Cam leads Rolex IMS Worlds...
Leon and his professional Spanish crew took a commanding lead on the water ahead of one of the biggest gatherings of 50-footers that has been seen in a long time.
Cam boasts one of the strongest afterguards in a fleet that is chock full of Olympic, America's Cup and round-the-world stars. Leon, who won Olympic gold in the Tornado in 1996, is racing with Kiko Sanchez who won a 470 gold medal at the Barcelona Games in 1992.
After hoping to build a 50-footer to his own design, lack of time forced Leon to buy Esmeralda, which was a proven performer on the American circuit last year. While he might have had his doubts then, he has since steered the Farr design to two successive regatta victories already this year. Now the green and gold liveried Cam looks set for further success this week, although it would be unwise to predict victory on the basis of one result.
In a world where boats built more than a year ago are considered old, Landolfi will be delighted with the second place of his three-year-old Brava Q8. With one of the most international tactical teams in the fleet, including the British professional Eddie Warden-Owen and Australian supernavigator Andrew Cape, he has given his 'old' warhorse the best chance of success this week.
After dominating his division in the Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship last year in Newport, Rhode Island, Vincenzo Onorato got off to an inauspicious start with this brand new IMS 51-footer Mascalzone Latino. There is no doubt the blue boat shows enormous potential, but his team have struggled to get the boat ready for this regatta, and their 8th place is not the type of performance the shipping tycoon is accustomed to.
No one is going to write him off just yet, though, because Onorato has employed his America's Cup crew to extract the best out of the brand new Farr design this week. Vasco Vascotto and Paolo Cian share tactical duties, with Onorato also doing much of the steering. They remain one of the teams to watch this week.
read about the Class B results on page 2...