Victory for Team Germany

After a windless conclusion to the Audi Sardinia Cup

Saturday July 3rd 2010, Author: Jill Campbell, Location: Italy

Team Germany has taken victory in the Audi Sardinia Cup 2010 – ISAF Offshore Team World Championship.

The event, organized biennially by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda since 1978, saw eight teams representing seven nations competing for the Sardinia Challenge Trophy. Each team was composed of a Farr 40 and a Melges 32, and team Germany comprised Wolfgang Schaefer’s Farr 40 Struntje Light and the Melges 32 Teasing Machine, owned by Jean Francois Cruette.

Due to an almost total lack of wind off the northeast coast of Sardinia, no racing took place yesterday and, despite a long wait for the teams on the water, the same was true of today. The overall results at the conclusion of the event therefore remain unchanged since Thursday when the fleet had completed five windward-leewards and a coastal race.

Schaefer commented on his team’s victory: “We are proud and happy - it is an honour to take victory in the Audi Sardinia Cup for the German team since the last time the trophy went to Germany was in 1994. We had a great team and we had a lot of fun even if today’s long wait was tough on our nerves. The Sardinia Cup is always a great experience and we hope the next edition will be another great success for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.”

Rather less happy with the lack of wind over the past two days were second-placed team Italy 2, featuring the Farr 40 Joe Fly, owned by Giovanni Maspero and the Melges 32 B Lin Sailing, owned by Luca Lalli. Together with the rest of the fleet they would have liked to have had the chance to regain some ground on Germany. Third place went to team USA - Jim Richardson’s Farr 40 Barking Mad, and the Melges 32 Bliksem, owned by Pieter Taselaar.

During the prizegiving, held in the YCCS’ Piazza Azzurra this afternoon, the Commodore of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Riccardo Bonadeo, together with Marketing Director of Audi Italia Michele Migliorini and Chairman of the Offshore Racing Congress Bruni Finzi awarded prizes to the top three classified teams and the challenge trophy to Germany.

The YCCS sporting Calendar continues in July with two regattas dedicated to the Smeralda 888 class: Invitational Smeralda 888 over 9-11 July and Coppa Europa Smeralda 888 over 16-18 July.

Audi Sardinia Cup Overall Team Results:

1- GERMANY: STRUNTJE LIGHT (3,6,6,1,1,1 =18 ); TEASING MACHINE (3,3,1,4,4,1 =16): Total pts. 34

2- ITALY 2: Farr 40 JOE FLY (1,5,3,5,3,5 =22); Melges 32 B-LIN (1,1,7,5,1,7 =22): Total pts. 44 3- USA: BARKING MAD (7,3,4,2,2,2=20); BLIKSEM (2,6,5,3,6,5=27): Total pts. 47 4- ITALY: NERONE (5,2,1,4,4,6=22); FANTASTICA (7,7,4,2,2,4=26): Total pts. 48 5- MALTA: ENFANT TERRIBLE (4,1,2,6,DSQ,4 =26); RUSH DILETTA (4,5,3,1,DSQ,2= 24): Total pts. 50 6- MONACO: PLENTY (2,4,5,3,5,7 = 26); AUDI GIACOMEL (6,2,2,8,DSQ,8 =35): Total pts. 61 7- UNITED KINGDOM: MANGUSTA RISK (8,7,8,7,6,3=39); NGONI (5,4,8,6,5,6=34): Total pts. 73 8- SWITZERLAND: VANITAS CUBE (6,8,7,8,7,8= 44); I.NOVA 2 (8,8,6,7,3,3=35): Total pts. 79<

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