Mascalzone ahead by a point
"It was tough racing out there," said John Kostecki, tactician on board Mascalzone Latino. "To try and stay ahead of the pack in quite shifty winds, it was tricky. Joe Fly sailed well to beat us in two races. We sailed well; not as good as they did, but still did well."
The Latin Rascals scored a 6-3, compared to Joe Fly's 5-2 scores. "We didn't want to separate from them too much since we're so close on points," said Kostecki. "We definitely wanted to go into tomorrow being close instead of them being in the lead. We're happy with today.
For Joe Fly's helmsman Giovanni Maspero, who has kept a low profile so as not to jinx his team, tomorrow is a chance to reach for the champion's title.
Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi (SUI) is now one step closer to the top. "We are a little bit better today than yesterday," said Bertarelli. "Yesterday we had a bad race, which is very expensive in this regatta, so today we came back a little bit. We didn't make any changes to our game other than working harder. I haven't had much practice on these boats this year, so I guess every race we get a little better."
Tomorrow will be a chance to improve again. "Anything can happen tomorrow with two races to go, we have to continue to do well," said Bertarelli. He will count on tactician Brad Butterworth and mainsail trimmer Warwick Fleury.
The Swiss sailor has participated in the Farr 40 Class for quite a long time and was the 2001 Farr 40 World Champion. "I like the world championship," Bertarelli continued. "That's almost the only regatta I do and maybe just one other during the year. It's more for fun. I enjoy the fact that it is very competitive and I have a lot of friends here too."
For Barking Mad, Jim Richardson's Newport-based boat came second in the first race and saw its chances of moving up the leader board improve. The increase was not to be in the last race when Barking Mad found itself on the wrong side of the race course and scored a 24, causing them to drop off the podium into fourth place overall.
The first race saw a brief delay in getting racing underway on time, as the wind shifted, forcing the race committee to re-set the course. With one minute to go before the starting signal Erik Maris's Twins (FRA) and Lang and Sue Walker's Kokomo (AUS) found themselves on the line near the pin end. They had nowhere to go but across the line, and their position seemingly dragged the rest of the fleet over the line with them. Another general recall was signaled with the Z flag (a 10% scoring penalty) in place. Twins again was the most aggressive starter and paid the price, having to return to the line, incurring a penalty.
By the first mark rounding, Lisa & Martin Hill's Estate Master (AUS) led the fleet, followed by Flash Gordon (USA) and Silver Bullet (DEN). Mascalzone Latino picked the shifts correctly and passed a number of boats downwind to finish 6th and hold onto the overall lead. Joe Fly (ITA) and Barking Mad - yesterday's second and third overall - came around in fourth and fifth, respectively, giving Joe Fly the overall lead at that moment over Mascalzone Latino, which rounded the mark in ninth.
On the run to the finish line, Estate Master (AUS) found itself on the correct side of the course benefiting from a sizeable left hand shift and captured the race victory. "I understand in the Farr 40s that if you win one, one day you're chicken the next day you're feathers" said owner/helmsman Martin Hill. "Everyone understands that you have to go right at the beginning of the start. So there's a lot of competition for that boat end of the line. It's very important and everyone has the right idea to go right.
"We had two good starts," continued Hill. "There's good communication among the crew. The boat prefers light to moderate breeze, and we have spent about six weeks in Miami trying to understand the oscillating breezes."
This is Estate Master's debut on the international stage. "It's always been our dream to compete in a world championship and to see our friends cheering us on is really great," concluded Hil.
Flash Gordon, Helmut Jahn's Chicago-based boat, had the day's second best overall performance, finishing the first race in third place, with a fourth place in the second race for the 68-year-old helmsman.
Nanoq, the entry helmed by HRH Crown Prince Frederik finished the race in fourth, the next in 10th although the Danish team added a 10% scoring penalty. That performance moved them into 6th place overall. "It was a very good day," said the Crown Prince. "The first race was amazing for us. We had a good start, actually our starts have been good since the Pre-Worlds. We had the right race tactics."
Although he makes such an impressive performance sound simple, he admitted that he prefers sailing upwind. "Downwind was a struggle," he said. "We were scared a bit of our downwind sailing. We stayed in our lanes, focused and kept our lanes, taking time with our gybes."
It certainly helps to have Bouwe Bekking, the Volvo Ocean Race legend, on board. The relationship has been a solid one since the past Worlds in Copenhagen. "I listen to what he says, making slow movements with the tiller," said the Crown Prince. "It's difficult in medium to light wind. We have a lot of talking and feedback sailing downwind. We had someone calling the far away puffs and the near puffs. We tried to avoid anyone jibing behind us."
And if he could choose, what kind of conditions would the Crown Prince prefer tomorrow? "Ideally, there will be no wind and no racing," he joked. "We prefer light wind. We'll work like we did today and remember our boat mode, the same as today."
By the second race, the wind had shifted yet again, making the race committee work extra hard to keep the course squared to the wind direction. With the increasing shifts, many of the competitors found themselves approaching the starting line well in advance of the legal time to start the race. "We had six 'over early' boats the first time we tried to start the race," said Peter 'Luigi' Reggio. who has a long history with Farr 40 Class racing, serving on the race committee mark boat during the Class's first world championship in 1998. Since then, he has been involved in six of the 11 world championships, five of them as Principal Race Officer. "I've never seen this fleet so aggressive."
Racing concludes tomorrow.
|1||ITA 1||MASCALZONE LATINO||Vincenzo Onorato||3||12||1||14||3||5||6||3||47|
|2||ITA 1805||JOE FLY||Giovanni Maspero||9||1||8||15||6||2||5||2||48|
|3||SUI 81818||ALINGHI||Ernesto Bertarelli||8||14||6||6||7||20||9||4 scp||74|
|4||USA 50955||BARKING MAD||Jim Richardson||23||5||3||2||16||6||2||24||81|
|5||MON 40||MEAN MACHINE||Peter de Ridder||24||3||9||9||14||1||14||9||83|
|6||DEN 7||NANOQ||HRH Crown Prince Frederik||13||15||16||20||17||9||4||13 scp||107|
|7||USA 46999||RAMROD||Rod Jabin||22||8||17||3||10||21||10||19 scp||110|
|8||USA 69||WARPATH||Fred & Steve Howe||12||13||14||24||11||8||18||11||111|
|9||ITA 40102||CALVI NETWORK||Carlo Alberini||6||9||12||33||26||14||7||7||114|
|10||GRE 40||ATALANTI||Stratis Andreadis||5||2||25||7||24||11||15||26 scp||115|
|11||GER 5565||OPUS ONE||Wolfgang Stolz||15||16||21||1||5||23||22||15||118|
|12||AUS 615||ESTATE MASTER||Lisa & Martin Hill||31||18||30||4||18||13||1||6||121|
|13||AUS 8883||KOKOMO||Lang Walker||20||7||20||12||15||7||17||26||124|
|14||ITA 1972||NERONE||Massimo Mezzaroma||19||19||2||29||1||25||13||21 scp||129|
|15||DEN 112||SILVER BULLET||Henrik Jansen||17||29||32||22||2||10||11||8||131|
|16||USA 50001||FLASH GORDON||Helmut Jahn||14||23||31||10||30||16||3||4||131|
|17||USA 46957||GROOVEDERCI 57||Deneen Demourkas||11||6||5||16||29||24||21||20||132|
|18||USA 2||GOOMBAY SMASH||William Douglass||25||25||15||8||20||22||16||5||136|
|19||GER 40126||MORNING GLORY||Hasso Plattner||29||20||13||18||4||29||8||16 scp||137|
|20||ITA 252||FIAMMA||Alessandro Bamaba||4||17||28||5||31||12||25||22||144|
|21||JPN 5095||SLED||Takashi Okura||2||10||18||11||25||31||23||28 scp||148|
|22||GBR 1640R||ASTERISK||Ole van der Heide||10||31||11||30||22||3||20||22 scp||149|
|23||USA 7289||GROOVEDERCI 127||John Demourkas||28||4||19||17||8||26||27||20 scp||149|
|24||USA 60059||PLENTY||Alexander Roepers||21||11||4||27||28||17||12||31 scp||151|
|25||FRA 007||TWINS||Erik Maris||27||26||7||25||19||4||34 zfp||12||154|
|26||USA 50092||HEARTBREAKER||Robert Hughes||1||21||22||13||27||27||19||32 scp||162|
|27||USA 4040||INFINITY||John Thomson||7||24||23||31||13||19||28||34 zfp||179|
|28||AUS 5077||HOOLIGAN||Marcus Blackmore||18||22||10||28||23||33||30||21 scp||185|
|29||ITA 1161||CANNONBALL||Dario Ferrari||32||32||26||19||9||18||32||21||189|
|30||BRA 2283||DSK COMIFIN||Danilo Salsi||16||34 dsq||29||23||12||32||24||34 zfp||204|
|31||GER 5055||STRUNTJE LIGHT||Wolfgang Schaefer||26||27||24||32||33||15||26||30||213|
|32||DEN 2900||BACKBONE||Thomas Kiaer||30||28||27||26||21||28||29||30 scp||219|
|33||USA 51990||NIMBUS BLUE||Hunt Lawrence/USMMA||33||30||34 dnc||21||32||30||31||31||242|