Nerone takes it

Action packed 40 Worlds concludes in Porto Cervo

Saturday July 5th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
The fourth day of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship saw Massimo Mezzaroma crowned as the new world champion after another impressive performance. Three races were run on the last day of the event, and Mezzaroma’s team, which includes tactician Vasco Vascotto, had effectively won the regatta with a race to spare after posting a second and a first in the first two races. Second overall was Michael Illbruck’s Nela and third was John Coumantaros's Bamabaku.

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s Race Committee succeeded in its ambitious task of catching up on yesterday’s lost races, nine of the ten scheduled races were run. Wind conditions today were again near the top of the range although sunshine and warm waters meant that spectacular action and enjoyment was again to the fore.

Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio had brought the fleet out an hour earlier than originally scheduled to try and get three races in, the early rise not suiting Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad however as the dark blue American boat was recalled from a premature start in the first race. The 37-boat fleet opted mostly for the left hand side of the course again although the first two boats at the top mark, Scott Harris and Alex Geremia’s Crocodile Rock and Michael Illbruck’s Nela found the right to be the side to be on, rounding the first mark in the top two slots, with the ever present Nerone following round in third place. The order remained the same for the next lap until Mezzaroma’s boat again found overdrive on the last run to collect a handy second place.

The second start saw Richardson’s Barking Mad win the start at the committee boat end and storm off upwind. The points leader Nerone starting further down the line and Mark Heeley’s GBR-25 all came together near the starboard tack layline for a long stretch to the mark on port. With Heeley to windward and Nerone to leeward the Richardson’s American boat was eventually squeezed back into the pack, the former two rounding the mark in good order behind Vincenzo Onorato’s Breeze and Michael Illbruck’s lately consistent Nela.



The winning Nerone crew

The port tack layline near the weather mark is always a dangerous place to be. Now firmly in the pack on the approach to the top mark Barking Mad on port, just got across the bow of Crocodile Rock before throwing in a hasty tack to windward. Crocodile Rock promptly came up right in the wind shadow, the crew on the weather rail could just watch as the mainsheet trimmer on Barking Mad eased the sheet to accelerate letting the boom run along the side of the leeward boat removing all the stanchions and lifelines to the mast, the last crewmember in the line sitting out to windward, co-owner Alex Germia, also collecting the boom in her face. Crocodile Rock retired, Barking Mad flew an ‘I’ flag accepting a 20% penalty, but the incident was to cost Richardson dearly when he ended up in the protest room later, was disqualified and lost any remaining chances of winning the championship.

Back at the front of the fleet Onorato’s Breeze led all the way down the run and opted for the port rounding of the gate and the right hand side of the second beat. Breeze lost one place on the second beat to Eivind Astrup’s Norwegian Steam before the second weather mark and then lost another four when the spinnaker sheet became disconnected from the sail in the set. Mezzaroma’s Nerone, along with Wolgang Schaefer’s Struntje Light, pounced at this point and moved through to eventually finish first and second at the finish line, with Illbruck’s Nela finishing in third.

By now the battle was for second place overall with Nerone having only to finish out of third last place to collect overall honours. Illbruck’s Nela, with John Kostecki calling the shots, had started the regatta slowly but had had nothing but a string of single digit results from the second day.

"Anyone who knows this class knows how hard it is to stay in touch," commented Illbruck. "We had three bad starts at the beginning of the championship but then we settled in and things just ticked. Our objective was to finish in the top ten here. We are new in this class we have sailed only five events and to finish in second place is unbelievable. The intensity in this class is full time, and full on. There is no room for excuses. Mistakes cost dearly.”

Ultimately it was John Coumantaris’ Bambakou that collected third overall, followed by Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi in fourth.

"There are no words to describe how happy we feel as a crew right now," said Massimo Mezzaroma, Nerone's owner. "We have travelled all over the world for the last three years sailing Farr 40 regattas, but it was here at home with an all Italian crew that we became world champions with the biggest ever fleet. This is a 100% crew victory. For the last three years we have spent 10-12 weeks together as a crew, racing, training, travelling. It has all been worth it.”

The next Rolex Farr 40 Worlds will be in San Francisco in September 2004.

Results:


Pos Boat Owner SAILN. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Points
1 NERONE A. SODO MIGLIORI/MASSIMO MEZZAROMA ITA 1972 14 1 2 2 4 7 2 1 18 51
2 NELA MICHAEL ILLBRUCK GER 93 19 16 18 1 2 4 3 4 7 74
3 BAMBAKOU JOHN COUMANTAROS USA 52104 1 7 6 12 8 26 9 17 6 92
4 ALINGHI ERNESTO BERTARELLI 2272 11 12 7 15 13 6 4 8 24 99.5
5 SOUTHERN STAR JOHN CALVERT-JONES AUS 1770 17 34 9 5 5 5 13 11 1 100
6 BARKING MAD JIM RICHARDSON USA 50955 15 2 14 4 1 3 10 38 15 101.5
7 MORNING GLORY HASSO PLATTNER GER 40101 13 20 3 7 3 17 8 22 9 102
8 CROCODILE ROCK SCOTT HARRIS/ALEX GEREMIA USA 46999 2 38 31 9 7 1 1 8 12 109
9 STRUNTJE LIGHT WOLFGANG SCHAEFER GER 5055 3 18 11 13 27 11 6 2 19 110
10 SEVEN ALBERTO SIGNORINI ITA 1161 8 10 15 14 24 8 19 23 5 126
11 WARPATH STEVE & FRED HOWE USA 69 22 8 1 19 11 32 5 10 23 131
12 NORWEGIAN STEAM EIVIND ASTRUP NOR 40 5 19 13 23 12 35 18 3 4 132
13 GROOVEDERCI DENEEN & JOHN DEMOURKAS USA 46957 7 30 10 6 21 29 11 15 3 132
14 LE RENARD STEVE PHILLIPS USA 40076 4 3 23 22 23 10 17 6 26 134
15 MEAN MACHINE PETER DE RIDDER NED 5764 24 38 8 3 9 27 7 12 14 142
16 GAME ON JOHN OSWALD/JOHN BAINBRIDGE GBR 7040R 11 11 16 8 10 15 31 29 14 145
17 WARLORD VII PHILIP TOLHURST GBR 7400 10 4 19 22 18 9 36 21 13 152
18 KATANGA ROBIN PATERSON GBR 8888 18 9 22 10 19 22 28 16 11 155
19 GBR 25 MARK HEELEY GBR 25 9 6 34 29 29 21 12 9 8 157
20 VICTRIC 5 TONY DEMULDER GBR 5R 6 31 12 23 28 2 22 13 21 158
21 HAGAKURE MICHEL TIBERINI FRA 29039 22 5 28 17 15 19 21 20 12 159
22 ATALANTI GEORGE ANDREADIS GRE 42 17 15 17 11 14 28 15 27 30 174
23 TWT MARCO RODOLFI ITA 13711 12 38 21 24 17 18 14 18 16 178
24 SLED TAKASHI OKURA JPN 5095 30 24 4 32 25 25 33 14 2 189
25 ALBABLU RENATO IRRERA USA 40040 31 29 20 33 30 14 25 5 17 204
26 MADINA MILANO DARIO FERRARI ITA 4038 18 13 12 38 26 20 16 24 38 205
27 ALEPH PIERRE DETROYAT/HUGHES LEPIC GBR 46R 35 17 35 25 22 13 23 25 22 217
28 BREEZE VINCENZO ONORATO ITA 1 29 25 27 21 20 23 30 7 38 220
29 BOTTA DI CULO G. ARRIVABENE/R. MINCIONE ITA 103 28 21 32 38 6 12 20 38 38 233
30 ZZENZERO 7 RENATO MAZZESCHI ITA 4088 25 26 37 34 31 16 26 26 20 241
31 SARASTRO 3 J.P. DELMOTTE USA 50051 32 14 25 28 32 30 34 19 28 242
32 KOKOMO LANG WALKER AUS 8883 27 23 30 20 35 38 29 33 10 245
33 RROSE RICCARDO BONADEO ITA 18 37 32 24 18 16 24 35 38 25 249
34 FARR FELU ALAIN BOMPART FRA 9383 26 28 26 27 33 31 32 28 29 260
35 SHINING SR. DOMENICO CILENTI ITA 0091 33 22 33 26 38 34 27 30 31 274
36 FARRFALINA ROB GODDARD GBR 8940 34 34 29 30 34 33 37 31 32 294
37 CACHARAZA MARCOS VIVIAN AUS 69R 36 35 36 35 38 36 24 32 27 299

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