Friday, June 29, 2012

Italian Rascals With An Aussie Flavour Take Control At Melges 32 Euros

Porto Cervo, Italy. 29th June 2012

With six races now completed in the Audi Melges 32 European Championship and a discard coming into play, the leaderboard has undergone a slight reshuffle but remains incredibly close. Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino (ITA) currently sits at the top of the overall classification on 21 points. Second place is occupied by Jason Carroll's Argo (USA) on equal points with third-placed Fantastica (ITA) owned by Lanfranco Cirillo. 
Mascalzone Latino Photo: © Guido Trombetta/BPSE
Yesterday's leader Bombarda (ITA), owned by Andrea Pozzi and with America's Cup helmsman Flavio Favini on tactics, sits in fourth place, just one point behind. The event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with B-Plan Sport&Events, will conclude on Sunday 1st July with a maximum of ten races scheduled.
Photo: © Guido Trombetta/BPSE
Conditions were once again light off Porto Cervo with an east south-easterly breeze of around 8 to 10 knots accompanying each of today's three races. In Race Four of the series Calvi Network crossed the finish line first ahead of Argo and Audi Fratelli Giacomel-Fra Martina after Fantastica lost the second place that she had held for the entire race during the final downwind leg to finish fourth. 

American John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti took victory in the second race of the day ahead of Spain's Bribon Movistar, owned by Marc De Antonio, and Italy's Torpyone with Branko Brcin on tactics. Mascalzone Latino, with Australia's Nathan Wilmot calling tactics, took centre stage in the final race of the day - Race Six -and led throughout trailed by Japan's Mamma Aiuto!. France's Teasing Machine, owned by Jean Francois Cruette and with Francois Brenac on tactics, started well and climbed steadily to finish third.

Carlo Alberini, owner of Calvi Network and President of the Melges 32 class had a mixed day with a 1-20-8 scoreline today: "The day started off great, then we got a bit lost with a misunderstanding in the second race. I made a mistake and we, quite rightly, had to complete a penalty and so any potential for a good result was gone. We redeemed ourselves somewhat in the final race, even if we were over early but we believed in the left side of the course and regained ground there. There are only four more races to run but we will do our best."

Michele Paoletti, tactician aboard Fantastica "We're a little bit disappointed because we threw away more than a few points. We raced fairly well but made some minor errors that I'm afraid will count in the end. In any case the classification is still wide open."

Racing in the event is scheduled to continue tomorrow, Saturday 30th July at 11.30 a.m. The forecast is similar to today with approximately 8 knots of Sirocco breeze predicted.

Provisional Overall Results
Position. Boat - Owner - Tactician - R1/R2/R3/R4/R5/R6 (discard) - Total Pts

1. Mascalzone Latino - Vincenzo Onorato - Nathan Wilmot - 5/4/6/5/(9)/1=21
2. Argo - Jason Carroll - Cameron Appleton - 6/8/3/2/(16)/9=28
3. Fantastica - Lanfranco Cirillo - Michele Paoletti - 3/9/5/4/(12)/7=28
4. Bombarda - Andrea Pozzi - Flavio Favini - 12/1/2/9/(17)/5=29
5. Torpyone - Edoardo Lupi e Massimo Pessina - Branko Brcin - 7/(13)/11/7/3/6=34
6. Red - Joe Woods - Nick Rogers - 1/11/7/12/7/(18)=38
7. Opus One - Wolfgang Stolz - Jesper Radich - 2/3/10/13/11/(17)=39
8. Audi F.lli Giacomel Fra Martina - Edoardo e Vanni Pavesio - Gabriele Benussi - 9/5/9/3/14/(16)=40
9. Bribon - Marc De Antonio - Gonzalo Araujo - 10/7/16/6/2/(21)=41
10. Rush Diletta - Mauro Mocchegiani - Matteo Ivaldi - 4/17/1/10/10/(20)=42

Jill Campbell

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