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Melges 32 European Fleet Readies For Battle At 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event 1

25 March 2010

Everything is ready in Lerici, Italy for the very first event of the 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, starting March 26-28. Sixteen teams have assembled spanning five nations. Today, was practice as they prepare for tomorrow’s competition.

Many of the top European teams are in attendance including Luca Lalli on B LinSailing.com. Already this year, Lalli stands out as he has enjoyed initial victory at the Primo Cup last February. Another strong contender, 2009 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Carlo Alberini on Calvi Network keeps Gabriele Benussi as tactician. 

Several more foreign teams have also confirmed their participation including Peter Rogers from the UK on Highlife, dutchman Kees Kaan on ROARK, Wolfgang Stolz from Germany on Opus One and Martin Knetig has his Czech entry Black Mamba

Defending Lerici champion Roberto Pardini on Janas is also locked and loaded with speed. Filippo Pacinotti on Brontolo arrived on the 2010 scene with new, bright graphics with all bets on the Cassinari brothers - Daniele on tactics and Giovanni on main.

The International Melges 32 Class Association would like to welcome fleet newcomer Francesco Serena on H2SO4!

There will not only be the intense competition on the water, but also among the many class supporters and events. For example, B&G Brand is going to present a new electronic instrument model specifically engineered for the Melges 32. Special thanks to the fabulous Luca Lalli for the B Lin Sailing.com cocktail party and on Saturday, a buffet dinner sponsored by Cuervo Y Sobrinos at the Lerici castle.

Cuervo Y Sobrinos has arrived in the sailing world with an innate elegance. This luxury watch brand has committed to a strong partnership with Melges 32 owner and crew Ferdinando Battistella and Cesare Curnis. At every Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series appointment and especially to the winning crew of the circuit, Cuervo Y Sobrinos will raffle off a Buceador Melges model, a prestigious watch specifically made for the sailing world.