As the first Act of the Melges 32 World League came to the end in Porto Venere, we congratulate the first winner of the season, Matteo Balestrero and his team aboard Giogi which included tactician Paolo Cian and crew members Andrea Casale, Andrea Felci, Elio Borio, Cristiano Giannetti, Alessandro Siviero and Leone Taddei.
"We are quite happy with our result. We are ‘local’ here, in Porto Venere, and it’s a shame we couldn’t sail more," says Balestrero. "I have to thank my team, and of course to two-time America’s Cup sailor Paolo Cian for a great job on the water. We were fast on Friday so this, of course, helped push us this weekend to win. We are looking forward to more great racing throughout the season!"
Andrea Lacorte’s Vitamina Amerikana finished second and Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio’s G-Spot is placed third.
Among Corinthian teams, we would like to congratulate Kilian Holzapfel’s Homanit Junior from Germany. Kilian was accompanied by tactician Lukas Feuerherdt and crew members Alber Johannes Buitenhuis, Niek De Boer, Jan Kowalski, Kevin Reisenauer, Jolbert Van Djik and Jan Jasper Wagner.
"To have this win is really awesome, Porto Venere is really nice, despite we were able to sail only for one day," said Holzapfel. "We are happy, very lucky. We’ve had only a little bit of practice on the boat. Our crew is very young — the oldest is 28 and the youngest is 21. All of us are much more experienced on smaller boats, so to sail the Melges 32 has been really fun, and we plan to be here for the rest of the season. For sure, we will learn a lot and hope to keep improving."
The Corinthian podium was completed with Martin Reintjes on Caipirinha in second, followed by third-place finisher Francesco Graziani on Vitamina.
At the prize giving ceremony, congratulations to Mr. Daniele Fiaschi - he is the lucky winner of the Quantrix 3 offered by Garmin, the Official Timekeeper of the 2017 Melges 32 World League, European Division.
A tremendous round of appreciation and gratitude go to all the competitors, as well as the Comune di Porto Venere and organized in collaboration with the Comitato dei Circoli del Golfo, Porto Venere Sviluppo Srl and Porto Venere Servizi for their great support and sponsorship.
This competition is over now, but we cannot wait for the next Melges 32 World League event, that will take place in Scarlino from 5th to 7th of May!
Top five results (Final- After Three Races):
- Matteo Balestrero/Paolo Cian, Giogi; 2-7-1 = 10
- Andrea Lacorte/Gabriele Benussi, Vitaminia Amerikana; 6-1-8 = 15
- Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Branko Brcin, G-SPOT; 8-4-3 = 15
- Edoardo Pavesio/Manuel Weiller Vidal, FRA MARTINA; 1-13-5 = 19
- Claudia Rossi/Matteo Ivaldi, Pippa; 3-16/UFD-2 = 21
All results you can see here.