The first day of racing is completed today with 2016 European Champion Vincenzo Onorato at the helm of Mascalzone Latino leading the provisional standings after one race in Riva Del Garda, the third stage of the 2017 Melges 32 World League, European Division.
Clearly, it takes more than one race to define the value in the results, but it is sufficient to say that Onorato seems to not only have been in top form today but above all, exhibited the same clarity, speed and aggressiveness that enabled him to win the European title last year at this very same venue.
Serving as Mascalzone Latino tactician, Cameron Appleton put his team in all the right places to lead from start to finish in the moderate, southerly breeze. Throughout the race, Onorato extended progressively on each leg, ensuring no one contested his lead, ultimately grabbing the win.
Immediately behind Onorato however, were several battles which were resolved in a photo finish at the line. Co-owners Edoardo Lupi and Massimo Pessina with Lorenzo Bressani as tactician on Torpyone closed the gap to claim second place. Edoardo Pavesio’s Fra Martina with Manuel Weiller as tactician finished third.
In fourth overall is Russia’s Pavel Kuznetsov aboard Tavatuy with Evgeny Neugodnikov as tactician, while current leader of the Melges 32 World League ranking, Matteo Balestrero on Giogi rounds out the top five.
Italians are also at the top of Corinthian Division as well. Francesco Graziani sailing Vitamina is seated in first, just ahead of Scarlino Champion Martin Reintjes helming Caipirinha.
Racing in Riva will continue tomorrow with a 12.00 (local time) warning and three more races scheduled.
The Melges 32 World League European Division is supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine Italia, Toremar, Lavazza and Barracuda Communication.