2013 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Kicks Off In Gaeta, April 19-21

20 April 2013

Gaeta, Italy - Between Saturday and Sunday the Audi Sailing Series Melges 20 will be taking place in beautiful Gaeta, Italy. As already seen with the Melges 32, the Audi Melges 20 will be starting off their Mediterranean season in the Gulf of Gaeta where twenty-one teams are in attendance, ready to go head to head on facing up with mild weather conditions.

The complete racing agenda will allow teams to discard the worst result, only after the completion of six races, with a maximum of four races per day.

Top teams will be competing on this first regatta session, such as Alessandro Rombelli's STIG and reigning Gold Cup Champion Dario Levi's Fremito d'Arja, just to name a few.

Among the favourite teams there are 2012 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Guido Miani's Out of Reach, Renato Vallivero's Audi Turnover, and last but certainly not least is Achille Onorato aboard Mascalzone Latino Jr.

Other very relevant Class contenders that may exceed everyone's expectations are Federico Albano's 3Menda, Mirko de Falco on Pecceré, Lauro Bonora on Camay and Francesco Farnetti's ITA-157.

The International Audi Melges 20 Class Assocaition would like to welcome fleet newcomers Stefano Santucci on Tomahawk and Michele Dandolo on Tachicardia.

Friday afternoon included much preparation for the teams, including a practice session scheduled at 15.30, warming up for tough competition and studying the course. Practice was also a great opportunity for Gaeta students to get close to the sailing world. Every Audi Melges 20 took aboard a young sailing fan. This initiative, put forth by by the Yacht Club Gaeta E.V.S. four years ago, and now in 2013, has been adopted by B-Plan Sport&Events in collaboration with the International Audi Melges 20 Class and Melges Europe.

Gaeta is the first of five amazing events included in the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series event. Event No. 2 takes place in Porto Ercole (18-19 May), Portoferraio (8-9 July), Torbole (6-7 July) and Porto Rotondo (29 August - 1 September) where the first European Championship title will be held, as a result of being awarded official ISAF International Class status.

The Sailing Series continues its test drive tradition in 2013. At every event, the Audi Quattro Instructors will be available to guide all those interested in experiencing some of the most recent Audi models. The Audi A3 SB, RS5, SQ5 and S6 Avant will be available in Gaeta. For more information and test drive bookings, please call 345.3472530 or send an email to the Audi Quattro Experience.

In addition to title sponsor Audi, the 2013 Sailing Series is supported by official sponsor AstiHour, a very refreshing fruit cocktail that will be served during happy hours at the Audi Hospitality Village. Other sponsors include Kuehne+Nagel, Yeykey, Helly Hansen, and SimBroker e Nacora.

B-Plan Sport&Events is committed to greater visibility and appeal of the 2013 Audi Sailing Series. The event has 3 newly renovated websites: www.audisailingseries.com, www.audisailingteam.it, www.bpse.it – and a new Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AudiSailingSeries. Updates are also being posted as the racing happens at the Official Facebook Page of the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association too!

Press releases are distributed in three languages – Italian, English and German – written and released at the end of each day. All photos will be posted online at melges20.com thanks to a renewed collaboration with Studio Borlenghi. Zerogradinord will produce interviews and video highlights available on the Official Audi Sailing Series YouTube Circuit Channel.

1.) Achille Onorato/Lorenzo Bressani, Mascalzone Latino
2.) Dario Levi/Andrea Casale, Fremito d'Arja
3.) Alessandro Rombelli/Paul Goodison, STIG
4.) Claudio Dutto/Fabio Zeni, Asante Sana
5.) Mirko de Falco/Guglielmo Giordano, Pecceré
6.) Michele Dandolo/Fabio Montefusco, Tachicardia
7.) Pasquale Orofino/Dario Desiderio, Raffichetta
8.) Luca Carafa, Filippo D'Arrigo, Shut Up
9.) Lauro Bonora/Carlo Fracassoli, Camay
10.) Ugo Capolino/Michele Mennuti, Kempo
11.) Valter Campanile/Niccolo Bianchi, Nellaria 20
12.) Francesco Farneti/Alberto Bolzan; ITA-157
13.) Stefano Santucci/Andrea Fornaro; Tomahawk
14.) Bifulco/Hugo Rocha, Noi de Notte
15.) Simone Anichini/Filippo Anichini, Henneken
16.) Marco Zaoli/Gabrio Zandona, Shadow
17.) Marco Franchini/Sandro Montefusco, Mezza Luna
18.) Giancarlo Capolino/Francesco Ivaldi, Legionario
19.) Federico Albano/Guilio Desiderato, 3Menda
20.) Renato Vallivero/Enrico Fonda, Audi Turnover
21.) Guido Miani/Gabriele Benussi, Out of Reach