Team Italy 2, composed of the Farr 40 Joe Fly and the Melges 32 B Lin Sailing, heads the overall classification at the end of day one of the Audi Sardinia Cup, the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship.
Both boats in team Italy 2 took first place in the first race of the day and after three races held, now sit just one point ahead of team Malta - with the Farr 40 Enfant Terrible and the Melges 32 Rush Diletta - in the overall classification. The top end of the classification is extremely close with third placed team Monaco, composed of the Farr 40 Plenty and the Melges 32 Fratelli Giacomel Audi Team, two points behind in third.
The three windward leeward races held off Porto Cervo were sailed in approximately 10 -12 knots of north north-easterly breeze which lightened and became fairly shifty during the last race of the day. The first race of the series started on schedule in approximately 11 knots of breeze from 335° with clear blue skies and soaring temperatures which topped 30°C.
Team Italy got off to an excellent start with both Joe Fly, owned by Giovanni Maspero and with Francesco Bruni on tactics, and the Melges 32 B Lin Sailing, owned by Luca Lalli and with Lorenzo Bressani calling tactics, taking bullets in the first race. Lalli's team, which also features Flavio Favini, went on to take another bullet in the second race while Joe Fly took third in the final race of the day.
Lorenzo Bressani, tactician on B Lin Sailing, commented on the light conditions: "The wind was strange today, the Mistral didn't come in properly, it was more northerly and in the last race there big shifts of up to 30 or 40°. As a class the Melges 32 start on the worst end of the line because the Farr 40s are much faster and squeeze us out straight away, our end is much freer though and especially in the first two starts it was better not to get stuck in the middle of the Farr 40s. Going into today's races we thought there were three teams to beat but we saw today that with light winds there may be as many as six really strong teams."
Malta achieved fairly consistent results to place them in second overall: Alberto Rossi's Enfant Terrible, with Pietro D'Alì aboard, stayed consistently in the top end of the fleet with a 4, 1, 2 scoreline while the Melges 32 Rush Diletta scored 4, 5, 3.
Team Monaco, currently in third place overall, had mixed fortunes but a second place in race one by the Farr 40 Plenty, owned by Alex Roepers, combined with two second places in the final two races by Riccardo Simoneschi's Fratelli Giacomel Audi Team, were enough to assure a one point lead over fourth-placed Germany.
Provisional Overall Team Results after Day One
1- ITALY 2 : Farr 40 JOE FLY (1,5,3=9); Melges 32 B-LIN (1,1,7=9): Total 18
2- MALTA: ENFANT TERRIBLE (4,1,2=7); RUSH DILETTA (4,5,3=12): Total 19
3- MONACO: PLENTY (2,4,5=11); AUDI GIACOMEL (6,2,2=10): Total 21
4- GERMANY: STRUNTJE LIGHT (3,6,6=15); TEASING MACHINE (3,3,1=7): Total 22
5- ITALY: NERONE (5,2,1=8); FANTASTICA (7,7,4=18): Total 26
6- USA: BARKING MAD (7,3,4=14); BLIKSEM (2,6,5=13): Total 27
7- UNITED KINGDOM: MANGUSTA RISK (8,7,8=23); NGONI (5,4,8=17): Total 40
8- SUISSE: VANITAS CUBE (6,8,7=21); I.NOVA 2 (8,8,6=22): Total 43
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