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Friuli Venezia Giulia RC44 Cup match racing falls flat

Thursday October 9th 2008, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom
High pressure and light winds put aa end to the Friuli Venezia Giulia RC 44 Cup match race event. With only three flights completed the contest is not valid. The fleet regatta starts Thursday.

The weather was fairly promising in Wednesday morning despite the massive high pressure centred over Trieste, with a pleasant 5-7 breeze and nice sunshine. Unfortunately, the conditions didn’t allow completing enough races to validate the event.

Some good matches took however place, including an important dual between the two leaders of the Class, BMW Oracle Racing and Ceeref. Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts lost the start but attacked throughout the first beat, taking the lead at the windward mark to win the race.

Cro-A-Sail also had an excellent day, winning two matches against Team Organika and Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano.

Finally, Artemis – who sailed for the first time yesterday – got two bullets today and opened its account in the best possible way. Dean Barker, helmsman, Artemissaid: “We just made it to the starting line, so we are obviously very pleased to have won our two first races today. Our speed was great and the crew work went well; however the light conditions helped us. The real test will be tomorrow, in the fleet regatta.”

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