Riccardo Simoneschi’s Audi tron Took The Massive Lead At The Portoroz Melges 24 Regatta

Portoroz - Melges 24 Europeans 2015 - IM24CA/Zerogradinord

27 March 2015 - Portoroz, Slovenia - The first day of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2015 first event in Portoroz, Slovenia welcomed the sailors with a pouring rain and +12 degrees. As a result of the day 3 races were completed.

The north/east wind called Bora, which is cold, dry and very gusty, filled the bay with the gusts of 20 knots. Heavy rain together with Bora forced to postpone the racing for one hour. After three races sailed Audi tron (ITA-840) is leading the Melges 24 fleet of 22 boats from 10 countries with three bullets, ahead of Imagine (GBR-557) and Storm Capital Sail Racing (NOR-751). FGF Sailing Team (HUN-728) being at the 4th position in overall is leading the fleet of Pro Am (Corinthian) division.

Audi tron ITA-840 - Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Portoroz - ©IM24CA/Zerog

Audi tron ITA-840 - Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Portoroz - ©IM24CA/Zerogradinord

“It was a good sailing here in Portoroz today – nice, but a little cold. In the first race the wind was steady and we managed to win the race with almost two minutes margin ahead of the 2nd which allowed us to test some new sail in the 2nd and 3rd race,” said the helm of Audi tron Riccardo Simoneschi. “The fleet here is great and very competitive. We are looking forward to the next days,” admitted Simoneschi.

FGF Sailing Team HUN-728 - Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Portoroz - ©IM24C

FGF Sailing Team HUN-728 - Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Portoroz - ©IM24CA/Zerogradinord

The helmsman of the current leader of the Pro Am division FGF Sailing Team Robert Bakoczy said that it was a terribly cold but fun day on the water. “The organisation of the racing was great and Race Committee did their job very well. Wind was shifty and similar to the Lake Balaton – most probably this gave us the advantage today. It’s our first competition of the season and we are happy with the results of the first day. We enjoyed the racing and the pizza after the racing,” Bakoczy and the team were saying happily.

Imagine GBR-557 - Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Portoroz - ©IM24CA/Zerogra

Imagine GBR-557 - Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Portoroz - ©IM24CA/Zerogradinord

Storm Capital Sail Racing NOR-751 - Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Portoroz

Storm Capital Sail Racing NOR-751 - Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Portoroz - ©IM24CA/Zerogradinord

Action in Portorož resumes tomorrow at 11:00.

The results for the Top 10 boats:

1 ITA 840 13 - Audi tron Riccardo Simoneschi 3,0 1 1 1
2 GBR 557 22 - Imagine David Rowen 12,0 2 8 2
3 NOR 751 4 - Storm Capital Sail Racing Peder Jahre 12,0 4 4 4
4 HUN 728 8 - FGF Sailing Team Robert Bakoczy 15,0 5 2 8 – Pro Am
5 AUT 681 6 - Four and a half men Franz Urlesberger 16,0 3 10 3
6 NOR 787 10 - Blow Henry Lloyd Peder Nergaard  19,0 6 6 7
7 NED 827 17 - Team Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill Ronald Veraar 21,0 13 3 5 – Pro Am
8 UKR 819 1 - Marusia Oleg Dyvinets 23,0 8 9 6  - Pro Am
9 GER 690 3 - Plato Markus Scheel 28,0 10 7 11
10 GBR 694 20 - Gill Race Team Geoff Carveth 30,0 11 5 14

Full results

Photo gallery of the day by IM24CA/Zerogradinord

Portoroz Melges 24 Regatta - Day 1 video edited by Zerogradinord

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Melges 24 European Sailing Series

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 Melges 24 European Sailing Series please visit www.melges24.com/europeansailingseries or contact IM24CA Administrator Piret Salmistu on E-mail piret@melges24.com