Turnover Rules!

22 April 2012

Renato Vallivero's Turnover won the first event of the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series, held at Marina di Loano, organized by B-Plan Sports & Events and Melges Europe in collaboration with Yacht Club Marina di Loano and Circolo Nautico Loano.

The changeability of the weather forced helmsmen and tacticians to center on their best and made difficult the work of the Race Committee, who finally succeeded in completing the whole program of six races in two days.

Turnover, helmed by Marco Perazzo with Enrico "Chicco" Fonda as tactician and Vallivero as tailer, confirmed the leadership of the first day. Thanks to a first, second and third place, Vallivero, who prepared for the 2012 season raced in the United States, and has now won the first leg with thirteen points on the European champions of Audi F.lli Giacomel Out of Reach. Helmed by Guido Miani (with Gabriele Benussi and Nevio Sabadin on board), climbed over ten positions from Saturday.

Miani's Audi F.lli Giacomel Out of Reach anticipated Mirko De Falco's Pecceré with Guglielmo Giordano and Piero Vigo on board. Dario Levi, Andrea Casale and Stefano Lagi together formed as Fremito d’Arja ranked fourth, yet tied in points with De Falco.

One point further back in third place was Maolca, led by Manfredi Vianini Tolomei and Lorenzo Bodini. 2011 Gold Cup Champion Alessandro Rombelli aboard STIG slipped from second to sixth place, while Federico Albano's 3Menda, a regular series contender came seventh.

There were many smiles aboard Simone Anichini's Hanneken as they conquered the all-Corinthian division.

The next event of Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series will be held in Portoferraio on June 2-3, 2012.

1.) Renato Vallivero/Marco Perazzo/Enrico Fonda, Turnover; (5)-4-1-1-2-3 = 11
2.) Guido Miani/Gabriele Benussi, Audi F.lli Giacomel – Out of Reach; (18)-11-8-3-1-1 = 24
3.) Mirko De Falco/Guglielmo Giordano, Pecceré; 2-6-4-(18)-10-5 = 27
4.) Dario Levi/Andrea Casale, Fremito d’Arja; 4-3-6-6-(11)-8 = 27
5.) Manfredi Vianini Tolomei/Lorenzo Bodini, Maolca; 7-(10)-5-7-7-2 = 28
6.) Alessandro Rombelli/Lorenzo Bressani, STIG; 1-8-2-(13)-6-13 = 30
7.) Federico Albano/Giulio Desiderato/Andrea Trani, 3menda; 6-9-3-(11)-9-11 = 38
8.) Lorenzo Del Felice/Alberto Bolzan/Andrea Musone, Reggini Sailing Team; 3-7-9-(16)-4-16 = 39
9.) Alessio Marinelli/Branko Brcin, Candida Sailing Team; 8-12-12-5-(13)-4= 41
10.) Antonio Sodo Migliori/Andrea Fornaro, Nerone; 11-14-7-4-8-(15) = 44 
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