Onorato's 'Mascalzone Latino' Leads In The Light Wind

26 May 2012

By the looks of Saturday's weather forecast, it was clear that the day was destined to be another hard day. Event organizers were unanimous in announcing very light wind conditions for the third consecutive day in Portoferraio, venue of the second leg of Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2012.

The President of the Race Committee, Fabio Barrasso, was patient as he and his team waited for the breeze, always observing the conditions while the fleet stayed at the moorings.

At 1 o'clock, after a two-hour on land postponement, teams went afloat. Another postponement was put into effect until 3 o'clock. In the very late afternoon, crews received an unexpected call. Although weak and unstable, the breeze came in from the north commencing the first race. The wind died as the race progressed, eventually resulting in a shortened course at the leeward gate.

Line honors were handed to the "local" crew of Mascalzone Latino helmed by Vincenzo Onorato with tactician Nathan Wilmot, who, started the regatta at the pin. Turning the windward mark in second was Mauro Mocchegiani and Matteo Ivaldi on Rush Diletta, still in the limelight after the good performance in Loano, but today finished fifth overall after a difficult, final leeward mark rounding.

Seated second overall, overnight is Audi F.lli Giacomel Fra Martina helmed by Edoardo Pavesio with Gabriele Benussi as tactician, defended the position from an aggressive Carlo Alberini aboard Calvi Network with tactician Enrico Fonda. Fourth place was awarded to Frenchman Jean-Francois Cruette on Teasing Machine.

At the end, four teams protested the inadequacy of the current weather conditions with which the race was held. The discussion of the protests is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 7.00 am (Italy).

The second event of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series will end tomorrow. The Race Committee has established the first starting signal at 9 am, but Sunday's weather forecast is similar to that of today.

Each leg of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series consists of a maximum of eight races, with the limit set at no more than three heats per day. The only event that will be an exception is the European Championship in Porto Cervo, where four days of high-powered action will take place with a maximum of ten races.

The Audi Sailing Series is articulated in five acts. Marina di Loano was the first event crowning Lanfranco Cirillo champion. The Melges 32 fleet is now in Portoferraio (24-27 May), then travels to Porto Cervo (June 28-July 1), Malcesine (19-22 July) and lastly Naples (18-21 October).

Owners happily arrived to a new surprise in Portoferraio. Ashore for all the participants, title sponsor Audi offered sailors the opportunity to test drive their latest automotive models — the A1 Sportback, R8 V10, RS3 Sportback and A6 Avant.

Besides Audi, the Audi Sailing Series is supported by the Maison Haute Horlogerie Eberhard & Co, the official timekeeper of the season, and sponsor Musto.
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