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Melges 32 European Championship - Synergy GT leads after day 1

by Joy Dunigan on 18 Jul 2014
2014 Melges 32 European Championship Carlo Borlenghi © http://www.carloborlenghi.com
Day one of racing for the seventeen-strong fleet at the Melges 32 European Championship in Riva Del Garda was nothing short of spectacular. Three races under stunning conditions elevated overall leader Valentin Zavadnikov and his Synergy GT team to the top of the ranking charts, now ahead by three.

Talamone Champion Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima is seated in second, followed by the Melges 32 fleet's first European lady helm Claudia Rossi at the helm of Wilma placing third.

The first race of the day got underway with nice and breezy, relatively flat water conditions and an anxious, powerful fleet punching the starting line for an aggressive commencement to the European Championship. Mauro Mocchegiani at the helm of Fratelli Giacomel Audi e-Tron took the big Race One win. Tomasini Grinover was in the hunt early finishing second, while Rossi showed no fear, unintimidated by this competitive fleet to take third.


Zavadnikov, with tactician Michele Ivaldi made all the right shifts to come up with the bullet in Race Two. Again, many were in pursuit of the top spot including Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio on G Spot, Rossi, Edoardo Lupi's Torpyone and Tomasini Grinover all finishing respectively second through fifth.

The breeze built beautifully for the final race of the day on gorgeous Lake Garda. Richard Goransson's Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden blasted off the line to take an early lead. Japan's Naofumi Kamei on Mamma Aiuto! jumped the gun to be called OCS while the rest of the fleet raced to the top mark. Goransson extended to win, just ahead of Zavadnikov to finish in second. Alessandro Rombelli's Azimut by STIG, Serena di Lapigio and Tomasini Grinover battled hard for position on the last leg. Ultimately Tomasini Grinover took third position, whlle Rombelli claimed fourth. Lupi rounded out the top five. Kamei recovered well to finish sixth.


Three more races are scheduled for Friday. If fully completed, a discard will go into play after Race Six, potentially shuffling the placement of teams positions on the scoreboard.

2014 Melges 32 European Championship

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 17, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Nat

Sail No

Bow

Boat Name

Owner / Helmsman

Tactician

R1

R2

R3

Nett

1st

 

13

77

SYNERGY GT

Valetin Zavadnikov / Leonid Lebedev

Michele Ivaldi

4.0

1.0

2.0

7.0

RUS

2nd

 

1

1

ROBERTISSIMA

Roberto Tomasini Grinover

Vasco Vascotto

3.0

4.0

3.0

10.0

SUI

3rd

 

212

212

WILMA

Claudia Rossi

Nicola Celon

2.0

5.0

7.0

14.0

ITA

4th

 

321

321

INGA FROM SWEDEN

Richard Goransson

Morgan Larson

5.0

15.0

1.0

21.0

SWE

5th

 

487

487

TORPYONE

Edoardo Lupi

Lorenzo Bressani

14.0

3.0

5.0

22.0

ITA

6th

 

65

65

AZIMUT by STIG

Alessandro Rombelli

Freddy Loof

10.0

8.0

4.0

22.0

ITA

7th

 

181

181

G SPOT

Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio

Hugo Rocha

11.0

2.0

10.0

23.0

MON

8th

 

187

187

GIACOMEL AUDI E-Tron

Mauro Mocchegiani

Branko Brcin

1.0

9.0

16.0

26.0

ITA

9th

 

667

667

BRONTOLO HH

Filippo Pacinotti

Gabrio Zandonà

6.0

6.0

14.0

26.0

ITA

10th

 

199

199

MAMMA AIUTO

Naofumi Kamei

Manu Weiller

10.0 SCP

10.0

6.0

26.0

JPN

11th

 

179

179

MALAFEMMENA

Arturo Di Lorenzo

Matteo Ivaldi

16.0

7.0

8.0

31.0

ITA

12th

 

176

176

MARGHERITA

Roberto Mazzuccato

Gabriele Benussi

8.0

13.0

11.0

32.0

ITA

13th

 

223

223

TAVATUY

Pavel Kuznetsov

Evgeniy Neugodnikov

9.0

11.0

15.0

35.0

RUS

14th

 

172

172

CELADRIN VITAMINA

Andrea Lacorte

Andrea Fornaro

13.0

16.0

9.0

38.0

ITA

15th

 

173

173

SPIRIT OF NERINA

Andrea Ferrari

Roberto Spata

12.0

14.0

12.0

38.0

ITA

16th

 

958

958

FRA MARTINA

Edoardo Pavesio

Tommaso Chieffi

15.0

12.0

13.0

40.0

ITA

17th

 

185

185

RIMYG

Valerio Bartoleschi

Carlo Gugliemo Cattaneo

17.0

17.0

17.0

51.0

ITA

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