Pilot Italia consolidates
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
|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|
|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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