Audi Melges 20 Fleet Sets Attendance Record In Scarlino
21 May 2010
(Scarlino, Italy) — The second round of the 2010 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series in Europe takes place this weekend with an impressive and exciting 33 entries. The bulk of the entries reside in Italy with others traveling from Germany and the USA.
For the International Audi Melges 20 Class, this is a major milestone in its short but progressive history. It is the largest fleet to-date since the circuit began in Spring 2009. With this achievement, surely the enthusiasm of those that race will grow further and continue to raise the bar both in number and caliber.
Assuming the pole position is series leader Renato Vallivero on Turnover. Lerici was the first time Vallivero competed in the Audi Melges 20 fleet, beating out second overall Francesco Farneti on Reggini Sailing Team and Luca Domenici on Notaro Team in third.
For Scarlino, the win really belongs to anyone as the fleet awaits performances from class heavyweights and stalwarts such as defending series champion Benedetto Giallongo on Value Team, Stefano di Properzio on Hulk,Federico Albano on 3Menda, Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica, Marco Morina on Sei Tu 20, Carlo Alberini on Calvi Network, Fausto Rubbini on Thule and Federico Stocchi on Cheyenne.
Traveling from the United States, Audi Melges 20 Class Association Chairman Marc Hollerbach from Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. on Fu, and 2010 Charleston Race Week Champion Michael Kiss on Bacio are in attendance. Since last year, Kiss has been entertaining the idea of broadening his Audi Melges 20 racing experience to Europe. Kiss will be sailing with his family this weekend. Fifteen-year-old son Mitchell and 17-year-old Morgan will be aboard. Morgan will be at the helm.
In addition to the roster of teams slated to attend, famed Italian sailor and 2009 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Champion Claudio Recchi returns on Team 93, breaching his ‘retirement from sailing’ plans to participate.
Friday was a day of preparation, practice and registration. Now with the day complete, heated competition is in store on Saturday and Sunday.
FULL ENTRY LIST
1.) Mario Wechel, GER-160
2.) Luisa Bambozzi, Troublemakers
3.) Claudio Dutto, Lucifero
4.)Marco Franchini, Mefisto
5.) Savino Formentini, Bitipi
6.) Benedetto Giallongo, Value Team
7.) Carlo Alberini, Calvi Network
8.) Alessandro Molla, Bela Vita
9.) Renato Vallivero, Turnover
10.) Lanfranco Cirillo, Fantastica
11.) Tommaso Buzzi, In Fila Per 3
12.) Federico Albano, 3Menda
13.) Marco Morina, Sei Tu 20
14.) Luca Domenici, Notaro Team
15.) Alessando Franzi, Second Chance
16.) Lauro Bonaro, Camay
17.) Valter Campanile, Yacht Club Bari
18.) Matteo Rossomando, Red Crow
19.) Andrea Pisaneschi, No Trips For Cats
20.) Stefano di Properzio, Hulk
21.) Alessandro Rombelli, Aria Fritta
22.) Francesco Farnetti, Reggini Sailing Team
23.) Federico Strocchi, Cheyenne
24.) Fausto Rubbini, Thule
25.) Saverio Bifulco, Noi di Notte
26.) Manfredi Vianini Tolomei, Maiolca
27.) Stefano Sacchi, Jingle 3
28.) Manlio Soldani, Romoloromani
29.) Claudio Recchi, Team 93
30.) Simone Todeschini, Santana
31.) Marco Zaoli, Shadow
32.) Michael Kiss, Bacio
33.) Marc Hollerbach, Fu
Full race reports, interviews and photo galleries will be posted online each day after racing. Stay tuned to theOfficial Audi Melges 20 Web Site, the Official Audi Melges 20 Blog, Melges.com and Melgeseurope.com for all the latest details. You can also friend the Audi Melges 20 on Facebook, follow on Twitter and/or subscribe to theOfficial Audi Melges 20 You Tube Channel.