Freides Defends Leadership at Melges 20 World Championship
27 August 2016
Scarlino, Italy - The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino was a difficult one at best, however managed to present some nice new faces at the front of the fleet.
The light breeze of 6-7 knots at 220 degrees really took its toll on some teams, for others it was a stroke of brilliance. Race Six gave way to a big win for Russia’s Alexander Novoselov aboard Victor. His wire-to-wire win was impressive to say the least as Poland’s Krzysztof Krempec on Mag Tiny also earned an outstanding result by chasing Novoselov at every turn. Current World Championship leader Drew Freides on Pacific Yankee chased their every move.
A big shift at the second upwind mark offered no interruption to Novoselov’s lead, giving him complete control and ultimately taking the win. Krempec was second, then Friedes followed by Achille Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino Jr. and Filippo Pacinotti’s Brontolo Sailing Squadron finished fourth and fifth respectively. Manlio Carlo Soldani on For Sale came sixth, his best finish of the regatta.
So, Freides with a third place finish in Race Six keeps the lead and extends his position by a couple of points as we anticipate the final day of competition taking place on Sunday.
Michael Illbruck on Pinta finished deep but is steadfast in second place, all thanks to discards going into play.
Onorato’s daily fourth and his discard puts him back in the hunt back at third overall.
Rob Wilber on Cinghiale remains in fourth, and for Liam Kilroy on Wildman a difficult day indeed. He stays in fifth after a collision at the start with subsequent penalties.
In less than 24 hours we will know who is the next, new Melges 20 World Champion. More light breeze is in the forecast for the final day of racing.
Things are very intense in the Corinthian division as Mirko Bargolini on Spirit of Nerina has regained the lead, with lady helm Marina Kaverzina on Marussia moving up into second. Overnight leader Emanuele Savoini on Evinrude experienced a tougher day sliding back to third. The same was true for Cesar Gomes Neto on Portobello who is fourth going into the final day. Johannes Lind-Windstam on Intermezzo rounds out the top five thanks to a nice top twenty finish in today’s very challenging conditions.
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TOP TEN RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Six Races, One Discard)
1.) Drew Freides, Pacific Yankee; 6-2-5-4-2-3 = 16
2.) Michael Illbruck, Pinta; 7-1-1-6-5-32 = 20
3.) Achille Onorato, Mascalzone Latino, Jr.; 4-6-9-3-40-4 = 26
4.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale; 9-16-4-25-1-12 = 42
5.) Liam Kilroy, Wildman; 13-4-22-1-3-51 = 43
6.) Krzysztof Krempec, Mag Tiny; 12-5-3-40-22-2 = 44
7.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG; 25-18-6-2-19-8 = 53
8.) Guido Miani, Out of Reach; 18-23-2-15-11-11 = 57
9.) Rodney Jones, Caffe Expresso, 3-7-36-5-42-7 = 58
10.) John Kilroy Jr., Samba Pa Ti; 2-11-10-7-30-43 = 60
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