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Team 93 Holds Lead, Bliksem Moves to Second

24 September 2009

As published by Audi - B-Plan

Porto Cervo, Italy - Claudio Recchi’s Team 93 (ITA) remains in first place overall with three races run in the Audi Melges 32 World Championsip 2009 organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Pieter Taselaar’s 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 avails of former Melges 24 World Champion Federico Michetti and American Olympic gold medalist Jonathan Mc Kee (1984, Flying Dutchman) on board. With three more days of racing to go and a possible seven more races to be held and a discard coming into play after race six, however, victory is by no means assured to any of the current leaders.

The start of racing today was delayed as the Race Committee headed onto 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 to 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 PRO 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 from 050°, the seas were a bit messy but the conditions were not a problem for this class.” Commented Reggio on his return to Porto Cervo Marina. “As the race went on the wind picked up to 25 to 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 (3 times 470 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 25th 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 to 18 knots.

Overall Results After 3 Races:

1-TEAM 93 (Claudio Recchi / Jonathan McKee) 2,1,2: pt. 5

2-BLIKSEM – USA (Pieter Taselaar / Jeremy Wilmot) 6,2,1: pt.9

3-MATARAN (Stefano Di Properzio / Matteo Ivaldi) 7,4,3: pt.14
4-RED – GBR (Joe Woods / Dave Lenz) 1,6,11: pt.18

5-MASCALZONE LATINO (Vincenzo Onorato / Adrian Stead) 12,3,5: pt.20
6-PILOT ITALIA (Francesco Martino / Michele Paoletti) 8,8,4: pt.20

7-ARGO – USA (Jason Carroll / John Baxter) 10,10,6: pt.26

8-FANTASTICAA (Lanfranco Cirillo / Nico Celon) 9,5,13: pt.27

9-BAGUA (Andrea Cecchetti / Vasco Vascotto) 5,7,18: pt.30

10-UKA UKA RACING (L.Santini – A.Marinelli / Lorenzo Bressani) 4,11,19: pt.34

11-JOE FLY (Giovanni Maspero / Francesco Bruni) 3,12,20: pt.35

12-BITIPI (Savino Formentini / Tommaso Chieffi) 11,17,9: pt.37

13-SEI TU 32 (Antonello Morina / Branko Brcin) 15,14,15: pt.44

14-CALVI NETWORK (Carlo Alberini / Gabriele Benussi) 13,20,14: pt.47
15- MATRIX (Luigi Amedo Melegari / Ray Davies) 21,13,16: pt.50

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