Victory for de Barros and Coutts

After racing is canned through a lack of wind at the Friuli Venezia Giulia RC 44 Cup

Saturday October 11th 2008, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom
With three matches and five fleet regattas sailed in five days, the Friuli Venezia Giulia RC 44 Cup won’t remain in the history books as one of sailing’s greatest moments.

Luckily, yesterday’s regattas were great, and such was the atmosphere and the Italian hospitality, turning the event into a great happening despite the absence of wind.

With top four results in all five races (1, 4, 4, 3, 2), Patrick de Barros’ Team Banco Espirito Santo, with Russell Coutts calling tactics, has won the event ahead of Armando Giuliett’s Team Hiroshi - Città di Milano and Chris Bake’s Team Aqua.

The next regatta of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2008 is also the season’s most important regatta: the Gold Cup. The event will take place on December 10-14 in Puerto Calero, on the Canaries Islands, and promises to be intense. Both Banco Espirito Santo and Team Aqua have closed the gap on the Championship Tour leaders, Team Hiroshi - Città di Milano and Ceeref. No doubt the fight for podium positions will be intense, and hopefully with a good breeze!

The RC 44 yachts will sail the Barcolana regatta tomorrow, against 1500 other yachts. They will then be delivered to Portoroz on Monday, dismantled, stored in their purpose-built containers and trucked to Hamburg with the support of DHL before being shipped to the Canaries Islands.

Fleet-race
Final results after five races - (Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results, points)

1) Team Banco Espirito Santo, Patrick de Barros, 1, 4, 4, 3, 2 – 14 points
2) Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano, Armando Giulietti, 3, 5, 1, 1, 7 – 17 points
3) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 7, 1, 2, 5, 4 – 19 points
4) BMW ORACLE Racing, Peter de Ridder, 2, 6, 8, 8, 1 – 25 points
5) Artemis, Sarah Roberts-Thomson, 4, 2, 7, 6, 6 – 25 points
6) Ceeref, Igor Lah, 5, 7, 9, 2, 3 – 26 points
7) Organika, Maciej Navrocki, 6, 9, 5, 4, 5 – 29 points
8) Cro-A-Sail, Miroslav Reljanovic, 10, 3, 3, 7, 8 – 31 points
9) ITA 7, Peter Heerema, 10, 8, 6, 9, 9 – 42 points

RC 44 Championship Tour 2008 - Fleet-race

Provisional results after five events - (Ranking, name of team, helmsman, points)
1) Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano, Armando Giulietti, 100 points
2) Team Banco Espirito Santo, Patrick de Barros, 126 points
3) Ceeref, Igor Lah, 136 points
4) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 150 points
5) Team Sea Dubai, DIMC, 196 points
6) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 209 points
7) Organika, Maciej Navrocki, 237 points
8) Cro-A-Sail, Miroslav Reljanovic, 241 points
9) Beecom, Isao Mita, 248 points
10) Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato, 327 points
11) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 330 points
12) Magia, Fabio Apollonio, 351 points

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