Giallongo Refuses To Cede After First Day Of Cagliari Competition

11 July 2009

The first of two days of competition for the fourth Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series event has concluded and, thus far has produced a carbon copy of the previous season's events.

Taking charge once more, the undefeated Benedetto Giallongo on his Value Team Melges 20 with Henry Fonda calling tactics, refused to cede an inch to his opponents in any of the races.

It has become commonplace to see the Giallongo out front, but the position has not been an easy one to maintain. His closest competition is Stefano di Properizio on Mataran. Di Properizio is a regular on the Melges 32 roster of competitors who is now trying his hand in the new Melges 20 fleet as well. With him is Gabrio Zandona on tactics. Together they dueled side-by-side with Giallongo, yet were only able to achieve second position overall (with two second place finishes and a sixth). In third is Renato Vallivero on Turnover with a 6-3-4 scoreline.

Claudio Recchi's tough Team 93 with Filippo Pacinotti at the helm placing his signature on the third race of the day, rescuing them from an earlier 7-9 result. He is currently fifth overall, behind Giuseppe Cavalli's Levitano.

Sunday's races will bring Giallongo's reply for pole position in the Cagliari competition, which ultimately could provide him with a fourth victory, four-consecutive stages of the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series 2009. Provisional results are as follows after three races.

Provisional results are as follows after three races.

1.) Benedetto Giallongo, Value Team; 1,1,3: 5
2.) Stefano Di Properizio, Mataran; 2,6,2: 10
3.) Renato Vallivero, Turnover; 6,3,4: 13
4.) Giuseppe Cavalli, Leviatano; 5,2,8: 15
5.) Claudio Recchi, Team 93; 7,9,1: 17
6.) Lanfranco Cirillo, Fantasticaaa; 8,4,9: 21
7.) Luca Domenici, Mefisto; 3,10,12: 25
8.) Allesandro Rombelli, Aria Fritta; 4,12,10: 26
9.) Luca Lalli, Be Lin Sailing Team; 9,13,5: 27
10.) Federico Albano, 3Menda; 11,5,11: 27
11.) Alessandro Franzi, ITA-146; 14,7,6: 27
12.) Marco Morina, Sei Tu 20; 15,8,7: 30
13.) Alessandro Molla, Bela Vita; 10,14,13: 37
14.) Luisa Bambozzi, Trouble Makers; 12,11,14: 37
15.) Dario Levi, Fremito D'Aria; 13,15,15: 43

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