Chris Rast's EFG Melges 24 Crowned 'King of Poets' In Second Act of 2015 Audi-Tron Sailing Series.
4 May 2015
Portovenere, Italy — The second act of the 2015 Melges 24 Audi-tron Sailing Series (ATSS) concluded this past weekend with a fierce duel between first event ATSS champion Riccardo Simoneschi's Audi-tron and Chris Rast's EFG.
Seventeen boats representing eight different countries spanning all of Europe competed. Five races were completed with Rast's EFG getting the upperhand over Simoneschi, crowning him 'King of Poets.' With each stage, a new king is crowned. "Despite the rain and light wind we still had fun," said Rast. "In addition to the overall victory, it is really great to be sailing at such a lovely venue. It brings back great memories of wonderful places."
Rast scored no worse than a fourth over the five-heat weekend. His overall 1-1-4-3-2 gave him the victory four points ahead of second place finisher Simoneschi.
Another big battle in play all weekend long was between reigning Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion Peder Jahre and his Storm Capital Racing team, Gianluca Perego's Maidollis YC Cortina and Toniste Tonu's Lenny. A string of single-digit finishes and only one double-digit score on Perego's behalf generated a great deal of competition between these three tough and perservering teams. In the end, Jahre completed the podium in third, Perego and Tonu took fourth and fifth.
Relatively new to the fleet of Melges 24s is Andrea Pozzi on Bombarda who celebrated a BIG victory in the final race of the event with a first place finish. Other teams that had moments of brilliance and managed to hang tough and finish well were Hrdlicra Petr on Marduk, David Rowen's Imagine and Michael Good's Cinghiale.