Spithill joins prestigeous list of winners

After final of the Nation's Cup match racing in Trieste

Sunday June 22nd 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
The young 24 year old Australian skipper James Spithill, skipper of OneWorld in the last America’s Cup, has won the fourth edition of the Nation’s Cup in Trieste, Italy, adding his name to a prestigeous list that includes Russell Coutts in 2000, Paul Cayard in 2001 and Dean Barker in 2002.

The morning began with the last two matches of the semi-finals. OneWorld and Victory Challenge sailed the first match with OneWorld winning. In the second race, Mascalzone Latino were beaten by Alinghi. The Latin Rascals steered by Vasco Vascotto, suffered a penalty that allowed the Swiss team to win by a 32 second margin.

This left James Spithill and his OneWorld team up against Team Alinghi led by Jochen Schuemann in the finals.

In the first race, sailed in about 10 knots, Spithill won the start and inflicted a penalty on Alinghi. The young Australian then went on to maintain his advantage for the entire race winning by a margin of one minute and 30 seconds.

In the second match, Spithill had an equally successful start over Schuemann. However the Swiss team were able to pass them and at the weather mark held a 12 second lead. In the next leg the Swiss team made an error losing their gennaker in the water, allowing the American team to take advantage of this error and overtaking to win the race by 18 seconds.

A lack of wind meant that it wasn’t possible to race the petit-finals to establish third and fourth place. The race committee, headed by Luciano Giacomi, awarded third place to the Swedish team led by Magnum Holmberg, Victory, based on their performance in the races sailed in the first round robin.

The overall Results of the Nation’s Cup Finale 2003:
1. OneWorld, James Spithill
2. Alighi, Jochen Schuemann
3. Victory Challenge, Peter Holmberg
4. Mascalzone Latino, Vasco Vascotto

MORE of Carlo Borlenghi's images of the days racing can be seen on pages 2 and 3 of this article

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