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B-Lin and Fantastica Duel to the Summit

16 July 2010

As published by B-Plan

Malcesine - After three races today in Malcesine, Luca Lalli's B-Lin is increasingly leading the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010.

All eyes were on the challenge at the top between B-Lin and his direct rival, Lanfranco Cirillo's Fantastica.

During the first race, the two claimants to the title fought side by side, but after a real test of strength and speed, Fantastica forced B-Lin to take the less favored right side. The move made by Fantastica's tactician Michele Paoletti allowed them to gain a close second in race 1.

Even in the second race, B-Lin's tactician Lorenzo Bressani did not have it easy and only placed eleventh; Fantastica placed only ninth, a few centimeters from Calvi Network's Carlo Alberini and Brontolo's Philip Pacinotti.

Just when overtaking the leaders seems impossible in one of the worst days this season for B-Lin, Fantastica stumbled in third race defeating his comeback, at least for today. Cirillo insisted the left side of the coast, where there is more traffic of those who want to conquer the first windward mark. B-Lin chose the same option, however they were able to pull into third place, while Fantastica came in twelfth.

The overall ranking now highlights another duel that may take center stage in the circuit; Brontolo's Philip Pacinotti (No. 3 overall) and Calvi Network's Carlo Alberini (No.4). They are separated by only 4 points in the overall standings of the 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series after 20 races.

2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Race #4 Results (after 3 races)
1 - Calvi Network (Alberini / Benussi) 3,1,7: pt.11
2 - Brontolo (Pacinotti / Loof) 4,2,5: pt.11
3 - Samba Pa Ti - USA (Kilroy / Bannatyne) 10, 4, 1: pt.15
4 - Red - GBR (Woods / Goodison) 7,7,2: pt.16
5 - Torpyone (Lupi / Brcin) 1,8,10: pt.19
6 - B-Lin (Lalli / Bressani) 5,11,3: pt.19
7 - Rush Diletta (Mocchegiani / Ivaldi) 11,3,6: pt. 20
8 - Fantastica (Cirillo / Paoletti) 2,9,12: pt. 23
9 - Teasing Machine - FRA (Cruette / Scott) 8,5,13: pt. 26
10 - Roark - NED (Kaan / Krijger) 6,6,15: pt.27

2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Overall Ranking (after 20 races)
1 -
B-Lin pt. 50
2 -
Fantastica pt. 54
3 -
Brontolo pt. 59
4 -
Calvi Network pt. 63
5 -
Rush Diletta pt. 72
6 -
Torpyone pt. 113
7 - Highlife pt. 114
8 - Audi Giacomel pt. 114.2
9 - Fra Martina pt. 120
10 - Opus One pt. 128


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