Coppa Lino Favini - On Day 1 Blu Moon Back On His Own Way

9 October 2015

Melges 24 fleet in Luino - photo BPSE/Mauro Melandri

Franco Rossini's Blu Moon SUI825 with Flavio Favini in helm - photo BPSE/Mauro Melandri

Andrea Rachelli's Altea ITA735 - photo BPSE/Mauro Melandri

Riccardo Simoneschi's Audi tron ITA840 - photo BPSE/Mauro Melandri

Melges 24 fleet in Luino - photo BPSE / Mauro Melandri

09 October, 2015 - Luino, Italy - The diversity of weather did not prevent the holding of the first races for the Coppa Lino Favini, final round of the Audi tron Sailing Series and the Melges 24 European Sailing Series. The balance for the end of the first day was two valid race results, thanks to the experience of the PRO Fabio Barrasso, who spent a lot of time to set up the race course despite the wind shifts.

Among 25 teams from 9 nations, the leader is Blu Moon SUI 825 (Favini-Sommariva, 1-1), skippered by Flavio Favini, deus ex machina of the event dedicated to the memory of his father. A great comeback for Franco Rossini's Melges 24, far from racing since last year, when it won the Melges 24 World Championship in Geelong and the Europeans on Lake Balaton.

With two bullets Blu Moon anticipates the vice world champions of Altea ITA 735 (Racchelli-Bonini, 2-2), who were awarded as the Italian Champions last month in Trapani, and the leader of the Audi tron Sailing Series Audi tron ITA 840 (Simoneschi-Benussi, 6-3), shares third place of the provisional standings with Gian Luca Perego's Maidollis ITA 822 (Fracassoli-Benches, 5-4). An excellent day also for Michael Schineis and his crew on Pure AUT 716 (Schineis-Cassinari, 5-4) coordinated by the calls of North Sails Italy CEO Daniele Cassinari.

Among the Corinthian, the actions are led by the Dutch of Gelikt NED 789 (8-11), owned by Carlo Vroon now attested with his crew in ninth place of the general classification.

With regard to the Melges 24 European Sailing Series, Miles Quinton's Gill Race Team GBR 694 helmed by Geoff Carveth (18-21), which controls the overall standings, did not start well here in Luino, but has a fairly comfortable margin on the most immediate pursuers; same situation experienced by the leaders of the non-professional Pro-Am group, Oleg Dyvinets' Marusia UKR 819 (12-20), who arrived in Luino with an advantage almost impossible to fill.

Organized by Associazione Velica Alto Verbano in collaboration with B.Plan Sport&Events, Melges Europe and the International Melges 24 Class, the Coppa Lino Favini will resume on Saturday with three more races. The first warning signal has been set for midday.

For current rankings and further information about the Melges 24 European Sailing Series please visit www.melges24.com/europeansailingseries

The Audi tron Sailing Series season is supported by main sponsor Audi, Official Partner Kuehne+Nagel, technical partners Torqeedo, Caffè Vergnano, Bavaria, USail, Nuova Jolly, Acqua Norda and the Suite Club. www.audisailingseries.com

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