[Source: Melges Europe] Loano, Portovenere, Riva del Garda, Porto Ercole, Trapani, Genova: these are the 2015 Audi tron Sailing Series sailing venues chosen by Bpse for the supporting four rings automobile manufacturer. The series considered as a reference sailing circuit by all organising bodies and teams this year will be opening up its doors to all Melges 24 specialists and PRO Drivers, challenging together with the Audi Melges 20 and Melges 32 fleet.
Starting from act 1 the sailing scenario will feature teams racing on 3 different Melges keelboats representing nations, regions, yacht clubs, cities and sponsors. According to this, together with the category rankings there will be the Team ranking planned for the Big Finale in Genoa, city of the renowned International boat show.
This new feature will see the Audi tron Sailing Series dominating the sailing scene for three weekends in a row, each on a different location previously selected after an accurate and long evaluation process ready to crown their King.
Before finding out in the coming days further technical features, let’s have a closer look to each 2015 racing venue:
Loano – THE FIRST OF THE KINGS
Melges 24, 3-5 April
Audi Melges 20, 11-12 April
Melges 32, 17-19 April
As in the year 2012, also this year Loano will be the first staging act of the 2015 Audi tron Sailing Series hosted by the Marina di Loano Yacht Club, a very modern yacht club in Marina di Loano that since its first day has become one of the main attraction of the famous Ligurian city.\
Portovenere – THE KING OF POETS
Melges 24, 1-3 May
Audi Melges 20, 9-10 May
Melges 32, 15-17 May
The smallest city in the La Spezia province, has been chosen as the second staging act of the Audi tron Sailing Series. Recognised in the year 1997 by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the village lies at the southern end of a peninsula, which, breaking away from the jagged coastline of the Riviera di Levante, forms the western shore of the La Spezia Gulf, or also known as the Poets.
Riva del Garda – THE KING OF THE LAKE
Melges 24, 22-24 May
Audi Melges 20, 30-31 May
Melges 32, 5-7 June
Riva del Garda and its “wind factory” will be the third venue of the Audi tron Sailing Series, such stage can not be missed not only for the technical features of its racing fields but also for the beautiful attractions this location has to offer.
Porto Ercole – THE KING OF THE ROCK
Melges 32, 10-12 July
Audi Melges 20, 18-19 July
Melges 24, 24-26 July
Located in the municipality of Monte Argentario the Tuscan city has been recently recognised as one of the most attractive Italian village with its buildings of historical interest.
Trapani – THE KING OF SALT
Melges 32, 26-30 August (World Championship)
Audi Melges 20, 3-6 September (European Championship)
Melges 24, 10-13 September (Italian Championship)
Trapani is a city that talks about sailing everywehere and keeps such important tradition thanks to this “richest” act of the whole series. Already important venue of the most successfull act organised at the 32nd America’s Cup, Trapani will be hosting one of the most important act of the 2015 Audi tron Sailing Series; the so called “salt city” will be given the opportunity to crow the Melges 32 World Champion, the Audi Melges 20 European Champion and the Melges 24 Italian Champion. In the evening all crews and the audience can enjoy all attractions offered by the Sicilian town (awarded with 2 Gold Medals in 1898 and 1961).
Genova – THE BATTLE OF THE KINGS
Melges 32, Audi Melges 20, Melges 24, 2-4 October
As in 2014, the Audi tron Sailing Series will be concluding in Genoa taking place the same weekend of the International Boat Show: it will be the only occasion for all 3 Melges keelboats to race together on a long weekend.