2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins

2014 Melges 20 World Championship
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - In less than two weeks, the commencement of the second Audi Melges 20 World Championship will take place with a record-breaking entry of 55 teams expected to participate in the four-day racing affair. The Italian fleet is the largest in attendance with additional representation from Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Monaco, Russia and the United States.

As of late, Riva del Garda has been the center of International Melges Class racing. The Audi Melges 20 held its fourth act of the 2014 Audi-Tron Sailing Series in Riva during late July. The World Championship is organized by B.Plan Sports and Events and Fraglia Vela Riva, with the full support and coordination of Melges Europe and the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association (IAM20CA). It will serve as the fifth and final event of the Melges 20 Audi-Tron Sailing Series in 2014.

With a quick review of the entry roster, who will be the next World Champion is difficult to predict. The winner of a World Championship by definition is one who defies conventional logic and dynamics, handles intense concentration and management of psychological pressure to deliver consistency in performance. These factors make anything possible, and for certain will add new stories to the already prestigious, on-going legacy that is the Audi Melges 20.

However, there are the standouts and among them are reigning World Champion John Taylor on Ninkasi, current World Ranking leader Wes Whitmyer on Slingshot, current European Ranking leader and International Class Chairman Manfredi Vianini Tolomei on Maolca, and North American Ranking leader Richard Davies on Section 16. Other potential teams to beat (but certainly not limited to) include Guido Miani's Monaco Racing Fleet in pole position who won Sailing Series Act No. Four last month in Riva, Audi-Tron Series leader and former Gold Cup Champion Dario Levi on Fremito D'Arja, Pasquale Orofino's Raffica, and Achille Onorato on Mascalzone Latino Jr.

And, then there are the great underdogs who are more than worth cheering for. Russ Lucas on Shimmer, Paul Reilly on Red Sky, 2014 Russian Open Champion Valentin Zavadnikov on Synergy, Alexandr Ezhkov's Pirogovo Sailing, Mirko de Falco's Peccere, Francesco Farnetti on ITA-157 and Alessandro Rombelli's STIG all have the potential to be the next World Champion of the Audi Melges 20 Class.

Another exciting notable as the championship draws close is the attendance of 11-year-old Liam Kilroy. Earlier in 2014, the North American fleet welcomed the young son of 2013 U.S. National Champion John Kilroy, to the competitive ring. He will race his Audi Melges 20 Wildman in his first World Championship ever.

2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship Current Entries:

  Sail NumberYacht NameOwner's NameHome PortYacht TypeLength

1.ITA 2053mendaFederico Albano La Spezia, ITAAudi Melges 2020
2.CZE 180AlohaJan Kuchar Prague, Czech rep, CZEAudi Melges 2020
3.RUS 36AnnaMaxim Logutenko Moscow, RUSAudi Melges 2020
4.RUS 7ANYWAYANYDAY Kirill Podolsky RUSAudi Melges 2020
5.ITA 106Asante Sana Sailing TeamClaudio Dutto Riva del Garda, Trento, ITAAudi Melges 2020
6.ITA 124Audi G-Tron F.lli Giacomel Riccardo Simoneschi Milano, MI, ITAAudi Melges 2020
7.CAN 170Batteries 4 BacioRhonda Joyce Toronto, Ont, CANAudi Melges 2020
8.USA 231Blind SquirrelJohn Brown Philadelphia, PA, USAAudi Melges 2020
9.ITA 149CAMAYLauro Bonora Ferrara, Ferrara, ITAAudi Melges 2020
10.ITA 027ChimeraGambardella / Cupane / Candela Palermo, Palermo, ITAAudi Melges 20 20
11.JPN 277ContiousNorikatsu Aizawa Fujisawa, Kanagawa, JPNAudi Melges 2020
12.MON 81CustomlyCorrado Agusta Monaco, MONAudi Melges 2020
13.GER 135FantastichinaFritz Homann München, BY, GERAudi Melges 2020
14.RUS 262Fly or dieDenis Lankin RUSAudi Melges 2020
15.ITA 50Fremito D'arjaDario Levi London, England, GBRAudi Melges 2020
16.ITA 181HannekenSimone Anichini Florence, ITAAudi Melges 2020
17.GER 164HellcatJuergen Fuchs Munich, Bavaria, GERAudi Melges 2020
18.ITA 157ITA 157Francesco Farneti Rimini, ITAAudi Melges 2020
19.RUS 047KotyaraOleg Evdokimenko Moscow, RUSAudi Melges 2020
20.ITA 107LeviathanDavide Albertini Petroni Milano, ITAAudi Melges 2020
21.MON 108LuciferMatteo Marenghi Vaselli Fontvieille, MONAudi Melges 2020
22.JPN 271Mamma Aiuto!Naofumi Kamei Tokio, Baleares, JPNAudi Melges 2020
23.ITA 167MaolcaManfredi Vianini Tolomei Milan, Italy, ITAAudi Melges 2020
24.GER 204MaroiJan Kowalski München, BY, GERAudi Melges 2020
25.ITA 23Mascalzone LatinoAchille Onorato Milano, ITAAudi Melges 2020
26.ITA 192Mezza LunaMarco Franchini ITAAudi Melges 2020
27.MON 333Monaco Racing FleetGuido Miani Monaco, MONAudi Melges 2020
28.MON 104Money Time Philippe Pizzichini Monaco, MONAudi Melges 2020
29.AUT 159N.N.Klaus Schober Zell am See, AUTAudi Melges 2020
30.USA 1315NinkasiJohn Taylor Jupiter, FL, USAAudi Melges 2020
31.RUS 173Ost LegalVladimir Lipavsky Moscow, RUSAudi Melges 2020
32.RUS 44Ottobre RossoArtem Kuznetsov RUSAudi Melges 2020
33.ITA 112Peccere'Mirko de Falco Napoli, ITAAudi Melges 2020
34.RUS 2PIRogovo SailingAlexandr Ezhkov Moscow, RUSAudi Melges 2020
35.ITA 136RafficaPasquale Orofino Naples, ITAAudi Melges 2020
36.USA 14Red Sky Sailing TeamPaul Reilly Chicago, IL, USAAudi Melges 2020
37.RUS 265RussotransYuriy Morozov Moscow, RUSAudi Melges 2020
38.ITA 189Sailing LabAndrea Bruschi Codogno, ITAAudi Melges 2020
39.USA 13131Samba Pa TiJohn Kilroy Los Angeles, CA, USAAudi Melges 2020
40.USA 276Section 16richard Davies Winnetka, IL, USAAudi Melges 2020
41.USA 008ShimmerRuss Lucas Bay Head, NJ, USAAudi Melges 2020
42.ITA 206Shimmer (2)Christof Petter Bad Goisern, Öberösterreich, AUSAudi Melges 2020
43.USA 217SlingshotWes Whitmyer Jr Stamford, CT, USAAudi Melges 2020
44.JPN 233SokokumaruSumio Shimoyama Tokyo, JPNAudi Melges 2020
45.ITA 154Spirit of NerinaMirko Bargolini Albavilla, Como, ITAAudi Melges 2020
46.ITA 65STIGAlessandro Rombelli Milano, ITAAudi Melges 2020
47.MON 13SynergyValentine Zavadnikov Moscow, RUSAudi Melges 2020
48.ITA 125T2RTommaso Pavan Vicenza, ITAAudi Melges 2020
49.ITA 137TachicardiaMichele Dandolo Napoli, ITAAudi Melges 2020
50.ITA 158TomahawkStefano Santucci Roma, ITAAudi Melges 2020
51.ITA 220TurnoverRenato Vallivero mongrando, biella, ITAAudi Melges 2020
52.DEN 150upupupBo Boje Pedersen Copenhagen, DENAudi Melges 2020
53.RUS 25VersyaAnatoly Karachinskiy Moscow, RUSAudi Melges 2020
54.CAN 222Wild DeucesPaul Currie Toronto, Ont, CANAudi Melges 2020
55.USA 311WildmanLiam Kilroy San Francisco, CA, USAAudi Melges 2020