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The Hispano-Japanese Team Bros Dominate First Weekend of Merchbanc Barcelona Melges 32 Winter Series

13 November 2011

The first weekend of the Merchbanc Barcelona Winter Series, organized by the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona, ends with Naofumi Kamei’s Team Bros in first place, thanks to two second place finishes and a first place. Right behind with two thirds and a win Marc de Antonio’s Bribon Movistar, while the third step of the provisional podium is for Robertissima, with the owner driver Robert Tomasini Grinover on his debut in the Melges 32 class (5-2-3).

After the practice races on Friday, Saturday the wind was made to wait, but were still completed two regattas.

In the first won Christian Soyka’s IMMAC, who took the head of the fleet after Hans Spitzhauer, tactical Robertissima, has stretched too much edge to the left and stopped in a wind hole. Behind IMMAC, Team Bros and Bribon Movistar, which has passed right in the end Highlife.

The second race started after a general recall with a breeze of only five knots, then dropped to four.

A very solid Team Bros exceeded Robertissima, who sailed with an extreme tactic than other boats, and Bribon Movistar.

The second day of the Barcelona Merchbanc Winter Series kicked off in the rain and the wind unstable, which made life difficult for the Race Committee.

The first and only race of the day, running with eight knots, saw Bribon Movistar dominate the windward leg, followed by Team Bros and Robertissima, who preferred to keep to the center of the field. These were the protagonists on Sunday, but just behind them arrived another rookie of the Melges 32 class: Jon Obese’s Bahia de Nueva Pasaia, fourth in today race and fifth overall.

There was no way to guarantee a second round of quality and the Race Committee decided to give the crew good-bye to the weekend of 16-18 December, the second weekend dedicated to Merchbanc Barcelona Melges 32 Winter Series.

Roberto Tomasini Grinover, owner of Robertissima:
"Saturday was a tough day, with little wind and a faulty tactic for us, despite Hans Spitzhauer is one of the best sailors in the world. We are taking measures of this boat, but I'm happy to have a crew that has Melges 32 experts and athletes from the Olympic classes, particularly from the Star"

Toni Rivas, Tactician Team Bros:
"Today was a complicated: you can make a first or last, however, we have saved the regatta. The class level is very high and the Melges 32 is a spectacular and fun boat. For next weekend we wait more boats and fun will increase for sure"

Marc de Antonio, owner of Bribon Movistar:
"We are very happy with how things went this weekend, despite the difficult weather conditions we were able to complete three races. We will see further improve our position. This weekend was also great thanks to a very beautiful and international atmosphere ashore"

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.

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