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31 August 2014, 10:03 am
John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti Crowned Audi Melges 20 World Champion
Kilroy Celebrates
Kilroy, Goodison and Reynolds Celebrate

Melges 20 World Championship
Riva del Garda, Italy

After 10 races in Riva Del Garda, Kilroy wins the 2014 Melges 20 Worlds, Marco Gambarella is awarded the Corinthian World title and Guido Miani is named 2014 Audi Sailing Series Champion.
After one final race, John Kilroy at the helm of Samba Pa Ti, tactician Paul Goodison and crew Jeff Reynolds proved they were more than deserving of the 2014 Audi Melges 20 World Champion title. Four days of racing and no worse than a fourteenth in a fleet of fifty-seven entries, the Samba team excelled in almost every condition and under a wide variety of pressure.

"All we wanted to do for the start of the race today was to control Mascalzone as they were the only ones that could possibly win the event other than us. So, we did a little match racing on the start," commented a very happy Kilroy. "Things just went our way. Everything just went right for us. We've trained a lot and we have a great team."

Kilroy attributes much of this week's success to the training he has been doing in his home town of San Francisco, California with his son, 11-year old Liam Kilroy who helms Wildman. "The training we did against and with Wildman made me a much better small boat driver. We did a lot of match racing, practiced straight-line speed work and crew kinetics so, hats off to Wildman as they really made us a better team."

In second overall is Achille Onorato helming Mascalzone Latino, Jr. with tactician Malcolm Page and Stefano Campialini as crew. Rounding out the top three is Guido Miani on Monaco Racing Fleet with tactician Gabriele Benussi and crew member Massimo Gherarducci who is the only other team other than Samba Pa Ti to hold three race wins in Riva.

In the all-amatuer Corinthian division (all ISAF Group 1 on board), Marco Gambarella's Chimera edged out American John Brown's Blind Squirrel for the overall title. From Canada, Paul Currie's Wild Deuces finished third.

For now, the World Championship title remains in the hands of the Americans for another year.

A huge congratulations to the newly crowned 2014 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Champion Guido Miani. Over the last few months, since the start of the Series in Naples, which then traveled onward to Porto Ercole, Talamone and Riva Del Garda, Miani has been challenged by Dario Levi's Fremito D'Arja all season long - until today. Onorato placed second in the series, while Levi finished in third overall. Pasquale Orofino's Raffica and Mirko De Falco's Peccere completed the Series in fourth and fifth respectively.

In 2015, the next World Championship will take place in San Francisco, California hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club on September 30-October 3.

The 2014 World Championship was not only the largest ever in International Melges 20 Class history, it has been one of the most incredible events ever. The venue, conditions, competition, shore-side atmosphere and camaraderie have been nothing short of world class. It has been the absolute best. This is in great gratitude to Sailing Series and circuit title sponsor Audi, the entire B.Plan Sport&Events staff, Melges Europe, and host Yacht Club Fraglia Della Vela Riva and their league of volunteers, race committee and management. Most especially, a full round of applause and appreciation to all the participants that traveled from eleven different countries - YOU made this Championship fantastic.

Top Ten Results (Final - After Ten Races, One Discard)

1. John Kilroy/Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti - 40 pts
2. Achille Onorate/Malcolm Page, Mascalzone Latino, Jr - 56 pts
3. Guido Miani/Gabriele Benussi, Monaco Racing Fleet - 60 pts
4. Naofumi Kamei/Manu Weiller, Mamma Aiuto! - 97 pts
5. Russ Lucas/Harry Melges III, Shimmer - 107 pts
6. Dario Levi/Niccolo Bianchi, Fremito D'Arja - 110 pts
7. Paul Reilly/Andy Burdick, Red Sky Sailing Team - 123 pts
8. John Taylor/Bill Hardesty, Ninkasi - 125 pts
9. Wes Whitmyer/Max Fraser, Slingshot - 129 pts
10. Alessandro Rombelli/Daniele Cassinari, STIG - 131 pts

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