Team Spain was crowned ISAF Offshore Team World Champion for the second time, lifting the Rolex Offshore Team World Championship Trophy following victory at the Sardinia Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo.
The Sardinia Rolex Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, came to a close on Saturday after a long wait for a breeze which did not materialize. The Race Committee waited until the final time limit of 15:00 before admitting defeat while Team Spain breathed a sigh of relief as the overall results after eight races became definitive and Spain claimed the title of ISAF Offshore Team World Champion for the second time (they had previously won in 2004).
, helmsman of the Spanish TP52 Bribon Telefonica was understandably pleased on his return to port: "We are delighted with this victory: it was hard-fought with the Italian Team but in the end we did it. Yesterday we sealed things with three straight victories on the TP52. What a fantastic job from the whole team. This is my third victory in the Sardinia and my 12th World Championship."
Each of Spain's boats - Massimo MEZZAROMA
's Farr 40 San Miguel telefonica Nerone helmed by Antonio SODO MIGLIORI
with Vasco VASCOTTO
on tactics; Marco SALVI
's Swan 45 Telefonica Vertigo with Francesco BRUNI
on tactics; and Jose CUSI's Bribon Telefonica with CAMPOS at the helm and tactician Ray DAVIES
- took four victories over eight races. Aside from Team Germany's brief spell at the top of the classification on day one prior to the results of protests, Spain led for the duration of the event.
"It has been a challenging week in which teamwork has been fundamental. We spent a lot of fun evenings together and created a team 24 hours a day and the results speak for themselves!"
commented VASCOTTO of Nerone.
Team Italy placed second, 11 points behind Spain. All three of the Italian owners are YCCS members and both Riccardo SIMONESCHI
's TP52 Audi powered by Q8 and Danilo SALSI's Swan 45 DSK placed well but it was Vincenzo ONORATO
's Mascalzone Latino that really shone collecting two victories, five second's and one third place leaving her top of the Farr 40s.
Team Germany finished in third place despite the best efforts of the United Internet Team Germany sailors on board the TP52 Platoon who tied down three victories in the first three days of sailing. Teams Southern Europe and Russia took fourth and fifth place respectively.
The Sardinia Cup Challenge Trophy was awarded to Team Spain by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, President of the Board of Directors of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, during the prize giving held on the Club's Piazza Azzurra.
Results - click here
Sardinia Rolex Cup - ISAF Offshore Team World Championship - click here
ISAF Offshore Team World Championship microsite - www.sailing.org/offshoreteamworlds