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Melges 32 Class Kicks Off 2013 Sailing Series In British Virgin Islands

21 February 2013

Virgin Gorda, BVI - The International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) and 2013 Virgin Islands Sailing Series (VISS) Title Sponsor Otterbox is proud to usher in the inaugural, four part Melges 32 Series in the British Virgin Islands. Hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), Virgin Gorda, teams could not possibly be enjoying themselves more.

Racing officially starts on Thursday, February 21, 2013 for the nine-boat strong fleet. The absolute cream of the crop will compete in the BVI poised for great racing, but also prepare to enjoy a robust and diversified events social calendar that will enable every team to taste island life at its finest and most luxurious.

The fleet is fully stacked with the likes of double National Champion Jason Carroll on Argo and North American Champion Ryan DeVos on Volpe. Overall, the fleet boasts heavy and skillful talent from Italy, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the BVI and the USA.

Home court advantage obviously is to be had by BVI resident Mark Plaxton on INTAC Global. "Great breeze and great sailing, everyday." is to be expected commented Plaxton.

Another owner joins the International Melges 32 fleet in 2013 — Jamie Torres, owner of Smile and Wave from Puerto Rico. Torres' Melges 32 is based in the Islands as well, but admits he's really looking forward to some great competition.

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 Airlinesand INTAC Global Investments.

FULL ENTRY LIST
1.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton; Argo
2.) Dalton DeVos/Morgan Reeser; Delta
3.) Richard Gorranson/Hamish Pepper; Inga from Sweden
4.) Mark Plaxton/Richard Clarke; INTAC
5.) Alex Jackson/Paul Goodison; Leenabarca
6.) Roberto Tomassini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto; Robertissima III
7.) Jamie Torres/Marty Kullman; Smile and Wave
8.) Valentin Zavadnikov, Tommaso Chieffi; Team Synergy
9.) Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird, Volpe
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The International Melges 32 Class Association is very appreciative of the 2013 Virgin Island Sailing Series Title Series Sponsor: 

OTTERBOX
Built upon fundamentals of hard work, innovation and perseverance, OtterBox is a leader in the production of premier protective solutions for global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors.

Incorporating creativity and cutting-edge design into every product, OtterBox creates sleek and durable cases that offer reliable device protection to complement any lifestyle.

OtterBox was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo. In 2010, OtterBox established an EMEA headquarters in Ireland and an APAC headquarters in Hong Kong.

For more information, visit www.otterbox.comWe’ve Got Technology Covered.

The IM32CA also thanks the following 2013 Virgin Island Sailing Series Presenting Sponsors:

SEABORNE AIRLINES
Seaborne Airlines is one of the largest employers in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Named the “Best Small Air Transport” serving the U.S. Virgin Islands every year since 2007, it has operated for more than 19 years in the Caribbean, carrying almost 2.5 million customers. With both seaplane and Airport air shuttle operations, all aircraft operate with two pilots under US FAR Part 121 flight rules. Flights can be reserved via the Internet at www.seaborneairlines.com or by calling 866-359-8784.

INTAC GLOBAL INVESTMENTS
INTAC Global Investments is a private wealth management firm that has provided Global Wealth Management to high net worth clients since 1995. Through their custodian HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA in Zurich, Switzerland, our clients have access to the very best performing and respected investment funds. INTAC manages a clients’ asset allocation decisions, fund manager selection and portfolio optimization on an ongoing basis. So, when our clients succeed, we succeed. Put simply, it’s the best way to invest. For more information, visit INTAC Global Investments at their website,www.intacglobal.com.

MELGES USA
Melges Performance Sailboats, the builder of the Melges 32, is the world leader in performance, one design racing. For more than 60 years, Melges has delivered superior-built Scows, Sportboats and Skiffs across the country and around the world. Melges has designed, manufactured and provided continuous customer service and product support unlike anyone else. Now ask yourself, do you believe in speed? Could it be possible to have the luxury of simple sailing that is fun and fast? The answer is without reservation — yes. Signed, sealed, endorsed and delivered by the best, for the best. For more information about Melges, visit their website at melges.com

Additional special thanks and appreciation is extended to the following Supporting and Contributing Sponsors: Biras CreekBritish Virgin Islands Tourism BoardThe Moorings/TUI MarineOil Nut Bay,Surfsong Villa ResortYacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS)Caribbean Cellars, Bitter End Yacht Club,Digicell and Mooney Bay.

The IM32CA also recognizes the kind generosity of Kestrel Global LogisticsInternational Rolex Regatta 2013BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.


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