Onorato Wins First Event of 2018 Melges 32 World League Circuit
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INTERNATIONAL MELGES 32 CLASS ASSOCIATION
15 APRIL 2018
One final race gives Onorato a big kick start to the 2018 season, Holzapfel crowned Forio d'Ischia Corinthian Champ
Forio d'Ischia, Italy (April 15, 2018) - It took only one final race for Vincenzo Onorato's MASCALZONE LATINO to seal the deal and win in Forio d'Ischia, Italy at the opening act of the 2018 Melges 32 World League. Vincenzo Onorato and his tactician Paul Goodison, with crew members Stefano Ciampalini, Flavio Favini, Lorenzo de Felice, Daniele Fiaschi, Filippo la Mantia, Matteo Savelli and Davide Scarpe are 2018 Melges 32 World League Forio d'Ischia Champions.
"It was a fun weekend. It's been a while since we raced at Worlds, so we were a little bit rusty," commented Goodison post racing. "We had a couple of days training. We had good boat speed all week and the team did a great job getting us around the course."
"The level of competition is really quite high. There are some teams that have been here a while so they are up to speed. It's great to see a few new boats here and it won't be long before they are on the pace. It should be a really competitive season."
Finishing firm in second and third respectively was Matteo Balestrero's GIOGI with Branko Brcin on tactics, and Fritz Homann's WILMA and tactician Nico Celon.
Fourth overall, Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio at the helm of G.SPOT with tactician Michele Ivaldi finished the final race of the event in second place giving him a bump up in the standings.
Norway's Lasse Petterson on PIPPA with tactician Matteo Ivaldi rounded out the top five.
Congratulations are in full order for 2018 Corinthian Melges 32 World League, Forio d'Ischia Champ Kilian Holzapfel's HOMANIT, his tactician Jolbert Van Dik and crew members Nikolaus Beulke, Albert Johannes Buitenhuis, Jeroen Hameter, Robin Jacobs, Maximilian Stein and Filippo Togni.
Thanks to all the Melges 32 teams who competed, Circolo Nautico Punta Imperatore, Marina di Forio, Hotel Villa Carolina, all the event partners and especially the Melges World League sponsors.
The next 2018 Melges 32 World League event takes place in Scarlino, Italy on June 1-3.
The Melges World League is strongly supported by Helly Hansen, Toremar, North Sails, Garmin Marine and Lavazza.
The Melges World League has signed and adopted the code of ethics of the Charta Smerarlda strongly promoting the values of One Ocean Foundation.
MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
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TOP FIVE RESULTS (FINAL - After Four Races)
1. ITA 2121 MASCALZONE LATINO - Vincenzo Onorato / Paul Goodison; 8-1-1-1 = 11
2. ITA 172 GIOGI - Matteo Balestrero / Branko Brcin; 2-7-2-4 = 15
3. GER 193 WILMA - Fritz Homann / Nico Celon; 3-5-5-3 = 16
4. MON 181 G.SPOT - Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio / Michele Ivaldi; 1-11-3-2 = 17
5. NOR 212 PIPPA - Lasse Petterson / Matteo Ivaldi; 6-6-4-6 = 22
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2018 MELGES 32 WORLD LEAGUE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Event 1: Forio d'Ischia, 13 - 15 April
Event 2: Marina di Scarlino, 1-3 June
Event 3: Riva del Garda, 26 - 28 July
Event 4: Cagliari, 30 August - 1 September
Event 5: World Championship - Cagliari, 17 - 20 October
ABOUT THE SPONSORS
The IM32CA would like to extend a very special thanks to the following sponsors who make the 2018 Melges 32 World League, European Division racing possible:
Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, Lavazza, Toremar, and North Sails.
ABOUT THE MELGES 32
The Melges 32 is one design racing at its very best. Since 2005, it has successfully delivered bigger, better, more-simplified sailing that is fun and competitive. An exclusive Reichel/Pugh keelboat design, the Melges 32 possesses one of the most diverse regatta schedules that includes many prestigious venues supported by an organized and well-established class association, attracting some of the world's most notable sailing superstars. For more information, visit the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) at melges32.com.
ABOUT THE MELGES WORLD LEAGUE
The Melges World League is the ultimate one-design competition, uniting the Melges 32 and Melges 20 owners across the globe into one streamlined championship system. It is a season-long series that includes regattas hosted at the world's most desirable venues, featuring sailing's best owner/drivers and Corinthian sailors throughout North America, Europe and Asia. News, results and other info will be published online as it becomes available at melgesworldleague.com.
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