Spain into the lead

A report from the Sardinia Rolex Cup team racing

Tuesday June 22nd 2004, Author: Chris Goddard, Location: Italy
Sailing under new team racing rules that now take results from all three boats on each team, instead of the two best finishes, the second day of racing in the Sardinia Rolex Cup hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) began in five knots of wind from the east north east under clear blue skies and flat seas.

This morning, the International Jury amended the racing rules based on, “what was observed during the first two races and in the interest of safety taking into consideration the difference in speed and maneuverability of different sized boats.” After four races, Spain is now in first place with 25 points, with the USA Team claiming second with 28 points. Italy Blue is in third with 32 points, while the Swiss are now in fourth with 33 points.

During today’s first race on the last downwind leg, X-Prozac, part of the Swiss team that was first after yesterday’s races and skippered by Gabriele Benussi, dropped its spinnaker, put up a jib and using team racing tactics, went to help the other members of their team.

“I am very satisfied with the rule change made this morning as it makes for a better overall regatta,” noted Pedro Campos, skipper of Bribon Telefonica MoviStar. “I was surprised at the aggressive tactics by X-Prozac in Race 3 but overall, our team finished well with a first in the Farr 40 class, a second in the IMS class and third in the Swan 45 class.”

“Team racing is about working together as team,” said Benussi. “We were in 4th position in the IMS class and turned back to aid the other two boats on our team. This is what team racing is all about.” The Swiss team is making an official request to the International Jury to reinstate the original race instructions to count the best two finishes in each race. At press time, this request was pending.

“The revised racing rules instituted this morning facilitate fair and competitive racing on the race course,” according to Riccardo Simoneschi, skipper of QQ8 World Cargo of Italy Blue.

The 50-mile long distance race scheduled for tomorrow will take the fleet north to the islands of La Maddalena, pending wind conditions.

Results:

1 ITA2272 NERONE MERIDIANA Massimo Mezzaroma SPAIN FARR 40 OD 0 2 1 2 5
1 GBR23R VERTIGO MERIDIANA Marco Salvi SPAIN SWAN 45 OD 3 0 3 3 9
1 ESP7010 BRIBON TELEFONICA Pedro Campos SPAIN EVENTO 46 2 1 2 6 11
Total: 25

2 ITA21210 MASCALZONE LATINO Vincenzo Onorato USA SWAN 45 OD 0 0 2 1 3
2 USA482 TALISMAN Marco Birch USA B/C 58' 1 3 1 1 6
2 USA52104 BAMBAKOU John Coumantaros USA FARR 40 OD 3 4 6 6 19
Total: 28

3 ITA14525 JEROBOAM CA NOVA Vittorio Codecasa ITALY BLUE SWAN 45 OD 2 3 1 4 10
3 ITA235 QQ8 WORLD CARGO Roberto Maffini ITALY BLUE EVENTO 46 4 2 4 5 15
3 FRA007 TWINS 2 Erik Maris ITALY BLUE FARR 40 OD 0 0 2 5 7
Total: 32

4 ITA4038 MADINA Dario Ferrari SWISS FARR 40 OD 1 1 5 4 11
4 ITA545 PAPASTILLA - THURAYA Fabio Montauti SWISS SWAN 45 OD 1 1 4 6 12
4 ITA121 X-PROZAC Stefano Spangaro SWISS GRAND SOLEIL 56 R 0 0 6 4 10
Total: 33

5 ITA2945 DSK Danilo Salsi ITALY RED SWAN 45 OD 0 0 6 5 11
5 ITA149 ORLANDA Alessandro Pirera ITALY RED FARR 53 3 4 3 2 12
5 ITA13711 TWT Marco Rodolfi ITALY RED FARR 40 OD 2 6 3 1 12
Total: 35

6 ITA14351 SEAWONDER Vittorio Urbinati GERMANY MC 46 0 0 5 3 8
6 GER5055 STRUNTJE LIGHT Wolfgang Shaefer GERMANY FARR 40 OD 4 3 4 7 18
6 GER5245 OPUS ONE Wolfgang Stolz GERMANY SWAN 45 OD 4 2 5 2 13
Total: 39

7 ITA1161 SEVEN Cristian Frers ARGENTINA FARR 40 OD 5 7 7 3 22
7 ITA14545 CUORDILEONE Freccia Blu srl ARGENTINA SWAN 45 OD 5 5 7 7 24
Total: 58

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