A World Wide Audi Melges 20
15 December 2009
Twenty-five knots of breeze and thrilling downwind planing conditions brought the Savona Audi Melges 20 Tune-up session to a successful close. Happening simultaneously, was the 2009/2010 Winter-Spring Championship in gorgeous Scarlino as well as event number 1 on the 2010 Miami Winter Series in the USA.
A very special thanks to the outstanding and efficient organization of Giorgio Tortarolo and the warm hospitality of vela dell'Assonautica, delivering two unforgettable days of racing in Savona. A crisp north wind (the wind always blows from the north) spared not one delay. Everyone enjoyed the pleasure of sailing the Audi Melges 20 and exhilaration of the performance of such a unique class.
In Scarlino, the excellent logistical coordination of the Club Nautico gave way to six amazing races completed with the help of a swift 15 knots of breeze for the first event of the Audi Melges 20 Winter-Spring Championship.
The racing in the USA was anything but inferior as the Miami Winter Series opener, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club proved that class growth in North American is inevitable. Congratulations to Jeff Ecklund on STAR along with his crew — reigning Moth World Champion Bora Gulari and Melges 32 World Champion crew George ‘Bear’ Peet.
The Audi Melges 20s next opportunity to race will be January 16-17 in Scarlino, Italy were the awards ceremony for the first stage will take place. Savona picks up again on January 23-24, and act two of the Miami Winter Series happens February 19-21.
Sustaining momentum and kicking off 2010, is the prestigious Primo Cup on February 5-7. In North America, the final MWS Event, Bacardi Miami Sailing Week happens takes place on March 10-13 in Miami, Fla. USA. Online Registration is open for MWS Events No. 2 and BMSW. Register today!
2009/2010 Winter Spring Championship
1.) Benedetto Giallongo, Value Team
2.) Luca Domenici, Mefisto
3.) Francesco Martino, Flying Fish
2010 Miami Winter Series (After 1 Event)
1.) Jeff Ecklund, STAR
2.) Eric Wynsma, Super Fly
3.) Robert Wilber, Cinghaile
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