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21 September 2002, 09:45 am
Italy Blue Win Fifth Day
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Sardinia Cup
Porto Cervo, Sardinia

Yesterday’s' s races ended with the "Italy Blue" team on top, thus concluding the fifth day of racing for the Thirteenth edition of the Sardinia Cup.
Yesterday's's race took the fleet along a 25 mile course, towards the islets of the archipelago of La Maddalena and found a light, 6 knot breeze coming from the north-east.

At the weather mark, two miles after the start, Pasquale Landolfi's "BravaQ8" ( already winner of the IMS World Championship in Capri this past May) was leading the race along with Massimo Mezzaroma's "Wind" in the Farr 40 division. Only a few seconds, however, divided the leader from "QQ7-Profit", to King Juan Carlos' "Bribon" and "Italtel" driven by Vasco Vascotto. In the Farr 40 division the leader is "Wind", followed by "Struntje Light", "Nela" and "Zzenzero".

The distance between the boats gradually increased more due to the lack of wind thus constraining the Race Committee to shorten the race and place the finish line in front of the Isle of Santo Stefano.

At the finish line, a nice surprise from two teams who have not been performing to their best these past few days. Vasco Vascotto's "Italtel" crossed the finish line first followed by his team mate Antonio Sodo Migliori's "Wind" in the Farr 40 division. Both boats make up team "Italy Blue" and with today's results, they improve their rating from eighth place to fifth place overall. "Italy Blue" is the first Italian team to win both in the IMS and Farr 40 division in this Sardinia Cup. The victory was very well celebrated when a member of the "Italtel" team climbed the mast waving the Italian flag to the tune of Mameli's National Anthem.

Yesterday's races saw both "North Sea" and "San Marino" fighting for second place, followed by "USA", "Italy Yellow", "Spain", "Norway", "Germany", "France" and "Holland".

The final classifications award first place yet again to "North Sea", followed by "USA" and "Italy Yellow".

Racing continues today and is due to finish tomorrow, Sunday 22 September

Overall Team Resulte (After 5 Races)

Position Yacht Owner Team Type 1 2 3 4 5 Points Team
1 MEAN MACHINE PETER DE RIDDER North Sea IMX 45 2 4 1 8 3 18
1 NELA MICHAEL ILLBRUCK North Sea FARR 40 OD 3 3 7 2 3 18 36
2 QQ7-PROFIT MAFFINI ROBERTO Usa VISMARA 41 4 6 2 6 2 20
2 BAMBAKOU JOHN COUMANTAROS Usa FARR 40 OD 4 5 5 1 8 23 43
3 GIACOMELLI SPORT GIACOMELLI SPORT Italy Yellow GRAND SOLEIL 44 1 1 3 4 5 14
3 GIACOMELLI SPORT ALBERTO SIGNORINI Italy Yellow FARR 40 OD 5 4 11 4 7 31 45
4 BRIBON TEL. MOVISTAR JOSE CUSI FERRET Spain IMS 53' C/R 3 2 6 2 7 20
4 TELEFONICA MOVISTAR ALBERTO VIEJO Spain FARR 40 OD 7 6 4 7 5 29 49
5 WIND MASSIMO MEZZAROMA Italy Blue FARR 40 OD 3 11 2 5 1 22
5 ITALTEL CANALAZ NADIA Italy Blue IMX 45 9 8 11 1 1 30 52
6 BRAVA Q8 PASQUALE LANDOLFI Team Norway FARR 49' 7 3 4 3 6 23
6 NORWEGIAN STEAM EIVIND ASTRUP Team Norway FARR 40 OD 8 2 3 11 6 30 53
7 AURORA CACCIAPUOTI PASQUALE San Marino CANARD 41 6 5 7 5 4 27
7 ZZENZERO MAZZESCHI RENATO San Marino FARR 40 OD 6 7 6 6 2 27 54
8 STRUNTJE LIGHT WOLFGANG SHAEFER Germany FARR 40 OD 2 3 1 3 4 13
8 NOA BEL-AIR MALLORCA Germany IMX 45 5 11 8 9 9 42 55
9 SAGARMATHA TIBERINI Michel France IMX 40 8 7 5 7 8 35
9 YANA DELMOTTE France FARR 40 OD 11 11 11 11 11 55 90
10 TONNERRE DE SARK PETER VROON Netherlands ONE OFF 10 9 9 11 10 49
10 A BIT OF A COUP TONY BUCKINGAM Netherlands FARR 40 OD 11 11 11 11 11 55 104

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