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.