by Joy Dunigan
Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Naples, Italy was hosted by Circolo Canottieri Napoli.
Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series
Claudio Recchi's Let's Roll with tactician Lorenzo Bressani and Federico Michetti on bow have won the first stage of the 2011 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series in Naples. They took the win from a 31-strong field of competitors. Federico Strocchi on Cheyenne was second with Luca Domenici on Notaro Sailing Team in third.
Proudly, Marco Zaoli, along with tactician Enrico Zennaro on Shadow, and Francesco Farneti with Branko Brcin on tactics aboard Reggini Sailing Team, respectively won the fourth and fifth heats in the weekend race series.
On the Gulf of Naples, light and shifty breezes from the south continued, making the racing conditions super tough for the Audi Melges 20 fleet. Zaoli took a huge lead in the first race of the day and won, followed by Domenici in second, Stefano Sacchi’s Jingle 3 was third. Farneti put his best speed forward for the last race of the day taking the win ahead of Domenici, again finishing second. American Michael Kiss with Chris Rast on tactics and crew Jamie Kimball aboard Bacio was third.
Clearly, conditions took a brutal toll on the overnight leader, Guido Miani on Audi. Miani accepted an 11th and 14th on the final day pushing him to finish fourth overall. Bressani kept Recchi and team right on the edge with a 7-4 result, enabling them to take the overall win by five points.
'It was a difficult race,' said Lorenzo Bressani, tactician on Let's Roll. 'We saw classic Gulf conditions. Unstable wind and a shift that favored those who went left, open towards the sea, saved us on many occasions, but more often we found ourselves behind rather than ahead. This is the first regatta for Claudio, Federico and I so, we are still trying to find the right harmony. There is considerable room for improvement.'
The next appointment for the Audi Melges 20 happens in Scarlino on April 16-17.
Full Results (FINAL, After 5 races)
1.) Claudio Recchi/Lorenzo Bressani, Let's Roll; 2-2-8-7-4 = 23
2.) Federico Strocchi/Gabrio Zandona, Cheyenne; 10-7-2-4-5 = 28
3.) Luca Domenici, Notaro Sailing Team; 16-9-6-2-2 = 35
4.) Guido Miani/Gabrielle Benussi, Audi; 1-8-3-11-14 = 37
5.) Dario Levi/Andrea Casale, Fremito D'Arjia; 3-4-10-5-19 = 41
6.) Alessandro Molla, Spring Sailing Team; 5-15-1-10-11 = 42
7.) Mirko De Falco, Peccere; 7-3-13-20-6 = 49
8.) Marco Zaoli/Enrico Zennaro, Shadow; 23-10-4-1-13 = 51
9.) Francesco Farneti/Branko Brcin, Reggini Sailing Team; 11-20-15-6-1 = 53
10.) Enrico Pegoraro, Karma; 4-16-9-16-10 = 55
11.) Renato Vallivero, Turnover; 8-12-11-17-7 = 55
12.) Marco Morina, Sei Tu 20; 9-6-20-14-9 = 58
13.) Giancarlo Capolino, Legionario; 6-1-22-15-15 = 59
14.) Francesco Conte, Grafton; 25-5-7-9-16 = 62
15.) Stefano Sacchi, Jingle 3; 20-17-12-3-28 = 80
16.) Lauro Bonora, Camay; 12-14-5-RAF-22 = 85
17.) Simone Anichini, Henneken; 14-26-16-8-25 = 89
18.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 22-22-19-26-3 = 92
19.) Marco Franchini, Mezzaluna; 15-19-30-24-8 = 96
20.) Federico Albano, 3Menda; 28-21-17-18-12 = 96
21.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG; 18-25-23-12-21 = 99
22.) Ugo Capolino, Kempo; 13-18-21-23-26 = 101
23.) Felice Bifulco, Noi De Notte; 17-24-18-21-23 = 103
24.) Fausto Rubbini, Thule; 21-31-14-25-17 = 108
25.) Manlio Soldani, Romoloromani; 26-13-29-19-24 = 111
26.) Manfredi Vianini Tolomei, Maolca; 19-27-27-13-29 = 115
27.) Matteo Rossomando, Red Crow; 24-28-25-22-20 = 119
28.) Giuliano Palazzo, Lucifero; 29-11-31-27-DNF = 130
29.) Claudio Dutto, Asante Sana; 27-30-26-29-18 = 130
30.) Valter Campanile, Yacht Club Bari; 30-23-24-30-27 = 134
31.) Riccardo Improta, I Bulgari; 31-29-28-28-30 - 146
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