Victory for Fantastica
Taking advantage of great weather conditions, the Race Committee in Porto Ercole held three more races to complete the second round of the 2013 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series hosted by Circolo Nautico e della Vela dell'Argentario.
With a final tally of eight races, the event saw the major success of Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica with tactician Michele Paoletti and a crew of Daniele De Luca, Claudio Celon, Riamondo Tonelli, Eros Paghera, Enrico Verdinelli and Enrico Turrini who are Porto Ercole Champions.
Cirillo's single-digit scoreline, including a bullet in the opening race defined his victory. Paoletti sailed an almost perfect regatta in the light and tricky conditions which were, from a tactical standpoint, very challenging.
Rounding out the podium, in second overall was Edoardo Lupi aboard Torpyone with Olympic 49er Pietro Sibello as tactician, and Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda with tactician Lorenzo Bressani which finished an impressive regatta in third. Filippo Pacinotti and tactician Nathan Wilmot aboard Brontolo HH slipped to fourth while Edoardo Pavesio's FRA MARTINA with Chris Rast on tactics completed the top five.
With Pozzi's result in Porto Ercole that he now leads the overall Audi Melges 32 Series results after two events with Lupi in second and Cirillo third.
The next events are Portoferraio (31 May-2 June), and Torbole (12-14 July). The final event will be the 2013 Melges 32 World Championship on 18-22 September in Porto Rotondo, Italy.
Results top 10
1.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 1-7-4--4-6-9-5 = 36
2.) Edoardo Lupi/Pietro Sibello, Torpyone; 8-2--4-6-1-6-15 = 42
3.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda; -1-17-15-1-2-1-7 = 44
4.) Filippo Pacinotti/Nathan Wilmot, Brontolo HH; 3-11-1-2--11-11-10 = 49
5.) Edoardo Pavesio/Chris Rast, FRA MARTINA; 2/SPI-3--10-8-10-12-3 = 50
6.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima 1; -12-8-1-14-3-10-8 = 56
7.) Marc de Antonio/Gustavo Martinez Doreste, Bribon-Movistar; 4-9-2-12-5-15--9 = 56
8.) Yukihiro Ishida/Richard Clarke, Yasha Samurai; 6-5--8-12-4-8-14 = 57
9.) Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden; 10-17-11-11/SPI-3-5-3-2 = 58
10.) Deneen Demourkas/Mark Mendelblatt, Groovederci; 15-15-3-6-10-7-2- = 58