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9 September 2002, 11:25 am
Austrian Boat Principessa Wins
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Centomiglia Del Garda
Lake Garda

A fantastic 4th victory for the Austrian skipper Joschi Entner and his tactician Roberto Benamati. Second place, by less than two minutes, was <I>"Clandesteam Megabyte"</I> skippered by Nicola Celon.
Strong winds accompanied the leaders over the last miles to the finish line of the 52nd running of the Race on Saturday.

At 19.28, the white hull of Principessa crossed the finishing line after the last, exhausting "stretch" to the end. "Principessa" (a Lake Garda Maxi Libera boat designed by Bruce Farr with a 13 man crew) won for the third consecutive time, the fourth for her skipper, Joschi Entner(AUS), local tactician Roberto Benamati, and her multi-ethnic crew made of Austrians, Germans, Croatians and Italians, a record equalling number of wins for the skipper.

Two minutes later it was their adversaries' turn to get the public applause, the new Umberto Felci's design "Clandesteam Megabyte" skippered by Italian Olympic sailor Nicola Celon who sailed the whole 100 miles course without ever giving up in a bit less than 11 hours. A result even more credible being that the boat is a fresh new design, and that her crew had little time to test and tune her up.

The following Maxi Libera to cross the line was "Garda Azzurra" with her longlasting talent Oscar Tonoli at the helm, who finished in the third position after exactly 30 years from his first Centomiglia victory.

In fourth overall place a Streamline one design boat, having raced on a shorter course, while in the most crowded class, Santarelli's one design Asso 99, with 34 participants the honours went to "Simo" skippered by 2001 Mumm 30 World champion Luca Valerio.
Circolo Vela Gargnano/News Editor
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