The 'Reggini Sailing Team' surprises everyone
19 April 2010
Lerici, April 17, 2010 - Today was the opening of the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series and there was great curiosity to know the who, in light of the developments in the field and with many big names, will be the leaders in the fleet.
One can hardly determine the overall performance of a team in water yet, but we can afford to guess who the possible and probable key players will be after such an intense day.
The stage, on the first day of racing has been set for Reggini Sailing Team with helmsman Francesco Farneti (assisted tactiction Slovenian, Branko Brcin) which, at their class debut, surprised everyone by digging a chasm between himself and his pursuers in the 10-12 knots from the north. A mid-race practice for Reggini Sailing Team is already unnecessary, while the fight for the remaining positions will return to the race. Stefano Di Properzio on Hulk, accompanied by tactician Lorenzo Bressani, has a long duel with Luca Domenici's Team Notaro (tactician Andra Casale) running on sight and responding jibe for jibe on the final sprint to the finishing line; attacks Team Notaro but does not produce the desired effect and overtaking Hulk was not the case. Behind the leading trio are, Marco Morina on Sei Tu 20 (with Alberto Bolzan) and Carlo Alberini on Calvi Network (as always supported by Gabriele Benussi).
The reigning champion of the Audi Sailing Series? The Value Team appears in ninth place in the provisional rankings, Benedetto Giallongo accustomed to quite different numbers certainly can not smile, but the race of the champion team has two faces. A forced departure made the disproportionate number 1 to find themselves in last place, apart from the underworld and the pursuit showdown Value Team that eats up position after position close to the ninth spot and collecting precious points in the Audi Sailing Series. Value Team was not ready today but have confirmed that they will pick a make it very hard for everyone tomorrow.
The first day ends with a single race on the books despite repeated attempts by the Race Committee to satisfy the whims of the wind.
Provisional overall standings of the first stage Audi Sailing Series 2010:
1 - Reggini Sailing Team (Farnetti / Brcin)
2 - Hulk (Di Properzio / Bressani)
3 - Team Notaro (Domenici / Casale)
4 - Sei Tu 20 (Morina / Bolzan)
5 - Calvi Network (Alberini / Benussi)
6 - Bela Vita (Molla / N. Bianchi)
7 - Kempo (Capolino / Perlingieri)
8 - Thule (Rubbini / Ivaldi)
9 - Value Team (Giallongo / Fonda)
10 - Y.C Bari (Campanile)
Followed by 16 other crews.
Stefano Bareggi / b.plan