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14 February 2006, 04:14 pm
AMF Nikita Wins Melges 24 Battle
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Primo Cup 2006

The record breaking 37 strong fleet of Melges 24s, many of whom are starting their preparations for the Melges 24 Worlds in Hyerès at the end of August, enjoyed an outstanding weekend's racing at the Primo Cup in Monaco. It was the Italians who won out, with overall victory going to Andreas FAERBER (ITA) and AMF Nikita by the narrowest of margins.
The level of racing was exceptionally high throughout the weekend, with many general recalls and tight mark roundings in a series that was only decided in the last of the regatta's eight races.

The final day brought three more great races and in the first Franco ROSSINI's (SUI) Blu Moon, helmed by Chris RAST (SUI), took the honours with Benjamin COHEN (MON) helming Sogeti second, Sandro MONTEFUSCO's (ITA) Licorno Melsineo third and FAERBER helming AMF Nikita fourth. Overnight leader Paul MAXIM (FRA) and his crew aboard Big Ship were extremely disappointed to score their worst result of the regatta with an eighth.

The second race went to MONTEFUSCO with FAERBER second and Jean Paul DOUCHY (FRA) helming Docteur Gigolo third. John GIMSON and his British crew aboard Wild Thing took fourth in this race, MAXIM was fifth and COHEN sixth whilst RAST came a disappointing seventh.

All To Play For

It was now all to play for in the final race and the crews kept the spectators on the edges of their seats as they battled it out. On the line it was MONTEFUSCO from COHEN with RAST third and Paolo TREVISAN from Italy sailing INO fourth.

Despite a painful eleventh place in the final race FAERBER and his crew of Andrea CASALE, Emiliani ROMOLO and France G PASSAFIUME aboard AMF Nikita had done enough to win the Melges 24 Class at the 2006 Primo Cup by just one point. Second place overall had to be decided on countback with ROSSINI's Blu Moon, helmed by RAST with crew Serena CIMA and Federico VALENTI taking second and MONTESFUSCO aboard Liocorno Melsineo with Roberto BENAMATI, Cesare BRESSAN and Luciano LIPPOLIS third. MAXIME and his Big Ship crew had to content themselves with fourth.

International Melges 24 Class Association (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The Melges 24 fleet in action:© International Melges 24 Class Association
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