Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion

2014 Audi Melges 20 World Champion, John Kilroy - Samba Pa Ti
After one final race at the 2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship, John Kilroy at the helm of Samba Pa Ti, tactician Paul Goodison and crew Jeff Reynolds proved they were more than deserving of the 2014 Audi Melges 20 World Champion title. Four days of racing and no worse than a fourteenth in a fleet of fifty-seven entries, the Samba Pa Ti team excelled in almost every condition and under a wide variety of pressure.

'All we wanted to do for the start of the race today was to control Mascalzone as they were the only ones that could possibly win the event other than us. So, we did a little match racing on the start,' commented a very happy Kilroy. 'Things just went our way. Everything just went right for us. We’ve trained a lot and we have a great team.'

2014 Audi Melges 20 World Champions - Samba Pa Ti, From left to right: John Kilroy, Jeff Reynolds, Paul Goodison

Kilroy attributes much of this week's success to the training he has been doing in his home town of San Francisco, California with his son, 11-year old Liam Kilroy who helms Wildman. 'The training we did against and with Wildman made me a much better small boat driver. We did a lot of match racing, practiced straight-line speed work and crew kinetics so, hats off to Wildman as they really made us a better team.'

2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Achille Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino

In second overall is Achille Onorato helming Mascalzone Latino, Jr. with tactician Malcolm Page and Stefano Campialini as crew. Rounding out the top three is Guido Miani on Monaco Racing Fleet with tactician Gabriele Benussi and crew member Massimo Gherarducci who are the only other team other than Samba Pa Ti to hold three race wins in Riva.

In the all-amatuer Corinthian division (all ISAF Group 1 on board), Marco Gambarella’s Chimera edged out American John Brown’s Blind Squirrel for the overall title. From Canada, Paul Currie’s Wild Deuces finished third.

For now the World Championship title remains in the hands of the Americans.

2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Guido Miani, Monaco Racing Fleet

A huge congratulations to the 2014 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Champion Miani. Over the last few months, since the start of the Series in Naples, which then traveled onward to Porto Ercole, Talamone and Riva Del Garda, Miani has been challenged by Dario Levi’s Fremito D’Arja all season long - until today. Onorato placed second in the series, while Levi finished in third overall. Pasquale Orofino's Raffica and Mirko De Falco's Peccere completed the Series in fourth and fifth respectively.

In 2015, the next World Championship will take place in San Francisco, California hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club on September 30-October 3.

2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - From left to right: Achille Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino (2nd overall), John Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti (World Champion), Guido Miani’s Monaco Racing Fleet (3rd overall)

The 2014 World Championship was not only the largest ever in International Class history, it has been one of the most incredible events ever. The venue, conditions, competition, shore-side atmosphere and camaraderie have been nothing short of world class. It has been the absolute best. This is in great gratitude to Sailing Series and circuit title sponsor Audi, the entire B.Plan Sport&Events staff, Melges Europe, and host Yacht Club Fraglia Della Vela Riva and their league of volunteers, race committee and management. Most especially to all the participants that traveled from eleven different countries, made this Championship fantastic.



Preliminary Cumulative Results
   

Bow

Sail Number

Yacht Name

Owner/Skipper

Race
6

Race
7

Race
8

Race
9

Race
10

T
O

Total

 

 

  

 

  

1.

313

USA 13131

Samba Pa Ti

John Kilroy

2

14

12

1

1

[14]

40.0

 
  

2.

23

ITA 23

Mascalzone Latino

Achille Onorato

9

6

1

4

12

[18]

56.0

 
  

3.

333

MON 333

Monaco Racing Fleet

Guido Miani

1

1

30

3

2

[30]

60.0

 
  

4.

271

JPN 271

Mamma Aiuto!

Naofumi Kamei

5

13

8

2

7

[30]

97.0

 
  

5.

8

USA 008

Shimmer

Russ Lucas

15

22

3

11

35

[35]

107.0

 
  

6.

50

ITA 50

Fremito D'arja

Dario Levi

6

21

15

30

45

[45]

110.0

 
  

7.

14

USA 14

Red Sky Sailing Team

Paul Reilly

8

8

14

24

21

[27]

123.0

 
  

8.

15

USA 1315

Ninkasi

John Taylor

10

4

20

5

25

[36]

125.0

 
  

9.

217

USA 217

Slingshot

Wes Whitmyer Jr

13

16

18

7

16

[45]

129.0

 
  

10.

65

ITA 65

STIG

Alessandro Rombelli

43

10

41

14

20

[43]

131.0

 
  

11.

276

USA 276

Section 16

Richard Davies

3

58/OCS

23

29

11

[58]

132.0

 
  

12.

106

ITA 106

Asante Sana Sailing Team

Claudio Dutto

36

7

35

6

6

[36]

142.0

 
  

13.

311

USA 311

Wildman

Liam Kilroy

11

31

19

32

26

[32]

143.0

 
  

14.

157

ITA 157

ITA 157

Francesco Farneti

7

15

13

25

4

[33]

143.0

 
  

15.

167

ITA 167

Maolca

Manfredi Vianini Tolomei

14

18

17

8

42

[42]

153.0

 
  

16.

180

CZE 180

Aloha

Jan Kuchar

28

2

49

16

31

[49]

167.0

 
  

17.

112

ITA 112

Peccere'

Mirko de Falco

20

37

21

21

15

[44]

167.0

 
  

18.

108

MON 108

Lucifer

Matteo Marenghi Vaselli

17

27

6

19

43

[43]

168.0

 
  

19.

124

ITA 124

Audi G-Tron F.lli Giacomel

Roberto Martinez

22

32

29

12

5

[32]

170.0

 
  

20.

173

RUS 173

Ost Legal

Vladimir Lipavsky

18

26

2

18

41

[41]

179.0

 
  

21.

149

ITA 149

CAMAY

Lauro Bonora

58/DNF

33

4

52

18

[58]

195.0

 
  

22.

107

ITA 107

Leviathan

Davide Albertini Petroni

12

23

47

38

14

[47]

200.0

 
  

23.

189

ITA 189

Sailing Lab

Andrea Bruschi

29

24

27

17

3

[46]

201.0

 
  

24.

27

ITA 027

Chimera (Corinthian)

Marco Gambardella

33

11

9

57

13

[57]

203.0

 
  

25.

7

RUS 7

ANYWAYANYDAY

Kirill Podolsky

26

17

7

27

27

[42]

211.0

 
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