Rolex IMS World Championship

Another victory for Brava Q8

Sunday May 26th 2002, Author: Peter Bentley, Location: Italy

Pasquale Landolfi's Brava Q8 won division A of the Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship. Landolfi's boat with Antonio Sodo Migliori as skipper and Paul Cayard as tactician pulled ahead of Lorenzo Bressani's Grand Soleil 44 Wind, and Giacomelli Sport, the IMX 45 skippered by Gabriele Benussi in a spectacular week of racing.

With this success, Brava Q8 Landolfi has added a new trophy to his already rich haul. In '89 in the Gulf waters of Neaples, he won his first One Ton Cup, to which have been added another One Ton Victory, two World ILC 40 Championships, the Admiral's Cup in '95 and the World 50 ft Championship, won last year in Palma de Mallorca, also with Flavio Favini and Paul Cayard.

In division B, victory went to Manfredo Toninelli's Team Revolution. Other notable performances include King Harald V of Norway's Fram XV of which placed fourth in A division and Vincenzo Onorato's Breeze.

The Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship concluded with racing in a north-east wind of over 15 knots. The prize giving ceremony took place in the Capri's Marina Grande. The new World Champion was presented with the prestigious Trophy and a Yachtmaster Rolesium, a platinum and steel Rolex watch by Patrick Heiniger, the President of Rolex.

Rolex IMS Offshore Worlds 2002 Provisional Results after seven races

Division A:
1 Brava Q8 Landolfi- Mezzaroma Farr 49' 35,75
2 Wind Lorenzo Bressani GrandSoleil 44 37,75
3 Giacomelli Sport Gabriele Benussi IMX 45 44,00

Division B:
1 Team Revolution Toninelli Manfredo First 36.7 MOD. 49,75
2 Don Alvaro Siciliana Francesco X-362 Sport 59,00
3 Bix Natalio Cepollaro X 332 Sport 62,50

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