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Carroll Submits A 3-Bullet BVI Day Taking The 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 VISS Virgin Gorda Lead

23 February 2013

Virgin Gorda, BVI - Day two in the British Virgin Islands was equally amazing as the first with the 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series, Event No. 1 in Virgin Gorda, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) bagging three more races.

Jason Carroll's Argo got back on champion track in the first race of the day, hammering up the right side of the course for extra added pressure to take an early lead at the top mark. Downwind Alex Jackson's Leenabarca charged ahead to take the lead at the gate heading right, while Carroll went left. Back upwind they traded positions again as Carroll had great boat speed, surging to regain the top spot and ultimately, taking the win. Jackson remained solid to finish second, and Ryan DeVos onVolpe did well to claim third.

Carroll went on to deliver an impressive, not one but two carbon copy performances in race two and three of the day.

Race two was purely about an excellent start and great speed, the last race however, was all Richard Goransson's Inga From Sweden right up until the final run. Carroll and his Argo Team over-powered Goransson, commanding an unbelievable coup d'état for the lead about half way to the finish, ultimately cleaning up the day with three bullets.

After two days and six races, discards are into effect. After Carroll's astounding performance, he now sits atop the field of competitors, tied in points with second overall Jackson. Overnight leader Roberto Tomasini Grinover on Robertissima 1 had a less than productive day slipping back to third, but are only one point away from the top two boats. Ryan DeVos had a good day coming up fourth and the BVI's Mark Plaxton finished the day in fifth.

More racing is scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2013. First warning is at 11.00 BVI.

ABOUT THE SERIES
The 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series consists of three exquisite events and is the first ever of its kind for the progressive sportboat class. Act one of the three-part series, the BVI Sportboat Regatta takes place this weekend, February 21-24, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda. The second event happens in conjunction with the International Rolex Regatta in the U.S. Virgin Islands on March 22-24, 2013. The grand finale of the Series, the 2013 Caribbean Championship happens in late April on the luxurious and very private Peter Island.

MELGES MEDIA
The IM32CA Press Team is excited to be in the BVI, however on-the-water updates are expected to occur. The connection is slow, so we appreciate everyone's patience as we plan to update the Official Melges 32 Blog regularly. Periodic updates will be posted to Facebook.

TOP FIVE RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After 6 races/1 discard)
1.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo; 5-7-[8]-1-1-1 = 15
2.) Alex Jackson/Paul Goodison, Leenabarca; 4-2-2-2-[7]-5 = 15
3.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima 1; 1-4-1-4-[8]-6 = 16
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The International Melges 32 Class Association is very appreciative of the 2013 Virgin Island Sailing Series Title Series Sponsor: 

OTTERBOX®
Built upon fundamentals of hard work, innovation and perseverance, OtterBox® is a leader in the production of premier protective solutions for global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors.

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OtterBox® was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo. In 2010, OtterBox established an EMEA headquarters in Ireland and an APAC headquarters in Hong Kong.

For more information, visit www.otterbox.comWe’ve Got Technology Covered.

The IM32CA also thanks the following 2013 Virgin Island Sailing Series Presenting Sponsors:

SEABORNE AIRLINES
Seaborne Airlines is one of the largest employers in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Named the “Best Small Air Transport” serving the U.S. Virgin Islands every year since 2007, it has operated for more than 19 years in the Caribbean, carrying almost 2.5 million customers. With both seaplane and Airport air shuttle operations, all aircraft operate with two pilots under US FAR Part 121 flight rules. Flights can be reserved via the Internet at www.seaborneairlines.com or by calling 866-359-8784.

INTAC GLOBAL INVESTMENTS
INTAC Global Investments is a private wealth management firm that has provided Global Wealth Management to high net worth clients since 1995. Through their custodian HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA in Zurich, Switzerland, our clients have access to the very best performing and respected investment funds. INTAC manages a clients’ asset allocation decisions, fund manager selection and portfolio optimization on an ongoing basis. So, when our clients succeed, we succeed. Put simply, it’s the best way to invest. For more information, visit INTAC Global Investments at their website, www.intacglobal.com.

MELGES USA
Melges Performance Sailboats, the builder of the Melges 32, is the world leader in performance, one design racing. For more than 60 years, Melges has delivered superior-built Scows, Sportboats and Skiffs across the country and around the world. Melges has designed, manufactured and provided continuous customer service and product support unlike anyone else. Now ask yourself, do you believe in speed? Could it be possible to have the luxury of simple sailing that is fun and fast? The answer is without reservation — yes. Signed, sealed, endorsed and delivered by the best, for the best. For more information about Melges, visit their website at melges.com

Additional special thanks and appreciation is extended to the following Supporting and Contributing Sponsors: Biras CreekBritish Virgin Islands Tourism BoardThe Moorings/TUI MarineOil Nut BaySurfsong Villa ResortYacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS)Caribbean Cellars, Bitter End Yacht Club, Digicell and Mooney Bay.

The IM32CA also recognizes the kind generosity of the Royal BVI Yacht Club Race Committee, Kestrel Global LogisticsInternational Rolex Regatta 2013BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.