Victory for Signorini
The fleet of competitors cast off from the quays of Cala Galera and headed out to sea at 10.30. The excellent weather conditions, with an east-northeasterly wind of between 16 and 18 knots and swell waves permitted a closely fought first heat that started at 11.15.
The race was dominated by three boats that finished well ahead of the rest of the fleet: Mike Richmond and his British crew in Cool Runnings crossed the line first, ahead of Celox, skippered by Achim Griese of Germany (silver medallist in the Star class at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984) and by Raimondo Cappa’s Sberressa with Francesco De Angelis and Lars Borgstrom aboard.
The wind dropped slightly, settling at around 12-14 knots for the second race of the day that got underway just after 13.00. It was won by the Dutch crew aboard Nicholas Bol’s Quantum Racing Holland, followed by Alberto Signorini’s L’Irascibile with Tommaso Chieffi calling the tactics and by Pietro Nicolini’s Ave Maria.
At the end of the ten races held from Wednesday 24 September through to today Saturday 27 September, Alberto Signorini’s L’Irascibile was crowned X-35 World Champion 2008.
The final standings after the ten races are as follows:
1. L’Irascibile, Alberto Signorini (above) 46 points
2. Foxy Lady Atlantica Sistemi, Antonio Sodo Migliori 69 points
3. Cool Runnings, Mark Richmond 75 points
4. Lelagain, Alessandro Solario 78 points
5. Quantum Racing Holland, Nicholas Bol 82 points