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40th Anniversary International Rolex Regatta Sets Stage For Second Act Of OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series

20 March 2013

St. Thomas, USVI - The International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) will usher in round two of competition at the 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series (VISS) this weekend, March 22-24, held in conjunction with the International Rolex Regatta, hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club in beautiful St. Thomas, USVI. Nine top-shelf Melges 32 teams have arrived and are anxiously awaiting some very heated competition, in particular Virgin Gorda, Event No. 1 winner and current series leader Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima.

Tomasini Grinover sits center stage with repeat tactician Vasco Vascotto. For Event No. 2, he has elected to take his efforts up a notch by employing the additional efforts of Giovanni Cassinari and Federico Michetti, one of the most highly decorated Melges sailing champions in the world.

The rest of the fleet is equally star-studded. Virgin Gorda third runner up, Jason Carroll and tactician Cameron Appleton on Argo are also present with their sights firmly set on the top prize. Richard Goransson's Inga From Sweden plans to pack a punch with Hamish Pepper calling the shots. Ryan DeVos' Volpe is fully equipped with former America's Cupper Ed Baird acting as tactician, while his younger cousin Dalton on Delta, continues to ramp things up with Jonathan McKee on tactics.

The Caribbean Fleet is very well represented by Mark Plaxton on INTAC, who just recently earned the “Most Worthy Performance Overall” title for winning every single race of the St. Maarten’s Heineken Regatta. Puerto Rico's Jaime Torres on Smile and Wave will be happily smiling and waving as he revs up his Melges 32 for a serious, yet fun filled weekend of super charged sportboat racing.

Russia’s Valentin Zavadnikov will drive the Team Synergy initiative, while Great Britain’s Tony Buckingham aboard Ngoni debuts his Melges 32 in the North American/Caribbean realm.

Thursday, March 21 will round out registration and the last few weigh-ins. Racing will commence on Friday, will continue on Saturday and conclude on Sunday.

MELGES MEDIA
The IM32CA Press Team is excited to be in the USVI, and on-the-water updates are expected to occur. Stay close to the Official Melges 32 Blog as the latest news will be published as it happens. Periodic updates will be posted to Facebook.

FULL ENTRY LIST
1.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo
2.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta
3.) Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper, Inga From Sweden
4.) Mark Plaxton/Richard Clarke, INTAC
5.) Tony Buckingham/Chris Nicholson, Ngoni
6.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima
7.) Jaime Torres/Riccardo Pappa, Smile and Wave
8.) Valentin Zavadinkov/Tommaso Chiefi, Team Synergy
9.) Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird, Volpe
View Official Event Website
View Full Crew List

TOP FIVE SERIES RESULTS (After 1 Event, 10 Races)
1.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover, Robertissima - 100 pts.
2.) Alex Jackson, Leenabarca - 99 pts.
3.) Jason Carroll, Argo - 98 pts.
4.) Richard Goransson, Inga From Sweden - 97 pts.
5.) Ryan DeVos, Volpe - 96 pts.
View Full USA Sailing Series Results

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 took place on February 21-24, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda. The second event is currently underway, held 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 on April 26-28 on the luxurious and very private Peter Island.

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The International Melges 32 Class Association is very appreciative of the 2013 Virgin Island Sailing Series Title Series Sponsor:

OTTERBOX®
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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.com. We’ve Got Technology Covered.

The IM32CA also thanks the following 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 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 Series Supporting and Contributing Sponsors: Biras Creek, British Virgin Islands Tourism Board, The Moorings/TUI Marine, Oil Nut Bay, Surfsong Villa Resort, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), Caribbean Cellars, Bitter End Yacht Club, Digicell and Mooney Bay.

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


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