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Caixa Galicia takes Audi IMS Mediterranean championships reports Laura Jelmini

Sunday June 8th 2003, Author: Laura Jelmini, Location: Italy
The winner of 2003 IMS Mediterranean Championship was the Spanish yacht Caixa Galicia, a Grand Soleil 56R owned by Vicente Tirado.

The event took place in Punta Ala, in central of Italy 1-7 June under the auspices of Yacht Club Punta Ala.

Eight races were sailed in good conditions, but mainly in light to medium winds. The fleet of 28 yachts were split into two divisions - racer and cruiser/racer.

Caixa Galicia helmed by Roberto Bermudez and the American Dee Smith calling tactics won the series with the the results 2-2-2-1-1-1-1-3 while second place in general results was her sistership X-Sport helmed by Gabriele Benussi with the tactician Giovanni Cassinari on board. The two yachts sailed a match race throughout the series but especially in the 95 nautical mile long offshore race. This was sailed in very light winds that resulted in a DNF for all the other boats in the racer division.

Another match race went on with the two cruiser/racers Italtel (Grand Soleil 42R) and Wind (Rodman 42 - see photo below). Winner of the first prize in this category was Italtel owned by Antonio Orlandi with Vasco Vascotto at the helm and Francesco Bruni calling tactics, the 2003 IMS World Champion finishing in front of Marcello Parodi's Wind which was being helmed for the regatta by Lorenzo Bressani and with Michele Ivaldi on tactics.



King Juan Carlos of Spain took part in the event on board the Judel Vroljik 56 footer Bribon: finishing 5th overall.

The series consisted of 8 races: 6 windward- leeward races 8 miles long, 1 windward-leeward race 10 miles long and a 95 miles long offshore race on the course Punta Ala- Montecristo Island-Africa Rock-Cerboli Island-Punta Ala.

The event has been sponsored by AUDI as title sponsor and co-sponsors as co-sponsor quali: RAS, MONTE DEI PASCHI DI SIENA, SLAM,

Pos Sail no Yacht Skipper Type Cl. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts
1 ESP6789 CAIXA GALICIA VICENTE TIRADO GRAND SOLEIL 56 R R 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 10
2 ITA121 X-SPORT STEFANO SPANGARO GRAND SOLEIL 56 R R 1 1 3 1 2 6 6 2 7 21
3 ITA2110 ITALTEL ORLANDI ANTONIO GRAND SOLEIL 42 R C 2 7 29 10 4 3 3 3 1 31
4 ITA155 WIND PARODI - MAFFINI RODMAN 42 C 2 3 29 6 6 9 2 4 2 32
5 ESP6666 BRIBON JOSE CUSI FERRET JV 56 R 1 5 1 29 9 10 4 6 9 44
6 ITA1000 BRAVA Q8 LANDOLFI PASQUALE FARR 49' R 1 9 4 29 5 7 8 7 8 48
7 ITA149 ORLANDA PIRERA ALESSANDRO FARR 53 R 1 12 5 29 3 2 12 12 5 51
8 ITA2533 WORLD CARGO SIMONESCHI RICCARDO VISMARA 41 C 2 13 29 15 14 5 5 9 4 65
9 GRE42 MELITI III GEORGE ANDREADIS RODMAN 42 C 2 6 29 8 10 4 9 5 29 71
10 ESP6446 TELEFONICA MOVISTAR GOLDONI GIORGIO RODMAN 42 C 2 10 29 16 11 12 7 8 11 75
11 ITA14310 CIESSE TWIN SOUL 4 GANDINI LUCIANO GRAND SOLEIL 44 C 2 4 29 14 12 11 13 16 6 76
12 ITA15013 MUZYKA CRESCI CLAUDIO IMX 40 C 2 11 29 12 8 13 10 10 13 77
13 ESP5757 TAU CERAMICA JAVIER DOMINGUEZ BANDERAS B&C 52 R 1 8 29 29 7 8 11 11 10 84
14 ITA13069 TOGAL CALORE STEFANO ESTE 31 C 3 18 29 4 17 16 17 17 18 107
15 ITA13702 MARETTA MALAISI GIANFRANCO GRAND SOLEIL 341 C 3 21 29 3 16 20 14 20 16 110
16 ITA13755 HIGH 5 (1999) GAMUCCI GUIDO PAOLO FARR 47' R 1 15 29 29 13 14 15 13 12 111
17 ITA15999 MAGIC TOUCH GALGANI SERGIO VISMARA 40 C 2 14 29 18 15 15 29 14 14 119
18 ITA14241 ANTARES SPORT VELICO MARINA MILITARE IMX 40 C 2 17 29 17 19 18 16 19 15 121
19 ITA14085 VULCANO MORANI GIUSEPPE FIRST 36.7 C 3 29 29 5 23 17 19 15 17 125
20 GER5222 WESTWIND PETER SUESELBECK FIRST 36.7 C 3 19 29 9 22 21 18 21 20 130
21 AUT115 CHRISTINA 4 NAGELE GUNTHER IMX 38 C 2 20 29 13 18 19 24 18 19 131
22 ITA14117 SPIKE PLUS DEL BENE PASQUALE c/o FIAB S.p.A. X-332 SPORT C 3 29 29 7 20 23 21 22 22 144
23 ITA13444 SNOW BALL MELLINI MARIO X-302 C 3 29 29 11 24 22 20 24 21 151
24 ITA13903 EXTASY ABOLAFFIO DANIELE FIRST 40.7 C 2 16 29 19 25 24 22 23 25 154
25 FRA9239 BABAU CARLO ARSI SUN FAST 32 (DK) C 3 29 29 29 21 25 23 26 24 177
26 SUI4902 NASHORN BERNET EDWIN BALTIC 51 C 2 29 29 29 26 27 25 25 23 184
27 ITA13147 TELLINA MARCHI LUCA X-332 C 3 29 29 29 27 26 27 27 26 191
28 ITA13109 SIRIO V GONFIOTTI FABRIZIO SUN FAST 32 C 3 29 29 29 28 28 26 28 27 195

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