Recchi scores his discard

But his Team 93 continues to lead at the Audi Melges 32 World Championship

Friday September 25th 2009, Author: Joy Dunigan, Location: United Kingdom
Sunshine and blue skies finally returned to the sailing paradise of Porto Cervo today , and the one-design fleet of 30 boats competing in the Melges 32 World Championship managed to fit in the maximum three daily races for the first time in the series. With six races now completed, a discard permitted and four more races scheduled, the leader board of the Audi Melges 32 World Championship, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, has begun to take a more definite shape. Claudio Recchi’s Team 93 (ITA), overall leaders since day one, took a third place and a bullet today and discarded an 11th in the final race to increase their lead over second-place Bliksem (USA) to nine points. Pieter Taselaar’s (New York, N.Y.) Bliksem in turn sits 13 points ahead of Giovanni Maspero’s Joe Fly (ITA) while a battle for third place is assured with only 3 points separating the boats in the third through eighth place.

Race Four, the first of the day, started at 12.05 in approximately 10-12 degrees of breeze from 025° with well formed waves. Joe Fly,with Francesco Bruni on tactics, took a good start and rounded the first windward mark ahead of Red (GBR), owned by Joe Woods and Pilot Italia (ITA), owned by Francesco Martino. By the leeward mark Pilot Italia had moved up to lead the fleet with Joe Fly in second place ahead of Team 93 and Bliksem. The American boat continued to make up ground on the last two legs to cross the finish line in first place ahead of Pilot Italia and Team 93. 2009 Audi Melges 32 sailing series winner Calvi Network appeared to return to form, gaining a fourth place ahead of Joe Fly.

Wind and sea conditions remained unchanged for the start of Race Five which saw Bagua 753, owned by Andrea Cechetti and with Vasco Vascotto on tactics, lead the fleet for the first time in the series. Cecchetti’s team was followed around the first windward mark by Team 93 with Joe Fly in third. Rush Diletta (ITA) with Ray Davies of Emirates New Zealand fame on tactics, rounded in fourth. The top three boats held their positions around the leeward mark but by the finish line it was Team 93 that took its second bullet of the series ahead of Joe Fly and Bagua 753.

For the start of the third and final race of the day the course was shifted to 030° and then adjusted to 040° while wind speeds remained constant at approximately 13-14 knots. Calvi Network was out in front this time round and was followed around the windward mark by Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino and Bagua 753. Calvi Network held her lead throughout the race and was chased across the finish line by Filippo Paccinotti’s Brontolo, with Frederik Loof calling tactics, and Uka Uka Racing, owned by Lorenzo Santini and Alessio Marinelli with Lorenzo Bressani on tactics.

Gabriele Benussi, tactician on Calvi Network and winner of the Audi Melges 32 Series in 2008 and 2009, was understandably pleased today, “It was a positive day for us; it was important to break the negative cycle. We have good spirit and today we raced with the determination and ability which allowed us to win the Audi Melges 32 series. Today’s racing was great, very challenging for all of the tacticians. The course was very open and the wind continued to jump which allowed us to use pre-tactics. Today the right side was on, and so when we were on that side downwind we were able to gain important places.”

Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow, Saturday 26th September, at 12 midday with a maximum of three races to be held. Winds are expected to increase tomorrow to 20 to 22 knots from north, north east. Racing will conclude on Sunday 27th September.

Results:

Pos
Boat (Bow No.) Owner/Helmsman Sail no
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
Tot
1
TEAM 93 (93) Claudio Recchi/Claudio Recchi ITA 93
2
1
2
3
1
11
9
2
BLIKSEM (69) Pieter Taselaar/Pieter Taselaar USA 169
6
2
1
1
14
8
18
3
JOE FLY (46) Giovanni Maspero/Giovanni Maspero ITA 999
3
12
20
5
2
9
31
4
MASCALZONE LATINO (21) Vincenzo Onorato/Vincenzo Onorato ITA 2121
12
3
5
14
7
5
32
5
RED (66) Joe Woods/Joe Woods GBR 500
1
6
11
11
4
20
33
6
UKA UKA RACING (78) L. Santini & A. Marinelli/Armando Giulietti ITA 1
4
11
19
6
9
3
33
7
PILOT ITALIA (13) Francesco Martino/Francesco Martino ITA 161
8
8
4
2
24
12
34
8
BAGUA (08) Andrea Cecchetti/Andrea Cecchetti ITA 753
5
7
18
10
3
10
35
9
CALVI NETWORK (11) Carlo Alberini/Carlo Alberini ITA 186
13
20
14
4
10
1
42
10
MATARAN (99) Stefano Di Properzio/Stefano Di Properzio ITA 651
7
4
3
12
16
23
42
11
FANTASTICAAA (02) Lanfranco Cirillo/Lanfranco Cirillo ITA 164
9
5
13
7
12
22
46
12
MATRIX (88) Luigi Amedeo Melegari/Luigi Melegari ITA 181
21
13
16
9
5
4
47
13
ARGO (32) Jason Carroll/Jason Carroll USA 128
10
10
6
17
6
15
47
14
BITIPI (09) Savino Formentini/Savino Formentini MON 1999
11
17
9
8
20
7
52
15
BRONTOLO (28) Filippo Pacinotti/Filippo Pacinotti ITA 667
14
15
DNF
13
11
2
55
16
RUSH DILETTA (25) Mauro Moccheggiani/Mauro Moccheggiani ITA 187
17
16
23
16
8
6
63
17
OPUS ONE (16) Wolfgang Stolz/Wolfgang Stolz GER 205
20
9
22
15
13
18
75
18
JANAS CITTA' DI CAGLIARI (27) Roberto Pardini/Pietro Fois ITA 172
16
DSQ
8
27
15
17
83
19
SEI TU 32 (10) Antonello Morina/Antonello Morina ITA 179
15
14
15
24
21
26
89
20
HIGHLIFE (77) Peter Rogers/Dave Cowell GBR 121
19
26
12
18
DSQ
16
91
21
BIG BANG HUBLOT (45) Battistella & Curtis/Cesare Curtis ITA 177
22
18
26
20
18
14
92
22
TEASING MACHINE (15) Jean Francois Cruette/Jean Francois Cruette FRA 202
26
24
7
23
23
19
96
23
TORPYONE (18) E.Lupi & M.Pessina/Edoardo Lupi ITA 487
23
21
10
22
22
25
98
24
BLACK MAMBA (04) Martin Knetig/Martin Knetig CZE 204
27
22
17
21
17
21
98
25
SHAKEDOWN (17) Geoffrey Pierini/Geoffrey Pierini USA 178
24
23
25
25
19
13
104
26
TEAM BARBARIANS (07) Stuart Simpson/Fred Kemp GBR 84845
18
19
24
19
25
24
104
27
FRA MARTINA (22) Edoardo & Vanni Pavesio/Edoardo Pavesio ITA 141
25
28
21
26
26
27
125
28
I.NOVA2 (33) Carlo Pesenti/Carlo Pesenti ITA 100
28
25
28
28
27
29
136
29
LEA (23) Aamalia De Lana/Ernesto Faraco ITA 185
29
27
27
29
28
28
139

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