti, Chris Rast, Hamish Pepper, Manuel Weiller, Daniele Cassinari, Gabriele Benussi, Jesper Radich, Kazuto Seki, Pierluigi Fornelli, Vasco Vascotto, Fabio Mazzoni, Chris Nicolson, Michele Ivaldi, Andrey Kirilyuk, Pietro Sibello, Andrea Fornaro, Richard Clarke and former Melges 32 Class World Champions Nathan Wilmot (2009) and Paul Goodison (2012). From the high-profile America's Cup arena, current Luna Rossa Afterguard Francesco Bruni returns to the fleet and former Alinghi tactician Brad Butterworth will compete in the class for the very first time.

Several teams have enjoyed great success this year, however Roberto Tomasini Grinover's Robertissima and Lanfranco Cirillo's Fantastica have proven to be the toughest teams to beat.

Tomasini Grinover triumphed early, rising to the occasion in the Caribbean to become the 2013 OtterboxTM Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series Champion. Cirillo, on the other hand, has been hard at work developing a firm grip on the overall lead of the prestigious Audi Sailing Series, after winning two of the four events - Porto Ercole & Portoferraio - completed thus far.

2013 Melges 32 Key West Race Week Champion Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda is seated second overall. Edoardo Lupi's Torpyone is currently third.

Other teams that should not be underestimated include Gaeta Champion Valentin Zavadnikov on Synergy GT, Jason Carroll on Argo, Deneen Demourkas on Groovederci, Keisuke Suzuki's Swing and lastly, but certainly not least is Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino.

The IM32CA is proud to welcome to the brightest stage of all, fleet newcomers Roberto Mazzucato on Margherita, Luca Simeone on RIMYG, Pavel Kunetsov on Tavatuy-Water Way and newly crowned Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Champion Alessandro Rombelli aboard Azimut by STIG.

FULL ENTRY LIST (Owner/Tactician)
1.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo
2.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapagio/Andrea Casale, Atlantica 19
3.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Branko Brcin, Audi Italia Sailing Team
4.) Alessandro Rombelli/Paul Goodison, Azimut by STIG
5.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda
6.) Filippo Pacinotti/Nathan Wilmot, Brontolo HH
7.) Malcolm Gefter/Steve Hunt, Celeritas
8.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica
9.) Edoardo Pavesio/Chris Rast, FRA MARTINA
10.) Deneen Demourkas/Francesco Bruni, Groovederci
11.) Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper, Inga From Sweden 3
12.) Naofumi Kamei/Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!
13.) Roberto Mazzucato/Daniele Cassinari, Margherita
14.) Vincenzo Onorato/Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino
15.) Tony Buckingham, Brad Butterworth, Ngoni
16.) Wolfgang Stolz/Jesper Radich, Opus One
17.) Diasuke Kimura/Kazuto Seki, Quetefeek
18.) Luca Simeone/Pierluigi Fornelli, RIMYG
19.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima
20.) Andrea Ferrari/Fabio Mazzoni, Spirit of Nerina
21.) Keisuke Suzuki/Chris Nicolson, Swing
22.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, Synergy GT
23.) Pavel Kunetsov/Andrey Kirilyuk, Tavatuy-Water Way
24.) Edoardo Lupi/Pietro Sibello, Torpyone
25.) Andrea Lacorte/Andrea Fornaro, Vitamina
26.) Yukihiro Ishida/Richard Clarke, Yasha Samurai
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MELGES MEDIA
For the latest developments at Worlds in Porto Rotondo, tune in to these media portals:
Official Facebook Page of the International Melges 32 Class Association
Official Facebook Page of the Audi Sailing Series
Official Website of the International Melges 32 Class Association
Official Website of the Audi Sailing Series
Official Audi Sailing Series YouTube Circuit Channel 

Live streaming will start at 11.00 a.m. CET on Wednesday, 18 September. Stay close to the Melges 32 Class Website and Official Facebook Page for the link to view live racing coverage.

ABOUT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2013 Melges 32 World Championship is hosted by the prestigious Yacht Club Porto Rotondo (YCPR) in coordination with Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), B.Plan Sports & Events (BPSE), Melges Europe and Melges USA

ABOUT THE AUDI SAILING SERIES
Many thanks to Sailing Series title sponsor Audi - Truth in Engineering. In addition, the Audi 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. 

AUDI DAY
Tuesday, September 17 has been officially named Audi Day. Open to all teams participating at the World Championship, the event will consist of three automaker challenges - consumption control, blindfolded driving and parking. The top three teams win two seats each at the Audi Sportscar Experience on 23 September at all'autodromo di Mores, a few kilometers from Sassari and Alghero.

PHYSIOTHERAPIST ASHORE
In Porto Rotondo, the event will offer the services of Dr. Dario Oscar Archetti, physiotherapist of Medical Studio Boscovich in Milano and of the National Ski Team. He specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation and muscle aches. Appointments can be made with Dr. Archetti at the Audi Race Desk between 13-17 September.

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!

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. For more information and test drive bookings, e-mail the Audi Quattro Experience.

The Audi RS5 Coupe, Audi TT RS, Audi R8 Coupe and the Q5 will be available for test drives. Audi fans can also find the Audi RS6 and the Audi R8 Spyder on display at the entrance of the regatta village square opposite the Yacht Club Porto Rotondo.