Largest Melges 32 European Fleet Ever Gathers For Audi Sailing Series Event No. 1 In Malcesine

16 April 2009


An impressive twenty-one Melges 32s are ready to go racing in Malcesine, Italy on April 17-19 for event number one of the 2009 Audi Sailing Series. This regatta marks a major milestone for the European fleet. All eyes have turned to the beautiful Lake of Garda for the ultimate showdown of speed, consistency and high performance racing. 

The majority of the fleet is made up of a very strong, and intimidating Italian armada. Reigning Audi Sailing Series Champion Claudio Recchi on ITA-93 Team 93 is back, this time with a new ride and team that includes Jonathan McKee and Melges Europe's Federico Michetti. Lorenzo Santini and his now famous ITA-1 Uka Uka Racing has embellished his crew with reigning Melges 24 World Champion Lorenzo Bressani as tactician. Luigi Melegari on ITA-181 Matrix made a strong showing in 2008, and for 2009 expects nothing less from his star-studded line-up featuring Olympic medallist Matteo Ivaldi.

New to the Italian fleet is Andrea Cecchetti aboard ITA-752 Bagua with Vasco Vascotto on tactics. Roberto Pardini on ITA-172 Janas joins the fleet with Aniello Stinca as tactician. Gabrielle Benussi will keep ITA-186 Calvi Network's Carlo Alberini in check for success. Lanfranco Cirillo has outfitted his Melges 32 with 2006 Melges 24 World Champion Nicola Celon as tactician, Dede De Luca and Stefano Rizzi. European Melges 32 Class President Filippo Pacinotti on ITA-667 Brontolo will have Freddy Loof calling tactics.

Challenging from beyond Italy's border is Tommasso Chieffi, Flavio Grassi and Luca Alberelli on Savino Formentini's MON-1999 Bitipi.

Three teams from Great Britain have signed up — Stuart Simpson on GBR-84845 Team Barbarians, Peter Rogers on GBR-121 Highlife and last, but certainly not least is Joe Woods on GBR-700 Red

The Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series has implemented a new bow numbering system, that is quite unique. View the Official Audi Release about this special racing aspect of the event. 

View The Entire Crew List For The 2009 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event No. 1 

The International Melges 32 Class Association is very appreciative of the support of title sponsorAudi, as well as Melges Performance Sailboats and Melges Europe

Offshore Rules will be bringing you the 2009 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in Malcesine, with photos, video and text commentary from the racecourse via our Regatta Live! service, as well as posting a roundup of the racing at the end of each day. Coverage begins Friday, April 17. Read Preview Article.

Full race reports, interviews and photo galleries will be posted online at the official website of theInternational Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA). Also, be sure to check out the Official Blog of the IM32CA.


Malcesine is Audi Sailing Series Event No. 1 of 5, concluding with the 2009 Melges 32 World Championship, September 20-27 hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Porto Cervo.

Visit the official website of the International Melges 32 Class Association. If you are unable to attend Audi Sailing Series Event No. 1, stay in touch by subscribing to the IM32CA RSS Feed, or visiting theOfficial Melges 32 Blog.

For media photos (web and/or high resolution) or class specific information about the Melges 32, please contact:
Joy Dunigan
International Melges 32 Class Press Officer 
Mobile: +1 (912) 398-5776
Skype: joysavannah