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26 May 2002, 09:39 am
Brava Q8 Wins
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Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship

Pasquale Landolfi’s “Brava Q8” stepped up to the podium in the division A class of the Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship, organized in the blue waters of Capri by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
Landolfi's boat - racing with the YCCS burgee - with Antonio Sodo Migliori as skipper, Paul Cayard as tactician and the Varesin strategic Flavio Favini - has taken first place at the end of a spectacular week, preceding the Lorenzo Bressani's Grand Soleil 44 "Wind", and "Giacomelli Sport", the IMX 45 skippered by Gabriele Benussi.

With this success, "BravaQ8" has added a new prestigious victory to his results: in '89 in the Gulf waters of Neaples, Landolfi won his first One Ton Cup, to which have been added another One Ton Victory, two World ILC 40 Championships, the Admiral's Cup in '95 and the World 50 ft Championship, won last year in Palma de Mallorca's waters with Flavio Favini and Paul Cayard.

In the division B class, the victory went to Manfredo Toninelli's "Team Revolution", in front of Francesco Siculiana's "Don Alvaro" and followed by "Bix" , first Italian boat belonging to a group of stockowners, who race with the burgee of the Club Nautico della Vela. Among the crews that should be highlighted, is to point out the brilliant exhibition of "Fram XV" of the King of Norway Harald V (placed at the fourth position in A division) and "Breeze" of Vincenzo Onorato (placed at the fifth position in A division) who will take part in the next America's Cup in October.

The Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship has taken place in the waters of the turquoise island with variable weather conditions changing from sunshine to cloudy and rainy days with rough waters; concluding with today's north-east wind of over 15 knots of intensity. The prize giving ceremony took place in the Capri's Marina Grande. The new World Champion was presented by Patrick Heiniger, the President of Rolex, with the prestigious Trophy and one "Yachtmaster Rolesium" , a platinum and steel Rolex watch. Yesterday evening, the gala event organized by Rolex at Capri's Certosa was host to more than 700 vip's and sportsmen who have given life to this IMS Championship.

Provisional Results after seven races : division "A"

1 EUR 1000 Brava Q8 Landolfi- Mezzaroma Farr 49' 35,75 pts
2 ITA 329 Wind Lorenzo Bressani GrandSoleil 44 37,75 pts
3 ITA 2121 Giacomelli Sport Gabriele Benussi IMX 45 44,00 pts

Provisional Results after seven races : division "B"

1 ITA 13950 Team Revolution Toninelli Manfredo First 36.7 MOD. 49,75 pts
2 ITA 13631 Don Alvaro Siciliana Francesco X-362 Sport 59,00 pts
3 ITA 13974 Bix Natalio Cepollaro X 332 Sport 62,50 pts

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