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20 October 2005, 02:15 pm
CIAN Faces Off Against Italian America's Cup Challengers
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Campionato Italiano Match Race 2005
Lake Garda, Italy

From 21-23 October in the gulf of Salò on Lake Garda, representatives of the three Italian challengers competing in the 32nd America's Cup and ISAF Match Racing World Championship bronze medallist Paolo CIAN will be amongst the competitors going head to head in the ISAF Grade 3 Campionato Italiano Match Race.
Amongst the skippers from the America's Cup, there is a family feud with brothers, Francesco BRUNI from Luna Rossa and Gabriele BRUNI +39 Challenge set to face each other. Flavio FAVINI and Matteo SAVELLI from Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team are also competing.

Eight top Italian skippers, the winners of the Junior Championship, and two invited sailors from the FIV (Italian Sailing Federation), and two from the organizers reserved to the Italian challengers in the America's Cup 2007 will be participating. The list of invited guests with a right to participate includes Neapolitan Paolo CIAN, bronze medal winner at the Worlds in Spain, who has already won two ISAF Grade 1 events this year in Italy, the Trofeo Challenge Roberto Trombini and Albaria Cento Cup.

Number ten in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings Matteo SIMONCELLI also lines up as do other top 100 ranked sailors Nicola VESCIA, Giovanni SEGNINI and Francesco BRUNI.

Also participating are the Under 20 Italian Champion Fabio ZENI from Lake Garda and Under 25 Italian Champion Matteo SAVELLI and Italy's highest ranked women Ines MONTEFUSCO.

The race, which will use MaxiDolphin 81's in a match race version, will take place in the Gulf of Salò, where the public can watch the maneuvers from the shore. The final phases of the race will have live commentary. The organization is guided by the CIRCOLO VELA Gargnano (club of +39 Challenge), Canottieri Garda and Circolo Nautico Portese.

Campionato Italiano Match Race Entrants
(- ISAF World Match Race Ranking)

Paolo CIAN - 5
Matteo SIMONCELLI - 10
Nicola VESCIA - 68
Giovanni SEGNINI - 78
Francesco BRUNI - 82
Ines MONTEFUSCO - 108
Matteo SAVELLI - 115
Flavio FAVINI - 153
Fabio ZENI - 1197
Gabriele BRUNI - Not Ranked

Sandro Pellegrini. Image, Paolo CIAN (far right):© Event Media
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