Recchi pulls ahead

Race favourite takes the lead after day one of the Audi Melges 32 World Championship

Wednesday September 23rd 2009, Author: Joy Dunigan, Location: United Kingdom
The first day of racing at the Audi Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda was nothing short of spectacular, not to mention delivered no surprises. At the end of the day, topping the 30-boat fleet is Claudio Recchi on ITA-93 Team 93. In second overall is Joe Woods on GBR-500 Red and Pieter Taselaar on USA-169 Bliksem is seated third.

Racing commenced on time under partly cloudy skies and moderate breezes with the left side of the line strongly favored. Upwind, the right initially appeared to be productive, however the left proved to be the side that catapulted Woods with David Lenz calling the shots to the front of the pack, leading the charge by a nice margin. Rounding second was Giovanni Maspero on ITA-999 Joe Fly and Andrea Cecchetti on ITA-753 Bagua with Vasco Vascotto as tactician. Downwind, Woods poured on the speed placing him at the gate well ahead of the rest of the fleet and back out to the left for pressure.

Recchi chased Woods back upwind, passing Maspero and Armando Guilietti helming ITA-1 Uka Uka Racing for Lorenzo Santini and Cecchetti. Woods won the first race by what seemed to be a mile, Recchi took second and Maspero third.

For the second race of the day, the breeze dropped off slightly as another course four was posted on the board at 060, with an approaching weather system off to the east for the start. Once more Woods look to have a nice start, as did Recchi and Vincenzo Onorato on ITA-2121 Mascalzone Latino with with tactician Adrian Stead at his side. Onorato got the upper hand upwind charging the mark in first, Recchi right on his heels in second, Cecchetti in third. Recchi took the lead almost instantly from Onorato. An amazing downwind drag race with Onorato placed Recchi at the gate first, then proceeded to extended his lead back upwind with Taselaar finding his way into the number two position. Onorato slipped back into third for the final downwind run to the finish. Recchi was first across the line, Taselaar settled for second and across the line in third was Onorato.

Looking to day two at the Audi Melges 32 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Italy, four points separate Recchi from Woods in the overall points standings with Taselaar only one point further back. In fourth is Stefano di Properizio on ITA-651 Mataran and in fifth is Cecchetti.

Results:

Boat (Bow No.) Owner/Helmsman Sail No.
R1
R2
Tot
TEAM 93 (93) Claudio Recchi/Claudio Recchi ITA 93
2
1
3
RED (66) Joe Woods/Joe Woods GBR 500
1
6
7
BLIKSEM (69) Pieter Taselaar/Pieter Taselaar USA 169
6
2
8
MATARAN (99) Stefano Di Properzio/Stefano Di Properzio ITA 651
7
4
11
BAGUA (08) Andrea Cecchetti/Andrea Cecchetti ITA 753
5
7
12
FANTASTICAAA (02) Lanfranco Cirillo/Lanfranco Cirillo ITA 164
9
5
14
JOE FLY (46) Giovanni Maspero/Giovanni Maspero ITA 999
3
12
15
MASCALZONE LATINO (21) Vincenzo Onorato/Vincenzo Onorato ITA 2121
12
3
15
UKA UKA RACING (78) L. Santini & A. Marinelli/Armando Giulietti ITA 1
4
11
15
PILOT ITALIA (13) Francesco Martino/Francesco Martino ITA 161
8
8
16
ARGO (32) Jason Carroll/Jason Carroll USA 128
10
10
20
BITIPI (09) Savino Formentini/Savino Formentini MON 1999
11
17
28
OPUS ONE (16) Wolfgang Stolz/Wolfgang Stolz GER 205
20
9
29
SEI TU 32 (10) Antonello Morina/Antonello Morina ITA 179
15
14
29
BRONTOLO (28) Filippo Pacinotti/Filippo Pacinotti ITA 667
14
15
29
CALVI NETWORK (11) Carlo Alberini/Carlo Alberini ITA 186
13
20
33
RUSH DILETTA (25) Mauro Moccheggiani/Mauro Moccheggiani ITA 187
17
16
33
MATRIX (88) Luigi Amedeo Melegari/Luigi Melegari ITA 181
21
13
34
TEAM BARBARIANS (07) Stuart Simpson/Fred Kemp GBR 84845
18
19
37
BIG BANG HUBLOT (45) Battistella & Curtis/Cesare Curtis ITA 177
22
18
40
TORPYONE (18) E.Lupi & M.Pessina/Edoardo Lupi ITA 487
23
21
44
HIGHLIFE (77) Peter Rogers/Dave Cowell GBR 121
19
26
45
JANAS (27) Roberto Pardini/Pietro Fois ITA 172
16
DSQ
46
SHAKEDOWN (17) Geoffrey Pierini/Geoffrey Pierini USA 178
24
23
47
BLACK MAMBA (04) Martin Knetig/Martin Knetig CZE 204
27
22
49
TEASING MACHINE (15) Jean Francois Cruette/Jean Francois Cruette FRA 202
26
24
50
I.NOVA2 (33) Carlo Pesenti/Carlo Pesenti ITA 100
28
25
53
FRA MARTINA (22) Edo, V. Pavesio & G. Rinaldi/Edoardo Pavesio ITA 141
25
28
53
LEA (23) Aamalia De Lana/Ernesto Faraco ITA 185
29
27
56

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