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22 May 2004, 08:08 am
X-Prozac (ITA) Leads
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Talisman© Carlo Borlenghi/ROLEX

Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship
Capri

Yesterday's 3pm (local time) start of Race 5 for the Rolex IMS World Championship fleet, gave the sea breeze enough time to fill in and hold fairly steady throughout the afternoon.
Yesterday's 3pm (local time) start of Race 5 for the Rolex IMS World Championship fleet, gave the sea breeze enough time to fill in and hold fairly steady throughout the afternoon.

The Italian "big boat" X-Prozac (Gabriele BENUSSI, helmsman) led the sole US entry Talisman (Terry HUTCHINSON, helmsman) around the course finishing first, putting the two boats 1-2 overall in the regatta after five races. The westerly breeze was about 7-9 knots at the start, dropping slightly for boats in the middle of the fleet. Furio BENUSSI, tactician on X-Prozac, attributed the win to a "fast helmsman", but it was clear that the boat was optimized and going extremely well in the light breeze. Despite the short shakedown for Talisman since its' launching, navigator Peter ISLER felt they were going pretty well. Said Isler, "it's surprising in the light breeze that boat for boat, the big boats are competitive with the little boats".

Fram XV (NOR, Kristoffer SPONE, helmsman) kept pace with the frontrunners taking 2nd in today's race, followed by a Corinthian division entry, Memo Mulini (URU, Santiago MESA, helmsman) in 3rd.

Tomorrow is the last race of the regatta scheduled for an 12noon start (local time). Following racing will be the Final Prizegiving quayside at Marina Grande.

The Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in collaboration with the Yacht Club Capri. Since the first edition in 1999, Rolex SA has been the title sponsor of the event. A total of eleven nations are being represented at this year's World Championship. The IMS World Championship - now in its' sixth edition - are a testing ground for both new designs and proven past performers.

Provisional Results after 5 Races:

Boat Name, Owner/Helmsman; Division (Racing or Corinthian)

1. Talisman, Marco Birch/Terry Hutchinson; R
2. X-Prozac, Stefano Spangaro/Gabriele Benussi; R
3. Meridiana-Italtel, Antonio Orlandi/Vasco Vascotto; R
4. Fram XV, Einar Sissener/Christoffer Spone; R
5. Cherokee, Luigi Parente/Matteo Savelli; C
6. Bribon Telefonica, Jose Ferret/Pedro Campos; R
7. Seawonder, Vittorio Urbinati/Mauro Pelaschier; R
8. Twin Soul, Luciano Gandini/Paolo Cian; R
9. Near Miss, Noel Franck/Thierry Peponnet; R
10. Tsunami, Francesco Martino/Francesco Martino; C
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