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Melges 24 European Championship at Riva del Garda, Italy - Day 1

by IM24CA 7 Aug 2018 04:02 BST 3-10 August 2018
The indisputable leader today was Maidollis (ITA854 , 1-1 today's partials) by Gianluca Perego, World Champion in Helsinki 2017 and with the duo Fracassoli-Fonda onboard © Pierrick Contin

Garda Lake confirms itself as a must-go place for the Melges 24 fleet. In 2012, a record World Championship was hosted in Torbole: at the end of that event, Gullisara by Pino Comerio with the well-known tandem Fracassoli-Fonda at helm at tactics affirmed itself as World Champion over a fleet of 127 boats.

On Monday, a fleet of 72 boats from 19 countries and 3 continents has gathered in Riva del Garda to discover who will succeed to Christopher Rast's EFG (SUI) in the golden books of the Melges 24 European Champions.

The rhythm of the first day of racing in Riva del Garda was set by a warm Ora blowing from the South around 10 knots and the indisputable leader was Maidollis (ITA854, 1-1 today's partials) by Gianluca Perego, World Champion in Helsinki 2017 and with the already named duo Fracassoli-Fonda onboard.

To chase Maidollis, trying not to lose precious points in the first races of the series, was Travis Weisleder aboard Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team (USA749, 2-2), where the tactical choices are entrusted to Mike Buckley, 2017 runner-up from Helsinki and 3rd at the 2018 Worlds onboard of Monsoon.

Third place in the provisional ranking, after the first two races of the series, is for the Corinthian World Champions of Taki 4 (ITA778, 7-7) with Niccolò Bertola helming and Giacomo Fossati calling tactics. The consistency of the day allows the boat of Marco Zammarchi not only to step on the third place of the provisional podium, but also to gain the leadership of the Corinthian division, with a margin of 7 points over Peder Nergaard's Blow Slam Racing (NOR787, 17-4) and of 12 points over the provisional third, Seven-Five-Nine (HUN759, 11-15) by Akos Csolto.

The PRO Hank Stuart, active for many years in the Melges 24 Class, commented on the first day of racing in Riva del Garda: "Today we managed to complete two races, despite having left the moorings with the intention of doing three. In the first race, in fact, we had face a fleet that was very aggressive on the starting line and with the shifty conditions that made not easy to set the three boats line. After four attempts, the race started under black flag and, even if nine boats were disqualified, the race was amazing with great conditions all over the race course and they remained stable and fantastic all the way until the end of the second race".

The conditions for tomorrow look favorable for an on-time warning signal at 13.00, that will be anticipated by a competitors meeting at 11.00.

Results after Day 1: (top ten, 2 races)

1. MAIDOLLIS ITA854 Carlo Fracassoli, Enrico Fonda, Gianluca Perego, Lagi Stefano, Matteo Ramian 1-1 2pts
2. LUCKY DOG / GILL RACE TEAM USA749 Travis Weisleder, Mike Buckley, George Peet, John Bowden, Megan Ratliff 2-2 4pts
3. TAKI 4 ITA778 COR - Niccolo Bertola, Giacomo Fossati, Giovanni Bannetta, Marco Zammarchi, Lorenzo Piccioni 7-7 14pts
4. BLACK SEAL GBR822 Stefano Cherin, Nigel Young, Mike Claxton, Amy Harrington, Julie Tingle 3-12 15pts
5. FGF SAILING TEAM HUN728 Robert Bakoczy, Domonkos Rozsnyay, Levente Takacsy, Bence Buza, Baldizsar Buza 14-3 17pts
6. ARKANOE by MONTURA ITA809 Sergio Caramel, Karlo Hmeljak, Riccardo Gomiero, Nicholas Dal Ferro, Margherita Zanuso 8-9 17pts
7. GENERAL LEE ITA793 Mario Ziliani, Lorenzo Tonini, Riccardo Tonini, Samuele Nicolettis, Angelo Bertoletti 12-8 20pts
8. BLOW SLAM RACING NOR787 COR - Peder Nergaard, Morten Helgesen, Eivind Rubinstein, Petrus Eide 17-4 21pts
9. CAIPIRINHA JR ITA633 Matteo Ivaldi, Gabriele Benussi, Francesco Rubagotti, Vittorio Zaoli, Camilla Bert 5-20 25pts
10. ALTEA ITA722 Andrea Racchelli, Gaudenzio Bonini, Alberto Verna, Michele Gregoratto, Federico Zampiccoli 9-16 25pts

Full results can be found here.

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