On Sunday, the fourth and final day of the Moby M30 Worlds, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, the Race Committee once again managed to fit in three windward-leeward races.
"Today's last day was a bit nerve-wracking for us," confirmed Tommaso CHIEFFI (ITA) of Matrix ArcaTxActive who found themselves in first place after race 7. "We would have preferred to have finished after the first race, then after the second when we still would have won, but the Committee went ahead and did the third and we suffered right up to the end. But we had a good start in the last race, we kept the French behind us and Barking Mad and so all's well that ends well!"
Jim RICHARDSON, President of the Farr 40 Class, was philosophical about his second place, "It's interesting that I won the Farr 40 pre-Worlds in Newport in 2006 and then I came third to Vincenzo ONORATO, then I won the pre-Worlds in Copenhagen this year and came in third to Vincenzo, I won the pre-Worlds here and I said to Vincenzo 'Please do not do this to me again!' and he promised he wouldn't, but I forgot to speak to the other Italians! Luigi and Tommaso and the rest of the Matrix crew had a fantastic event and deserved to win. I look forward to seeing all of these wonderful competitors in Newport next year."
Vincenzo ONORATO's Mascalzone Latino fought back from Saturday's ninth place to come in fifth overall behind Optimumm in fourth.
Race 7, the first of the day, started with northerly winds of approximately 14 knots and saw Barking Mad take her first victory of the World Championship series ahead of Guy STENING's Optimumm (AUS) and Lorenzo SANTINI's Uka Uka (ITA).
In race 8 Enfant Terribile, owned by Gianluigi SERENA took her first victory of the series over Mezza Luna (FIN) Harry ROSHIER in second and Maga Joanna (ITA), owned by Luigi PARENTE, in third.
By the start of race 9 the wind had shifted to 340° and dropped to approximately 5-6 knots. Matrix ArcaTxActive took first place in this final race of the series ahead of Fausto RUBINI's Thule (MON) and Uka Uka.
The final prizegiving took pace in the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's Piazza Azzurra. The YCCS Sporting Calendar will continue in November with the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.
Event Website - www.mobym30worlds.com
Results - www.mobym30worlds.com/results07/m_30_w.htm