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Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party

by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association on 24 Aug 2014
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 International Audi Melges 20 Class Association
Cesar Gomes Neto strings together seven top three finishes to claim Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship title.

Newport, RI - After an overcast, light and tough Day Two, the skies cleared allowing for a sunny, 10-15 knots of breeze from the Northeast for the final two races of the 2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport. The team on Portobello consisting of owner-helm Cesar Gomes Neto, tactician Andre Forseca and John Bowden wasted no time in putting a stamp on this event to become the first non-U.S. team to claim the prestigious Audi Melges 20 National title. 'I only got into the fleet about a year-and-a-half ago and it has been amazing to be a part of,' said the Miami-based Gomes Neto at the awards ceremony. 'Many thanks to everyone who has helped us and supported us, most especially my crew.'

Making the long trek for the third and final day of racing north of the Newport Bridge to Halfway Rock, the fleet arrived and made their preparations for Race Seven in a series of Eight. PRO Bill Canfield started on time with the fleet splitting both right and left.


With the shifty Northeast breeze in pay, several teams were able to get in phase and sail fast to take control. Morgan Kiss on Baciami showed her college sailing prowess by leading at the top mark followed closely Gomes Neto on Portobello and Jason Michas' Midnight Blue. While the Kiss did her best to hold off Gomes Neto, it was to no avail as they quickly overtook the lead on the first run and going on to win the race. Morgan digressed further with her father Michael catching up only to challenge her at the finish line. The Baciami team never let up taking second ahead of Bacio in third.

For the final race of the championship, the breeze ticked up slightly in the 11-15 range. Once again the fleet split left and right, and immediately after the start, it looked like the unthinkable might happen with Gomes Neto called OCS and having to re-round. With the fleet darting to the windward mark, Gomes Neto was deep, but just as he did throughout the Series, his consistent speed and solid tactics enabled him to claw back into the race passing boats at will to put the nail in the coffin with yet another bullet.

Once teams got their boats 'trailer ready', Sail Newport hosted a great awards presentation with yet another solid spread of food and beverages. The Audi Melges 20 fleet and Sail Newport is proud to have hosted such a high-level, quality National Championship. Newly crowned National Champion Cesar Gomes Neto and his Portobello team were all smiles, and their title will be put to the test as they are planning on attending all North American events this fall in Toronto and San Francisco. Viva Brazilia!!!

Beginning August 25, racing commences for the second running of the 2014 World Championship, hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva in Riva Del Garda, Italy. A record-breaking fifty-seven teams have enrolled for the event of their life! The action runs from Wednesday through Saturday, August 30.

And, it doesn't stop there. The Audi Melges 20 fleet is proud to present the Canadian Nationals on September 19-21, the Pacific Coast Championship on September 27-28 and the pinnacle intercontinental event of the season - the 2014 North American Championship on October 3-5 in San Francisco! Registration is open for all events, so teams from across the continent and around the world should plan to race.

Top five results

(Final - After eight races - One discard)
1.) Cesar Gomes Neto-Andre Forseca, Portobello; [13]-2-3-2-2-2-1-1 = 13
2.) Drew Weirda-Scott Nixon, W; 6-4-2-1-3-[8]-6-7 = 29
3.) Marc Hollerbach-Jonathan McKee, Fu; 1-1-8-6-5-[9]-4-5 = 30
4.) Jason Michas-Mark Mendelblatt, Midnight Blue; 3-[10]-10-3-9-1-5-3 = 34
5.) Jim Wilson-Sam Rogers, Oleander; 5-3-1-[11]-11-3-8-9 = 40


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2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship
Results for Media Print

Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points

Melges 20 (One Design - 16 Boats)

1. Portobello, Audi Melges 20, Cesar Gomes Neto , Miami, FL, USA - 13, 2, 3, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, [13] ; 13
2. W, Audi Melges 20, Drew Wierda , Holland, MI, USA - 6, 4, 2, 1, 3, 8, 6, 7, [8] ; 29
3. Fu, Audi Melges 20, Marc Hollerbach , Grosse Pointe Park, MI, USA - 1, 1, 8, 6, 5, 9, 4, 5, [9] ; 30
4. Midnight Blue, Audi Melges 20, Jason Michas , Long Island City, NY, USA - 3, 10, 10, 3, 9, 1, 5, 3, [10] ; 34
5. oleander, Audi Melges 20, James Wilson , Rye, NY, USA - 5, 3, 1, 11, 11, 3, 8, 9, [11] ; 40
6. Bacio, Audi Melges 20, Michael Kiss , Holland, MI, USA - 11, 6, 6, 8, 1, 5, 3, 11, [11] ; 40
7. Cinghiale, Audi Melges 20, Robert Wilber , Stony Creek, CT, USA - 2, 9, 7, 5, 14, 6, 10, 2, [14] ; 41
8. Baciami - GoDaddy Racing powered by Danica, Audi Melges 20, Morgan Kiss , Holland, MI, USA - 8, 7, 4, 9, 6, 14, 2, 17/DNF, [17] ; 50
9. Pacific Yankee, Audi Melges 20, Drew Freides , Pacific Palisades, CA, USA - 4, 12, 5, 10, 7, 13, 7, 6, [13] ; 51
10. Kuai, Audi Melges 20, Daniel Thielman , Tiburon, CA, USA - 15, 5, 11, 12, 12, 4, 9, 4, [15] ; 57
11. TBD, Audi Melges 20, Frank McLaughlin , Toronto, Ont, CAN - 7, 15, 12, 4, 4, 11, 12, 10, [15] ; 60
12. Heathen, Audi Melges 20, Cary Siegler , Jamestown, RI, USA - 12, 13, 15, 7, 10, 7, 17/DNF, 8, [17] ; 72
13. Wild Deuces, Audi Melges 20, Paul Currie , Toronto, Ont, CAN - 10, 14, 14, 13, 8, 12, 11, 13, [14] ; 81
14. Manatea 20, Audi Melges 20, Bob Hayward , Pacific Palisades, CA, USA - 9, 11, 9, 14, 15, 15, 13, 12, [15] ; 83
15. USA 202, Audi Melges 20, Jonas Kjellberg , Saltsjöbaden, Stockholm, SWE - 14, 8, 13, 15, 13, 10, 14, 14, [15] ; 86
16. D I E S E L, Audi Melges 20, Tate Russack , Annapolis, MD, USA - 17/DNF, 17/DNS, 17/DNS, 17/DNC, 17/DNC, 17/DNC, 17/DNC, 17/DNC, [17] ; 119