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29 March 2010, 12:58 pm
Fantastica On Top At Opening Event Of Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series
Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series
First regatta of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series

Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in Lerici
Lerici, Italy

Lanfranco Cirillo's Fantastica, victoriously won the first event of the 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in Lerici, Italy.
Fantastica did nothing wrong in three days of racing and are now considered the law in force within the Melges 32 fleet championed by none other than owner Lanfranco Cirillo (ITA). Tactician Michele Paoletti (ITA), over the course of seven races placed the boat in front of the fleet, but what was most impressive was the cool, calm and collected determination and ability to always put them in the upmost favour at the finish line. Fantastica also seems to have a distinct advantage with the two year long-term assistance of professionals Daniele De luca (ITA) and Stefano Rizzi (ITA). They appear to be bigger weapons in the line-up of Cirillo's crew and the object of desire for their opponents.

Up against the overwhelming power of Fantastica, Mauro Mocchegiani (ITA) Rush Diletta with new tactician Michele Ivaldi (ITA) proved to be solid and consistent finding themselves on the podium in second overall, 13 points behind Cirillo.

Finishing third overall is defending 2009 Audi Sailing Series Champion Carlo Alberini (ITA) on Calvi Network, just ahead of Filippo Pacinotti (ITA) Brontolo in fourth. Pacinotti was left smiling in the last race of the day. The light breezes provided the trickiest of conditions, however the Cassinari brothers navigated with confidence while the team awaits the return of Fredrik Loof (SWE) from training.

In fifth overall was Luca Lalli (ITA) on B Lin Sailing.com with Lorenzo Bressani proving to be the best rookie tactician within the fleet. After a great first day, and 2-3-3 on day two, Lalli steadily fell off the pace finishing twelth in the final race of the event. Although falling from second to fifth is less than Lalli's expectation, it proves they have what it takes to be a major player in the 2010 Melges 32 Sailing Series.

Lerici has marked a great start for the Melges 32. All eyes now turn to April 17, where the first event will commence for the Audi Melges 20, guaranteed to be as spectacular as this one.

For full results visit www.melges32.com

Niccolo Bianchi (as amended by ISAF)
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