The second leg of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series wrapped up at La Marina di Scarlino on Sunday. B.Lin's early start in race eight ensured victory went to Bliksem (USA), the current World Champion.
Everyone was expecting a showdown between Bliksem and B. Lin to decide the winner. After seven races both teams had the same number of points and in race eight the winner would have taken all. Instead, B. Lin helmed by Luca Lalli
(with tactician Lorenzo Bressani on board) were called over the starting line early, thereby immediately deciding the outcome of the race.
American Bliksem, helmed by Pieter Taselaar
with Jeremy Wilmot
calling tactics, went on to win race eight and the second leg of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series. A bad day for B. Lin, after an excellent three days, they had been leading at the beginning of the last downward leg in race seven but lost two precious and decisive positions on the finishing line.
Two races were held on Sunday with a 10-12 knot southeasterly breeze, rain, and a passing squall with winds reaching 25 knots in the last race. Race seven was won by Pilot Italy owner Francesco Martino
with Vasco Vascotto
as tactician, and Race eight was claimed by Bliksem to win the series by five points overall.
Final Results Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series - leg 2 Scarlino (after 8 races)
1-BLIKSEM - USA (Taselaar / J.Wilmot) 1,2,(8),1,3,3,3,1:pt.14
2-B-LIN (Lalli / Bressani) 3,6,2,2,2,2,2,(7):pt.19
3-CALVI NETWORK (Alberini / G.Benussi) (9),4,3,6,6,1,4,5:pt.29
4-BRONTOLO (Pacinotti / Loof) 5,1,4,3,4,(18BFD),7,9:pt.33
5-RUSH DILETTA (Mocchegiani / Ivaldi) 2,8,(9),5,5,5,6,4:pt.35
6-FANTASTICA (Cirillo / Paoletti) 13,3,7,8,1,4,(13),2:pt.38
7-PILOT ITALIA (Martino / Vascotto) 4,(13),11,4,9,8,1,3:pt.40
8-OPUS ONE - GER (Stolz / Mohr) (16),10,6,10,12,6,5,10:pt.59
9-MASERATI FRA MARTINA (Pavesio / Fracassoli) 7,5,13,7,7,9,11,(16):pt.59
10-TORPYONE (Lupi / Brcin) 11,7,1,9,10,11,(DSQ),14:pt.63
11- HIGHLIFE - GBR (Rogers / Scott) 6,11,(14),14,8,7,10,8:pt.64
12-CUERVO Y SOBRINOS (Battistella / S.Montefusco) 15,9,5,13,(16),12,14,11:pt.79
13-INOVA.2 (Pesenti / D'Alì) 10,14,12,(15),13,10,8,12:pt.79
14-ROARK - NED (Kaan / Krijeger) 14,12,10,(16),15,15,19,6:pt.81
15-JANAS (Pardini / Pardini) 12,(15),15,12,11,13,12,13:pt.89
16-BLACK MAMBA - CZE (Knetig - Trcka) 8,(16),16,11,14,14,15,15:pt.93
17-H2SO4 (Serena / Giorgi) 17,17,17,17,17,16,(18DNS),18(DNS):pt.119