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Nerone by a nose

Italian favourites take Farr 40 title in Punta Ala and lay down the guantlet for forthcoming Worlds

Monday June 2nd 2003, Author: Andy Nicholson, Location: Mediterranean
The Farr 40 Mediterranean Circuit cranked up another level this weekend following the second regatta held in Punta Ala, Italy. With just four weeks to the Farr 40 Worlds in Sardinia, the fleet consisted of 27 boats and the who’s who of yachting.

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.

Yacht Owner Tactician Points
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
17 ITA103 BOTTADICULO Arrivabene-Mincione Mauro Pelaschier 148
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
26 GBR46R ALEPH Lepic/Detroyat Luc Pillot 187
27 USA40040 ALBABLU Renato Irrera Francesco Bruni 188

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