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31 October 2001, 04:12 pm
Vascotto Wins On Last Race
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Pro Am Cup
Marseille

Vasco Vascotto steals victory in extremis from Thierry Péponnet in the ranking where everything was decided during the last race, and on the water where twenty little meters parted the two boats on the finish line.
The Italian skipper, whose list of achievements is impressive (World Champion titles in IMS, Mumm 30, Farr 40, J24, etc) came back to the Vieux-Port harbour of Marseilles with a lit up face.

I am very happy with this victory, especially since I took risks. The two races in which we had bad results are the price for it. But in a race with such a level, you have to dare gamble.

explains Vascotto with a sparkling look. He adds:

The team is the key to success. I could rely on a good team, a lucky team, and we needed to be lucky today, and a team composed of friends. It was a pure pleasure.
That is obvious.

Thierry Péponnet has to be content with the 2 position whereas Jimmy Pahun is 3 position. Dawn Riley's last races where pretty good. She managed to tune within four races a mixed team of American girls and French boys who had been meeting for the first time on last Thursday during a three hours sailing session.

On the amateur side, Oliver Krauss is the unrivaled leader he takes a remarkable 7 position overall. Teams followed far behind by Eric Basset and Jean-Philippe Allilaire. Generally speaking, the logic have been respected. Professional skippers are more regular and learn quickly
see the last results of Christophe Auguin and Dawn Riley.

The level is probably the highest the Pro-Am Cup has ever known since it was created, and we can expect nice competition for the coming years. Next meeting in Marseilles from October 16 to 20.
Pro Am Cup Press/News Editor
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