Italian crew leads Melges 32 Worlds

Claudio Recchi's Team 93 (ITA) remains in first place overall with three races having been run in the Audi Melges 32 World Championsip 2009, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Pieter Taselaar's (New York, N.Y.) Bliksem (USA) took a bullet in today's only race and climbed from yesterday's third place to sit in second place overall ahead of Stefano di Properzio's Mataran (ITA). Red (GBR), owned by James Woods, slipped from second overall to fourth after taking sixth place in today's race. Recchi, who is one of the most experienced Melges 32 owners, also has aboard with him former Melges 24 World Champion Federico Michetti and American two-time Olympic medalist ('84 gold in the FD, '00 bronze in the 49er) Jonathan McKee (Seattle, Wash.). Victory, however, is by no means assured to any of the current leaders, since there are three more days of racing to go and a possible seven more races to be held with a discard coming into play after race six.

The start of racing today was delayed as the Race Committee headed to the regatta course to see whether this morning's rain storm would pass over Porto Cervo and allow the games to commence. After recording winds of 15-17 knots accompanied by widely spaced swells coming in from the southeast and wind-driven waves coming in from the northeast, the Committee, headed by Principal Race Officer Peter “Luigi” Reggio deemed that racing would be challenging but secure, and the first warning signal was given at 12.30 p.m.

“It was blowing at around 18 knots at the start; the seas were a bit messy but the conditions were not a problem for this class,” said Reggio on his return to Porto Cervo Marina. “As the race went on, the wind picked up to 25-26 knots and the seas were building. This is an owner-driver class and these conditions are tiring, and we decided that for the safety of all, it was better to send the fleet home. We still have three more days of racing left.”

The windward-leeward course set today was again approximately 7 nautical miles and it was Taselaar, with Australian brothers Jeremy (tactician) and Nathan ( the 470 Men's 2008 Olympic Gold medalist and three-time world champion) Wilmot on board, who led the fleet across the finish line ahead of Team 93 and Mataran. Francesco Martino's Pilot Italia (ITA) took fourth place ahead of Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino (ITA).

Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow, Friday 25 th September, at 12 midday with a maximum of three races to be held on each race day. According to the forecast, conditions should improve tomorrow with light rain in the morning giving way to sunshine and northerly winds of approximately 14-18 knots.

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Audi Melges 32 World Championship 2009

Melges 32 – Summary Results – as of 09/24/09 at 15:47

1. TEAM 93 Claudio Recchi Claudio Recchi, ITA,2,1,2, 5.00

2. BLIKSEM Pieter Taselaar Pieter Taselaar, USA,6,2,1, 9.00

3. MATARAN Stefano Di Properzio Stefano Di Properzio, ITA,7,4,3, 14.00

4. RED Joe Woods Joe Woods, GBR,1,6,11, 18.00

5. MASCALZONE LATINO Vincenzo Onorato Vincenzo Onorato, ITA,12,3,5, 20.00

6. PILOT ITALIA Francesco Martino Francesco Martino, ITA,8,8,4, 20.00

7. ARGO Jason Carroll Jason Carroll, USA,10,10,6, 26.00

8. FANTASTICAAA Lanfranco Cirillo Lanfranco Cirillo, ITA,9,5,13, 27.00

9. BAGUA Andrea Cecchetti Andrea Cecchetti, ITA,5,7,18, 30.00

10. UKA UKA RACING Armando Giulietti L. Santini & A. Marinelli, ITA,4,11,19, 34.00

11. JOE FLY Giovanni Maspero Giovanni Maspero, ITA,3,12,20, 35.00

12. BITIPI Savino Formentini Savino Formentini, MON,11,17,9, 37.00

13. SEI TU 32 Antonello Morina Antonello Morina, ITA,15,14,15, 44.00

14. CALVI NETWORK Carlo Alberini Carlo Alberini, ITA,13,20,14, 47.00

15. MATRIX Luigi Melegari Luigi Amedeo Melegari, ITA,21,13,16, 50.00

16. OPUS ONE Wolfgang Stolz Wolfgang Stolz, GER,20,9,22, 51.00

17. JANAS Pietro Fois Roberto Pardini, ITA,16,30(DSQ),8, 54.00

18. TORPYONE Edoardo Lupi E.Lupi & M.Pessina, ITA,23,21,10, 54.00

19. RUSH DILETTA Mauro Moccheggiani Mauro Moccheggiani, ITA,17,16,23, 56.00

20. TEASING MACHINE Jean Francois Cruette Jean Francois Cruette, FRA,26,24,7, 57.00

21. HIGHLIFE Dave Cowell Peter Rogers, GBR,19,26,12, 57.00

22. BRONTOLO Filippo Pacinotti Filippo Pacinotti, ITA,14,15,30(DNF), 59.00

23. TEAM BARBARIANS Fred Kemp Stuart Simpson, GBR,18,19,24, 61.00

24. BLACK MAMBA Martin Knetig Martin Knetig, CZE,27,22,17, 66.00

25. BIG BANG HUBLOT Cesare Curtis Battistella & Curtis, ITA,22,18,26, 66.00

26. SHAKEDOWN Geoffrey Pierini Geoffrey Pierini, USA,24,23,25, 72.00

27. FRA MARTINA Edoardo Pavesio Edoardo & Vanni Pavesio, ITA,25,28,21, 74.00

28. I.NOVA2 Carlo Pesenti Carlo Pesenti, ITA,28,25,28, 81.00

29. LEA Ernesto Faraco Aamalia De Lana, ITA,29,27,27, 83.00


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