Defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champions, Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori's Nerone (ITA) hold a one point advantage over Transfusion on the third day at the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds.
tactician Vasco Vascotto
(ITA) said, "Tomorrow will be a big fight. It's a good opportunity for Transfusion to beat us after what happened last year [when Transfusion lost to Nerone on the final day of the 2010 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds], but we will let them try to force us and we will just stay relaxed, or as we say in Italian, 'tranquilli'."
At the same point at the 2010 worlds the positions were reversed with Nerone
having to overcome a two-point deficit to take the title. Transfusion's
crew had a chance to extend their lead in race seven. Leading the race to the halfway point, three boats slipped inside her before the finish, whilst Vascotto's relentless tactical efforts saw Nerone
claw back three places to end up sixth.
Seemingly an insignificant moment until Nerone
crashed through the fleet in race eight to grab the lead halfway through. Transfusion
, stumbling in the slipstream ended up in fifth. Transfusion
has Saturday to make amends in their effort to win their first Rolex Farr 40 Worlds.
"It doesn't matter whether we are in front or behind,"
said Belgiorno-Nettis. "As long as we have the consistency we can challenge Nerone. We will start afresh tomorrow and try to win the war and if they sail better than us then good luck to them, they are great competitors."
Belgiorno-Nettis has also reminded his crew at this crucial juncture that they are privileged to be where they are, contesting a World Championship in their city, and in the company of champions.
Helmut and Evan Jahn's Flash Gordon
(USA) worked hard under Bill Hardesty's guidance and took advantage of another under par day by Martin and Lisa Hill's Estate Master
(AUS) to move into third with two races remaining.
While the frontrunners played their own game, elsewhere teams were making some moves. William Douglass' Goombay Smash
(USA), with James Spithill riding shotgun, strung together her best day to date with a bullet in race seven followed by a sixth place in race eight. Wolfgang and Angela Schaefer's crew on Struntje Light
(GER) dusted themselves off, after their disqualification in race four, to post a second and an eighth.
Conditions on the Manly Circle course area saw 8-10 knots out of the north, building to 12-15 for the second race of the day. Saturday's forecast is for a north easterly 10 to 15 knot breeze increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is for the second year shaping up to be a two-boat contest between the black shirted Italians and the white shirted Australians. Transfusion is gunning for a home town victory and to right wrongs from last year's Worlds in the Dominican Republic while the cool class act that is Nerone will do whatever it takes to achieve back to back crowns.