Foiled by the breeze

Final day of racing at the RC44's Malcesine Slam Cup is canned

Monday July 14th 2008, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom
The famous Lake Garda thermal breeze didn’t show up today, forcing Race Director Peter Reggio to put an end to the event at 2:45pm. The fleet regatta is however valid, with four races completed including yesterday’s long distance DHL Trophy.

As a consequence, Armando Giulietti’s Team Hiroshi-Città di Milano has earned the title of Continental Champion and increases her lead in the RC 44 Championship Tour. Patrick de Barros’ Banco Espirito Santo finished second, ahead of Team Ceeref and Team Sea Dubai.

Two more events will take place before the end of the Championship Tour: the Trieste Cup, on 7-11 October and the Puerto Calero RC 44 Gold Cup, in Lanzarote, on 10-14 December .

“Of course, we are sad that we couldn’t race today; we were very confident in our performance," said Giulietti. "All in all, we can be very happy. We have done three excellent races and have had a premature start in the first. It is a solid performance.”

Patrick de Barros added: “We are disappointed because we wanted to go out and race. But that’s life. This was a great week. Russell did a great job at the tactics, and it was great to sail this fleet regatta with him.”

Fleet-race, final results after 4 races:

1) Team Hiroshi - Città di Milano, Armando Giulietti – 6, 1, 2, 2 - 11 points
2) Team Banco Espirito Santo, Patrick de Barros – 3, 2, 6, 1 – 12 points
3) Team Ceeref, Igor Lah – 4, 5, 1, 3 - 13 points
4) Sea Dubai, Joki Hellmich - 1, 3, 5, 4 – 13 points
5) Team Beecom, Isao Mita – 5, 4, 8, 5 – 22 points
6) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 2, 7, 9, 6 - 24 points
7) Team Organika, Maciej Navrocki – 8, 8, 3, 7 – 26 points
8) Team Aqua, Chris Bake – 7, 6, 4, DNF - 27 points
9) Team Carbon Affairs, Nicolas Verwilghen – 9, 9, 7, DNF - 35 point

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