Sardinia Cup starts tomorrow

Never a dull moment in Porto Cervo this month

Tuesday September 17th 2002, Author: YC Costa Smeralda, Location: Mediterranean
The third in a back to back series of major yacht races kicks off in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, tomorrow with the Sardinia Cup.

With a trophy awarded by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Sardinia Cup was first run by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in 1978 and is one of what many see as being a dying breed of nation versus nation team events

This year the Sardinia Cup is a little different: gone are three boat teams from each nation and instead there will be just two boats - one Farr 40 One Design and one IMS yacht.

Among the competitors this year are BravaQ8, Breeze, Mandrake, Pinta and Dida V (in 1978 Dida won the first running of the Sardinia Cup for the Italian team alongside Yena and Vanina) and of course King Juan Carlos of Spain's Bribon, the last winner of the Cup.

This year other teams are competing from Germany, USA, Holland, Norway, and, of course, Italy. Among the competitors are Vascotto on Italtel, Antonio Sodo Migliori aboard Wind, Michael Illbruck with Nela, Pasquale Landolfi (along with his inseparable Massimo Mezzaroma) on BravaQ8, Alberto Signorini aboard Giacomelli Sport, George Andreadis on Atalanti XI and of course King Juan Carlos on his Bribon.

Tomorrow, the racing begins with two windward-leewards.

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