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17 June 2005, 10:16 am
Three Trimarans Finish
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Faraday Mill OSTAR 2005
Newport, USA

In one of the closest finishes in OSTAR history the first three trimarans have now reach the finish line at Newport, USA. Whilst Cotonella skipper, Franco MANZOLI (ITA) has been celebrating taking line honours, the two boats he piped to the post have both completed their 2005 race.
There was only a gap of some nine hours before the arrival of Roger LANGEVIN (FRA) on Branec IV. LANGEVIN was in turn followed only two and a half hours later by Piere ANTOINE (FRA) on Spirit.

The skippers of the two French yachts had spent a frustrating final night plagued by fickle winds offshore, whilst the Italian skipper of Cotonella, MANZOLI managed to sneak in from the north keeping closer inshore and finding a good breeze enabling him to snatch victory from the two French rivals grasp.

As the first Italian to win the OSTAR, MANZOLI has been the created quite a stir both in Italy and here in Newport. Now that LANGEVIN and ANTOINE have arrived back, the three skippers can enjoy a well earned meal and good night sleep and await the arrival of the first of the monohulls over the weekend.

Event Media. Image, MANZOLI stands proud in front of his famous sail:© Jacqueline Marque/Newport Daily News
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