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MELGES 20 – Michael Kiss is in first place of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 European Championship. It kicked off yesterday with three races and at the close, American Michael Kiss on Bacio managed to finish one point ahead of Giancarlo Capolino on Legionario. Kiss and Capolino rumbled on the Sardinian waters just off of Porto Rotondo, Italy to finish the day more than 10 points ahead of the rest of the fleet.
Marco Francini’s Mezza Luna is currently seated in third and tied in points with fourth place overall Renato Vallivero on Audi Ultra Fratelli Giacomel. Another American, Marc Hollerbach on Fu completes the top five.
More than thirty boats have gathered in Porto Rotondo for the grande finale 2013 Audi Sailing Series event, in which three more days of racing are yet to come. Ten races will be seen to completion with a daily maximum of four and a discard coming into play after race six.
As for the current overall series leader, Alessandro Rombelli aboard STIG finished up the day in eighth, Guido Miani on Monaco Racing Fleet is ninth, and Achille Onorato on Mascalzone Latino, Jr. had a tough day unable to finish above thirteenth.
MELGES 20 – Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti Named 2013 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champion After Come-From-Behind Stunner
Holland, MI – With a frontal system on its way to the Michigan coast and all the forecast models in agreement, the 26 racing teams from around the U.S. and the world knew before they left the dock that the final day of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship presented by Audi Muskegon would feature big waves and white knuckle speeds. Race Officer Bruce Golison planned for three races to decide the championship, and the battle began at 10 a.m. less than a mile from Holland’s famous ‘Big Red’ lighthouse in 10 knots of breeze.
Race five of the championship, the first of the day, saw the all-amateur team aboard Brian Hill’s Atlas punch through the starting line, turning their advantage to a big lead at the top mark. Hill and Argo‘s Jason Carroll fought tooth and nail for the position down the first run, with Carroll squeezing inside Hill for the lead at the gate. The two worked their way up the right side of the course while Wilmot chose the left, while a shift and gust gave Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti the lead at the final mark that they refused to relinquish. Hill took third, while Kiss finished a distant fourth, still with a slim but solid lead over Carroll, Ryan Devos on Volpe, and Kilroy.
In Race six, the wheels fell off the bus for Bacio; Kiss’s first real misstep of the event. While Kilroy took a fourth and Devos a 6th, Kiss finished 12th. After the race, Golison read the scores over VHF radio, the call crackling through the air as it repeated over dozens of speakers. “Tied For First: Samba Pa Ti and Bacio with 17 points each!.”
A busy spectator fleet crowded the start line as the teams converged for the final and deciding race of the National Championship, and at the top mark, the first and second-placed Kiss and Kilroy were separated by a single boat length. As the boats jumped up on plane and surged through the waves downwind, a slight misstep from Kiss let Jeff Ecklund’s STARget close enough to affect his wind while Kilroy reveled in the breezy, choppy conditions, and the race was effectively over. “I misjudged where we needed to be, and let Samba Pa Ti get away,” said Kiss. “There aren’t a lot of second chances when it’s all on the line with a team as good as Kilroy’s.” The three-time National Champion was disappointed but charged up. “This definitely motivates us to train harder for Worlds in December,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kilroy was busy tearing through the remaining boats, working his way to a big lead on the final leg. As the team crossed the line, Wilmot, Reynolds and Kilroy pumped their fists with sails flapping around them. Kilroy was overjoyed with the victory, his second major sportboat title in less than a year. It was also payback for Kilroy’s second-place against Kiss during last year’s Nationals in San Francisco. “Winning against someone as skilled and gracious as Michael makes this trophy mean a lot more,” said Kilroy, who also won the “Masters” trophy for best performance by a skipper over 60 years old. “This was an incredible regatta – one of the best I have ever been to – and we’re looking forward to a lot more Melges racing in the months ahead.”
Taking eighth place overall, Toronto’s Brian Hill won the Corinthian National Championship for the top all-amateur team. “We’re very happy with our performance, and barring one bad hoist we’d have done even better,” said Hill. “I think we proved that your profession isn’t what gets you results in this Class; All you need are good sailors, a well-prepared boat, and lots of time on the water.”
Twenty-one year old Ian Hollerbach aboard Fuku and 20 year-old Morgan Kiss on Baciami traded places all week long only to find themselves tied on exactly 77 points at the end of the regatta. Kiss won the tiebreaker to get 13th place overall. “It was awesome to have Morgan out there to use as a barometer for how we were doing,” said Hollerbach. The younger Kiss plans to compete right through the World Championship, while Hollerbach’s plans are less definite. “I think I’m going to be asking [mom] Karen soon if I can do it,” he said. Kiss also went on to claim the trophy for ‘top performance by a female skipper.”
MELGES 20 RACING – Torbole, Italy – OK, so the picture was so cool we had to post it first…photo by Borlenghi Studio/BPSE
Now here is the real news:
After a not so brilliant start to the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series season, Renato Vallivero’s Audi Turnover has won Torbole. Hosted by Circolo Vela Torbole, Vallivero and his team comprised of tactician Enrico Fonda and Marco Perazzo took advantage of the permanent Ora wind to gain the podium.
Vallivero won the event by a six point margin over Portoferraio Champion Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG. Eight points further back, overnight leader Achille Onorato aboard Mascalzone Latino, Jr. finished in third. Completing the top five results is American Michael Kiss on Bacio, and Dario Levi’s Fremito D’Arja.
In the overall Audi Sailing Series Ranking, Guido Miani’s Out of Reach has been de-throned from his leadership position. After a very exciting Torbole, Rombelli now leads after twenty-one races with an 11-point gap over second place Onorato. Miani has fallen back to third, Francesco Farneti’s ITA-157 is fourth and Giancarlo Capolino on Legionario is now fifth.
The fourth leg of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series is organized by B-Plan Sport&Events in full collaboration with the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association and Melges Europe has concluded.
Past Torbole, only one regatta remains in the Series. Happening on 29 August – September 1, the very first Audi Melges 20 European Championship hosted by Yacht Club Porto Rotondo will take place in Porto Rotondo, Italy where many more teams will compete.
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLDS IT WILL BE
Now recognized by ISAF as an International Class, the Audi Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) is pleased to present its very first World Championship on December 11-14 at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo Florida. The Notice of Race is now available and Online Registration is open. Ocean Reef is an exquisite venue offering the very best in yacht racing conditions and social atmosphere. It perfectly complements the Audi Melges 20′s trademark attributes of sheer simplicity and sophistication. Ultimately, the 2013 World Championship will be the pinnacle event of the year for the class and the one design performance racing industry.
TOP TEN RESULTS (After Six Races & One Discard)
1.) Renato Vallivero/Enrico Fonda, Audi Turnover; 1-6-2--6-7 = 22
2.) Alessandro Rombelli/Paul Goodison, STIG; 3--10-3-8-4 = 28
3.) Achille Onorato/Lorenzo Bressani, Mascalzone Latino, Jr.; 8-2-9-2-9- = 30
4.) Michael Kiss/Chris Rast, Bacio; 5-4--14-5-2 = 30
5.) Dario Levi/Pietro Sibello, Fremito D’Arja; 12-10--4-1-5 = 32
6.) Richard Davies/Charlie McKee, Section 16; 2-13-5-9-3- = 32
7.) Lauro Bonora/Carlo Fracassoli, Camay; 7-1-3-12--12 = 35
8.) Russell Lucas/Harry Melges III, Shimmer; 9-12-1-13--1 = 36
9.) Francesco Farneti/Alberto Bolzan; ITA-157; 4-19-8-6-19-3 = 40
10.) Mirko de Falco/Guglielmo Giordano, Peccere; 10-11-6-5-10- = 42
MELGES 20 RACING – Porto Ercole, Italy – Congratulations to Achille Onorato, tactician Lorenzo Bressani and crew Stefano Ciampalini aboard Mascalzone Latino Jr. as he has won the Porto Ercole edition of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series. Onorato now leads the overall Series after two events by a slim margin also. Celebrating second overall is American Russell Lucas on Shimmer, and Rob Wilber’s Cinghiale finished third.
Saturday was void of racing, but the twenty-nine Audi Melges 20 teams lived it up on Sunday squeezing in four races after an early 09.00 start. With a perfect 10-15 knots of breeze, Wilber was the first out of the gate with a big win in Race One. Claudio Dutto’s Asante Sana took second, followed by a photo finish between Marco Zaoli on Shadow, Alessandro Rombelli’s STIGand Guido Miani’s Out of Reach placing third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Race Two saw Lucas up front early but lost his winning edge to Vincenzo Adessi on Raffichetta and Federico Albano’s3Menda. Adessi went on to take the win, followed by Rombelli in second and Lucas in third.
By the time Race Three rolled around, Rombelli was on an obvious upswing and in a heated duel with Albano. Rombelli eventually overtook for the official lead and win, Albano was second and Onorato improved his scoreline to take third place.
The final race of the day delivered more great turns, twists and plenty of fun downwind planing conditions. At this point, Rombelli appeared to have a solid grasp on the top position, but a disappointing thirteenth place finish forced him to settle for fourth overall. Miani was his next best rival, he too found it impossible to finish better than tenth. Once again, Onorato proved to be the team to beat with an impressive second place finish behind Mirko de Falco’s Peccere, moving him into the overall lead position to win. Wilber finished strong in third.
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Now that Porto Ercole is complete at Circolo Nautico e della Vela dell’Argentario, the 2013 Audi Sailing Series season moves ahead to Portoferraio on 8-9 June and Torbole on 6-7 July. Fleet numbers will be on the rise as it pushes onward to Porto Rotondo on 29 August – September 1 for the first ever European Championship since the classes inception as an ISAF International Recognized Class. Many of the teams are looking forward to competing at the 2013 Audi Melges 20 World Championship taking place in Key Largo, FL at Ocean Reef Club on December 11-14.
TOP TEN RESULTS (After four races)
1.) Achille Onorato/Lorenzo Bressani, Mascalzone Latino, Jr.; 7-7-3-2 = 19
2.) Russell Lucas/Harry Melges III, Shimmer; 6-3-8-6 = 23
3.) Robert Wilber/Anthony Kotoun, Cinghiale; 1-16-4-3 = 24
4.) Alessandro Rombelli/Paul Goodison, STIG; 4-2-1-13/ZULU = 26
5.) Guido Miani/Gabriele Benussi, Out of Reach; 5-6-5-10 = 26
6.) Saverio Bifulco/Paolo Scutellaro, Noi di Notte; 10-9-9-5 = 33
7.) Claudio Dutto/Fabio Zeni, Asante Sana; 2-10-18-4 = 34
8.) Federico Albano/Giulio Desiderato, 3Menda; 16-4-2-18 = 40
9.) Marco Zaoli/Gabrio Zandona, Shadow; 3-13-17-7 = 40
10.) Francesco Farneti/Alberto Bolzan, ITA-157; 13-5-10-12 = 40
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TOP FIVE SERIES RESULTS (After two events, ten races)
1.) Achille Onorato, Mascalzone Latino Jr. = 36 pts.
2.) Guido Miani, Out of Reach = 38 pts.
3.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG = 55 pts.
4.) Federico Albano, 3Menda = 63 pts.
5.) Francesco Farneti, ITA-157 = 64 pts
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MELGES 20 #2 – Marc Hollerbach Crowned 2013 Audi Melges 20 Winter Regatta Champion
Miami, FL – The 2013 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) named Marc Hollerbach aboard Fu with tactician Jonathan McKee and crew member Ben Allen overall champion for Event No. 2 of the series. Hollerbach, a former International Class Chairman, had a great weekend in Miami finishing day one second overall. On day two, Fu finished fifth in race four. His final race of the day was discarded, ultimately knocking off overnight leader Paul Reilly on Red Sky Sailing Team by one point who finished second overall respectively followed by Richard Davies’ Section 16 in third.
Race one of the day and four in the series, went to Mark Plaxton’s INTAC. Plaxton had a great start and lead rounding the first mark. Plaxton was able to build momentum extending to gain a huge win with major separation from the rest of the fleet. Tony Tabb’s Elevation Racing punched the line for a great start and was able to get out early finishing second. Rob Wilber’s Cinghiale was in the middle of the fleet for the majority of the race but was able to find a good line downwind and land a third place finish.
John Kilroy’s Samba Pi Ti took the final race honors despite a course change and inclement weather with dark clouds and patches of rain. Michael Kiss and crew sailing Bacio excelled this weekend coming in second for the last race of the series, putting up an impressive fourth place finish overall. Kent Haeger on Mach Schnell found his way on the podium for the last race rounding out the top three.
Additional congratulations are in order for John Brown’s Blind Squirrel with crew members Will and George Demand as they are 2013 Audi Melges 20 Corinthian Miami Winter Regatta Championship. Brown had a great weekend finishing fourth in race three which helped the team in the standings. Tied with equal points is the second place corinthian team Black Sheep owned by Jon Messenger with crew members Jeremy Edwards and Mark Goodyear. Andy Rasdal’s Valkyrie with Michael Anderson-Miterling and Greg Helias rounded out the top three for the corinthians.
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 GOLD CUP – Napoli, Italy – Despite the light air conditions, two more races were completed on the third day of racing at the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup in Napoli, organized by B-Plan Sports & Events in collaboration with Circolo Canottieri Napoli and the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association. With a sixth race completed, a game changing discard came into play resulting in some great changes in the top ranking.
Overnight leader Achille Onorato aboard Mascalzone Latino Jr. with team mates Lorenzo Bressani and Federico Michetti slid backwards in the standings to finish the day in seventh, while Dario Levi’s Fremito D’Arja with tactician Andrea Casale catapulted into the lead.
Levi will have to pay close attention to the attacks of Enrico Pegoraro on Karma and Luca Domenici’s Notaro Team, both relatively new arrivals in the class and promise a fight to the finish for victory. Out of podium position but always in the top running are Alessio Marinelli’s Candida Sailing Team, Davide Albertini’s Leviathan and local Mirko de Falco on Pecceré.
The Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup is the very last event of the 2012 Sailing Series Circuit. At the moment, twenty-nine races and four discards form the provisional ranking, lead by Marinelli, seven points ahead of Renato Vallivero’s Turnover.
Racing will conclude tomorrow, Sunday with PRO Fabio Barraso setting the first warning signal at 10.30. The last start of the day could come as late as 14.45. Weather forecasts detail strong wind, rain and showers.
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TOP TEN RESULTS (Preliminary – After 6 races, 1 discard)
1.) Dario Levi/Andrea Casale, Fremito d’Arja; (11)-2-4-3-2-4 = 15
2.) Enrico Pegoraro/Michele Paoletti, Karma; 3-(15)-8-1-7-1= 20
3.) Luca Domenici/Benedetto Giallongo, Notaro Team; 2-(19)-2-2-6-3 = 25
4.) Alessio Marinelli/Branko Brcin, Candida Sailing Team; 1-9-(13)-4-10-9 = 33
5.) Davide Albertini/Flavio Favini, Leviathan; 6-(16)-5-11-3-8 = 33
6.) Mirko De Falco/Guglielmo Giordano, Pecceré; 2-5-(25)-6-14-7 = 34
7.) Achille Onorato/Lorenzo Bressani, Mascalzone Latino jr.; 5-6-1-5-(23)-20 = 37
8.) Renato Vallivero-Marco Perazzo/Enrico Fonda, Turnover; 10-10-7-(29)-1-12 = 40
9.) Alessandro Rombelli/Jonathan McKee, STIG; 9-8-12-7-5-(28) = 41
10.) Lauro Bonora/Carlo Fracassoli, Camay; 4-17-20-(26)-4-5 = 50
MELGES 20 – The 2012 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship, hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club concluded on Sunday with Michael Kiss on Bacio, alongside of tactician Chris Rast and crew Willie McBride winning for a third consecutive time. In second overall, was John Kilroy Jr.’s Samba Pa Ti with Jeremy Wilmot on tactics and Federico Michetti on the bow. Moth sailor Richard Davies with Charlie McKee as tactician and Matt Pistay as crew on Section 16 finished third, Paul Reilly’s Red Sky was fourth with Andy Burdick and Sam Rogers, and Russell Lucas on Shimmer with brothers Harry and Hans Melges rounded out the top five.
With the fog hanging heavy over the San Francisco skyline, the fleet was met with another short, onland postponement before kicking off race seven in a full series of eight under light and shifty conditions. Teams were on edge as the first start resulted in a general recall. Despite a mediocre start and a semi-deep weathermark rounding, Kiss fired up his Audi Melges 20 blasting downwind to round through the left gate fourth, viciously fighting neck-and-neck with Davies for position. Tony Tabb with Steve Sisson on Elevation Racing had a stellar race rounding second at the top, holding on to lead right up until the line. Kiss put heavy pressure on Tabb as the two jibed into the finish, with Kiss getting the win. Tabb claimed second, while Erywn Naidoo on Bohica came third.
While Kiss optioned to retire for the final race of the day, Reilly rallied at the top mark in first, followed by Tom Ritter on Tramp, then Tabb. The top three held their own amidst the increasing breeze and rough wave action of San Fran’s famous Berkeley circle. Reilly went on to win by a comfortable margin. Local sailor Sid Gorham on Funner improved throughout the race to take second. Russell Lucas’ Shimmer worked hard all race long to finish a strong third. For full results CLICK HERE
MELGES 20 – Viareggio, Italy – Alessio Marinelli’s Candida Sailing Team (today 1-2) repeats the great performance of Malcesine and wins the fourth act of the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series held in Viareggio (September, 15th-16th).
Last night, the Audi Melges 20 helmed by Marinelli switched tacticians. Branko Brcin left to attend the Melges 32 World Championship being held in Newport, Rhode Island USA, was replaced by Pietro Sibello, one of the most talented Italian athletes. Candida was at ease with today’s gentle breeze leaving behind Renato Vallivero’s Turnover (5-11). Thanks to their second place finish Vallivero’s Audi Melges 20, helmed by Marco Perazzo with Enrico Fonda as tactician remains as the leader of the circuit, sharing first place with Marinelli.
Achille Onorato accepted his first seasonal podium finish aboard his Mascalzone Latino Jr. (Bressani-Tortarolo, today 2-3). He has improved a lot in the results and now enters the top 10 of the circuit ranking.
Rounding out the top five is Francesco Farnetti’s Carige (Zandonà-Musone, 17-5) and European champion, Guido Miani on Audi Ultra Out of Reach (Benussi-Sabadin, 3-15).
The last appointment of the season will be the Gold Cup Championship in Naples on November 1-4. Not only will it award the Class’ highest trophy and honors, it will also be the decisive event for the final ranking of the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series.The Gold Cup will be preceded by Capolino Cup (27-28 October), an event that will help every team warm up to race in Naples.
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TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After 6 races, 1 discard)
1.) Alessio Marinelli/Branko Brcin, Candida Sailing Team; 5-2-(6)-1-1-2 = 11
2.) Renato Vallivero/ Marco Perazzo/Enrico Fonda, Turnover; 1-6-2-5-5-(11) = 19
3.) Achille Onorato/Lorenzo Bressani, Mascalzone Latino Jr.; 8-5-(20)-6-2-3 = 24
4.) Francesco Farneti/Gabrio Zandonà, Carige; 10-4-1-9-(17)-5 = 29
5.) Guido Miani/Gabriele Benussi, Audi Ultra Out of Reach; 9-3-7-8-3-(15) = 30
6.) Manfredi Vianini Tolomei/Lorenzo Bodini, Maolca; 6-1-3-(15)-15-8 = 33
7.) Mirko De Falco/Guglielmo Giordano, Peccerè; (22 (ZFP=26)-13-5-2-6-7 = 33
8.) Robert Wilber/Chris Rast, Cinghiale; (16 (ZFP=21)-7-9-7-10-1= 34
9.) Davide Albertini/Flavio Favini, Leviathan; 2-9-11-(18)-4-10 = 36
10.) Lauro Bonora/Carlo Fracassoli, Camay; 15-(22)-10-3-8-14 = 50
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.
MELGES 20 – Sunday was the final day of racing at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week with Macatawa Bay, Michigan’s Michael Kiss on Bacio, with tactician Chris Rast and crew Willie McBride claiming the Championship title. For Kiss and crew, this is the very first time they have won Bacardi. They won the one and only race conducted on Sunday, sealing the Championship deal by nine points.
“This is good. The racing this week was fantastic, as always,” said an ecstatically happy Kiss at the awards ceremony. “I really have to thank Chris and Willie. They were both fantastic, but I also have to really thank my wife Tovi. She is the one that always takes care of us, makes us look so nice and fed so well. She makes it all possible and is the engine that drives the Bacio program. Tovi and Melges ROCKS!”
Kiss continued, “We were really happy to do well in the heavy breeze earlier in the week and the light air today. Lighter is always trickier, and this fleet is loaded with really good sailors. If you get behind it is so hard to catch up. Our goal was to get off the line and try to keep up with Red Sky and the Eagans. We knew we need to keep them close.”
Paul Reilly’s Red Sky finished second overall and the all-Corinthian, family based team Cajun Underwriting helmed by Marcus Eagan came third. The two were tied with 29 points each.
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