Robertissima out in front
The third event of the 2013 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series, on this occasion hosted by Lega Navale Italiana Portoferraio, officially got underway today with two difficult races in light and shifty conditions. Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima is currently seated in first overall, followed by American Jason Carroll on Argo in second, with Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino third.
The racing, from a tactical standpoint could not have been more complicated. A quick review of the scoreboard reveals that the top three boats were the only ones able to stick single-digit finishes.
Fourth-place finisher Edoardo Lupi aboard Torpyone was among the few able to gain some redemption by winning race two. Long term Melges 32 owner and helmsman Mauro Mocchegiani on Audi Ultra Giacomel managed a nice third in race one.
Overall Series leaders, Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda and Lanfranco Cirillo's Fantastica, finished the day in seventh and eighth respectively, holding firm.
Gaeta champion Russian Valentin Zavadnikov and Team Synergy GT completed the day in a disappointing 12th place. Naofumi Kamei on Mamma Aiuto! finished the best of the three participating Japanese teams in 13th.
Racing in Portoferraio will resume tomorrow with the forecasts indicating more challenging conditions.
Full results here