MELGES 20 CLASS – Get your boats ready to rock in Detroit. MORE INFOMATION
MELGES 20 CLASS – Get your boats ready to rock in Detroit. MORE INFOMATION
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AUDI MELGES 20 – Gaeta, Italy – The second day of racing at the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series in Gaeta was nothing short of spectacular. Thanks to 13-15 knots of breeze, two more races were completed on Sunday with the Audi Melges 20 serving as a beautiful centerpiece in the city of Gaeta.
With a first and a fifth for Alessio Marinelli at the helm of Guido Miani’s Out of Reach, he triumphed over second place finisher Achille Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino, Jr. Francesco Farneti’s ITA-157 rounded out the top three.
It was a challenging yet semi-successful event for fourth overall Federico Albano aboard 3Menda. Giancarlo Capolino on Legionario finished fifth. Marco Francini aboard Mezza Luna won out over Mirko de Falco on Pecceré finishing respectively sixth and seventh.
With Gaeta now complete, the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series will concentrate on Porto Ercole, taking place on 18-19 May.
TOP TEN RESULTS (After Six Races, One Discard)
1.) Guido Miani/Gabriele Benussi, Out of Reach; 3-4--1-1-5 = 14
2.) Achille Onorato/Lorenzo Bressani, Mascalzone Latino, Jr.; 4--4-3-2-4 = 17
3.) Francesco Farneti/Alberto Bolzan, ITA-157; 2-1-5-[22/DNF]-6-10 = 24
4.) Federico Albano/Guilio Desiderato, 3Menda; 1-9-6--8-3 = 27
5.) Giancarlo Capolino/Francesco Ivaldi, Legionario; 7-11-2-4--7 = 31
6.) Marco Francini/Sandro Montefusco, Mezza Luna; -8-3-6-3-12 = 32
7.) Mirko de Falco/Gugleilmo Giordano, Pecceré; 5-3-11-5--9 = 33
8.) Alessandro Rombelli/Paul Goodison, STIG; -5-10-10-11-1 = 37
9.) Dario Levi/Andrea Casale, Fremito d’Arja; 10-6--15-4-2 = 37
10.) Lauro Bonora/Carlo Fracassoli, Camay; -10-9-2-10-11 = 42
CHARLESTON RACE WEEK – The front moved through last night and the competition continued today both offshore and inshore in shifty but good sailing conditions. With big breeze on for tomorrow it is anyone’s guess for the finale..
AUDI MELGES 20 – The trailiers are looking more like NASCAR then sailboat teams. Welcome to Charleston Raceweek.
AUDI MELGES 20 – The Audi Melges 20 fleet had a chilly opening day on Biscayne Bay for the 2013 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week organized by STUDIOMILANO. Light air conditions met with shifty winds challenged the fleet from start to finish completing only one of the three races scheduled for day.
Before the start the breeze was a steady 8 to 10 knots but quickly dropped right before the final signal forcing teams to make a quick adjustment. The light air meant a good start was crucial for success in this competitive fleet. Tony Tabb’s Elevation Racing was first to the mark ahead of James Wilson’s Oleander right on his stern, followed closely by Richard Davies’ Section 16.
As the fleet was heading downwind to the gate, PRO Bruce Golision called for a charlie flag shortening the course due to dying wind. Wilson’s Oleander was able to stay focused and take the lead with Marc Hollerbach’s Fu challenging for contention, followed by Michael Kiss on Bacio. Once again the winds prevailed and the race committee had no choice but to move to a course three ending the race at the top.
“The sailing was tricky today”, explained Sam Rogers, tactician for Wilson. “It was a matter of finding the pressure and trying to stay in it as long a possible. We stepped into pressure at the right moment, at the bottom mark and luckily it was enough for the win.”
Tabb’s Elevation Racing had a great race finishing second with the corinthian division winner and third place overall finisher, Marcus Eagan’s Cajun Underwriting. Finishing second as corinthian is Danny Shea’s Diamante followed by John Kimura’s Evoked Potential. In a close fourth, is Blink 20/20 sailed by John Arendshorst rounding out the extremely competitive division.
The Melges Performance Sailing De-Brief Session presented by EFG Bank was a huge success. Teams were able to hear from the Chris and Dani Rast, Sam Rogers, Matt Pistay, and Dave Hughes, Seadon Wijsen and Mark Ivey. The MELGES ROCKS party happens Tomorrow on Friday March, 8 at 8:30 until at Mr. Moe’s in the Grove. Teams are strongly encouraged to wear their MELGES ROCKS shirt for free drinks!
TOP 10 RESULTS (After One Race)
1.) James Wilson, Oleander
2.) Tony Tabb, Elevation Racing
3.) Marcus Eagan, Cajun Underwriting
4.) Marc Hollerbach, Fu
5.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team
6.) Michael Kiss, Bacio
7.) Naofumi Kamei/Kan Yamada, Mamma Aiuto!
8.) John Brown, Blind Squirrel
9.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG
10.) Richard Davies, Section 16
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TOP 5 CORINTHIANS (After One Race)
1.) Marcus Eagan, Cajun Underwriting
2.) Danny Shea, Diamante
3.) John Kimura, Evoked Potential
4.) John Arendshorst, Blink 20/20
5.) Brian Hill, Atlas
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86TH BACARDI CUP – For most residents of the Northern Hemisphere, 63 degrees and sunshine would be a welcome change after months of cold, wintry weather. However, for the 56 Star teams that headed out on Biscayne Bay for the 86th BACARDI Cup, the light air that accompanied the chillier than usual temperatures allowed only one of two planned races to be held on the first day of competition. Anxious to get racing, the talent heavy fleet pushed the line which resulted in seven teams collecting OCS points as the headline event of the fourth annual BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank got underway in six knots of breeze.
“Today’s conditions were very tough, difficult to predict due to light wind and very shifty,” said Lars Grael, Brazil’s two-time (’88, ’96) Tornado Olympic Medalist, after he and crew Mario Logos won the day’s lone race. “The RC did its best to get a good start. We were able to round the first mark in first and then able to get a good lead at the end of the downwind leg. The RC shortened the course and we managed to keep the lead until the end. Good competition out there against the Irish [skipper Peter O’Leary] and Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.). Overall, [it was] a difficult day as it was very hard to predict the wind.”
MIAMI SAILING WEEK – The most anticipated multi-class regatta in Miami will take place from March 3rd to March 9th, 2013. Teams representing countries from all over the world will meet again and line up under Miami’s sunny skies on Biscayne Bay to compete for the celebrated Bacardi Cup and the BMSW regatta trophy.
The STAR Class will compete for the 86th time in the Bacardi Cup, the VIPER 640 will be back challenging for their EFG Bank Pan-American Championship, the Melges 24 look forward battling with the Europeans, the Melges 20 will be back competing for their Winter Series and the J/80 are excited to come back to Biscayne’s warm waters for the second year in a row. We are also thrilled to announce to all participants that this year the hottest one design boat on the market, the J/70 , will be joining the BACARDI Sailing Week Regattas both in Miami and Newport.
MELGES 20 - The 2013 Audi Melges Miami Winter Series Event No. 2 hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) delivered an impeccable first day of racing with steady 10-15 knots of breeze, constant lead changes, and beautiful 80 degree weather. The fleet completed three of the five races scheduled with Paul Reilly’s Red Sky Sailing Team taking the overall lead with a consistent 6-4-3 heading into the second and final day of racing.
The first race of the event went to Rob Wilber and his crew on Cinghiale. Wilber had a great start and took an early lead heading into the first mark. Wilber was in a constant battle with runner up Marc Hollerbach’s Fu and third place finisher Ryan DeVos on Volpe. Wilber was able to keep his first place position all the way to the finish.
Race two gave a clean start with the exception to six boats OCS due to the shifty wind. Several boats reached the mark simultaneously with Reilly and DeVos looking to have good course position. The gate was a turning point as Michael Kiss on Bacio took the lead and extended for the win leaving the rest of the fleet far behind.
The third and final race of the day began with a course change due to a wind shift. John Brown’s Blind Squirrel had a great start and lead the race at the mark. Richard Davies’ Section 16 punched it into the gate, taking the lead where he would remain, landing a first place finish for the last race of the day. James Wilson’s Oleander went head-to-head with Davies for the lead, but settled as runner up followed by the overall leader Reilly in third.
The complete Corinthian Division in Miami also enjoyed a great day of competitive racing. Daniel Theilman’s Kuai remained consistent in the middle of the fleet and held strong to finish first in line. John Brown on Blind Squirrel came up with a huge fourth place finish overall in race three to land the day well positioned finishing as second Corinthian. John Arendshorst and team on Blink 20/20 also battled today with a great start in the second race of the day earning him a thirteenth which helped him solidify a third place position in the all-amatuer division.
Post racing the beer began to flow and food was set out to prepare for the much anticipated informative Melges USA debrief officiated by Andy Burdick with commentary from Owners Reilly, Richard Davies, Marc Hollerbach, and tacticians Sam Rogers, Chris Rast, and Jonathan Mckee. Racing will reconvene tomorrow for the final two races to the Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 2. The breeze is expected to be even stronger and the competition is sure to remain fierce as 47 boats continue their run for a stop on the podium.
MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with many previous Audi Melges 20 events in North America and around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Class Blog. Tune-in regularly for the latest developments, conditions and results. Stay close to the Official Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page for photos and further commentary. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post racing at melges20.com.
TOP TEN RESULTS (After Three Races)
1.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team; 6-4-3=13
2.) Marc Hollerbach, Fu; 2-6-7=15
3.) Richard Davies, Section 16; 4-16-1=21
4.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 15-1-5=21
5.) Marcus Eagan, Cajun Underwriting; 11-5-6=22
6.) Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team; 5-8-10=23
7.) Ryan DeVos, Volpe; 3-3-20=26
8.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale; 1-10-17=28
9.) John Kilroy Jr., Samba Pa Ti; 18-2-8=28
10.) James Wilson, Oleander; 8-25-2=35
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MELGES 20 - Day three of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC)remained consistent with light air conditions prevailing for the final day of racing for Event No. 1 in the series, resulting in no races. The Race Committee started the day with an on land postponement due to lack of breeze which lead to the cancellation of the two races scheduled for the remainder of the regatta.
Although the weather conditions were not perfect for sailing, the teams raced for two days and completed four races. Everyone in attendance has a blast on- and off-the-water and look forward to the remainder Series events happening in February and March.
Yesterday’s results stand as is. Congratulations are in order for Russell Lucas and crew of Harry Melges III and Federico Michetti on Shimmer who take home the coveted first place trophy for the Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Sailing Series Event No. 1.
The Eagan family (Marcus, Marc and Andrew) on Cajun Underwriting, a total Corinthian boat, finished with a well deserved and highly respected second place trophy. They also were named top Corinthian. John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti rounds out the top rankings clinching third. Competition was intense for the forty-two boats in attendance, enjoying numerous lead changes and struggling with the challenging light air conditions. Congratulations to all participants for a job well done.
The International Audi Melges 20 Class Association (IAM20CA) and Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) look forward to hosting Event No. 2 of the Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series happening February 9-11, 2013. Audi Melges 20 owners worldwide are cordially invited to attend the event in beautiful Coconut Grove.
TOP TEN RESULTS (After Four Races – FINAL)
1.) Russell Lucas, Shimmer; 9-2-1-2 = 14
2.) Marcus Eagan, Cajun Underwriting; 4-6-8-3 = 21
3.) John Kilroy Jr., Samba Pa Ti; 7-7-4-9 =27
4.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG; 3-8-18-1 = 30
5.) Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog; 20-1-6-5 = 32
6.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale; 8-19-3-10 = 40
7.) Richard Davies, Section 16; 1-14-19-11 = 45
8.) John Arendshorst, Blink 20/20; 5-11-17-12 = 45
9.) James Wilson, Oleander; 14-3-24-7 = 48
10.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team; 6-15-14-13 = 48
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MELGES 20 – Napoli, Italy – Strong winds and rough seas in the Gulf of Napoli set the stage for the final day of racing at the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup. Congratulations are in full order for 2012 Champion Dario Levi aboard Fremito D’Arja with tactician Andrea Casale and crew Stefano Lagi, who seemed at ease with the every conditions dealt this past weekend. Levi proudly joins the ranks of the elite Gold Cup ring of champions – Francesco Farneti (2010) and Alessandro Rombelli (2011).
Levi’s team has been together for a couple of seasons, and in 2012 they never missed an event, and with each performance, strengthened their skills, improved their boat handling and gained the necessary speed and experience required to win such a marquee title.
The Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup was the most important event of the season for Melges, organized by B-Plan Sports & Event in collaboration with Melges Europe, the International Class Audi Melges 20 Association and Circolo Canottieri Napoli. This amazing event closed with a final heat won by Alessio Marinelli aboard Candida Sailing Team, which thanks to this simple success, jumped the second place overall at Gold Cup, grabbing the lead and taking the title of the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series. Renato Vallivero’s Turnover came second and Levi placed third for the Series. Mirko de Falco on Pecceré took fourth and 2012 European Champion Guido Miani on Audi – Out of Reach rounded out the top five.
Finishing in third overall is Enrico Pegoraro on Karma. He slipped from second to third due to a penalty on the course in the last race. Davide Albertini on Leviathan closed the event in fourth, followed by Achille Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino, Jr. in fifth.
The International Audi Melges 20 Class Association looks forward to hosting the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup in Key Largo, Florida at Ocean Reef Club on November 7-10. Audi Melges 20 owners worldwide are cordially invited to attend the event at this exquisite venue. In addition, stay close to official Audi Melges 20 Class Website as another successful 2013 season in Europe is anticipated. Dates for each event are posted accordingly at melges20.com.
TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After 7 races, 1 discard)
1.) Dario Levi/Andrea Casale, Fremito d’Arja; (11)-2-4-3-2-4-10 = 25
2.) Alessio Marinelli/Branko Brcin, Candida Sailing Team; 1-9-(13)-4-10-9-1 = 34
3.) Enrico Pegoraro/Michele Paoletti, Karma; 3-(15)-8-1-7-1-15= 35
4.) Davide Albertini/Flavio Favini, Leviathan; 6-(16)-5-11-3-8-3 = 36
5.) Achille Onorato/Lorenzo Bressani, Mascalzone Latino, Jr.; 5-6-1-5-(23)-20-4 = 41
6.) Alessandro Rombelli/Jonathan McKee, STIG; 9-8-12-7-5-(28)-2 = 43
7.) Luca Domenici/Benedetto Giallongo, Notaro Team; 2-19-2-2-6-3-(dnf) = 44
8.) Mirko De Falco/Guglielmo Giordano, Pecceré; 2-5-(25)-6-14-7 = 34
9.) Renato Vallivero-Marco Perazzo/Enrico Fonda, Turnover; 10-10-7-(29)-1-12-11 = 51
10.) Federico Albano/Giulio Desiderato-Andrea Trani, 3manda; 8-1-9-(20)-18-18-6 = 60
MELGES 20 – The second leg of the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series ended with the great victory for Pecceré, the hull of Mirko De Falco, Guglielmo Giordano and Piero Vigo (today 3-6). The crew successfully defended their overnight lead of the 24-strong Audi Melges 20 fleet in Portoferraio. The two races completed on Sunday allowed PRO Fabio Barrasso to deliver all scheduled races making the final day quite exciting.
Renato Vallivero’s Turnover finished second, thanks to two victories. After his overall first place finish in Loano, Vallivero confirmed his team is in a good place, and is now the official leader of the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series 2012. “Yesterday Chicco Fonda was fantastic. If we ended the day in fourth place, we owe it to him” commented Marco Perazzo. “Today, everything went the right way, as happened it did in Loano, and we are really happy for the result.”
Portoferraio provided a positive debut for Mascalzone Latino, helmed by Vincenzo Onorato. Thanks to the excellent partials of today, Vincenzo Onorato’s crew of Nathan Wilmot and Matteo Savelli finished third one point ahead of Alessio Marinelli’s Candida Sailing Team with tactician Branko Brcin in fourth. Mascalzone Latino Jr. with Achille Onorato, Lorenzo Bressani and Federico Michetti on board rounded out the top five.
“It has been a beautiful weekend of sailing,” said Vincenzo Onorato. “The weather, after struggling last weekend, this beautiful island has redeemed itself. As for us, we are more than satisfied. The overall result of the team is great, considering that both my son and I had never sailed on this brilliant one design prior to this event. My focus remains with the Melges 32 program, while Achille will continue in the remaining legs of the Audi Melges 20 that will culminate with the World Cup in Naples. I am happy that my son has my same passion for this sport and I think that supported by professional sailors such as Lorenzo Bressani and Federico Michetti he will have a lot of satisfaction.”
MELGES 20 – Renato Vallivero’s Turnover won the first event of the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series, held at Marina di Loano, organized by B-Plan Sports & Events and Melges Europe in collaboration with Yacht Club Marina di Loano and Circolo Nautico Loano.
The changeability of the weather forced helmsmen and tacticians to center on their best and made difficult the work of the Race Committee, who finally succeeded in completing the whole program of six races in two days.
Turnover, helmed by Marco Perazzo with Enrico “Chicco” Fonda as tactician and Vallivero as tailer, confirmed the leadership of the first day. Thanks to a first, second and third place, Vallivero, who prepared for the 2012 season raced in the United States, and has now won the first leg with thirteen points on the European champions of Audi F.lli Giacomel Out of Reach. Helmed by Guido Miani (with Gabriele Benussi and Nevio Sabadin on board), climbed over ten positions from Saturday.
Miani’s Audi F.lli Giacomel Out of Reach anticipated Mirko De Falco’s Pecceré with Guglielmo Giordano and Piero Vigo on board. Dario Levi, Andrea Casale and Stefano Lagi together formed as Fremito d’Arja ranked fourth, yet tied in points with De Falco.
One point further back in third place was Maolca, led by Manfredi Vianini Tolomei and Lorenzo Bodini. 2011 Gold Cup Champion Alessandro Rombelli aboard STIG slipped from second to sixth place, while Federico Albano’s 3Menda, a regular series contender came seventh.
There were many smiles aboard Simone Anichini’s Hanneken as they conquered the all-Corinthian division.
MOVING PICTURES – Sailing the Melges 20 in Napoli during the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series.
AUDI MELGES 20 – Opening day at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week delivered three amazing races to the Audi Melges 20 fleet. Under stunning racing conditions, class stalwart Michael Kiss aboard Bacio perfectly playing the part of resident superstar with a 1-2-1 score line to lead the overalls. Paul Reilly on Red Sky, also a class veteran, worked very hard all day to claim an incredible second place position, just ahead of Luca Lalli on B-LinSailing.com in third.
The races where short and sweet, approximately 1-mile distances with a steady and shifty 18-20 knots of breeze. The hungry-for speed Audi Melges 20 fleet had lots to play with upwind and down. Kiss came on strong from the start, punching the line hard and getting ahead quick. Marcus Eagan on Cajun Underwriting, 16-year old Luke Mueller aboard Vaya Con Dios, Rob Wilber’s Cinghaile, and Federico Albano’s 3Menda made certain that Kiss did not go challenged.
Reilly won race two, with a heated battle to the finish against Kiss, while Lalli grabbed third. The final race of the day, delivered Kiss his second bullet of the event, followed by reigning Gold Cup Champion Alessandro Rombelli on STIG, Reilly in third, Lalli in fourth and defending Bacardi Champion Mary Anne Ward on M&M Sailing Team in fifth.
BACARDI MIAMI SAILING – An impressive 39 Audi Melges 20s are entered to compete at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week making the fleet the second largest in attendance. After an extremely successful National Championship last November, the largest ever Gold Cup Regatta in December at 40 entries, and another 37 in attendance last month at the Miami Winter Regatta, the fleet momentum is unarguably at an all-time high worldwide.
On deck in Miami are the usual suspects including back-to-back U.S. National Champion Michael Kiss on Bacio, recently crowned Gold Cup Champion Alessandro Rombelli on STIG, Miami Winter Regatta Champion Luca Lalli onBLinsailing.com and defending Bacardi Champion Mary Anne Ward on M&M Sailing Team. The competition doesn’t stop there. Paul Reilly’s Red Sky Sailing, Tony Tabb’s Elevation Racing, Marcus Eagan on Cajun Underwriting, Russell Lucas on Shimmer, Renato Vallivero on Turnover and Marc Hollerbach on Fu all possess the drive and potential to claim the big trophy.
Making an already incredible event even better, Melges USA has pulled out all the stops for the Melges fleets. On Friday night, at Mr. Moe’s Restaurant and Bar, from 08.00 p.m. until 10.30 p.m., Melges is sponsoring another edition of its famous Melges Rocks Party for the fleet
RACE UPDATE - By a substantial margin, Italy’s Luca Lalli aboard BLinsailing.com, alongside of super tactician Lorenzo Bressani and crew Federico Michetti, won the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta, graciously hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Celebrating in second overall is Grant Hood on Bohica, tied in points with third place finisher Michael Kiss on Bacio. Proudly rounding out the top five, Paul Reilly on Red Sky and Brian Kamilar on Funner.
A Top Corinthian team was recognized for the first time at the Miami Winter Regatta. Congratulations to Marcus Eagan on Cajun Underwriting, as he and his family based crew Marc and Andrew Eagan are 2012 Corinthian Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta Champions. The event name says it all. Winter. Teams awoke to cold temperatures and seriously big breeze for the final day of racing. The early breeze was so intense that PRO Bruce Golison decided to postpone on land for and hour, if anything, to simply allow it to warm up a little. “The breeze was about 18-22 on the course and trust me, there is a big difference between sailing in that type of breeze in 70 degree weather versus 60,” said Golison. He later announced a noon start. The teams wholeheartedly agreed as they suited up with foul weather-gear for two more awesome races.
The first race of the day delivered more victory for Lalli, pretty much securing the regatta win. He came back from quite a deep rounding at the top mark to win out over Marcus Eagan’s Cajun Underwriting, who practically dominated the entire race. Gybe for gybe, Eagan and Lalli battled the last 100 yards or so to the line. Lalli came in from the left, taking the win by a boat length. Eagan was second, Kamilar came third.
With the commencement of the last and final race of the event, Lalli had all but officially won the event. However, the real battle for the remaining top five was yet to be settled. Hood, Kiss, Reilly and Tabb were only separated by a two point margin. Jason Carroll’s Argo led the charge at the first mark with Lalli right behind. Downwind, Lalli turned up the speed unsurprisingly taking over the lead, with Russ Lucas’ Shimmer moving up for second, Hood holding firm in third. Lalli took the win just ahead of Kiss’ Bacio who beat out Lucas to the line by a hair.