Flavio Favini leads Melges 24 Europeans going into final day of event 23/8/07

Lack of wind yesterday on day 5 of the Melges 24 Europeans at Baltic Race Week in Neustadt forced the postponement of racing.

The 74 teams from 14 nations waited all day in hope of the wind appearing but although a light breeze picked up it was too unstable to start a race.

For today’s final day of the championship the race committee hopes to run two final races to complete championship. There is a 1600 final start time cut off but if the weather gods cooperate it should be comfortably possible to complete two more races.

Away from the race course there was one interesting overnight development which affects the overall top three placings. In race six Italy’s Sandro Montefusco sailing Cesar Bressan’s Airis was black-flagged, pushing them down into third place behind leader Favio Favini, helming Blu Moon for Switzerland’s Franco Rossini and second placed Lorenzo Bressani sailing Uka Uka.

Back ashore Montefusco submitted a protest requesting the reversal of this decision and redress on the basis that the pin end boat was not anchored and was not holding station in the rough conditions. The jury found in his favour and awarded him average points taking him back up into second place. Fellow Italian Stefano Cherin, sailing Se Godemo, also applied for redress on the same basis and was similarly awarded average points moving him up from 26th overall to 21st.

Going into today’s final day Flavio Favini leads the event on 14 points, Sandro Montefusco is second with 20.8 points and Lorenzo Bressani is in third with 25 points. The Corinthian standings for the all amateur crews remain unchanged with Tonu Toniste leading on 13 points, Mario Ziliani second on 18 points and Hendrik Witzmann third on 24 points.