Lalli Wins 2012 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta

13 February 2012

By a substantial margin, Italy's Luca Lalli aboard BLinsailing.com, alongside of super tactician Lorenzo Bressani and crew Federico Michetti, won the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta, graciously hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Celebrating in second overall is Grant Hood on Bohica, tied in points with third place finisher Michael Kiss on Bacio. Proudly rounding out the top five, Paul Reilly on Red Sky and Brian Kamilar on Funner.

A Top Corinthian team was recognized for the first time at the Miami Winter Regatta. Congratulations to Marcus Eagan on Cajun Underwriting, he and his family based crew Marc and Andrew Eagan are 2012 Corinthian Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta Champions.

The event name says it all. Winter. Teams awoke to cold temperatures and seriously big breeze for the final day of racing. The early breeze was so intense that PRO Bruce Golison decided to postpone on land for and hour, if anything, to simply allow it to warm up a little. "The breeze was about 18-22 on the course and trust me, there is a big difference between sailing in that type of breeze in 70 degree weather versus 60," said Golison. He later announced a noon start. The teams wholeheartedly agreed as they suited up with foul weather-gear for two more awesome races.

The first race of the day delivered more victory for Lalli, pretty much securing the regatta win. He came back from quite a deep rounding at the top mark to win out over Marcus Eagan's Cajun Underwriting, who practically dominated the entire race. Gybe for gybe, Eagan and Lalli battled the last 100 yards or so to the line. Lalli came in from the left, taking the win by a boat length. Eagan was second, Kamilar came third.

With the commencement of the last and final race of the event, Lalli had all but officially won the event. However, the real battle for the remaining top five was yet to be settled. Hood, Kiss, Reilly and Tabb were only separated by a two point margin. Jason Carroll's Argo led the charge at the first mark with Lalli right behind. Downwind, Lalli turned up the speed unsurprisingly taking over the lead, with Russ Lucas' Shimmer moving up for second, Hood holding firm in third. Lalli took the win just ahead of Kiss' Bacio who beat out Lucas to the line by a hair.

Melges events happen because a dedicated and experienced team of individuals come together to make the best event possible. From Commodore and Regatta Chairman Ron Rostorfer and his Coconut Grove Sailing Club team, to Melges USA, Melges Europe and everyone in between, the events simply would not be possible. The International Audi Melges 20 Class Association wishes to say thank everyone who supported the fleet in Miami this past weekend, most especially to all the participants and owners worldwide!

TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL, After six races)
1.) Luca Lalli, BLinsailing.com; 1-1-[3]-2-1-1 = 6
2.) Grant Hood, Bohica; [8]-8-1-1-8-4 = 22
3.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 3-4-4-[10]-9-2 = 22
4.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team; 2-2-[19]-5-11-7 = 27
5.) Brian Kamilar, Funner; 7-5-[8]-7-3-6 = 28
6.) Tony Tabb, Elevation Racing; 5-[13]-5-3-7-11 = 31
7.) Marcus Eagan, Cajun Underwriting; 10-3-[12]-9-2-9 = 33
8.) Russell Lucas, Shimmer; 6-12-7-[38/DNF]-12-3 = 40
9.) Marc Hollerbach, Fu; 13-7-10-11-5-[19] = 46
10.) Mary Anne Ward, M&M Sailing Team; 9-[18]-16-8-4-10 = 47 
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