Audi tron European Sailing Series Melges 24 - After Kiel Audi tron Wins Also In Riva del Garda

Audi tron European Sailing Series Melges 24 in Riva

06 July 2014 - Riva del Garda, Italy. - It's Audi tron (today 1-dnf) the unprecedented winner of the  Audi tron European Sailing Series Melges 24, event organised by the Fraglia Vela Riva in cooperation with con B.Plan Sport&Events valid as the fourth act of the continental sailing circuit dedicated to the most widespread one design boat produced by the Melges Performance Sailboats.

The Audi Italia Sailing Team - Audi tron ITA-840 with Riccardo Simoneschi in helm and Enrico Fonda, Stefano Orlandi, Federico Buscaglia and Lucia Giorgetti in the team, has collected another victory after Kiel only one week ago, taking over the over 45 participating boats winning race nine: their victory has been signed with a race in advance.

Audi tron ITA-840 with Riccardo Simoneschi in helm Photo by Pierrick Contin

Audi tron ITA-840 with Riccardo Simoneschi in helm
Photo by Pierrick Contin

Second on the podium for the world and European champions of Blu Moon (2-1), lead by an always very convincing Flavio Favini.

A great satisfaction also for the crew of Maidollis (3-3) helmed by Gabrio Zandonà ranking third at 8 points by  Audi tron.

Top 3 in open division - Photo by Pierrick Contin

Top 3 in open division - Photo by Pierrick Contin

The top five has been completed by Andrea Racchelli 's Altea (4-2) winner of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series act held in Portoroz and the vice continental champions of Giogi (9-8), guided by Balestrero-Celon.

Ranking 6th with the best Corinthian group, Gill Race Team GBR-694 (5-9) of the Laser SB20 world champion Geoff Carveth and Miles Quinton, William Goldsmith, Roger Gilbert and Rachel Williamson in team, that anticipated team Magica of Pietro Andolini and Lorenzo Gemini.

Gill Race Team GBR-694 with Geoff Carveth in helm  Photo by Pierrick Contin

Gill Race Team GBR-694 with Geoff Carveth in helm  
Photo by Pierrick Contin

Top 3 in the Corinthian division - Photo by Pierrick Contin

Top 3 in the Corinthian division
Photo by Pierrick Contin

Thanks to this new victory Audi tron has consolidated its leading role in the Melges 24 European Sailing Series that will be concluding in Medemblik 19-21 September.

Beside sailing other experiences have taken place by the Audi Hospitality, where anyone interested could enjoy free drives with the latest flagship models such as the RS6 avant, SQ5, A3 g-tron, S1 Sportback and A1 admired.

The Top 3 in open (Pro) division: 
1. Audi tron ITA-840 - Riccardo Simoneschi (3-2-1-6-2-1-2-3-1-47DNC*) 21 pts 
2. Blu Moon SUI-825 - Flavio Favini (1-1-2-10*-3-10-3-1-2-1)  24 pts 
3. Maidollis ITA-822 - Gabrio Zandonai (2-3-3-4-5-2-4-18*-3-3) 29 pts

The Top 3 in Corinthian (Pro Am - professionals not allowed) division: 
1. Gill Race team GBR-694 - Geoff Carveth (11-7-12-27*-11-2-10-16-5-7) 82 pts 
2. Magica ITA-764 - Lorenzo Gemini (14-10-8-39*-28-14-5-5-6-4) 94 pts 
3. Marrakech Express ITA-636 - Alfredo Capodanno (10-6-6-12-46-5-47DNC*-11-12-12) 110 pts

This year's edition of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series will introduce the Corinthian ranking as it is usual in all the events of the Melges 24 Class and this will be called as Pro Am. This series has proven to be a success from the first edition with a very high participation.  

You can check the entry list here 
For the final results see the webpage of Fraglia Vela Riva

Photo gallery - Pierrick Contin 
High resolution images are available to accredited media.  
For further information please E-mail Piret Salmistu

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