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2018 Melges 20 World Championship Day 2: Pacinotti's 'Brontolo' in command

by IM20CA 11 Oct 2018 18:13 PDT 10-13 October 2018
2018 Melges 20 World League, World Championship Filippo Pacinotti, BRONTOLO © Melges World League / Barracuda Communication

After yesterday's opening race day postponement, the weather cooperated in Cagliari, Italy on Day Two, officially getting 2018 Melges 20 World Championship racing underway.

It was obvious that all the teams were feeling the pressure to do well. The high and choppy waves were challenging, whereas the only thing the fleet seemed at ease with was the moderate 12 knots of breeze.

The American teams however were by far the most comfortable in the ocean like conditions, setting the pace by winning the first two races. But, at the end of the day it was the brilliant Filippo Pacinotti at the helm of Brontolo with tactician Manu Weiller in first place overall.

"It's only the first day, but of course we are happy to be where we are at. In the grand scheme of things though it counts very little," says Weiller. "Filippo is very good at sailing the boat in challenging conditions. The competition here is very balanced, so our first rule is to try and avoid making any mistakes in order to remain in the lead. Tomorrow's weather forecast states that there will be less wind and waves, which means the race course will look and feel completely different. We hope to give our best."

The first race of the event showed a very nervous fleet, as it took three general recalls before the inevitable black flag was flown. Once off the starting line, defending World Champion Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee with Morgan Reeser as tactician gained a substantial lead, then extended for the win. Hot on his heels finishing second was current Melges World League ranking leader Vladimir Prosikhin's Nika (Michele Ivaldi, tactician), followed by Poland's Krzysztov Krempec at the helm of Mag Tiny (Tomislav Basic, tactician) in third.

Race Two went to Jim Wilson's Oleander with tactician Jeremy Wilmot in charge. After an intense battle with runner-up Maxim Titarenko's Leviathan, Wilson took the bullet, followed by Dario Levi's Fremito D'Arja (Enrico Fonda, tactician).

In the third and final race of the day, Wilson came on strong again, but not strong enough to overtake the lead from recently crowned Melges World League, European Divisional Champion Pacinotti. In flying blue colors, Pacinotti took the bullet just ahead of Wilson in second. Matteo Marenghi Vaselli's Raya with tactician Nicolo Bianchi had a great race to finish third.

The results at this stage of the Championship is very tight indeed with one point separating Pacinotti from Wilson. Prosikhin is three points back seated in third overall, then Freides and rising through the ranks to finish the day in fifth is Russia's Igor Rytov at the helm of Russian Bogatyrs.

In the Corinthian division, a heated battle ensues between two of the 2018 season's toughest all-amatuer competitors - Alexander Mikhaylik racing Alex Team and Marco Giannini's Siderval. With three races completed, Mikhaylik got the upper hand today to head into Friday's racing as first Corinthian, followed by Giannini in second. Russia's Tim Katalevskiy's K&K is currently in third.

2018 World Championship racing continues tomorrow, Friday, October 12 at 13.00.

The Melges 20 World Championship is supported by Moby, Tirrenia, Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, North Sails, Toremar, Harken, Norda, Lavazza, Rigoni di Asiago and Melges Europe.

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

Results after Day 2: (top five, 3 races)

1st (ITA) Filippo Pacinotti, BRONTOLO; 4-8-1 = 13pts
2nd (USA) Jim Wilson, OLEANDER; 11-1-2 = 14pts
3rd (RUS) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA; 2-5-10 = 17pts
4th (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE; 1-4-13 = 18pts
5th (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS; 7-12-6 = 25pts

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