Another day of strong mistral winds led to tense hours of waiting again today in Porto Cervo in the second edition of the Jeep Challenge, organized in Italy by Jeep, part of the Daimler Chrysler Group, in collaboration with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
The four teams left port at 09:00 this morning with the intention of completing the first, and only round-robin. Winds of around 30 knots, however, forced the Race Committee to bring the teams back in to wait for more favourable conditions. Postponements continued throughout the day until at 18:00 the Race Committee gave the go-ahead for the boats to head for the regatta course in the Gulf of Pevero: the wind had dropped slightly to around 20-25 knots and the boats were finally able to leave the start line, without the use of spinnakers.
The first flight saw Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team
up against United Internet Team Germany
and was won by the Italian crew led by Flavio FAVINI and Vasco VASCOTTO over the Germans skippered by Jesper BANK. Alinghi
, meanwhile, just beat Luna Rossa Challenge
to the finish line.
For the second flight the Race Committee withdrew the Zulu flag and the teams were free to raise the spinnakers. The all-Italian race saw Luna Rossa
beat Mascalzone Latino -Capitalia Team
, while Alinghi
triumphed over United Internet Team Germany
The third and final flight saw Alinghi
cross the finish line just ahead of Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team
and Luna Rossa
beat Team Germany.
Position - team - wins - lossses
1. Alinghi 3 - 0
2. Luna Rossa Challenge 2 - 1
3. Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team 1 - 2
4. United Internet Team Germany 0 - 3
Racing is scheduled to start tomorrow at 08.30 with two regattas to decide first and second and then third and fourth respectively. The fleet race will follow.