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Tomasini Grinover In Charge At 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series, Caribbean Championship

26 April 2013

Peter Island, BVI - The first day of racing in the British Virgin Islands at the the 2013 OtterBox®Melges 32 Virgin Island Sailing Series (M32VISS), Caribbean Championship hosted by Peter Island Resort and Spa presented three races and some very challenging, shifty breeze for the opening day of competition. Emerging as first overall is Roberto Tomasini Grinover on Robertissima. Dalton DeVos aboard Delta is seated in second, followed by Jaime Torres on Smile and Wave in third.

Some may refer to it as beginner's luck, but in the Melges 32 Class, almost every newcomer surprisingly finds himself first to the weathermark in the first race of the event. Friday was no exception as Puerto Rico's Luis Juarbe on SOCA came on strong to lead for the first two-and-a-half legs. Tomasini Grinover's experience and tactician Vasco Vascotto's eagle eye proved to be too much for Juarbe to hold off. Very strategically, Tomasini Grinover got ahead to secure the win. Mark Plaxton's INTAC came on strong early successfully keeping up to finish second. DeVos' Delta bounced back after a tough start to claim third.

DeVos' groove for speed carried over into Race Two where he found himself rounding the first weathermark dead last, only to make a remarkable, full on recovery for the win. Torres had a great race as they occupied the lead early, but the ever shifting breeze shuffled the fleet continously leaving him to finish in second. Plaxton held firm to take third as a looming rainshower that had long positioned itself over the island of Tortola finally encroached upon the racing area.

PRO Hank Stuart and his Royal BVI Yacht Club Race Committee did an awesome job, working tirelessly to manage the ever shifting breeze.

For Race Three, they picked up shop and moved closer to the Peter Island side of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Steady and light breezes put Alex Jackson's Leenabarca at the top first, followed by Tomasini Grinover in second, then Torres. Jackson lead through the gate with the Race Committee opting to shorten the course to accommodate the rapidly diminishing breeze. Back upwind, for Tomasini Grinover it was full steam ahead as he overtook Jackson for the lead, Torres moving into a more satisfying second place position, Jackson now third. The painfully light conditions prevailed as Tomasini Grinover proudly took home his second bullet of the day. Torres finished second and Jackson settled for third.

Three additional races are scheduled for Saturday.

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 took place on February 21-24, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda. The second event was held in conjunction with the International Rolex Regatta in the U.S. Virgin Islands back on March 22-24. The 2013 Caribbean Championship happens this weekend on the luxurious and very private Peter Island.

The IM32CA has also proud to be partnered with Presenting Gold Level Sponsors Seaborne Airlinesand INTAC Global Investments.

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 THREE RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Three Races)
1.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 1-4-1 = 6
2.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta; 3-1-5 = 9
3.) Jaime Torres/Alex Shafer, Smile and Wave; 5-2-2 = 9
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TOP FIVE OVERALL SERIES RANKING (After Two Events, Three Races)
1.) Roberto Tommasini Grinover, Robertissima = 296 pts.
2.) Dalton DeVos, Delta = 292 pts.
3.) Ryan DeVos, Volpe = 289 pts.
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