Audi Sardinia Cup, ISAF Offshore Team World Championship Now Underway
28 June 2010
Porto Cervo - The International Melges 32 has achieved yet another tier of prestige by participating at the 2010 ISAF Offshore Team World Championship, also known as the Sardinia Cup hosted by the impeccable Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, sponsored by Audi. The event commences on June 28 and runs through the weekend, featuring several of the fleet’s best teams from all corners of the world.
Front and center, paired alongside of Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad, is 2009 World Champion Pieter Taselaar on Bliksem. Porto Cervo is familiar ground for this young and energetic outfit so by far, they are favored to do well. 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series circuit leader Luca Lalli on B.LinSailing.com joins forces with Giovanni Maspero’s Joe Fly, Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica partners with Massimo Mezzaroma’s Nerone and Miami Grand Prix Champion, Jean-Francois Cruette’s Teasing Machine works hand-in-hand with Wolfgang Schaefer’s Struntje Light.
The International Melges 32 Class would like to welcome brand new owner Tony Buckingham onNgoni to competition. It will be his debut peformance alongside Andrea Canavesio’s Mangusta Risk.
Eight teams total have assembled to not only enjoy the phenomenal sailing conditions the mediterranean has to offer, but also a line-up of social events that is simply difficult to match anywhere in the world.
Sunday and Monday of the championship were set aside for registration and measurement. Tuesday thru Saturday will present the opportunity for a literal marathon of incredible team racing. Cocktails and apres racing socials are scheduled each day with a luxurious dinner — Porto Cervo style on Friday evening to usher in the final race day.
Full Entry List (Melges 32 Owner-Tactician/Farr 40)
Switzerland: Carlo Pesenti - Giancarlo Simeoli, i.nova/Martin Strobel, Vanitas Cube
UK: Mark Lamy - Kevin Sproul, Ngoni/Andrea Canavesio, Mangusta Risk
Germany: Jean-Francois Cruette - Christian Ponthieu, Teasing Machine/Wolfgang Schaefer,Struntje Light
Italy 1: Lanfranco Cirillo - Michele Paoletti, Fantastica/Massimo Mezzaroma, Nerone
Italy 2: Luca Lalli - Lorenzo Bressani, B.LinSailing.com/Giovanni Maspero, Joe Fly
USA: Pieter Taselaar - Jeremy Wilmot, Bliksem/Jim Richardson, Barking Mad
Monaco: Guido Miani - Riccardo Simoneschi, Giacomel Audi/Alex Roepers, Plenty
Malta: Mauro Mocchegiani - Matteo Ivaldi, Rush Diletta/Alberto Rossi, Enfant Terrible
Full race reports, interviews and photo galleries will be posted online each day after racing at the official website of the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA). If you are unable to attend 2010 Sardenia Cup, stay in touch by subscribing to the IM32CA RSS Feed, or visiting theOfficial Melges 32 Blog. Friend the fleet on Facebook, follow it on Twitter and subscribe to the Official Melges 32 You Tube Channel.