Oct 18, 3:49 am
The second act of the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit got off to a strong start with three races completed on opening day in light to moderate breeze, naming three different race winners.

Atop the charts overall is Valentin Zavadnikov’s DYNAMIQ – SYNERGY SAILING TEAM with Ed Baird on tactics. They successfully submitted a 1-2-2 scoreline to take an early lead, while Porto Cervo champ Alessandro Rombelli at the helm of STIG with tactician Francesco Bruni gave the day a good run to finish up one point behind in second place.

“It was a great first day of racing, we did not have a lot of wind today, only about 12 knots, but the boat is still quite fun,” said Bruni. “There’s a lot to play with upwind and downwind, keel position at half-way, in the middle… It’s still a new boat and there are lots of things yet to learn, but it was a great day.”

It was an awesome starter day for new Melges 40 owner Yukihiro Ishida aboard SIKON with Chris Rast serving as tactician with a big win in Race Three. “The amazing thing about this boat is that even though it is 40-feet long, you sail it like a dinghy. It’s absolutely amazing. It is so lively, and the situations on the water at the mark are so close,” commented Rast.

1.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Ed Baird; MON-13, DYNAMIQ – SYNERGY SAILING TEAM; 1-2-2 = 5
2.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni; ITA-4, STIG; 2-1-3 = 6
3.) Yukihiro Ishida/Chris Rast; JPN-40, SIKON; 3-3-1 = 7
4.) Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton; SWE-42, INGA; 4-4-4 = 12

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