Miani Wins 2011 Audi Melges 20 European Championship, Domenici Crowned Sailing Series Champion

4 October 2011

Venice witnesses the triumph of Audi Fratelli Giacomel, while Notaro Team is crowned Audi Sailing Series 2011 Champion

October 2, 2011 (Venice, Italy) - 
Despite an early 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning start, only one race was possible on the final day of the inaugural 2011 Audi Melges 20 European Championship. With the overall victory in the balance, and tight grouping among numerous boats further down the standings, the 2011 Audi Melges 20 European Championship was an exciting one.

After 4 days of racing on the picturesque bay of Venice, Guido Miani's Audi Fratelli Giacomel is the winner of the Audi Melges 20 European Championship. On the last day, Miani, along with tactician Gabriele Benussi and crew member Nevio Sabadin confirmed the victory with a ten-point advantage over Luca Domenici's Notaro Team who consoles himself by being crowned 2011 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Champion.

Miani's Audi Fratelli Giacomel closed the first race behind only Francesco Farnetti's Reggini Sailing Team, successfully creating a progression that led to a comfortable distance away from the other competitors. This fabulous lap gave Miani and team the certainty they needed at the end of the 9th and second-last race, therefore decided not to take part to the final race which was vital for the other "ranking of honor."

Giancarlo Capolino's Legionario with Francesco Ivaldi as tactician had a fantastic regatta coming third overall, just ahead of American Michael Kiss' Bacio. Luca Lalli aboard B-Lin Sailing recently re-joined the class to finish fifth overall. Alessio Marinelli driving Fausto Rubbini's Thule rounded out the top six.

As for the 2011 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series, Domenici takes a well-deserved win dominating the circuit from Malcesine onwards. Miani was second, Dario Levi's with tactician Andrea Casale was third, Farnetti was fourth, Federico Strocchi's Cheyenne with tactician Gabrio Zandonà rounded out the top five. Venice was the final event of the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series (27 races and 4 discharges).

Congratulations to all the winners and hope to see everyone back for the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series. Please stay close to the Official Audi Melges 20 Website. More Melges 20 Winter events and activities will be posted shortly.

Top Ten Results (After 10 Races)
1.) Guido Miani, Audi Fratelli Giacomel; 5-1-4-4-1-3-6-6-1-[DNF] = 31
2.) Luca Domenici, Notaro Team; 8-3-13-[OCS]-3-11-11-3-4-2 = 58
3.) Giancarlo Capolino, Legionaro; 10-[14]-5-9-16-2-8-5-3-1 = 59
4.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 2-11-7-3-5-7-4-8-18-[19] = 65
5.) Luca Lalli, B-Lin Sailing; 13-8-2-2-10-[18]-5-10-12-6 = 68
6.) Fausto Rubbini, Thule; [22]-5-18-22-4-1-14-1-5-3 = 73
7.) Francesco Farnetti, Reggini Sailing Team; 3-2-3-12-2-19-1-[24]-13-20 = 157
8.) Marco Franchini, Mezza Luna; 16-7-12-8-11-5-[24]-4-2-15 = 80
9.) Dario Levi, Fremito d'Arja; 1-16-8-13-[23]-4-16-2-19-8 = 87
10.) Federico Albano, 3Menda; 11-[20]-17-1-13-17-3-11-6-14 = 93 
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2011 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Results
 (After 5 Events)
1.) Luca Domenici, Notaro Team; 113 pts.
2.) Guido Miani, Audi Fratelli Giacomel; 132 pts
3.) Dario Levi, Fremito d'Arja; 183 pts
4.) Francesco Farnetti, Reggini Sailing Team; 189 pts.
5.) Federico Strocchi, Cheyenne; 212 pts.
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