ISAF Sailing World Cup Final
27 Nov 14
The opening day of racing at the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final has been described as spectacular, fantastic and perfect.
The seven teams competing in the Sardinia Rolex Cup, organized since 1978 by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, set out from the quays of Porto Cervo?s new Marina to complete two windward-leeward courses on the second day of racing.
After five races, the scoreboard sees Team Sardegna, composed of Stuart ROBINSON?s TP52 Santa Ana, Stefano POLTI?s Swan 45 Mintaka and Vincenzo ONORATO's Farr 40 Mascalzone Latino, move into first place on 43 points, ahead of Team Germany with Michael ILLBRUCK's TP52 Pinta, Wolfgang STOLZ?s Swan 45 Opus One and Wolfgang SCHAEFER's Farr 40 Struntje Light on 46.
Team Italy, composed of Alessandra PIRERA's Orlanda, Lorenzo BORTOLOTTI's Swantastic and Alessandro BARNABA's Fiamma is sitting in third place on 57 points. Italy and Monaco are tied on 57, Spain follows with 58. Team USA's second place in race five for the Swan 45s was not enough to pull her up from Tuesday's sixth place, where she remains on 75 points, followed by Alpe Adria with 96.
Yesterday?s first race, race four of the event, was postponed for around 90 minutes while the race committee waited for shifty winds to stabilize. The fleet then set out on a course of around eight nautical miles - with a single start for the competing TP52s, Swan 45s and Farr 40s making up each team - in eight to nine knots of north easterly breeze. Pinta led the TP52s around the first leeward mark; the Swan 45 fleet followed with Swantastic in first place while the Farrs were fairly bunched at that stage.
Pinta held on to her lead to cross the finish line first, bringing her to a total of three first places in four races run. Following the Germans were the Transpacs Bribon Movistar and Anonimo. Among the Swans, T-Too took first place while Swantastic dropped back to third behind Mintaka. The Farr 40 fleet saw Nerone Mutua Madrilena come in first, her best performance of the event thus far.
At the beginning of race two winds were still from north east at around nine to ten knots. Leading the TP52s round the first leeward mark and for most of the race was Team USA?s Santa Ana. Opus One led the Swan 45s from the start, ahead of Carlo PERRONE?s Atlantica of Team USA, while Fiamma headed up the Farr 40 fleet. In the TP52 fleet, Bribon moved up from fourth at the end of the second leeward leg to take first place over Santa Ana. The Swan 45 Opus One held on to first place ahead of Atlantica Racing. Racing among the Farr 40s, Mascalzone Latino took the lead from Fiamma.
Following the jury's decision on Tuesday's protests, La Marachella was disqualified from the regatta, leaving Team Alpe Adria with only T-Too, the Swan 45, racing today. (The team started the regatta with only two boats.)
Official weather forecaster for the event, Filippo PETRUCCI, predicts stronger north easterly winds for today. The Islands Race, around the islands of the archipelago of La Maddalena, is scheduled to start at 1200 local time.
The outcome of one of last night's protests has affected the overall scorings.
Alessandro BARNABA's Farr 40 Fiamma of Team Italy was disqualified in race two, where it had come first, for breaching Rule 49.2. As a consequence, Team Italy lost one position to Team Monaco in the overall standings and now lies in fourth.
Sandro PANTALEO's Farr 40 La Marachella of Team Alpe Adria also was disqualified from race one for a breach of Rule 13, however this has not affected the overall standings: Team Alpe Adria remains last.