And The Winner Is De Falco's Pecceré

3 June 2012

June 3 (Portoferraio, Italy) - The second leg of the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series ended with the great victory forPecceré, the hull of Mirko De Falco, Guglielmo Giordano and Piero Vigo (today 3-6). The crew successfully defended their overnight lead of the 24-strong Audi Melges 20 fleet in Portoferraio. The two races completed on Sunday allowed PRO Fabio Barrasso to deliver all scheduled races making the final day quite exciting.

Renato Vallivero’s Turnover finished second, thanks to two victories. After his overall first place finish in Loano, Vallivero confirmed his team is in a good place, and is now the official leader of the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series 2012. "Yesterday Chicco Fonda was fantastic. If we ended the day in fourth place, we owe it to him" commented Marco Perazzo. "Today, everything went the right way, as happened it did in Loano, and we are really happy for the result."

Portoferraio provided a positive debut for Mascalzone Latino, helmed by Vincenzo Onorato. Thanks to the excellent partials of today, Vincenzo Onorato's crew of Nathan Wilmot and Matteo Savelli finished third one point ahead of Alessio Marinelli's Candida Sailing Team with tactician Branko Brcin in fourth. Mascalzone Latino Jr. with Achille Onorato, Lorenzo Bressani and Federico Michetti on board rounded out the top five.

"It has been a beautiful weekend of sailing," said Vincenzo Onorato. "The weather, after struggling last weekend, this beautiful island has redeemed itself. As for us, we are more than satisfied. The overall result of the team is great, considering that both my son and I had never sailed on this brilliant one design prior to this event. My focus remains with the Melges 32 program, while Achille will continue in the remaining legs of the Audi Melges 20 that will culminate with the World Cup in Naples. I am happy that my son has my same passion for this sport and I think that supported by professional sailors such as Lorenzo Bressani and Federico Michetti he will have a lot of satisfaction."

Fifteenth overall, and first of the Corinthian, was Claudio Dutto's Asante Sana.

The second leg of Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series was sponsored by the city of Portoferraio and organized by B-Plan Sports & Events in collaboration with Melges Europe, the Lega Navale Italiana of Portoferraio and Comitato Circoli Velici Elbani.

Next appointment for the fleet is the Audi Melges 20 German Open that will take place in Starnberg See on June 23-24, 2012.

The Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series will restart in Malcesine on July 13-15, one of the most appreciated venues of the circuit.

TOP TEN RESULTS (Provisional, After 6 Races, 1 Discard)
1.) Mirko De Falco/Guglielmo Giordano, Pecceré; (9)-2-3-7-3-6 = 21
2.) Renato Vallivero/Marco Perazzo/Enrico Fonda, Turnover; (16(ZFP)-4-1-3-13-1 = 22
3.) Vincenzo Onorato/Nathan Wilmot, Mascalzone Latino; 1-(12)-6-11-1-4 = 23
4.) Alessio Marinelli/Branko Brcin, Candida Sailing Team; 11-1-4-(17)-6-2 = 24
5.) Achille Onorato/ Lorenzo Bressani, Mascalzone Latino Jr.; (18)-3-2-4-9-8 = 26
6.) Guido Miani/Gabriele Benussi, Audi Out of Reach; 7-5-12-1-(17)-3 = 28
7.) Giancarlo Capolino/Francesco Ivaldi, Legionario; 12-7-11-2-8-(DNS) = 40
8.) Robert Wilber/Chris Rast, Cinghiale; 6-15-8-9-4-(16) = 42
9.) Federico Albano/Giulio Desiderato/Andrea Trani, 3menda; 8-14-7-8-(18)-5 = 42
10.) Dario Levi/Andrea Casale, Fremito d’Arja; 10-6-10-6-10-(12) = 42
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