Italian clean sweep

Fiona Brown reports from the final day at the Melges 24 European Championship at Rolex Baltic Week

Friday August 24th 2007, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: none selected
The 2007 Melges 24 European Championship, run as part of Rolex Baltic Week in Neustadt, Germany, came to a spectacular finish with one light airs race for the 74 competitors from 14 nations. The day had started with fog and a long postponement, but eventually the sun broke through, a light sea breeze filled in and racing got underway mid-afternoon.

With just one race possible before the 1600 starting time limit, overnight leader Flavio Favini, sailing Franco Rossini’s Blu Moon from Switzerland, knew that only Italy’s Sandro Montesfusco, helming Cesar Bressan’s Airis, could beat him. Favini’s worst result was a tenth place and Montefusco was 6.8 points behind. With the black flag in operation, Favini took a cautious approach, keeping out of trouble in the middle of the start line with Montefusco a few boats to weather of him. Montesfusco not only had to worry about trying to get seven boats between him and Favini, but he also had to keep an eye on fellow Italian Lorenzo Bressani, sailing Uka Uka, who was just 4.2 points behind him.

On the first beat the fledgling sea breeze began to break down going left and dropping. At the first mark Italy’s Furio Patrizio Monaco, sailing Billo Baccani, led from Bressani with Montesfusco third. Britain’s John Gimson, helming Eamon O’Nolan’s Sailing Unlimited, slotted into fourth with Favini safely fifth and concentrating on covering Montefusco. The race committee was signalling a change of course, partly to allow for the shift but also to reduce the leg length to ensure the race could be safely completed despite the lightening winds.

By the bottom of the run Bressani had the lead with Monaco second, Favini third and Montefusco fourth. With the wind becoming increasingly unstable the race committee made the wise decision to shorten at the end of the second beat and with Favini now more or less safe, the battle was on for second place. As the boats came together again in the closing stage Monaco had slipped back but Montesfusco’s decision to keep to the right of the group had paid and he and Bressani were neck and neck. The first time they crossed tacks Bressani still had the advantage, but Montefusco had the better speed and as they came together again he took control for the approach to the line. Just centimetres apart on the finish the race went to Montefusco with Bressani second, Favini third and Monaco fourth.

So it’s an (almost) all Italian podium line-up as the 2007 Melges 24 European Championship goes to Italy's Flavio Favini and his team of owner Franco Rossini from Switzerland, tactician Tiziano Nava, Stefano Rizzi and Lavinia Stiz, aboard Blu Moon who receive the Giorgio Zuccoli Trophy. Second place went to Sandro Montefusco with owner Cesare Bresann, tactician Roberto Benamati, Ines Monefusco and Julia Mazzotii aboard Airis. Lorenzo Bressani sailing Uka Uka with tactician Francesco Bruni, Federico Michetti, Lorenzo Santini and Francesca Prina take third place overall. Fourth place went to Luca Valerio, sailing Maurizio Abba’s Alina Helly-Hansen, with Frenchman Christoph Barrue, sailing Denis Enfante’s Euro-Voiles, finally breaking the Italian's run in fifth place.

Speaking after sailing Flavio Favini said: “It’s great to be back in the Melges 24 class after a couple of years [he was helmsman for Mascalzone Latino]. We were not expecting to be able to win the Europeans having just come back, but I must say that my crew never stopped and they did a great job. Basically I just stepped back on the boat and everything was much better than when I left. Franco, Tiziano and the guys moved on a lot in this two years with Chris Rast who took my place and I stepped on a boat that was much more ready than when I left.

“The competition this week was tough. It was difficult sailing conditions, either very little or too much. For us probably we would have preferred some more stable winds and some more normal racing but we are very pleased to make it anyway!”

In the 30 strong Corinthian Division for the all-amateur crews, who race within the open competition but are scored separately, the winner is Tonu Toniste from Estonia sailing Lenny with his brother Toomas, Maiki Saaring, Andres Rohtla and Ants Haavel, who also finished eighth in the open division. Italy’s Mario Ziliani sailing Gullisara with Giovan Ferrari, Paolo Venturelli, Alberto Dell’Acqua and Carlo Parola are second Corinthian team and ninth overall with Sweden’s Ingemar Sundstedt, Olof Detlefsen, Oscar Egnell, Johan Lindell and Mikael Lindqvist sailing Rocad Racing Team third in the Corinthian division and 11th overall.

Despite some extremely difficult weather conditions the Race Committee of the NRV did well to succeed in running seven of the twelve possible races. “It’s been a great championship.” said American Brian Hutchinson, one of the most experience Melges 24 crews in the World who this week coached the Norwegian fleet and sailed aboard Peder Jahre’s Terra Eiendomsmegling. “The standard has been really high, the competition was tough and despite the difficult weather it’s been a great week.”

The event will close with a prize giving ceremony and party sponsored by event title sponsor Rolex where our champions will receive their prizes and be honoured by their fellow competitors and where winning owner Franco Rossini will be presented with a fabulous Rolex Submariner timepiece.

More photos on the following pages...

Results:

Pos Sail no Yacht Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Tot
1 SUI 521 Blu Moon Flavio Favini 3 2 1 5 [10.00] 3 3 17
2 ITA 580 Airis Sandro Montefusco [14.00] 7 6 1 1 5.8 1 21.8
3 ITA 682 Uka Uka Lorenzo Bressani 2 1 [17.00] 6 12 4 2 27
4 ITA 409 Alina - Helly Hansen Luca Valerio 8 13 5 8 [75.00] 1 7 42
5 FRA 639 Euro- Voiles Denis Infante 5 18 4 13 [39.00] 2 11 53
6 ITA 683 Billo Baccani Furio Patrizio Monaco 6 [32.00] 16 22 7 5 4 60
7 EST 646 Lenny Tönu Töniste 13 [22.00] 7 20 3 12 8 63
8 ITA 673 Gullisara Mario Ziliani [22.00] 15 9 19 13 11 14 81
9 GBR 435 High Maintenance Eamonn O'Nolan 7 6 21 21 [22.00] 15.4 12 82.4
10 SWE 532 Rocad racing team Ingemar Sundstedt 50 5 8 3 4 [75.00] 15 85
11 GBR 690 Excellent John Pollard 4 9 [37.00] 7 32 25 9 86
12 FRA 389 Marseille big ship Quantum Maxime Paul 35 21 3 16 2 10 [75.00] 87
13 ITA 438 Altea Andrea Racchelli [34.00] 10 25 14 9 6 24 88
14 GBR 654 Natural Mojo Miles Quinton 9 19 2 28 28 7 [40.00] 93
15 NOR 554 Terra Eiendomsmegling Peder Jahre 18 8 29 9 [75.00] 20 17 101
16 CZE 711 Pinacolade Tomas Musil 33 24 10 23 [36.00] 14 5 109
17 EST 645 zuxu Peter Saraskin 17 26 18 12 18 19 [41.00] 110
18 ITA 608 Mas Amantes Roberta de Paoli 23 20 31 2 6 33 [35.00] 115
19 GER 594 Alethea Marcus Brennecke 32 [40.00] 13 29 19 13 13 119
20 GER 537 Macs Dietrich Scheder-Bieschin 11 12 49 [75.00] 23 9 16 120
21 ITA 528 Se Godemo Stefano Cherin 12 36 35 11 17 22.2 [45.00] 133.2
22 FRA 644 Zig Zag 18 Samuel Henri 21 17 28 26 [37.00] 16 26 134
23 FRA 612 Encore Cedric de Kervenoael 48 [53.00] 27 4 14 15 29 137
24 SUI 684 Sonnenkönig Hendrik Witzmann 10 16 20 10 27 [75.00] 60 143
25 ITA 643 Bete Bossini Nicola Celon 29 4 12 17 8 [75.00] 75 145
26 SUI 382 Zerotwo Michael Good 20 46 22 [75.00] 11 21 27 147
27 FIN 529 Midnight Sun Sailing One Sami Ekblad 28 37 [63.00] 30 34 17 10 156
28 FRA 261 Cotes d'Armor Perros-Guirec Antoine Albaret [75.00] 38 38 15 15 8 51 165
29 GBR 691 Team Barbarians Stuart Simpson 1 3 11 [75.00] 5 75 75 170
30 GER 627 Rat Pack Oliver Schwall 30 52 15 35 [75.00] 24 20 176
31 FRA 329 Flor direct Alain Roig 36 11 19 [75.00] 75 30 6 177
32 FIN 434 Miinakissa IV Sami Tamminen 19 42 [60.00] 36 41 22 19 179
33 SUI 530 Acqua Caspar Buettner 15 58 24 [75.00] 24 26 42 189
34 SUI 578 Music55 Daniel Schroff 16 30 41 41 46 28 [75.00] 202
35 FRA 470 Cotes d'armor Mathilde Geron 38 [50.00] 30 40 35 18 49 210
36 ITA 571 Fishdog Augusto Viansson-Ponte 24 33 26 45 50 [75.00] 37 215
37 GER 640 Ka Nalu Nui Günter Tzeschlock 27 44 45 27 45 [75.00] 28 216
38 GBR 527 Comfortably Numb Simon Dobson 39 47 39 [75.00] 38 32 23 218
39 GER 543 Ferun Lennart Briesenick-Pudenz [64.00] 14 44 51 29 42 39 219
40 GER 224 Touring Junior Patrick Follmann 45 23 51 [53.00] 31 36 33 219
41 SWE 508 Sitting Duck Anders Waldner 49 35 59 32 30 [75.00] 18 223
42 SWE 395 Sting Johan Forssman 52 45 [58.00] 25 20 40 43 225
43 DEN 454 Akticon Soeren Ebdrup 25 43 36 38 42 41 [75.00] 225
44 EST 476 Black Pearl Tiit Vihul 57 [65.00] 53 34 25 34 25 228
45 ITA 468 Giogi Matteo Balestrero 47 28 [57.00] 48 33 27 48 231
46 NOR 600 Peder Nergaard Peder Nergaard 60 48 56 18 16 [75.00] 34 232
47 ITA 355 Ue Ue Valerio Brighenti 56 34 [75.00] 44 49 23 31 237
48 GER 582 No Woman No Cry Albert Batzill 37 41 23 33 [75.00] 29 75 238
49 SWE 230 MissMess Fredrik Rege 31 51 34 49 [53.00] 41 32 238
50 ITA 651 Mataran Stefano di Properzio 51 [56.00] 14 42 51 35 47 240
51 NED 117 Tape That Carlo Vroon 46 31 52 37 43 31 [56.00] 240
52 GBR 431 Aqua Racing John-Christian Erricsson 59 [75.00] 55 24 21 75 21 255
53 FIN 662 Kaiser Soze Jaakko Perimaa 44 57 46 47 40 [75.00] 22 256
54 FIN 650 Pojola Fonecta Find. Tomi Hakola 54 29 33 50 44 [75.00] 54 264
55 NOR 374 Fua Tri Bjoern M.Pedersen 26 49 40 39 [75.00] 39 75 268
56 SUI 336 Meister Ropes Hansmartin Amrein 43 [68.00] 32 52 52 44 58 281
57 AUT 531 Edelweiß Michael Schineis 40 54 42 31 [75.00] 75 53 295
58 GER 334 Acatenango Markus Scheel 68 25 50 46 61 [75.00] 50 300
59 AUT 164 SauFaz Alexander Kastinger 53 [70.00] 62 56 47 37 46 301
60 GBR 557 GBR557 David Rowen [67.00] 55 43 57 55 38 57 305
61 GER 377 Offset Jürgen Waschek 63 60 47 61 56 [75.00] 36 323
62 SWE 172 Team Jacuzzi Torsten Bergh 42 [71.00] 67 63 59 43 55 329
63 GER 713 Black Label Johannes Kaske 73 27 68 43 48 [75.00] 75 334
64 GER 586 Deepblue Frithjof Thorsten Ohin - Bendic 62 39 66 55 63 [75.00] 52 337
65 GER 672 Pearl Peter Göckel 58 59 64 58 26 [75.00] 75 340
66 FRA 392 Speed'eau Antoine Jeu 70 61 48 54 64 [75.00] 59 356
67 GER 263 No Limits Konrad Kühner 72 69 54 [75.00] 60 75 30 360
68 GER 266 Bostik Bad Boys Jan Schmidt 65 66 65 [75.00] 54 75 44 369
69 FIN 328 Elsa Paul Andersson 71 73 70 62 58 [75.00] 38 372
70 AUT 705 Sunshinetour's August Schram 41 67 61 59 [75.00] 75 75 378
71 NED 422 DDL Jeroen Lolcama 55 63 69 65 57 [75.00] 75 384
72 NOR 560 Lycke II Arne David-Andersen 61 64 [75.00] 60 62 75 75 397
73 GER 327 Sayonara-light.com Sascha Jäger 69 72 [75.00] 64 65 75 75 420
74 GER 325 Haiopei Jörn Petry 66 62 [75.00] 75 75 75 75 428

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