Simoneschi Remained His Lead Ahead Of Norwegian Peder Jahre At The Portoroz Melges 24 Regatta

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30 March 2015

28 March 2015 - Portoroz, Slovenia - Heavy rain was gone for the second day of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2015 first event organized by the Yachting Club Portoroz. Instead of the sun, clear blue sky and lighter NE wind Bora were the key-words of the day allowing complete four races. With seven races altogether today's score will take into account one discard. 

For the most of the sailors coming from the North the weather today was like a gift after the long time of darkness and no sailing. The sun in clear blue sky and a nice sea breeze on the water kicked off the spring feeling in full. Even so that the first race of the day was abandoned because of dropping wind. During the next two races average wind velocity was 10-11 knots and was decreasing a bit again for the last race of the day.

Riccardo Simoneschi's team Audi tron (ITA-840) with one bullet, two second results and their worse so far - third position, remained their extending lead in front of the fleet with 8 points. From the yesterday's third position climbed to the second Peder Jahre's team Storm Capital Sail Racing (NOR-751) gaining the bullet in the final race, two third positions and for the discard 7th place in today's first race. Norwegian team is 11 points behind of Italian Audi tron by the end of the second day. Austrian team Four and a half men (AUT-681) with Franz Urlesberger' team managed to jump from the yesterday's fifth place to the Top 3 even they got black flag disqualification on the today's second race together with another six boats. Being five points behind on the third position, Urlesberger is only one point ahead of David Rowen's Imagine (GBR-557).

In the overall ranking on the fifth position today is the current Pro Am (Corinthian) leader Hungarian FGF Sailing Team (HUN-728) with Robert Bakoczy's team. Five points separates the second Pro Am team Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill (NED-827) with Ronald Veraar' team from the leader being tied with Ukrainian team Marusia (UKR-819) with Oleg Dyvinets in helm.

The racing in Portoroz will continue on Sunday at 11:00 although the wind forecast is not so promising.

The results for the Top 10 boats:
1. ITA 840 13 - Audi tron Riccardo Simoneschi 8,0 1 1 1 2 1 2 (3)
2. NOR 751 4 - Storm Capital Sail Racing Peder Jahre 19,0 4 4 4 (7) 3 3 1
3. AUT 681 6 - Four and a half men Franz Urlesberger 24,0 3 10 3 3 (bfd) 1 4
4. GBR 557 22 - Imagine David Rowen 25,0 2 8 2 6 5 (10) 2
5. HUN 728 8 - FGF Sailing Team Robert Bakoczy 35,0 5 2 8 12 4 4 (20)  - Pro Am

6. NOR 787 10 - Blow Henry Lloyd Peder Nergaard 42,0 6 6 7 1 (bfd) 7 15
7. GBR 694 20 - Gill Race Team Geoff Carveth 44,0 11 5 (14) 4 2 9 13
8. NED 827 17 - Team Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill Ronald Veraar 48,0 13 3 5 5 (bfd) 6 16 - Pro Am

9. UKR 819 1 - Marusia Oleg Dyvinets 51,0 8 9 6 8 8 (19) 12 - Pro Am

10. HUN 481 23 - Jedi Business Péter Czégai 53,0 12 (18) 13 10 7 5 6

Full results - 7 races taking into account 1 discard

The 2015 Melges 24 European Sailing Series will feature six major regattas across Europe (Click here for Notice of Race) - Open Slovenian National Championship in Yachting Club Portoroz, Slovenia; Melges 24 Regatta in Yacht Club Balatonfüred, Hungary; Audi tron Sailing Series Melges 24 Act 3 in Riva del Garda, Fraglia Vela Riva, Italy; Melges 24 Campione at Lugano Lake, Switzerland; Melges 24 World Championship in Middelfart, Denmark;  Dutch Open Championship in Medemblik, Netherland.

For further information about the International Melges 24 Class and the Melges 24 European Sailing Series please visit www.melges24.com/europeansailingseries or contact IM24CA Administrator Piret Salmistu on E-mail piret@melges24.com

Contact and info about the event:
MELGES 24 SLOVENIA - EVENT HOST
Jure Jerkovič, class president
web: www.melges24.si

YACHTING CLUB PORTOROZ - EVENT ORGANISER
Suzana Jukić, secretary
phone: +386 40 190 864
twitter: @YCportoroz
web: www.ycp-klub.si