Pilot Italia consolidates

Magnificent conditions in Sardinia for day three of the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship

Tuesday June 3rd 2008, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: United Kingdom
The third day of the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship 2008, hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Porto Cervo, was an absolute stunner with clear skies, hot sunshine, crystal clear blue waters and a northwesterly breeze, which built from around 16 knots at the start of racing to well into the 20s by the end of the afternoon.

The Race Committee successfully ran three further Round Robin races on each of the two courses so five of the 12 scheduled races have now been completed. One more Round Robin race remains to be sailed tomorrow before the fleet can be divided into Gold and Silver groups for the final six races of the championship.

In the overall standings things are incredibly close. Tonight Italy’s Alberto Bolzan, helming ITA727 Pilot Italia for Gianni Catalogna, continues to lead the regatta by 7 points having added 3, 1, 7 to his existing 2, 1, making this the only team with an all top ten score.

"The mood of the crew is high," helmsman Alberto Bolzan commented. "Not making mistakes and keeping concentration high are necessary in the conditions. Today it was a positive day, the only mistake was at the start of the third race, since we were not in a good position; then we recovered and were able to finish seventh".

Lorenzo Bressani, helming ITA715 Uka Uka Racing for Lorenzo Santini, has leapt up the scoreboard from ninth to second place thanks to putting in the day’s most consistent score of 1, 2, 2, giving him 21 points overall.

Speaking after racing Lorenzo Bressani commented: "Finally a great day! It has been the wind that we waited for, the so much expected Mistral. We are very satisfied about today's results. A little bit of regret for the second race where we lost Nicola Celon a few metres from the finish line. The Championship is still long, we are not even half way through, so it isn't time of the budgetary [balance-sheet]!"

America's Cup helmsman Flavio Favini, helming SUI521 Blu Moon for Franco Rossini, also had a great day taking a 6 and 3 and then winning the final race to move up from eighth into third overall, five points behind Bressani. Favini was delighted with his day saying: "We actually had a good day. We had one bump which was on the spinnaker take down. It was my fault as I called for the take down too late. I made a mistake, but other than that it was good. The conditions - this is what we are here for. This was good. I think if it were to blow more than this, it turns into survival [rather] than racing. I think that this was perfect. For Sardinia this was perfect. For tomorrow and the next day, we take it each race at a time."



Chicago’s Brian Porter and his USA649 Full Throttle team got the day off to a good start with a second in race three but a 13th in race four and an eighth in race five saw them slipping down from third to fourth overall. Switzerland’s Jean-Marc Monnard in SUI599 Poizon Rouge trails Porter by just one point in fifth place while Italy’s Luca Valerio, helming ITA722 Alina Helly Hansen, lies sixth and will be eager for the discard to come into play after tomorrow’s sixth race as his score card currently reads 1, 30, 1, 2, 3.

Valerio had clearly enjoyed his day. "The wind has arrived and we are quite happy about that. We sail best in these conditions, so we hope in continues. If tomorrow is like what it was today, then we hope to do well with the same strategy."

In the Corinthian Division, for the all amateur crews who are also scored in the Open Division, Norway’s Oyvind Peder Jahre, sailing NOR554 Terra Eindomsmeglng for Stian Briseid, continues to lead the regatta having won the first two of today’s races and come fourth in race five. He is just four points ahead of Giovanni Pizzatti, helming ITA664 for Gian Luca Perego who has moved up into second place while Jean-Francois Cruette, sailing FRA612 Bouygues Telecom for Cedrid De Kervenoael remains in third place. Estonia’s Tonu Toniste sailing Lenny is now lying fourth with American Bruce Ayres in Monsoon fifth and on equal points with Antoine Albaret of GRA261 Perros-Guirec.

For Roberto Martinez and the team aboard Carla Ubertalli’s Online-Sim Firebolt today brought an unwelcome surprise. They were battling for the lead and in second place on the last run of race four, when they suddenly went from 15 knots to 3. They had struck a basking sunfish with their keel and as a result had to drop the spinnaker and main in an effort to free themselves from the stricken animal. After almost three minutes of removing the fish from the keel they'd dropped around 20 places but managed to pull back up to14th by the finish.

Germany’s Kicker Schafer, helming No Woman No Cry for Eddy Eich, was also unlucky today when the boat lost its rig during race four. After sailing Eddy Eich admitted “It was just a boat handling error, nothing else.” Fortunately European Melges 24 builder Devoti Sailing is on hand with spare masts and already a replacement tube is being prepared.

For tomorrow the Race Committee has already brought racing forward an hour to 10.30am. This is to give them additional time to run the final race of the Round Robin, then bring the competitors back ashore to hear any protests and announce the Gold and Silver fleet allocations before returning afloat as soon as possible to run race seven and if possible eight. Tomorrow’s forecast is for more good winds, possibly a little stronger than today and clocking slightly into the north.

Results - top 50 after five races

Pos Helmsman/Owner Sail No. R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot
1 PILOT ITALIA Alberto Bolzan/Gianni Catalogna ITA 727 2 1 3 1 7 14
2 UKA UKA RACING Lorenzo Bressani/Lorenzo Santini ITA 715 10 6 1 2 2 21
3 BLU MOON  Flavio Favini/Franco Rossini SUI 521 11 5 6 3 1 26
4 FULL THROTTLE Brian Porter/Brian Porter USA 649 5 3 2 13 8 31
5 POIZON ROUGE Jean/Jean-Marc Monnard SUI 599 3 5 10 9 5 32
6 ALINA HELLY HANSEN Luca Valerio/Maurizio Abba ITA 722 1 30 1 2 3 37
7 BRONTOLO AB MEDICA Matteo Ivaldi/Filippo Pacinotti ITA 667 6 13 9 5 6 39
8 COTES D'ARMOR Ronan Dreano/Troel Simon FRA 470 2 9 4 20 7 42
9 GULLISARA  Carlo Fracassoli/Comerio Giuseppe ITA 673 3 20 12 7 5 47
10 EURO-VOILE Christophe Barrue/Denis Infante FRA 639 16 10 10 5 8 49
11 SAETTA Nicolo Bianchi/Nose Sailing Team Ass. Sport ITA 716 27 1 11 6 4 49
12 ALTEA Andrea Racchelli/Andrea Racchelli ITA 735 36 7 2 3 4 52
13 ALFA SPIDER  Gabriele Benussi/Vanni Edoardo Pavesio ITA 742 25 10 4 7 6 52
14 TEAM BARBARIANS Jamie Lea/Stuart Simpson GBR 691 1 8 29 6 11 55
15 TERRA EINDOMSMEGLNG Oyvind Peder Jahre/Stian Briseid NOR 554 15 4 6 12 18 55
16 BOUYGUES TELECOM  Cruette/De Kervenoael FRA 612 7 16 5 21 11 60
17 MAIDOLLIS  Giovanni Pizzatti/Gian Luca Perego ITA 664 8 12 13 11 16 60
18 A-TEAM WESTAWAY  John Pollard/John Pollard GBR 690 5 28 5 10 15 63
19 ETABETA  Luca Bursic/Paolo Testolin ITA 730 29 4 18 4 9 64
20 LENNY  Tonu Toniste/Tonu Toniste EST 646 24 8 7 14 12 65
21 JOEFLY  Gabrio Zandona/Giovanni Maspero ITA 633 22 27 8 8 1 66
22 MARCHINGENIO Nicola Celon/Giorgio Marchi ITA 638 7 50 7 1 3 68
23 SEVENSTAR SLAM  Simon Straus/Simon Straus GBR 592 29 14 19 4 2 68
24 WOLFPACK RACING TEAM) Geir Dhal Andersen/Team Lek NOR 733 6 32 3 17 14 72
25 ONLINE -SIM FIREBOLT  Roberto Martinez/Carla Ubertalli ITA 574 9 2 12 14 39 76
26 PROXIMO  Arpad Litkey/Xsailing HUN 728 17 3 21 23 14 78
27 MELLNOSE  Pablo Soldano/Pablo Soldano ITA 609 27 13 14 25 9 88
28 MONSOON  Bruce Ayres/Bruce Ayres USA 637 20 24 23 12 10 89
29 ROCAD RACING Mikael Lindqvist/Ingemar Sundstedt SWE 532 13 12 17 15 32 89
30 PERROS-GUIREC  Albaret/srPerros FRA 261 25 11 18 22 16 92
31 SECRET MEN'S BUSINESS Houdek Rudolf/Houdek Rudolf GER 731 14 11 20 24 24 93
32 PROFIL Bruno Jourdren/Bruno Jourdren FRA 756 31 20 17 9 19 96
33 RAT PACK  Oliver Schwall/Oliver Schwall GER 627 34 30 8 8 17 97
34 ZIG ZAG 18  Henri Samuel/Henri Samuel FRA 644 12 17 37 23 10 99
35 GIVE ME FIVE  Adrien Follin/GM5 Racing Team FRA 451 18 7 22 26 27 100
36 RETT RUNDT HJORNET Herman Horn-Johannesse/Team Rett Rundt Hjornet NOR 732 4 2 16 58 27 107
37 SWEATY BETTY Stephen Alex Shafer/Stephen Shafer USA 677 9 39 13 26 20 107
38 CODE ZERO  Geoff Carveth/Miles Quinton GBR 654 26 14 28 17 25 110
39 GAZOO Doug Clark/Geoffery Pierini USA 551 17 9 29 35 23 113
40 RIVERSTONE  Tommaso Del Rio/Alessandro Bagnoli SLO 689 8 45 40 13 12 118
41 HOOCHY COOCHY  Carlo Vroon/Carlo Vroon NED 117 31 15 30 24 21 121
42 TORPYONE  Edoardo Lupi/"I Lupi di Mare" ITA 681 20 34 16 11 40 121
43 MARGARITA Jakub Kozelsky/Petr Matuska CZE 704 12 22 25 41 22 122
44 TRESVALLES.COM.AR Benoit Cheron . FRABC1/Benoit Charon FRA 381 14 23 22 32 32 123
45 O\'TOMATE Lebourdais/Paul Coirre FRA 375 23 19 15 42 25 124
46 CONTE OF FLORENCE Andrea Magni/Arturo Mazzanti ITA 567 16 19 24 49 18 126
47 FISHDOG Mario Ziliani/Augusto Viansson Ponte ITA 571 41 6 15 10 60 132
48 MASAMANTES 628 Lorenzo del Felice/Renato Vallivero ITA 628 24 37 32 27 17 137
49 KA-NALU-NUI  Gunter Tzeschlock/Gunter Tzeschlock GER 640 11 36 38 27 28 140
50 585 Paolo Brescia/Paolo Brescia ITA 585 35 28 47 16 15 141

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