Forio d'Ischia, Italy (April 14, 2018) - Day Two in Forio d'Ischia, Italy delivered three races, officially ushering in the 2018 Melges 32 World League, European Division racing season. In true, competitive Melges 32 style, the points across the top tier of teams at the end of the day is tight, setting up for what will be a very exciting and intense finale on Sunday.
To no surprise, Vincenzo Onorato's MASCALZONE LATINO with Paul Goodison on tactics creamed the competition, taking home two out of three available daily bullets, giving him the overall event lead. Matteo Balestrero's GIOGI (Branko Brcin, tactician) and Germany's Fritz Homann at the helm of WILMA (Nico Celon, tactician) trail in second and third respectively.
After the absence of wind on Day One, the breeze arrived for Day Two - "nice, windy and shifty" is how Homann best described the day.
Giangiacomo Serena Di Lapigio (Michele Ivaldi, tactician) and his team aboard G.SPOT acquired the first bullet of the event. In the breezy conditions and choppy sea state, Serena di Lapigio rallied to held off the likes of Balestrero finishing up in second place, and a hard-charging Homann to take third.
But it was Onorato that made it a spectacular first day by collecting the win in Races Two and Three. After various attempts by Christian Schwoerer's LA PERICOLOSA (Sebastian Col, tactician), Poland's Waldemar Salata's CASINO ROYAL (Tomislav Basic, tactician) and Lasse Petterson's PIPPA (Matteo Ivaldi, tactician), Onorato stayed strong and secured the number one position.
Kilian Holzapfel aboard HOMANIT (Jolbert Van Dik, tactician) also had a great day to capture the overall Corinthian division lead, and under no circumstances will he let his guard down. Just behind are Martin Reintjes' CAIPIRINHA (Gabriele Benussi, tactician) and fleet newcomer Manfredo Toninelli sailing T.ONE. They wait patiently in second and third, ready to take advantage of any opportunity that will afford them the overall Corinthian event win.
The first warning for the final day of racing - Sunday is 10.00.
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TOP FIVE RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Three Races)
1. ITA 2121 MASCALZONE LATINO - Vincenzo Onorato / Paul Goodison; 8-1-1- = 10
2. ITA 172 GIOGI - Matteo Balestrero / Branko Brcin; 2-7-2 = 11
3. GER 193 WILMA - Fritz Homann / Nico Celon; 3-5-5 = 13
4. GER 229 LA PERICOLOSA - Christian Schwoerer / Sebastian Col; 5-2-7 = 14
5. MON 181 G.SPOT - Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio / Michele Ivaldi; 1-11-3 = 15
2018 MELGES 32 WORLD LEAGUE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Event 1: Forio d'Ischia, 13 - 15 April
Event 2: Marina di Scarlino, 1-3 June
Event 3: Riva del Garda, 26 - 28 July
Event 4: Cagliari, 30 August - 1 September
Event 5: World Championship - Cagliari, 17 - 20 October