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17 July 2005, 09:09 pm
Andalucia Of Uruguay And Azur De Puig Of Spain Win
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Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship 2005
Mahon, Menora

After five days of racing off the Menorcan coast, the 2005 Rolex IMS World Championship, organized by the Club Marítimo de Mahón and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, has come to a close with Santiago Mesa's Andalucia of Uruguay and Marta Mas Borrell's Azur de Puig of Spain winning the Corinthian and Non-Corinthian divisions respectively.
In the final race today, Spanish competitors took both classes with Puerto Calero-Hesperia, skippered by Almedo MORALES, finishing first on corrected time in the Corinthian division, and Cam, with Fernando LEON at the helm, first on corrected time among the Non-Corinthians. Both Andalucia and Azur de Puig finished second on corrected time today, enough to secure their overall wins. The IMS World Champions will receive their awards at a ceremony this evening at the Club Marítimo de Mahón.

In today's sixth and final race of the regatta, the race committee sent the 41-boat fleet on a four-leg, windward-leeward course in a five-to-six-knot Southerly breeze that clocked to the Southeast as the race progressed. The eight-mile race provided for a close finish between top Non-Corinthian competitors. Lorenzo BRESSANI, at the helm of Movistar, finished ninth in corrected time today, enough to secure third place overall behind Spain's Cam, with Olympic champions Ferdinando LEON and Kiko SANCHEZ Luna aboard. Pedro Campos' Telefonica Movistar, flying the Spanish flag, missed out on third place by just a quarter of a point, and was followed closely by Tau Ceramica, helmed by double-Olympic-gold-medalist Theresa ZABELL.

In the Corinthian division, Italy's Sagola, owned by Fausto PIEROBON, also took ninth place in Race 6 on corrected time, which allowed her to leapfrog into second place, pushing another Italian boat, Francesco SICULIANA'S Don Alvaro to third.

At the post-race press conference, Dee SMITH, tactician on Azur de Puig, commented on the crew's overall performance. 'The team did a great job the whole series, we never finished worse than third. We were a little lucky to win the long race by so much, but the rest was down to good sailing.'

Ricardo Fabini, helmsman of Andalucia noted how he found the offshore race particularly demanding. 'The long race was a bit of a challenge given the shifting winds, but we got through it and did ok. The owner and the crew are delighted with the teamwork and with the boat.'

Representatives from 13 nations competed in this year's Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship with crews from: Argentina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Uruguay.

Final Provisional Overall Results - Handicap
Corinthian (Pos, Yacht Name, Country, Owner, Points)
Andalucia, URU, Santiago Mesa, 28.75 (0.75, 6.00, 16.00, 2.00, 2.00, 2.00)
Sagola, ITA, Porto Turistico di Jesolo, 35.00 (2.00, 3.00, 4.00, 14.00, 6.00, 6.00)
Don Alvaro, ITA, Francesco Siculiana, 35.75 (8.00, 0.75, 5.00, 9.00, 4.00, 9.00)
Transbunker, ITA, Transbunkergroup Ltd, 39.00 (4.00, 5.00, 2.00, 8.00, 12.00, 8.00)
Sei Una Diva, ITA, Ferdinando Battistella, 42.00 (7.00, 8.00, 17.00, 3.00, 3.00, 4.00)

Non Corinthian
Azur de Puig, ESP, Marta Mas Borrell, 11.50 (2.00, 0.75, 0.75, 3.00, 3.00, 2.00)
Cam, ESP, Leon/Sanchez Luna, 38.50 (13.00, 5.00, 17.00, 0.75, 2.00, 0.75)
Movistar, ITA, Lorenzo Bressani, 40.75 (0.75, 3.00, 12.00, 10.00, 6.00, 9.00)
Telefonica Movistar, ESP, Pedro Campos, 41.00 (4.00, 8.00, 15.00, 7.00, 4.00, 3.00)
Tau Ceramica, ESP, Javier Dominguez, 41.75 (12.00, 4.00, 18.00, 2.00, 0.75, 5.00)

Provisional results race 6 - handicap
Corinthian
Puerto Calero-Hesperia, ESP, Puerto Calero SA, 0.75
Andalucia, URU, Santiago Mesa, 2.00
Jaime Mascaro, ESP, Jaime Mascaro, 3.00
Sei Una Diva, ITA, Ferdinando Battistella, 4.00
La Maison de l'Elephant, ESP, Jaime Serra Verdaguer, 5.00

Non Corinthian
Cam, ESP, Caja Ahorros del Mediterraneo, 0.75
Azur de Puig, ESP, Marta Mas Borrell, 2.00
Telefonica Movistar, ESP, Pedro Campos, 3.00
Yughtransit, RUS, Kotsiouba Serguei, 4.00
Tau Ceramica, ESP, Javier Dominguez, 5.00

The Rolex IMS Worlds, organized by the Club Marítimo de Mahón and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, took place from July 13 to July 17. Boats with only amateur crew (with a current ISAF Group 1 classification) made up the Corinthian category; boats whose crews included more than one sailor of Group 2 or 3, mad up the Non-Corinthian category. The World Champion title was awarded to the winner in each category, together with a Rolex time piece.

For more information about the Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship 2005, including entry lists, daily racing reports, results and high-resolution images, go to www.mundialrolexmahon.com, www.yccs.it and www.regattanews.com.

Christina Pandapas. Image: © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
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