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Zavadnikov’s ‘Team Synergy’ Takes The Lead In Gaeta At 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series

12 April 2013

Gaeta, Italy - On the first regatta day of the 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, Valentin Zavadnikov's Team Synergy with tactician Tommaso Chieffi has taken the overall lead with a smashing 1-3 result for the day.

Two races have been completed in Gaeta, where light wind gave way to very difficult conditions, putting some of the worlds greatest tacticians to the test.

Team Synergy's Chieffi simply outpaced American Deneen Demourkas on Groovederci with Mark Mendleblatt on tactics who is seated second overall, followed by Edoardo Lupi on Torpyone in third with Branko Brcin calling the shots.

Further back in the ranking, the race for points is tight and any outcome is possible. Fourth place finisher Edoardo Pavesio on FRA MARTINA is tied with Lupi in third point wise. Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda, Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino and Japan's Naofumi Kamei on Mamma Aiuto! sit fifth, sixth and seventh respectively with 13 points each.

The 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, organized by B-Plan Sport&Events in full coordination with the International Melges 32 Class Association, Melges Europe and Yacht Club Gaeta EVS, will be back in action tomorrow commencing at noon.

The weather forecast for Saturday is encouraging where mild temperatures are expected and the Race Committee will aim to complete three races in keeping with the original schedule. Per the 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Notice of Race, a maximum of 8 races can take place.

THE AUDI QUATTRO EXPERIENCE TEST DRIVES ARE BACK
The Sailing Series continues its test drive tradition in 2013. At every event, the Audi Quattro Instructors will be available to guide all those interested in experiencing some of the most recent Audi models. The Audi A3 SB, RS5, SQ5 and S6 Avant will be available in Gaeta. For more information and test drive bookings, please call 345.3472530 or send an email to the Audi Quattro Experience.

AUDI MELGES 32 SAILING SERIES PARTNERS
In addition to title sponsor Audi, the 2013 Sailing Series is supported by official sponsor AstiHour, a very refreshing fruit cocktail that will be served during happy hours at the Audi Hospitality Village. Other sponsors include Kuehne+Nagel, Yeykey, Helly Hansen, and SimBroker e Nacora.

FOLLOW THE AUDI SAILING SERIES
B-Plan Sport&Events is committed to greater visibility and appeal of the 2013 Audi Sailing Series. The event has 3 newly renovated websites: www.audisailingseries.com, www.audisailingteam.it, www.bpse.it - and a new Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AudiSailingSeries. Updates are also being posted as the racing happens at the Official Facebook Page of the International Melges 32 Class Association too!

Press releases are distributed in three languages - Italian, English and German - written and released at the end of each day. All photos will be posted online at melges32.com thanks to a renewed collaboration with Studio Borlenghi. Zerogradinord will produce interviews and video highlights available on the Official Audi Sailing Series YouTube Circuit Channel.

TOP TEN RESULTS (Preliminary | After two races)
1.) Valetin Zavadinkov/Tommaso Chieffi, Team Synergy; 3-1 = 4
2.) Deneen Demourkas/Mark Mendelblatt, Groovederci; 6-2 = 8
3.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone; 1-10 = 11
4.) Edoardo Pavesio/Chris Rust, Fra Martina; 4 (ZULU)-4 = 11
5.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda; 10-3 = 13
6.) Vincenzo Onorato/Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino; 8-5 = 13
7.) Naofumi Kamei/Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; 7-6 = 13
8.) Carlo Alberini/Flavio Favini, Calvi Network; 2-14 = 16
9.) Andrea Ferrari/Carlo Fracassoli, Spirit of Nerina; 9(ZULU)-7 = 19
10.) Malcolm Gefter/Sam Rogers, Celeritas; 5(ZULU)-13 = 21
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