European Melges 32 fleet announces Audi Winter tune up schedule


Following a spectacular summer of European Melges 32 racing during the 2008 Audi Sailing Series, the International Melges 32 Class Association is pleased to announce the dates for the Audi Winter Tune-Up Meetings. This double series of weekend sessions include coaching and racing — the brainchild of European Melges 32 Fleet Representative Filippo Pacinotti and Marco Laurino. These meetings are generously supported by Melges Europe, Audi, B-Plan and Nautiservice, Ancona.

The format for the weekends will be coaching sessions each morning, followed by fleet racing in the afternoon. During the coaching sessions, which will take place under the watchful eye of Italian Olympic coach Guglielmo Vatteroni, participants will be able to practice their starting and general boat handling. Additionally Melges Europe’s Federico Michetti will also be on hand to offer advice and feedback to all the teams. The afternoon sessions will comprise of a series of short races giving crews a chance to put what they learned into practice.

Several Melges 32 owners have already confirmed their attendance including Filippo Pacinotti’s Brontolo, Stefano Di Properzio’s Mataran, Morina Antonello’s Sei Tu 32 and Mauro Mocchegiani’s Rush Diletta. Lanfranco Cirillo’s Fantasticaaa, who despite just two weeks ago having organised a memorable team party on Lake Garda, with a Melges 20, Melges 24 and Melges 32 all sailing, is nevertheless raring to go again too.

EVENT SCHEDULE: WINTER TUNE-UP NO. 1 — Ancona (Adriatic Sea)
Event No. 1 – 15-16 November 2008
Event No. 2 – 13-14 December 2008
Event No. 3 – 31 January – 01 February 2009
Event No. 4 – 7-8 March 2009

EVENT SCHEDULE: WINTER TUNE-UP NO. 2 — Varazze (Tirreno Sea)
Event No. 1 – 20-21 December 2008
Event No. 2 – 10-11 January 2008
Event No. 3 – 31 January – 01 February 2009

Each day will commence promptly at 09:00. Boats will be stored between events at the Nautiservice facility in Ancona.

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