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In attesa di sapere se la Coppa America andrà a San Francisco, godiamoci il vento e le acque della baia in occasione del Campionato...

[singlepic id=5703 w=320 h=213 float=left]Melges 32 World Championship – San Francisco – In attesa di sapere se la Coppa America andrà a San Francisco, godiamoci il vento e le acque della baia in occasione del Campionato Mondiale Melges 32, evento dalla entry list… clamorosa.

Tra il 22 e il 25 settembre, quindi da mercoledi a domenica, il gotha della vela internazionale, Russell Coutts incluso, si ritroverà a condividere un limitato tratto di mare ed è certo che sarà battaglia vera.

In acqua si vedranno Samba Pa Ti con Stu Bannatyne alla tattica, Ramrod ai comandi di Chris Larson, Leeenabarca con Robert Greenhalgh e Jonathan McKee su Full Throttle. Solo un italiano in gara, ma qualità da vendere per Lorenzo Bressani, Flavio Favini e Federico Michetti, tutti in acqua sul campione italiano B-Lin di Luca Lalli, freschissimo vincitore delle Rolex BigBoats Series. E poi ancora i campioni europei di Red, guidati da Paul Goodison, e gli iridati in carica di Bliksem, il Melges 32 di Pieter Taselaar.

Le regate inizieranno giovedì (nel tardo pomeriggio italiano) e continueranno sino a domenica. Sono previste tre prove al giorno.

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[Melges 32 World Championship Press Release]
The International Melges 32 Class Association is just days away from commencing its second World Championship, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, Calif. on September 22-25 with a record-breaking 32 entries. The fleet is naturally dominated by 23 North American entrants, 3 from Japan, 2 from Great Britain and one each from the Czech Republic, France, Italy and New Zealand. The illustrious Rolex Big Boat Series provides the perfect stage acting as Pre-Worlds. It is the ideal warm-up opportunity that promises a full serving of Bay Area breeze and stiff current for the 26 registered teams as they hone in on the class’ World Championship trophy.

To no one’s surprise, the entry list is long and right on target with class estimates. It is also safe to assume that the World Championship in San Francisco will produce intense competition as a vast number of teams have an excellent chance of doing well. A quick glance down the Official Event Crew List gives every indication that not only is sailing’s elite present, but the racing will be tight, competitive, fast and seriously fun. From top to bottom it includes many of the season’s owner/driver regatta champions. 2010 Key West Race Week Champion John Kilroy with tactician Stu Bannatyne on Samba Pa Ti, Jean-Francois Cruette’s Teasing Machine and Miami Grand Prix winning tactician Christian Ponthieu, Gold Cup winner Rod Jabin on Ramrod with Chris Larson on tactics, East Coast Champion Alex Jackson on Leenabarca with tactician Rob Greenhalgh and Northeast Regatta Champ John Porter with tactician Jonathan McKee on Full Throttle will all be on task for a win.

The European contingent is equally strong. Front and center is 2010 Melges 32 European and USA Winter Series Circuit Champion Joe Woods on Red in true form with steady tactician Paul Goodison. Recently crowned 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Champion Luca Lalli on B-lin Sailing will be in very good company with tactician, double (reigning) Melges 24 World Champion Lorenzo Bressani. Also, amongst his crew is former America’s Cup helmsman Flavio Favini and triple Melges 24 World and multiple European Champion Federico Michetti.

“The Melges 32 is the most exciting one design class in the world – says North American Fleet President Stephen Pugh – We are very excited about welcoming everyone to what is unequivocally the most beautiful and popular sailing venue in the world. The always exciting San Francisco Bay will fully satisfy the thrill seekers. Pair that with StFYC’s world-class race committee led by John Craig and you have the makings of a monumental event”.

If one were to attempt to narrow down the field and examine who potentially is in best position for trophy contention, it would include Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti. He has had a phenomenal year with exceptional high-end results beginning in Key West, simultaneously acquiring the prestigious Boat of the Week award. Kilroy has ventured beyond his backyard multiple times in 2010 in preparation for Worlds. He competed in Europe twice then returned in late August to win the inaugural California Cup/San Francisco Race Week.

Luca Lalli’s B-lin Sailing will be a force to be reckoned with. His strong and consistent performances throughout Europe in 2010 places him high on the list alongside of fellow European Woods. His collection of accolades span regattas in North America and Europe that include second place finishes in Ft. Lauderdale and Key West, a fifth in Miami and a fourth in Harbor Springs. The icing on the cake was a more than well-deserved win in Cagliari at the European Championship.

Porter’s powerful Full Throttle should not be underestimated either. A nice finish in Miami, a win in Newport and a fourth at Nationals is nothing to take lightly. He is also a former Melges 32 Division Champion at the Rolex Big Boat Series.

Returning to Worlds in full defense of the title and trophy, is Pieter Taselaar on Bliksem. Like Kilroy, Taselaar realizes the value in racing the European circuit and that it effectively raises the bar regarding crew work and pushes more aggressively for acquired boat speed. Two components, that Taselaar can attest, to win a World Championship is more than required, it’s mandatory.

Melges 32 Pre-Worlds competition commences on Thursday, September 16 and runs through Sunday, September 19. Official World Championship racing begins on Wednesday, September 22.

To read the entry list click here.

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