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Melges 32 World League Enters the Marina di Scarlino Arena

4 May 2017



Scarlino, Italy (May 4, 2017) - The Melges World League (MWL), the international regatta racing circuit for the Melges 32 and Melges 20 fleets comes alive once again with back-to-back racing on the Club Nautico Scarlino playing field.

The Melges 32 will be first in the water, rocket ready to showcase its speed and one-design agility on May 5-7 (Friday-Sunday), marking its second 2017 MWL event. The following weekend of May 12-14, the vibrant Melges 20 fleet will take the stage to complete its fifth Melges 20 World League event of the year.

Sixteen Melges 32 teams representing six nations (Denmark, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Turkey and Russia) will make the starting line. Among them, a debut appearance for the German team of Sjambok with Jens Kuhne at the helm, and the Corinthian effort of Kim Haugaard helming Pelle P from Denmark.

Overall, as the fleet anticipates top competition in Scarlino, Matteo Balestrero's Giogi is on top of the standings, very prepared to make a stance in defense of his Melges 32 World League, European Division leadership.

Poised to challenge Balestrero are the usual suspects: European Champion Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino; Andrea Lacorte's Vitamina Amerikana, and International Class Chairman Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio on G-SPOT. Co-Owners Edoardo Lupi and Massimo Pessina of the fantastic Torpyone have returned, as well as the Pavesio brothers aboard FRA MARTINA, each looking for a slice of speed with total determination to overturn the current leaders. The competition cards are stacked high in the Melges 32 fleet - it really can be anyone's game.

The first race of the Scarlino edition of the Melges 32 World League starts on Friday at 1300 (Euro) on Friday, May 5.

The Melges 32 World League European Division is supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, Toremar, Lavazza and Barracuda Communication.

MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with all Melges 32 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Melges 32 Facebook Page . Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post-racing at melges32.com .

ENTRY LIST
1.) Martin Reintjies/Enrico Fonda, Caipirinha (Corinthian)
2.) Ahmet Eker/Andrea Rachelli, Eker
3.) Edoardo Pavesio/Manuel Weiller Vidal, FRA MARTINA
4.) Matteo Balestrero/Daniele Cassinari, Giogi
5.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Branko Brcin, G-SPOT
6.) Kilian Holzapfel/Jan Jasper Wagner, Junior Homanit (Corinthian)
7.) Christian Schwoerer/Jesper Radich, La Pericolosa
8.) Vincenzo Onorato/Cameron Appleton, Mascalzone Latino
9.) Kim Haugaaard, Pella P
10.) Jens Khune, Sjambok
11.) Andrea Ferrari/Pietro Sibello, Spirit of Nerina
12.) Pavel Kuznetsov/Evgeny Neugodnikov, Tavatuy
13.) Edoardo Lupi-Massimo Pessina/Lorenzo Bressani, Torpyone
14.) Francesco Graziani/Andrea Fornaro, Vitamina (Corinthian)
15.) Andrea LaCorte/Gabriele Benussi, Vitaminia Amerikana
16.) Fritz Homann/Michele Paoletti, Wilma
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TOP FIVE RESULTS (2017 Melges 32 World League - After One Event)
1.) Matteo Balestrero, Giogi = 20 pts.
2.) Andrea Lacorte, Vitamina Amerikana = 19 pts.
3.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio, G-SPOT = 18 pts.
4.) Edoardo Pavesio, FRA MARTINA = 17 pts.
5.) Lasse Petterson, Pippa; 16 pts.


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