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9 June 2001, 09:18 pm
A Smashing Time Was Had By All
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IMS Mediterranean Championship

The group of the IMX40 leading the fleet was led by Merit Cup, with Vasco Vascotto at the helm.

In Punta Ala a South Easterly wind in excess of 20 knots ended a week of splendid racing in Tuscany. The final race on a course of about 8.5 miles saw several accidents. Bribon broached on the first downwind leg, and broke her boom, so having to retire and prejudice her final results. Nobody was injured, but HM Juan Carlos, at the helm, went under water for a while. Shortly after in a puff at almost 30 knots Mauro Pelaschier crossed close to Antonio Sodo, both on IMX 40s. While passing through the backwind of Sodo, Pelaschier's boat came upright, and the top of one mast collided with the other, who was surfing past on a screaming broad reach. As a consequence one mast broke off, and the other boat luffed out of control, blowing the spinnaker. Another boat arrived in the chaos, and blew her spinnaker. One crew member of the dismasted boat fell overboard, and was rescued shortly after, but had cut avein falling in the water. The injuries were however not serious, and everybody came safely back to the harbour by 4PM. The prizegiving was over by 6PM.

The event started on Monday with 2 windward-leeward races in a brilliant day and light breeze from S-W, then a distance race around the Tuscany islands, which ended with an increasing breeze, and saw as usual the smallest boats in the fleet coming last but jumping to the first places in corrected time.

Then there were 2 days of more W/L in the usual NW thermal wind, and the final day ended the series.

The big boats had a penalizing result in the offshore race, but the "out of the box" Caixa Galicia was able to show an impressive speed, and was the only big boat able to get in the middle of the strong IMX40 group.

The series were scored with constructed course and performance curve, except the last race which has was scored with a fixed wind speed at 20 knots, and the offshore race with GPH (Offshore Single Number), time-on-distance.
Nicola Sironi / News Editor
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