Saturday, 18 June 2011
Melges 32 : Top Quality International Fleet Assembles In Porto Cervo For Third Leg of the 2011 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series
Image copyright Guido Trombetta - BPSE.
by Justin Chisholm
A top quality international fleet, comprising 19 teams from 6 countries (ITA, CZE, GBR, NED, USA, FRA), has gathered at the Yacht Club Costa Smerelda on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sardinia, on the eve of the third leg of the 2011 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series.
Going into this regatta, John Kilroy on USA 13131 Samba Pa Ti, leads the overall series by a margin of 6 points, from second placed Vincenzo Onorato on ITA 2121 Mascalzone Latino. Lying third in the series and tied on points with Mascalzone Latino is Alessio Marinelli on Audi Fratelli Giacomel Armonia. With Onorato not in attendance this weekend, no doubt Kilroy and Marinelli will both be equally keen to turn in strong performances in order to consolidate their positions at the top of the leaderboard.
Such is the competitive nature of the International Melges 32 Class, that a large percentage of the teams competing at this event are each capable of winning individual races and even stringing together a series good enough to win the regatta outright. Amongst the talented owners likely to be vying for the podium positions this weekend are reigning Melges 32 World Champion Luca Lalli on ITA 23 B-Lin Sailing, 2009 World Champion Pieter Taselaar on USA 169 Bliksem, as well as reigning European Champion Joe Woods on GBR 500 Red. Beyond these proven championship winners however, teams like Edoardo Lupi's ITA 487 Torpyone, Lanfranco Cirillo's ITA 212 Fantastica and Filippo Pacinotti's ITA 667 Brontolo HH have all previously proved themselves to be highly potent forces in this series.
Today's practice racing was sailed in warm sunshine and a fitful 6-7 knots easterly breeze. Local forecasts suggest that the breeze may remain light for the first two days of the regatta, with stronger winds anticipated for the final day.
Racing in the main 8 race series gets underway tomorrow Friday 17th June and will run through until Sunday 19th June. Racing is scheduled to get underway at 11:30 local time each day, except for Saturday, when an additional standalone ‘Audi Invitational Race’ will be run, scheduled to start at 11:00 local time.
You can follow all of the action on the Official Melges 32 Blog, where we will be bringing you live text and video updates from the racecourse throughout the regatta, with these updates also being posted to the International Melges 32 and Melges Europe Facebook pages.
Racing at the Porto Cervo leg of the 2011 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series begins on Saturday 18th June and runs through to Sunday 19th June. Eight races are scheduled for the series with one additional standalone ‘Audi Invitational Race’ to take place on Saturday morning.
FULL ENTRY LIST
1.) Alessio Marinelli/Riccardo Simoneschi, Audi Fratelli Giacomel Armonia
2.) Antonello Morina/Paola Cian, Sei Tu 32
3.) Martin Knetig/Jakub Kozelsky, Black Mamba
4.) Peter Rogers/Ruairidh Scott, Highlife
5.) John Kilroy/Nathan Wilmot, Samba Pa Ti
6.) Carlo Perrone/Lorenzo Bodini, Atlantica 19
7.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone
8.) Luca Lalli/Lorenzo Bressani, B-LinSailing.com
9.) Kees Kaan/Bouwe Bekking, ROARK
10.) Ferdinando Battistella/Andrea Casale, Cuervo y Sobrinos
11.) Pieter Taselaar/Jeremy Wilmot, Bliksem
12.) Filippo Pacinotti/Daniele Cassinari, Brontolo HH
13.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica
14.) Carlo Alberini/Enrico Fonda, Calvi Network
15.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Matteo Ivaldi, Rush Diletta
16.) Roberto Pardini/Salvatore Paderi, Janas
17.) Jean Francois Cruette/Stephane Christidis, Teasing Machine
18.) Joe Woods/Paul Goodison, Red
19.) Edoardo Pavesio/Andrea Felci, Fra Martina