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17 July 2007, 11:57 am
SPITHILL Wins His 3rd Trofeo Trombini
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Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy 2007
Ravenna, Italy

Luna Rossa helm James SPITHILL (AUS) won the 13th edition of the ISAF Grade 1 Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy, defeating Paolo CIAN (ITA) of Shosholoza 3-0 in the final. It is a memorable victory for SPITHILL, who becomes the first skipper to win for a third time and, according to the rules, he is awarded the Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy.
After the round robin series earlier in the week, some really thrilling matches concluded the racing in Ravenna on Sunday, especially in the semi-finals completed during the morning. The quality of the semi-final line up was demonstrated by the fact that world #1 Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) did not even make the last four.

SPITHILL, who started at 0-2 down against Philippe PRESTI (FRA) did some master moves, first forcing his team mate from Luna Rossa to take a penalty in the first match, overtaking in the second, when he won even with a penalty paid right of the lay line and with only a 1-second advantage. After levelling the match at 2-2, SPITHILL continued his splendid display going through to the final with 3-2 win. The other semi-final was won by CIAN 3-1 against Damien IEHL (FRA).

The two finals were more hard won than the points suggest. IEHL won third place overall by beating PRESTI in the petit-final. In the battle for the trophy, SPITHILL won the first race with a penalty for CIAN at the start, a trick he repeated in the second race. At 2-0 the third race was hard fought; CIAN went into attack from the first to the last metre of the match. There were some magnificent duels with SPITHILL, the boats catching up very close, overtaking and numerous signals from the umpires. The last one was decisive, a penalty for CIAN who was no longer able to gain advantage over SPITHILL. The Australian won the finals of the XIII Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy 3-0 and the Trophy itself which goes to the skipper who wins the event three times.

Fabio Colivicchi (As Amended By ISAF). Image, James SPITHILL celebrates three titles:© Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy
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