BENUSSI's team had fared badly in the opening race of the series last Sunday when it posted a 35th place in the international talent packed field of 99 boats. However the Italians got the fleet's attention with a first place in the second race of the day. They followed that up with a third and a second on Monday, followed by fourth and ninth place finishes today.
With six of the twelve scheduled races completed, all competitors are now able to discard their worst race placing, punching Marrachech Express up from her second overall on Monday to the lead on points yesterday.
The discard also favored sailmaker and pro sailor Dave ULLMAN from Newport Beach, California, USA, who finished yesterday's racing with a fifth and a third for his Pegasus 505 and dropping a 41st place to jump from seventh place overall to second.
The best performance of the day undoubtedly came from SPITHILL, whose two bullets in yesterday's fresh breezes aboard his Luna Rossa, from Genoa, Italy, saw him winning comfortably in the first race and running away from the pack in the second.
Fort Lauderdale's Morgan REESER, a comfortable points' leader going into yesterday's racing, could do no better than a 20th in the first race. That and a 17th place on Monday pulled his Mfatic emphatically back into fourth place, ten points behind SPITHILL.
Consistent performances are vital in a long series like this, featuring a big fleet and Brian PORTER from Winnetka, Illinois, USA, illustrated the point by holding onto fourth place overall with his Full Throttle team.
Top Ten Results After Six Races
|1||ITA||Marrachech Express||Vladimiro MRVCIC||Gabriele BENUSSI||(35)||1||3||2||4||9||19|
|2||USA||Pegasus 505||David ULLMAN||David ULLMAN||6||(41)||7||1||5||3||22|
|3||USA||Luna Rossa||James SPITHILL||James SPITHILL||5||12||(25)||7||1||1||26|
|4||USA||Mfatic||Neil SULLIVAN||Morgan REESER||2||8||1||17||(20)||8||36|
|5||USA||Full Throttle||Brian PORTER||Brian PORTER||(26)||2||11||4||7||18||42|
|6||ITA||Joe Fly||Giovanni MASPERO||Gabrio ZANDONA||11||(35)||22||5||3||5||46|
|7||GBR||Xcellent||John POLLARD||John POLLARD||17||7||5||12||15||(32)||56|
|8||FRA||Partner & Partners||Philippe LIGOT||Francois BRENAC||(22)||14||18||3||11||11||57|
|9||USA||Pegasus 492||Samuel KAHN||Samuel KAHN||19||3||4||(48)||30||6||62|
|10||ITA||Ale Ali||Ezio AMADORI||Nicola CELON||1||22||16||15||(29)||10||64|