Two Additional Races in Porto Venere Keeps Prosikhin's 'Nika' in the Lead

Sunday, 09 April 2017


Porto Venere, Italy - For a second day, Vladimir Prosikhin's Nika keeps control of the lead at the 2017 Melges 20 World League, European Division, Porto Venere. At this point in the regatta, Prosikhin possesses an impressive twelve-point advantage over second place Achille Onorato on Mascalzone Latino, Jr., and a nineteen-point lead over Australia's Rodney Jones on Cars 167.

Racing continued with two more races, revealing a new diversity of winners and leaders. Emanuele Savoini on Evinrude took the big win in Race Four, with Manilo Carlo Soldani on 4-Sale finishing second, and Marco Franchini on Mezzaluna in third. Alexander Novoselov's Victor was fourth, and Valentin Zavadnikov on Synergy GT rounded out the top five.

The final race of the day went to overall leader Prosikhin to further secure his lead of the first Melges 20 World League event in Europe. Novoselov celebrated a great day with another top five finish to take second, followed by Jones. Peitro Loro Piana aboard Gone Squatchin, and the South African entry of Tina Plattner and Tony Norris on TNT was fourth and fifth respectively.

The beautiful and talented Marina Kaverzina on Marussia also maintains the lead in the Corinthian, all-amatuer division.

Sunday marks the final day of competition in Porto Venere where at the completion of Race Six, each team will discard his/her worst score.

2017 Melges 20  World League, European Division counts on the support of Helly Hansen, Toremar, Garmin Marine, Lavazza, Barracuda Communication.

The Melges 20 World League European Division races in Porto Venere are sponsored by the Comune di Porto Venere and organized in collaboration with the Comitato dei Circoli del Golfo, Porto Venere Sviluppo srl and Porto Venere Servizi.

MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
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TOP TEN RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Three Races)
1.) Vladimir Prosikhin, Nika; 6-1-1-6-1 = 15
2.) Achille Onorato, Mascalzone Latino Jr.; 1-4-5-11-6 = 27
3.) Rodney Jones, Cars 167; 13-2-7-12-3 = 37
4.) Alexander Novoselov, Victor; 9-10-15-4-2 = 40
5.) Manfredi Vianini Tolomei, Maolca; 11-5-12-10-10 = 48
6.) Kyzysztof Krempec, Mag Tiny; 5-13-8-7-17 = 50
7.) Lauro Bonora, Camay; 12-8-2-17-12 = 54
8.) Tina Plattner/Tony Norris, TNT; 2-16-10-21-5 = 54
9.) Corrado Agusta, Coimmvest; 3-12-4-26-9 = 54
10.) Matteo Marenghi Vaselli, Raya; 10-3-17-14-14 = 58
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ABOUT THE SPONSORS
The International Melges 20 Class would like to extend a very special thanks to the following sponsors who make the 2017 Melges World League European Division racing possible in Porto Venere: Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine, Lavazza, Toremar, Barracuda Communications, Motorvela and Submariner.

ABOUT THE MELGES 20
The Melges 20 fulfills the need for a more compact, yet spacious, fast, well-built sportboat. With its introduction, Melges Performance Sailboats delivered the next generation of sailboat racing and competition. An exclusive Reichel/Pugh keelboat design, it is advanced in every respect. Seriously fun, simple to sail, made with high-quality materials and easy to rig, the Melges 20 enjoys a well-established and ever-growing worldwide fleet and fan base. For more information, visit the International Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) at melges20.com.

ABOUT THE MELGES WORLD LEAGUE
The Melges World League is the ultimate one-design competition, uniting the Melges 20 and Melges 32 owners across the globe into one streamlined championship system. It is a season-long series that includes regattas hosted at the world's most desirable venues, featuring sailing's best owner/drivers and Corinthian sailors throughout North America, Europe and Asia. News, results and other info will be published online as it becomes available at melgesworldleague.com.

Joy Dunigan

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