All In For Napoli At 2012 Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup Championship, November 1-4

1 November 2012

Napoli, Italy - Finally, there is only one more day to go before the start of the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup Championship, taking place on November 1-4 in Napoli, Italy. Now, considered a veteran sailor in the class, Achille Onorato on Mascalzone Latino jr. won the Coppa Challenge Sergio Capolino, honoring the team of Lorenzo Bressani and Federico Michetti and the awesome one-design sailboat produced by Melges USA.

The stature of this event, comparable to that of a world championship, has brought together thirty-one teams from five countries, and serves as the fifth and final leg of the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series. Paired at the top of the standings, is Renato Vallivero’s Turnover and Alessio Marinelli on Candida Sailing Team.

Turnover and Candida Sailing Team are among the favorites from an extremely competitive fleet with at least 12 boats in contention for top honors. The defending champion Stig looks to reclaim the trophy by sailing with the same crew including owner/driver Alessandro Rombelli, Jonathan McKee and Giorgio Tortarolo. The aforementioned Mascalzone Latino Jr. and the host of Pecceré are great protagonists of the season, and the European standards are set by Audi Ultra Out of Reach sailed by Guido Miani, and Gabriele Benussi. Other very noteworthy teams in the 2011 circuit include Luca Domenici’s Notaro Team,  Dario Levi’s Fremito d'Arja, and Andrea Musone’s Carige Assicurazioni.

Although weather conditions deem unpredictable, the forecast looks promising for the presence of the wind throughout the weekend. The only unknowns are associated with tomorrow, when the Gulf may be trodden by a western breeze, and on Saturday, when the wind is expected to light.

Organized by B-Plan Sports & Event in collaboration with Melges Europe, the International Audi Melges 20 Class and Circolo Canottieri Napoli, the Gold Cup will consist of a maximum of ten races to be held from Thursday, with a 10.30 am start time, through Sunday.

In Napoli, teams will enjoy the Audi Experience. Throughout the weekend, the drivers of the Audi Driving School Experience will entertain their biggest fans with a series of test drives lasting of about 20 minutes. The guests will demo the latest Audi automotive models including the new A3.

In addition to Audi, Eberhard & Co is a sponsor of the Audi Sailing Series and recognized as the official timekeeper of the series. Musto is also a viable sponsor for the Audi Sailing Series.

View The Full 2012 Audi Sailing Series Ranking Results

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View Photo Gallery - Renato Tebaldi

Stay close to the Official Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page for photos and further commentary. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post racing at melges20.com.

Enthusiasts can experience the excitement of the Audi Sailing Series online at audisailingseries.com.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the new virtual home of the Audi Sailing Series and the opportunity to subscribe to the official newsletter, press releases, and news related to the events throughout the season. Information is also available on Twitter providing live updates.