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Melges 32 World League Round 1 at Forio d'Ischia - Day 2

by IM32CA 14 Apr 22:09 PDT 13-15 April 2018
2018 Melges 32 World League - Day 2 © Melges World League / Barracuda Communication

Day two in Forio d'Ischia, Italy delivered three races, officially ushering in the 2018 Melges 32 World League, European Division racing season. In true, competitive Melges 32 style, the points across the top tier of teams at the end of the day is tight, setting up for what will be a very exciting and intense finale on Sunday.

To no surprise, Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino with Paul Goodison on tactics creamed the competition, taking home two out of three available daily bullets, giving him the overall event lead. Matteo Balestrero's Giogi (Branko Brcin, tactician) and Germany's Fritz Homann at the helm of Wilma (Nico Celon, tactician) trail in second and third respectively.

After the absence of wind on Day One, the breeze arrived for Day Two - "nice, windy and shifty" is how Homann best described the day.

Giangiacomo Serena Di Lapigio (Michele Ivaldi, tactician) and his team aboard G.SPOT acquired the first bullet of the event. In the breezy conditions and choppy sea state, Serena di Lapigio rallied to held off the likes of Balestrero finishing up in second place, and a hard-charging Homann to take third.

But it was Onorato that made it a spectacular first day by collecting the win in Races Two and Three. After various attempts by Christian Schwoerer's LA Pericolosa (Sebastian Col, tactician), Poland's Waldemar Salata's Casino Royal (Tomislav Basic, tactician) and Lasse Petterson's PIPPA (Matteo Ivaldi, tactician), Onorato stayed strong and secured the number one position.

Kilian Holzapfel aboard Homanit (Jolbert Van Dik, tactician) also had a great day to capture the overall Corinthian division lead, and under no circumstances will he let his guard down. Just behind are Martin Reintjes' Caipirinha (Gabriele Benussi, tactician) and fleet newcomer Manfredo Toninelli sailing T.One. They wait patiently in second and third, ready to take advantage of any opportunity that will afford them the overall Corinthian event win.

The first warning for the final day of racing - Sunday is 10.00.

The Melges World League is strongly supported by Helly Hansen, Toremar, North Sails, Garmin Marine and Lavazza.

The Melges World League has signed and adopted the code of ethics of the Charta Smerarlda strongly promoting the values of One Ocean Foundation.

Results after Day 2:

PosBowSail NoYacht NameOwner/SkipperR1R2R3Pts
121  MON 2121MASCALZONE LATINOVincenzo Onorato81110
2172  ITA 172GIOGIMatteo Balestrero27211
3193  GER 193WILMAFritz Homann35513
4229  GER 229LA PERICOLOSAChristian Schwoerer52714
5181  MON 181G‑SPOTGiangiacomo Serena di Lapigio111315
6212  NOR 212PIPPALasse Petterson66416
7204  POL 204CASINO ROYALWaldemar Salata103619
8236  ITA 236DONINOLuigi Giannattasio441119
9223  RUS 223TAVATUYPavel Kuznetsov98825
10215  GER 215HOMANIT (Corinthian)Kilian Holzapfel710926
11225  GER 225SJAMBOKJens Kuehne1291031
12186  ITA 186CAIPIRINHA (Corinthian)Martin Reintjes11121336
13202  SUI 202SKADIAssociazione GUST‑PAR14131239
14194  ITA 194T.ONE (Corinthian)Manfredo Toninelli1314DNF42
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