With more than 90 teams from 12 countries competing in the 2014 Melges 20 events, it was Achille Onorato and Mascalzone Latino Jr. who took the title as overall European Champion.
The honor comes one month after Onorato places second at the World Championship in Italy. The nine-month season included eight sanctioned events, including the World Championship. Onorato raced well with many top finishes, giving him the title with 86 points, three points ahead of second place. He told the Audi Melges 20 fleet that:
"2014 is a year to be framed…The only set-back we had during the Audi-Tron Sailing Series was in Porto Ercole. The icing on the cake was our second place finish at Worlds, all special thanks to my team – Malcolm and Stefano, but most especially to our coach Marco Savelli. It's a great team and we're very close knit, which has helped us better react when things didn't necessarily go the right way. To win the European Ranking is a great honor and the culmination of a fantastic year."
The top five 2014 European ranking results are:
1 – Achille Onorato, Mascalzone Latino Jr. – 86 pts.
2 – Dario Levi, Fremito D'Arja – 83 pts
3 – Guido Miani, Monaco Racing Fleet– 82 pts.
4 – Manfredi Vianini Tolomei, Maolca – 80 pts.
5 – Wesley Whitmyer, Slingshot – 65 pts.
All top-five ranked sailors in the Audi Melges 20 European rankings used Quantum® stock class sails this season, which gave them a great advantage because of the easy access to speed and set-up information shared by Quantum teams throughout the fleet. Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic season!
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