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27 November 2006, 10:09 am
FOGLIA Sisters Defend Title
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Snipe Women's World Championship 2006
Punta Del Este, Uruguay

Andrea and Mariana FOGLIA of Uruguay defended their Snipe World title on their home waters in Punta Del Este with a dominant display. Ayako YAMAGUCHI and Motoko IBARAGI (JPN) sailed a great championship to finish in second place.
Although Friday, the penultimate day of the Worlds, was supposed to be the lay day, the Race Committee decided early on the week to use it if there were postponed races by that time. As the disappearing wind of day two made the Race Committee postpone two races, the lay day was active with three exciting regattas, leaving just one left for Saturday.

Race 8 was won once again by the FOGLIA sisters from beginning to end. The Uruguayans started at the pin end of the line, sailed on until they reached the port layline, then tacked and got to the windward mark in the first place, a good distance from Claudia RAFANIELLO and Alessandra BUGGE (URU) and Maria STEFANI and Catalina SPOSATTO (BEL). This strategy usually pays off when the wind blows from the east in Punta del Este, and this day was no exception.

YAMAGUCHI and IBARAGI, who rounded the windward mark in fifth place, had very good speed and climbed to the second place, followed by RAFANIELLO and BUGGE in third, and STEFAN and SPOSATO in fourth.

The same wind blew during race 9. Trixy AGUSTI and Florencia GUERRA (ARG), who had a perfect start at the middle of the line and got to the windward mark first. The FOGLIA sisters managed to win the race, followed by YAMAGUCHI and IBARAGI, but with a pending protest consequence of an incident with the Argentineans Judith AGUSTI and Cecilia MAROGLIO. The Uruguayans were on port tack and thought they could pass ahead but forced the Argentineans (who were on starboard tack) to tack in order to avoid a collision. The Uruguayans would later retire from the race, assuming their responsibility in the incident.

FOGLIA Sisters Wrap Things Up

In race 10, the FOGLIA sisters needed to finish less than three places behind YAMAGUCHI and IBARAGI in order to nail the Jiro Yamaguchi Trophy even without racing the eleventh race. At the first windward mark, STEFANI and SPOSATO were first, whilst YAMAGUCHI and IBARAGI were seventh and FOGLIA and FOGLIA tenth. Throughout the regatta, both the Japanese and Uruguayan team climbed in order to finish fourth and sixth respectively. The race was won by STEFANI and SPOSATO who kept their first place since the start.

Although FOGLIA sisters were World Champions, they would not believe it until they could see it with their own eyes the regatta results and make their own calculations. After realizing that their had won the championship even with one race to go, the party started with their parents Sandra and Alejandro, with their coach Pablo DEFAZIO and with all the competitors.

In a 10 not southeasterly gradient wind, Sarah BARBOSSA and Barbara BONINI (ITA) capitalized the offshore backed wind to cross the fleet and work out a comfortable lead by the first windward rounding. Eri YOSHIMURA and Akiko SHIMAMOTO (JPN) rounded in second place followed by the FOGLIA sisters. As in previous days, the FOGLIA team approached the leaders, took on the Japanese by the last run and engaged in a tacking duel with the Italians in the middle of the last beat. At the end, the World Champions took the race from the Italians and crossed the line to officially become the Women's World Champions for the second time in a row. The Italians were in second and YOSHIMURA and SHIMAMOTO in third.

Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Pts
1 URU Andrea FOGLIA Mariana FOGLIA 0.75 0.75 2 4 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 (16) RET (6) 0.75 11.25
2 JPN Ayako YAMAGUCHI Motoko IBARAGI 4 (7) 0.75 0.75 2 2 (6) 2 0.75 4 6 22.25
3 CHI Marissa MAURIN Carolina COURT 2 2 (9) 7 4 3 3 7 5 7 (11) 40
4 ITA Sarah BARBAROSSA Barbara BONINI 3 3 3 6 (10) 4 8 (12) 9 3 2 41
5 BER Maria STEFANI Catalina SPOSATO 7 (10) 8 2 (12) 5 5 4 6 0.75 4 41.75
6 URU M. Emilia TATO Rosina RODRIGUEZ 5 5 (10) 5 3 6 9 5 2 (11) 8 48
7 URU Claudia RAFANIELLO Alessandra BUGGE 10 8 6 8 5 (11) (11) 3 4 2 5 51
8 BRA Ana Renata BELLOTTI Adriana OVERGOOR 9 4 5 (10) 6 (10) 2 6 10 10 7 59
9 ARG Franca PESCI Carla PESCI (12) 6 4 (12) 8 8 4 9 7 5 12 63
10 ARG Trixy AGUSTI Florencia GUERRA 8 9 (13) 3 7 9 7 (10) 3 9 10 65
Snipe Women's World Championship (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Repeat World Champions Andrea FOGLIA and Mariana FOGLIA:© Picasa
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