Italian boats hold top spots

As X-35 World Championship fleet enjoy a breezy day in Italy

Saturday September 27th 2008, Author: Umberta Croce, Location: United Kingdom
The weather was perfect at Cala Galera for the third day of the X-35 World Championship organised by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Circolo Nautico e della Vela dell’Argentario in partnership with Rolex.

Thanks to the brisk northeastern breeze of between 15 and 18 knots that blew steadily all morning, it was an excellent day for racing.

The first race, which set sail in late morning, was dominated by Francesco Conti’s Giochelotta with solitary navigator Andrea Caracci responsible for tactics and Claudio Novi (former Luna Rossa bowman) on board. The Dutch crew of Gustavo Federico Warburg’s Muzyca came in second, and Alessandro Solerio’s Lelagain was third. The British crew of Cool Runnings was fourth and X-Trifix helmed by Mario Rabbò came in fifth.

The second race set sail at 13.30: Alberto Signorini’s L’Irascibile, with tactician Tommaso Chieffi and Paolo Semeraro on board, took first place, followed by Germany’s Celox skippered by Achim Griese (Star class silver medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics) and by Antonio Sodo Migliori’s Foxy Lady Atlantica Sistemi. The British crew of Cool Runnings took fourth. Corneliani, skippered by Cristian Ferro with Matteo Ivaldi responsible for tactics, came in fifth.

The persisting good weather let the Committee commence the starting procedure for the third race, which set sail at 15.00. The wind rose to 20 knots and reached 25 knots in the first aft side. The Dutch boat Who’s Next skippered by Alwin Van Daelen crossed the finish line first. Alessandro Solerio’s Lelagain came in second, the Estonian boat My Car helmed by Mati Sepp was third, Antonio Sodo Migliori’s Foxy Lady Atlantica Sistemi with Vasco Vascotto as tactician was fourth, and the Dutch Yellow Rose skippered by Midde de Brujin came in fifth.

In the current rankings after the first eight races held up until today, four Italian boats are in the first five positions:

1. L’Irascibile, skippered by Alberto Signorini
2. Foxy Lady Atlantica Sistemi, with Antonio Sodo Migliori at the helm
3. Cool Runnings, with Mark Richmond at the helm.
4. Lelagain, skippered by Alessandro Solario.
5. Karma, skippered by Enrico Maria Pegoraro

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