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Melges 32 Smile and Wave Closes Out 2013 Season With Resounding Win At Puerto Rico Heineken Regatta

11 June 2013

Lumpy seas and light winds challenged all the sailors at the last event of the Caribbean Spring Race season during the Puerto Rico International Heineken Regatta in beautiful Palmas del Mar.

Six months of intense training and racing including three Melges 32 only events in the Caribbean have polished this up-and-coming group into a winning team. Lead by seasoned pro, Martin Kullman, owner-driver Jaime Torres and a hard-core group of committed sailors sailed away with class and the overall win beating out top Caribbean teams like Lazy Dog and Dark Star in CSA Spinnaker Racing Class. With 6 bullets and 3 seconds in their 10-race score-line, team Smile and Wave walked away with the skippers weight in Heineken (7 cases!) and a beautiful class win trophy.

All of the eyes of the PR sailing community are on the well-sailed Melges 32s including the newly arrived SOCA. Both boats went hard at it, with the best starts and sharpest boat handling, proving once again that tough one-design racing makes the best sailors. Plus, the two crews where clearly having the best times in the water easily out sailing much bigger boats.

Torres commented: "Our learning curve on the Melges 32 has been steep. The key combo that raised our performance level has been training with a top level pro/coach (Martin Kullman) and racing against world class teams at the Melges 32 Class VI Sailing Series in the Virgin Islands."

The Melges 32 class is on the brink of massive expansion in the Caribbean with 5 boats already here and interest in the class at an all-time high. Torres is keen on this development because he believes the Melges 32 to be an ideal launch platform for Caribbean sailors to move into the ranks of pro sailing. The unbeatable combination of fun, durability, performance and affordability of the Melges 32 makes this hot one design the perfect boat for the wild Caribbean sailing conditions.

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