by Joy Dunigan
The final day of racing in the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Portfoferraio was to be a dramatic final day of racing, but instead, drew to a close with nothing. Due to the complete absence of wind, the very patient Race Committee was unable to start Race Six, the round that would have enabled teams to discard their worst score. Portoferraio is now complete with only five valid races on the scoreboard. Saturday's scores stand as final.
2013 Audi Sailing Series Melge 32 Sailing Series, Porto Ferraio - Fantastica
Again, it is with great congratulations to Lanfranco Cirillo aboard Fantastica and his tactician Michele Paoletti, with crew comprised of Daniele De Luca, Claudio Celon, Riamondo Tonelli, Eros Paghera, Enrico Verdinelli and Enrico Turrini as they are Portoferraio Audi Sailing Series winners. For Cirillo and team, this is their second win in a row as they also claimed victory in Porto Ercole about three weeks ago.
In second overall is Portoferraio first day leader Roberto Tomasini Grinover with tactician Vasco Vascotto on Robertissima. Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino finished in third, Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda was fourth and Naofumi Kamei on Mamma Aiuto! rounded out the top five.
Following Cirillo's success in Portoferraio, he is now seated first overall in the 2013 Audi Sailing Series Ranking, ahead of Pozzi by one point. The two have placed a massive gap in points between themselves and Edoardo Lupi's Torpyone in third and Onorato fourth. Tomasini Grinover is now seated fifth overall.
The next Audi Sailing Series event takes place in Torbole (Event No. 4 on 12-14 July). The final event will be the 2013 Melges 32 World Championship on 18-22 September in Porto Rotondo, Italy.
2013 Audi Sailing Series Melge 32 Sailing Series, Porto Ferraio - Robertissima
2013 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series - Portoferraio Day 3
Top 10 Results (Final - After Five Races)
1.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 16-3-4-3-1 = 27
2.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 2-4-9-6-6 = 27
3.) Vincenzo Onorato/Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino; 5-5-2-2-19 = 33
4.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda; 17-2-3-10-3 = 35
5.) Naofumi Kamei/Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; 6-16-6-7-2 = 37
6.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Branko Brcin, Audi Ultra Giacomel; 3-13-13-5-5 = 39
7.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo; 1-8-10-11-10 = 40
8.) Andrea Ferrari/Mirko Bargolini, Spirit of Nerina; 7-18-1-9-7 = 42
9.) Malcolm Gefter/Sam Rogers, Celeritas; 11-6-12-8-12 = 49
10.) Edoardo Lupi/Pietro Sibello, Torpyone; 13-1-7-13-16 = 50
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