Benedetto Gialongo Wins 2009 Primo Cup In Audi Melges 20
12 February 2009
The all brand new Audi Melges 20 experienced yet another amazing milestone this past weekend. Nine super hot, very cool 20-ft sportboats by Melges took to the gorgeous waters where the 2009 Credit Suisse Primo Cup Regatta on February 7-8, hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco took place. Congratulations are in order for Benedetto Gialongo and his ITA-112 Value Team consisting of Giulio Desiderato, Enrico Fonda and Alessandro Saettone are the 2009 Melges 20 Primo Cup Champions!
Benedetto was one of the very first individuals to purchase an Audi Melges 20. “When I took delivery of my new boat, Giorgio Tortarolo and Federico Michetti were on hand overseeing every detail. They are all-around professionals, at your disposal with the objective of making sure that I was happy and would have fun.” said Gialongo prior to sailing the Primo Cup. Needless to say he was very excited to race in full fleet conditions. Two other pioneers of the Audi Melges 20 in Europe also competed at the Primo Cup — Nicolo Saidelli on ITA-99 Bloody Melges 20 and Riccardo Pontremoli on ITA-111 Trikia.
In second overall and another key pioneer of this very young fleet, Filippo Pacinotti and his ITA-105 Brontolo. Aboard this determined team was crew members Matteo Ivaldi calling tactics, Marco Laurino and Camilla Bert. In third was 2008 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series Champion Claudio Recchi on ITA-93 Team 93 that included the talents of tactician Andrea Felci and Melges Europe’s Federico Michetti.
Of the nine teams in attendance, four of Water Tribe’s five (ITA-106-110) Audi Melges 20s competed. Water Tribe is a organization that operates a sailing school and specifically dedicates its efforts to strengthening crews match racing and team building skills. They’re intension is to included the Audi Melges 20 in their upcoming programs.
Forming the Water Tribe armada was Luca Bacci at the helm of ITA-109, notable Melges 32 owner Francesco Martino on ITA-110 Pilot Italia, Federico Albano on ITA-106 Belzebu and Alessandro Molla on ITA-108 Lucifero.
Teams enjoyed an interesting mix of conditions beginning with Saturday’s rain and light air. Three races were finally completed but with continued light wind and large waves. But, Sunday produced some amazing sailing conditions and two races with sun and decent breeze. The last race was amazing as the wind built to 15 mph allowing for some great planning opportunities.
- Benedetto Gialongo, ITA-112 Value Team
- Filippo Pacinotti, ITA-105 Brontolo
- Claudio Recchi, ITA-93 Team 93
- Luca Bacci, ITA-109
- Francesco Martino, ITA-110 Pilot Italia
- Federico Albano, ITA-106 Belzebu
- Riccardo Pontremoli, ITA-111 Trikia
- Nicolo Saidelle, ITA-99 Bloody Melges 20
- Alessandro Molla, ITA-108 Lucifero