Melges 32s to race their first Europeans
While the teams and those involved remain the same, instead of racing for Audi Sailing Series points, the Melges 32 fleet is this time to race for the European Championship title.
The Melges 32 fleet in Cagliari for four days of racing features teams from Holland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Italy and the United States.
There is absolutely no way to predict who will win. As of late, many teams have displayed their ability to be at the front of this fleet. Based on what has been seen this year alone, Luca Lalli on B.LinSailing.com with tactician Lorenzo Bressani is inching closer and closer to success. They confirms their goal, which is the same as many others, is to win.
Cagliari has been conquered before by Carlo Alberini on Calvi Network well-supported by tactician Gabriele Benussi. Just a short ten months ago, they won the 2009 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Championship in these very same waters. Alberini comes to this event as the reigning series champion, but also as the team with a consistently high ranking, a true wake up call for the rest of the fleet.
Holding the same ambition is Fantastica’s Lanfranco Cirillo with Michele Paoletti on tactics. They were on top form in Lerici, winning a great showdown with rare power and perfection. Despite his less than impressive performance in Scarlino, he to has to potential to be on top.
Rush Diletta’s (per Lerici) Mauro Mocchegiani has employed the talented tactician Matteo Ivaldi, a lethal weapon in his own right among such a competitive group. At the same level, Filippo Pacinotti and Brontolo holds a great thirst for success, with Freddy Loof as tactician and is usually the fastest off the line. They lack consistency so far, however they too can win.
Roberto Pardini on Janas will be sailing on his home turf and leads the ranks of other possible contenders such as Francesco Martino on Pilot Italia, Ferdinando Battistella on Cuervo Y Sobrinos, Edoardo Pavesio on Fra Martina and Andrea Cecchetti on Bagua with Vasco Vascotto as tactician.
Californian John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti (2010 Key West Race Week Champion) and Frenchman Jean-Francois Cruette on Teasing Machine (2010 Miami Grand Prix Champion) are another pair that deserve watching both making their first appearances on the European circuit. They lead the charge ahead of Kees Kaan’s ROARK, Englishmen Peter Rogers on Highlife and Joe Woods on Red, Czech Martin Knetig on Black Mamba and Germany’s Wolfgang Stolz on Opus One.
Absent from the fleet is reigning World Champion Pieter Taselaar on Bliksem, but they are expected to return for the remaining Audi Sailing Series events as well as Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino Team Audi.
Full Entry List
1.) John Kilroy/Stu Bannatyne, Samba Pa Ti
2.) Luca Lalli/Lorenzo Bressani, B.Linsailing.com
3.) Martin Knetig/Martin Trcka, Black Mamba
4.) Joe Woods/Paul Goodison, Red
5.) Filippo Pacinotti/Freddy Loof, Brontolo
6.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michelle Paoletti, Fantastica
7.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Matteo Ivaldi, Rush Diletta
8.) Carlo Alberini/Gabriele Benussi, Calvi Network
9.) Francesco Martino/Alberto Bolzan, Pilot Italia
10.) Wolfgang Stolz/Sten Mohr, Opus One
11.) Edoardo Pavesio/Carlo Fracassoli, Fra Martina
12.) Roberto Pardini/Salvatore Paderi, Janas
13.) Ferdinando Battistella/Sandro Montefusco, Cuervo Y Sobrinos
14.) Peter Rogers/Ruaridh Scott, Highlife
15.) Kees Kaan/Rutger Krijger, ROARK
16.) Andrea Cecchetti/Vasco Vascotto, Bagua
17.) Jean Francois Cruette/Christian Ponthieu, Teasing Machine