Audi Melges 20: LAST CALL BEFORE WORLDS
June 11, 2010 (Riva del Garda) — The race tomorrow in Riva del Garda, the third leg of the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series, has particular importance.
The formation of the Audi Melges 20 fleet represents the last hurtle before the highly anticipated event in late July. With the first challenge to team Rainbow reserved, a team more interesting than capable of scoring after one season of activity. Moving the bar once again the record of participants share over 30.
In just over a month, Malcesine will host the Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup, the wait is still relatively long, which means that the winners that emerge in Riva will not be sure where the bar will be set for the other contenders to the title of the season's most prestigious Audi Melges 20 race, but none of the big name will grant space to adversaries, even from a psychological standpoint, this will make for a hot weekend of racing.
Value Team's Benedetto Giallongo, bow number 01 has returned leading the circuit, as always his eyes are focused on himself: there is to know whether the power of the champion team of 2009 in the same circuit, of if devastated by Scarlino performance is the Value Team actually more "normal", approachable and vulnerable, as shown by the ranking of the first stage of Lerici.
Team Notary's Luca Domenici is certainly the most solid and consistent in the fleet, he's determined to perform well, and with helmsman Roman podium past results he shouldn't look for victory without a bit-of-luck, that can make a difference for those who the talent he has. Team Notary, certified leader of the circuit offered proof that if anyone should suggest an drop to the summit must first deal with what this crew misses little.
Able to do much harm to opponents is the winner of the first stage, Renato Vallivero on Turnover, not the fastest in the first competitor tests stages, Turnover is absolutely irresistible and impossible to stop once you find the right rhythm. If on this occasion a team is able to depart from Vallivero, then they will have an easy time in triggering the horses in their usual progressions.
Stefano Di Properizio on Hulk and Francesso Farnetti's Reggini Sailing Team (the two best rookies so far), Marco Morina on Sei Tu 20 and Carlo Alberini on Calvi Network are some of the crews listed, and expected in the first grouping of the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series in which the well balanced fleet at the end of each day of racing can check the name of an outsider.