Audi Tron Sailing Series – The Series Bets On 3 Top Level Melges Boats
11 March 2015
Milano, March 10, 2015 – All three Reichel-Pugh-designed Melges boats Audi Melges 20, Melges 32 and, new this year, Melges 24 will be the main characters of the Audi tron Sailing Series taking place throughout 6 acts from April to October in Loano, Porto Venere, Riva del Garda, Porto Ercole, Trapani and Genova.
From a design by Reichel-Pugh produced at the beginning of the 90s in around 1000 models, the Melges 24 is this year's Audi tron Sailing Series newcomer; that, compared to the Audi Melges 20 and the Melges 32 is the only monohull that does not see the boat owner on the helm. This feature along with its easy-to-sail personality and high-tech performance have made it become one of the go-to boats among the One Designs. The boat is typically sailed with a crew of four-five depending on the total weight of the crew, which is not allowed go over the weight limit of 375 kilos. Roles are well defined: a tactician, a trimmer, a pitman, a bowman, and the helmsman, who controls the mainsail.
Among the class' top sailors we count three time world champion with Uka Uka Racing, Lorenzo Bressani; two time world champion on the helm of Blu Moon, Flavio Favini; as well as James Spithill, skipper on Oracle Team USA, world champion in 2005 in Key Largo with Luna Rossa. Another top leader in the last three world rankings has been Riccardo Simoneschi's Audi tron.
Audi Melges 20
The last born in the One Designs produced by the Melges Performance Sailboats - in 2012 gained the ISAF recognition and later at the end of 2013 was awarded with the first world title in Key Largo – the Audi Melges 20 is a monohull owner-driver designed by Reichel-Pugh accommodating three-four crew members. It does not allow any hiking – meaning crew aboard must always keep the feet in the cockpit – there is no weight restriction and the crew usually finds its own ideal weight combination.
Leader of the past Audi tron Sailing Series was Guido Miani's Monaco Racing Fleet, now more determined than before to keep its leadership from competitors such as Maolca, Customly, Mascalzone Latino, Atlantichina and Audi g-tron.
The biggest of all monohulls taking part in the series organized by B-Plan Sport&Events, the Melges 32 has been the undiscussed leader of the Audi tron Sailing Series 2014 edition.
Since its creation in 2005 from a design by Reichel-Pugh, the Melges 32 is 970m long with a 3m beam, covering a 186m2 sailing surface, featuring glass fiber layout, carbon fiber steering and keel for an easy and quicker sailing. The crew consists of eight-nine members for an allowed total weight limit of 629 Kilos.
Besides the helmsman, that as per regulations has to be the boat owner or a non-professional sailor, there is a mainsail trimmer, a tactician, two trimmers, a pitman, a mid bowman and a bowman.
During the last sailing season we saw Valentin Zavadnikov's Synergy team leading over Audi e-tron, Spirit of Nerina and Torpyone.
Another top level team has been Robertissima, winner at the European Championship in Riva del Garda and the act in Talamone.
Also this year, the Audi tron Sailing Series is getting ready to face the new sailing season with a green fleet that strengthens once again the long-lasting commitment of the four rings brand with sailing, both very focused on concepts such as innovation, sustainability and environmental protection.
Moreover, this choice highlights the double soul of the Audi brand, blending sporty appeal with endless technological research.
Together with the Audi tron Sailing Series, the Audi test drives will be back too where anyone interested will have the opportunity to freely drive the latest car models produced by the German automobile manufacturer from Ingolstadt.