Nerone by a nose
The fleet has quickly made its mark this year as the only place to be seen racing inshore one designs. Adrian Stead, tactician for Tony De Mulder on Victric, commented “The racing is just superb, 27 boats all arriving at the windward together, it’s just too close to call.”
The regatta win went to the Italian favourites Massimo Mezzaroma’s Nerone 2, with Med specialist Vasco Vasscotto calling the tactics. This crew have been putting together some very hot results over the past season and are certainly one of the favourites to take the World Championship.
Nerone 2 was however taken to wire on the last race by American Jim Richardson in Barking Mad, with the Italians only beating the experienced American team by just 0.8 of a point. Nerone put in her worst result on the final day of the nine race series by scoring a 12. Barking Mad were awarded redress earlier in the regatta after being wrongly called on a Black Flag start, hence their 42.8 score line.
Med Fleet Chairman and past 470 World Champion, Alberto Signorini, owner of Seven, made a quick impression on the fleet by finishing in third in his first appearance this year. With Tomasso Chieffi holding onto the back stanchion of Seven, this boat is again in the favourites list for Sardinia.
Notable British performances were Philip Tolhurst’s Warlord, which finished in eighth spot and with her UK Sails, was the only non-North boat in Punta Ala. They suffered early on after a tangle with fellow Brits Game On.
It was the first appearance in the Med for Mark Heeley’s GBR25, back with 2001 tactician Iain Percy, who’s CV is a little longer this time. The team showed very good up wind pace and can certainly be counted in the leading bunch of boats.
The surprise result of the regatta was the usually dynamite Atalanti, owned by Greek George Andreadis, with the shots being called by his long term tactican Robbie Haines, they ended up a disappointing 14th. Andreadis has probably been the most consistent performer in the class over the previous years and this result is very much out of character.
Racing took place in perfect conditions, ranging from a light 4 knots through to a solid 16. In all nine windward leeward races were sailed, with no discards.
The starts proved decisive, with a windward leg of 1.7 miles, that extra quarter of a boatlength was all that was needed to avoid the scrum. The windward mark was a fairly nerve racking scene.
The final regatta of the Deutsche Bank series is in Porto Rotondo at the end of June. The boats then head a couple of mile up the cost of Sardinia, a couple of days later, to Porto Cervo for the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds.
Late additions to the already star studded fleet will include, among others, Ernesto Bertarelli and his Coutts led Alinghi team.
|1||ITA1972||NERONE 2||Mezzaroma/Migliori||Vasco Vascotto||42|
|2||USA50955||BARKING MAD||Jim Richardson||Terry Hutchinson||42.8|
|3||ITA1161||SEVEN||Alberto Signorinii||Tommaso Chieffi||53|
|4||GER93||NELA||Michael Illbruck||John Kostecki||73|
|5||AUS1770||SOUTHERN STAR||John Calvert-Jones||Grant Simmer||73|
|6||GBR25R||GBR25||Mark Heeley||Iain Percy||76|
|7||GBR5R||VICTRIC||Tony de Mulder||Adrian Stead||93|
|8||GBR7400||WARLORD||Philip Tolhurst||Chris Main||96|
|9||ITA1||BREEZE||Vincenzo Onorato||Flavio Favini||103|
|10||NOR51581||NORWEGIAN STEAM||Eivind Astrup||Herman Schansen||113|
|11||ITA13711||TWT||Marco Rodolfi||Tiziano Nava||114|
|12||NED5764||MEAN MACHINE||Peter De Ridder||Stu Bannatyne||117|
|13||GER5055||STRUNTJE LIGHT||Wolfgang Schaefer||Xavier Rohart||130|
|14||GRE42||ATALANTI||George Andreadis||Robbie Haines||132|
|15||USA46957||GROOVEDERCI||Deneen/John Demourkas||Mark Reynolds||137|
|16||ITA4038||MADINA MILANO||Dario Ferrari||Thierry Peponnet||139|
|18||ITA4088||ZZENZERO 7||Renato Mazzeschi||Enrico Passoni||159|
|19||ITA2272||NERONE 1||Claudi Recchi||Hamish Pepper||159|
|20||GBR888L||KATANGA||Robin Paterson||Ian Walker||160|
|21||ITA18||RROSE||Riccardo Bonadeo||Gabriele Benussi||162|
|22||FRA9383||FARRFELU||Alain Bompart||Alain Fedensteux||165|
|23||JPN5095||SLED||Takashi Okura||Yutaka Takagi||170|
|24||GBR7040R||GAME ON||Oswald-Bainbridge||Anthony Haines||179|
|25||FRA29039||HAGAKURE||Michel Tiberini||Francois Brenac||187|
|27||USA40040||ALBABLU||Renato Irrera||Francesco Bruni||188|