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2008 Audi Sailing Series Melges 32 Event No. 2 Preview, Cagliari 27-29 June

20 June 2008

The second round of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series 2008 will take place in Cagliari on the southern tip of the island of Sardinia from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June. Cagliari is a legendary regatta venue and has already hosted major RC44 and Melges 24 one design regattas so far in 2008. Both those events were blessed with near perfect conditions, so things bode well for a superb event when the Melges 32 fleet rolls into town next week.

Cagliari is a very different venue to the lake conditions we experienced in Malcesine at the inaugural event last month. The sailing waters off Cagliari are wide and open and if the breeze gets into the 15-20 knot range then we are likely to see some significant waves making for spectacular downwind sailing. Good starts, clean lanes and maximum boatspeed will all be key to securing a place on the podium come the end of the regatta.

A twelve boat fleet is expected to take to the water including Luigi Amedeo Melegari's Matrix who will be flying the Audi Sailing Series 2008 leader's red flag having claimed victory in the first regatta in Malcesine. The competition in Cagliari promises to be intense with many of the teams at the regatta capable of winning races. Francesco Martino's Pilot Italia will be looking to secure another podium position having finished third in Malcesine and Claudio Recchi at the helm of Uka Uka will be hoping for a return to form after an uncharacteristic mid fleet finish on Lake Garda. Watch out also for Germany's Michael Illbruck aboard Pinta, who will be trying to recreate the performance which saw him win the SORC regatta in Miami earlier this year.

Whilst there will be a couple of boats missing from the line up in Malcesine, the Cagliari regatta will welcome two new teams to the Audi Sailing Series 2008 circuit – Stefano di Properzio's Mataran as well as Ernesto Faraco, Adriano De Concini and friends' entry LEA. Both Audi and the Melges 32 European Class extend a warm greeting to both these crews and we look forward to getting to know them well.

Registration, crew weighing and measurement checks will be carried out on Thursday 26th July before an owners meeting that evening chaired by European Class President Filippo Pacinotti. A skippers briefing will be held on Friday morning before racing gets underway at around 12.30. A maximum of eight races are scheduled with no more than three races per day.

Melges Europe will be posting daily press releases by email and online at the official web site of the International Melges 32 Class Association, www.melges32.com to keep you up to date as the Cagliari edition of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series unfolds.

Justin Chisholm
Melges Europe Press Officer
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