Final Countdown to Melges 32 World Championship In Progress, Grand Finale Event of 2013 Audi Sailing Series Approaching

11 September 2013

Porto Rotondo, Italy - In less than one week, the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) will usher in its fifth World Championship, 18-22 September 2013. Boasting twenty-six impeccable entries representing nine countries from around the world - Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States, the event is graciously hosted by Yacht Club Porto Rotondo (YCPR) in coordination with Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), B.Plan Sports & Events (BPSE), Melges Europe and Melges USA.

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Currently, teams are on the ground in Sardinia wading through the daunting tasks of boat and sail measurement, registration and weigh-in, all which is set to complete early next week, setting in motion five full days of championship racing just off of Italy's stunning 'Emerald Coast'.

Over the coming days, Melges 32 teams will not only enjoy racing within the splendor of Porto Rotondo's magical beauty and brilliance, they will also participate in fantastic parties, luncheons and dinners including a grand celebration of Roberto Tomasini Grinover's (Robertissima) birthday party on Monday, 16 September. A post IM32CA AGM lunch, sponsored by fleet newcomer Alessandro Rombelli's Azimut by STIG takes place on Tuesday, 17 September followed by an opening ceremony later that evening at YCPR. On Wednesday, 18 September the fleet will gather at beautiful YCCS for an elegant evening dinner party. A final YCPR gala dinner is planned later in the week on Saturday, 21 September. Sunday completes the event with the last round of racing, and an awards ceremony crowning the overall winner of the 2013 Audi Sailing Series, but also presenting the biggest trophy of all, that of World Champion. View The Complete Event Program

As with all Melges events, press and media reach will be at an all-time high. There will be many ways you can stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest happenings in Porto Rotondo.

At the Official Facebook Page of the International Melges 32 Class Association, live reports of the racing with video footage will be posted as it happens. Be sure to also tune-in and LIKE, the Facebook pages of the Audi Sailing Series, Melges USA, Melges Europe, Melges Asia Pacific and Melges Japan to get the full dose of World Championship action.

Video Interviews & Daily Recaps will be available each day. Zerogradinord will produce interviews and video highlights available on the Official Audi Sailing Series YouTube Circuit Channel.

Gorgeous Photography from Studio Borlenghi will be made available everyday post-racing at melges32.com and online at the Official Melges 32 Facebook Page. There is never a shortage of beautiful imagery that captures the vibrancy and high spirit of Melges Racing, and Porto Rotondo will prove to be no different. Be on the look out and be sure to tag away!

Each day, Press Releases & Race Reports will be made available online at the Official Website of the International Melges 32 Class Association and via the Audi Sailing Series.

Live Streaming will be provided by Italy’s number one yacht racing magazine Giornale della Vela.