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Merchbanc Barcelona Winter Series Commences

12 November 2011

With British punctuality at 2 p.m. the Race Committee of Real Club Nautico de Barcelona, led by Vincent Cespedes, gave the warning signal of the first of three training starts of Barcelona Merchbanc Winter Series Melges 32. Then took place two training regatta scheduled for today.

In the first race were coursed only two legs with a light breeze from south west about only 8 knots, enough for Gunter and Robertissima and their new crews to pit their strenght against the rivals. After a good start the German IMMAC stood in first place followed by the Japanese Team Bros (this time with Spanish crew as Toni Rivas, Juan Meseger or Manu Weiller) and the Britain High Life, positions that were maintained from beginning to end after a downwind with no surprises.

After two training sorties, started the second training race with a wind decreasing from 6 to 3 knots moving to east up to 160. This time the story changed and boats opting for the right board took the initiative with the Austrian-Italian Robertissima and the Spanish Bribon Movistar as protagonists. In the only downwind leg positions remained the same. The victory went to a very prominent Robertissima followed by Marc de Antonio’s Bribon Movistar, that this time has Gonzalo Araujo on board.

Tomorrow the first of three windward - leeward scheduled races will start at 11 a.m. inaugurating the Barcelona Merchbanc Melges 32 Winter Series. 

Declarations of Toni Rivas, skipper of Team Bros:
"Melges 32 is a very fun boat, a mix of sailing and cruising. The fleet is very even so it will be for sure a fun race; I hope only a little bit more wind"

About Merchbanc Barcelona Winter Series:
The Barcelona Merchbanc Winter Series will consist of four series, one per month during the months of November and December 2011 and January and February 2012. Each series will consist of an official day of practice on Friday and two days with official races on Saturday and Sunday, with a maximum of 6 races per set and a total of 24 windward – leeward regattas. The Winter Series Merchbanc Barcelona are the continuation of a very special season for the class in Spain after Copa del Rey and the World Championship, as it is intended that our country is one of the hubs of the Melges 32 class in Europe. 

About Merchbanc:
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