Strong field for Swan 45 and Farr 40

Third edition of Rolex Capri Sailing Week sees entries from 14 countries

Friday May 4th 2007, Author: Jan Harley, Location: United Kingdom
Now a firm fixture on the Mediterranean racing calendar, the Rolex Capri Sailing Week in 2007 will welcome a record fleet of Farr 40, Swan 45, Mini Maxi and Comets to Capri’s Marina Grande for four days of racing (May 15–19) on the Gulf of Naples.

Representing 14 nations, 55 yachts have registered for this third edition of the regatta organized by the Yacht Club Capri in collaboration with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and competition is sure to be fierce as the regatta constitutes an official leg of the 2007 Farr 40 European Circuit, the Swan 45 World and Mediterranean Circuits, and the IMA Mini Maxi Division Circuit.

In the 19-strong Farr 40 fleet, all eyes will be on Vincenzo Onorato (ITA), the class’s 2006 world champion on Mascalzone Latino. To successfully defend his division title in Capri he will need to be in top form against class stalwarts, American's Jim Richardson, the two-time world champion aboard Barking Mad, Helmut Jan on Flash Gordon, and Australian owner Matt Allen, who placed second with Ichi Ban at the 2006 World Championship.

Danilo Salsi (ITA) and Leonardo Ferragamo (ITA), winners of Rolex Capri Sailing Week in, respectively, 2005 and 2006, will face off in the 15-boat Swan 45 division. Salsi’s experienced team, aboard DSK, can expect to attract attention following their victory in last December’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. Competing for the first time in Capri are Yukihiro Ishida (JPN) aboard Yasha, and Dick Weismann (USA), whose Vixen finished second behind Salsi at the 2006 Rolex Swan Cup.

“We are delighted, in this our 40th anniversary year, to renew our collaboration with the Yacht Club Capri in the organization of this rapidly evolving event which marks the beginning of the Mediterranean sailing season,” said Gianfranco Alberini, Commodore of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. “With a record fleet and a record number of international entries we are certain to see some great sailing during the week.”

“This week will see us united in a celebration of friendship and sporting values set against the stunning backdrop of Capri, whose unique atmosphere lends magic to all of the sailing events held in the Gulf of Naples,” added Massimo Massaccesi, President of the Yacht Club Capri.

Farr 40 entry list

Ichi Ban AUS 6038 Matt Allen
Kokomo AUS 8883 Lang Walker
Old Boys BRA 2283 Eduardo de Souza Ramos
Siragusawa FIN 13131 Lumijarvi and Linnovaara
Twins FRA 007 Erik Maas
Struntje Light GER 5055 Wolfgang Schaefer
Atalanti XI GRE 42 Statis Andreadis
Masclazone Latino ITA 1 Vincenzo Onorato
Cannonball ITA 1161 Dario Ferrari
TWT ITA 13711 Marco Rodolfi
Nerone ITA 1972 Massimo Mezzaroma
Fiamma ITA 252 Alessandro Barnaba
Kismet ITA 2528 M and S Leporati
Team Revolution ITA 4003 Manfredo Toninelli
Enfant Terrible ITA 40091 Gianluigi Serena
Calvi ITA 40102 Carlo Alberini
Norwegian Steam NOR 40 Eivind Astrup
Flash Gordon USA 50001 Helmut Jann
Barking Mad USA 50955 Jim Richardson

Swan 45 entry list

Bellerose-Duvel BEL 4528 Huerck and Moortgat
Blue Nights FIN 10390 T.E. Sauren
Piper GBR 9050 Charles Swingland
Earlybird GER 5245 Hendrick Brandis
Betsy ITA Polli and Tamburro
Jerobaom ITA 14525 Vittorio Codecasa
T AL J ITA 14694 Vittorio Ruggiero
DSK Comifin ITA 2945 Danilo Salsi
Mandolino ITA 3001 Visconti and Orombelli
Atlantica Racing ITA 45019 Carlo Peronne
Star Trading ITA 45050 Andrea Masi
Ulika ITA 45050 Andrea Masi
Kora  ITA 4541 Paolo Scerni
Yasha JPN 6234 Yukihiro Ishida
Charisma NED 7465 Nico Poons
Vixen USA 45032 Dick Weismann

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