Audi Melges 20 Ushers In Doubleheader Weekend — Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week and Marina di Loano

20 April 2012

April 19 (Charleston, S.C.) - The Audi Melges 20 is in high season with not one, but two spectacular events taking place on both sides of the pond this weekend — Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2012 in Charleston, S.C. and Marina di Loano, in Italy marks the opening chapter of the 2012 Audi Sailing Series Circuit in Europe.

Three days of impeccable racing is in store for 30 of the class’ strongest and most competitive North-American based racing teams. A vast majority of teams competing call the U.S.A. home with more than eleven states being represented. Six teams have traveled from Canada and one from the British Virgin Islands.

All the top-actors are present in Charleston. Among those positioned to do well is defending Race Week champion Michael Kiss on Bacio. Kiss, who is currently running second in the 2012 USA Sailing Series Standings, will encounter stiff competition from the likes of Paul Reilly on Red Sky, Russell Lucas’ Shimmer and Marc Hollerbach’s Fu

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Simultaneously, the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series commences this weekend in Marina di Loano, Italy. As many as twenty-one teams are expected to race and are set to enjoy some amazing social events in one of Italy’s most luxurious yachting locations. 

The field of competitors is stacked with talent and diverse including reigning Gold Cup Champion Alessandro Rombelli on STIG. Rombelli will have his eyes on arch rivals Renato Vallivero on Turnover and Francesco Farnetti on Reggini Sailing Team.

Full race reports, interviews and photo galleries will be posted online each day after racing. Stay tuned to the Official Audi Melges 20 Web Site and Melges.com for all the latest details. You can also friend the Audi Melges 20 onFacebook, follow on Twitter and/or subscribe to the Official Audi Melges 20 You Tube Channel.