Section 16 Takes All in Porto Venere

17 April 2016

Porto Venere, Italy - Congratulations are in full order for Richard Davies on Section 16 along with tactician Chris Rast and crew member Manuel Modena — they are 2016 Porto Venere Melges 20 Sailing Series Champions!

Rast and Modena are new to the Section 16 team, but not so new to success in the Melges classes, in particular the Melges 24. Rast is the reigning Melges 24 World Champion. Modena won the 2005 Worlds on the bow alongside America’s Cup veteran Jimmy Spithill.

The overcast, windy conditions clearly played to Davies’ best advantage as his daily 2-1-2 performance sealed the deal on the first act of the 2016 Melges 20 Sailing Series.

Guido Miani’s Out of Reach earned MVP of the event bouncing back effectively from a couple of boat troubles to place second overall. Miani collected more bullets than anyone else this weekend — an impressive total of five out of the eight races completed!

Michael Illbruck’s Pinta completed the podium positions placing third overall.

The 2016 Porto Venere Corinthian title goes to Wilma Homann on Fantastichina! Homann rose to the occasion on Saturday and held her own through the final races on Sunday. Congratulations also to runner up Valerio Galati, the very cool named under-30 #Melges20Next team! Day One leader Johannes Lind-Widestram on Intermezzo finished third Corinthian.

A round of thanks goes out to all the owners and teams for their participation, to BPSE, Comitato Circoli Velici del Golfo, Marina Militare and all the individuals that made this event possible!

The season continues on May 6-8 when the fleet moves on to Porto Ercole, Italy.

TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL - After Eight Races, One Discard)
1.) Richard Davies, Section 16; 1-2-3-9-[18]-2-1-2 = 20
2.) Guido Miani, Out of Reach; 25-1-[42/DNS]-1-1-1-2-1 = 32
3.) Michael Illbruck, Pinta; 22-[25]-1-8-6-3-4-4 = 48
4.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG; 10-[31]-6-10-4-19-5-10 = 64
5.) Marco Franchini, Mezzaluna; 6-18-4-4-11-20-[33]-7 = 70
6.) Matteo Marenghi Vaselli, Raya; 2-8-10-2-[42/DNS]-5-19-25 = 71
7.) Achille Onorato, Mascalzone Latino Jr.; 17-10-14-3-2-16-[20]-11 = 73
8.) Igor Rytov, Russian Bogatyrs; 13-[26]-7-6-9-24-6-9 = 74
9.) Dmitry Samokhin, Rocknrolla; 20-3-2-12-15-9-14-[32] = 75
10.) Krzysztof Krempec, Mag Tiny; [21]-13-15-18-8-14-7-3 = 78
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