Giallongo's 'Value Team' Leads After First Day Of Racing In Lerici
3 May 2009
2009 Primo Cup winner Benedetto Giallongo places his signature Value Team atop the leader board of the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series after one day of racing.
With Giallongo at the helm and the insights of Francesco Scarselli and Chicco Fonda as crew, they won the only race of opening day for the 15-strong Audi Melges 20 fleet. It was anything but easy as they were challenged by many opponents from the start to the finish line.
The real puzzle of the day was what was happening on the race course. The Audi Melges 20s took the power, wind shifts and light air conditions in stride. However, life was complicated right from the start for Marco Morina who lead the fleet around the first mark, followed by Benedetto and Luca Domenici.
In the light and fickle breeze, the sensitivity of the crews was a precious, indispensible gift and made a big difference for Domenici as he took the lead through the gate with Giallongo on his stern. Benedetto and Domenici battled the entire second leg with Domenici rounding the second windward mark in first. Meanwhile Federico Albano got into the mix of the competition. He jibed immediately taking to the left side separating himself from the two. It was a dramatic finish as Benendetto and crew took the finish raised their arms to the heavens, Albano took second and Domenici was third.
2009 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series, Event No. 1 : Full Results After Day 1
1.) Bendetto Giallongo; Value Team
2.) Federico Albano; Mende
3.) Luca Dominici; Mefisto
4.) Renato Vallivero; Turnover
5.) Alessandro Molla; Bella Vita
6.) Giuseppe Cavalli; Leviathan
7.) Marco Morina; You 20
8.) Lanfranco Cirillo; Fantasticaaa
9.) Francesco Martino; Action Team
10.) Luisa Bambozzi; Trouble Makers
11.) Luca Lelli; Lin Be Sailing Team
12.) Andrea Falciola; Lucifero
13.) Nicholas Saidelli; Bloody Melges 20
14.) Alessandro Rombelli; Hot Air
15.) Giuseppe Pontremoli; Trike