Audi Sailing Series
The 2012 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in Italy is officially underway at Marina di Loano! Friday, marks the first day of racing. Stay close to melges32.com for the latest in daily updates, photos, videos, etc. Moment to moment reports are coming through on the Melges 32 Class Facebook Page!
After a monumental day and turn of events on the water in Palma at the 2011 Melges 32 World Championship, all have arrived at RCNP for the final showdown between John Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti, William Douglass’ Goombay Smash and Lanfranco Cirillo’s Fantastica. One very slim point separates them from one another and the grand title of Melges 32 World Champion.
Currently in Palma it is raining. Although it is light, everyone expects to get some racing in, at least one race. It is understood there will be breeze.
Thousands of photos have been collected throughout the last few days. Enjoy:
Real Club Nautico de Palma, Nico Martinez
International Melges 32 Class Association, Joy Dunigan
Professional Photographer, Max Ranchi
Professional Photographer, Ainhou Sanchez
Professional Photographer, Ruben Ballester
Video Interviews - Courtesy of Zerogradinord.it
View The Complete Library of Interviews & Daily Highlight Reels
We are on the brink of Day 3 in Palma at the 2011 Melges 32 World Championship, where there are plenty of mixed reports of no breeze, could be light breeze and more than expected breeze forecasts abound on the docks. The majority chatter is it will be lighter than light. Less than Tuesday. If that is the case (as the AP flag is up on land), perhaps the standings will witness another shake-up. Light air has a tendency to stir things up. Teams prefer breeze.
Entertainment — Americans William Douglass (Goombay Smash) and Steve Howe (Warpath) showed up with drum in hand this morning, cigarette lit bringing an ecentric and light-hearted approach to the event. Others looked on with big smiles.
SOME GOOD NEWS — we’ll see.
Tuesday, we were able to squeeze some announcements out onto Facebook, so do stay there for sure. We’ll try again, and hope to make a successful connection. We’ll keep trying to post more full blurbs here on the blog.
This week will be filled with birthdays — Happy Birthday Sam Rogers on Sicktrix and to Ms. Katherine, wife of John Kilroy… Jason Carroll celebrates on September 24th!
Lighter conditions are in the forecast for the second day of racing in Palma at the Melges 32 World Championship. At the time of this post, the AP flag is still in position on the pole, although teams have started to head out to the course anyway. Lounging by the pool in the very warm Spanish sunshine apparently was too low key, so several team are making their way out to the course…
With the commencement of the 2011 Melges 32 World Championship in Palma, links to photos and interviews are coming in from all directions. A very special thanks to Mauro Melandri and his Zerogradinord Video Team for interviews, and to Max Ranchi and Nico Martinez for some lovely shots of Day 1.
Unfortunately the internet connection on the water is just not capable of uploads from the course, while the fleet is racing. So, we’ll keep trying but the likelihood of being able to bring coverage from on the water is going to be slim to none. Sorry…
Recap — Yasha Samurai won race 1, Mascalzone Latino second, Argo third, Warpath fourth and Samba Pa Ti finished fifth. Race two: Samba knocked it out of the park with a grand slam lead to take the second race with a substantial lead. Full story and press release will publish online at melges32.com later.
After 7 Races (1 Discard):
1 Jason Carrol USA 128 Argo 19 points
2 Lanfranco Cirillo ITA 212 Fantastica 31 points
3 Luca Lalli ITA 23 B-Lin Sailing 38 points
4 Alessio Marinelli ITA 1 Audi Fratelli Giacomel 43 points
5 Edoardo Pavesio ITA 191 Fra Martina 50 points
The breeze failed to stabilise to the RC’s satisfaction. The fleet are coming ashore.