Last Call for Malcesine

14 July 2010

Malcesine - Last call for the Melges 32 fleet for the final stage of the 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series.

In Malcesine, one of the most respected international regattas will be staged in just over 48 hours, and the final act of the intense racing season of the 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series will crown a champion on Sunday, July 18.

This is the epilogue to the spectacular racing that was seen last year, where the race came down to the wire between Team 93's Claudio Recchi and Calvi Network's Carlo Alberini, with the winner staging a daring overtaking on the last day.

The battle for the scepter of the 2010 Championship has two protagonists. B-Lin's Luca Lalli, a rookie in the class (with Lorenzo Bressani calling tactics) who has quicly risen to the top. The provisional ranking for B-Lin, however, rests on uncertain foundations, because behind them by just a point is Fantastica's Lanfranco Cirillo (with tactician Michele Paoletti). Fantastica dominated the season for months, from the first race until the last Audi Invitational event in Porto Cervo, where very little wind reduced the event to only two races, punishing Fantastica. The two teams, not surprisingly, were seen on the podium at the 2010 Audi Melges 32 European Championship.

This race takes place over three days of racing on a race course where a good start to take off from the traffic is more important than elsewhere, and a one point margin leaves no room for flaws in the strategy of the leader.

Yet to be written is the fight for third place with three teams (Brontolo's Filippo Pacinotti with 57 points, Calvi Network's Carlo Alberini with 61 and Rush Diletta's Mauro Mocchegiani with 63) each having their own style of competing, but the same potential. On the podium there will be room for only one.

Tomorrow will be the last warm-up day, and then begins the hunt for the last crucial points of the 2010 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series.