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1 July 2002, 09:38 am
Sylphea Takes Overall Title for Mediterranean Circuit
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Farr 40 Mediterranean Championship

Yesterday's racing saw an initial postponement due to lack of wind, as opposed to too much the day before. Crews swam in the clear, blue water of the Mediterranean while waiting for the breeze.
A moderate northeasterly from 8-16 knots filled in at noon for the final race of the series. The course was set in the bay on flat water, with more wind at the top of the course due to the geography of the surrounding hills. Conditions were challenging with lots of shifts and puffs, something which is difficult for even the local sailors to predict, according to Yacht Club Commodore Gian Battista Borea.

Boats on the first beat were divided into a pack in the middle and another on the far left. The middle paid, with Norwegian Steam leading that group, followed by Sylphea leading back from the left. It was an exciting mark rounding, with extremely close racing. Sylphea passed Norwegian Steam on the run, and Nerone moved into third. Both Sylphea and Nerone went around the left gate and back out to the middle left side of the run, which was sufficient to move the pair just in front of Norwegian Steam and Nela. In the continuing match race between the two Italian boats, they battled down the final run, with Sylphea holding the lead.

The wind failed to cooperate at the finish, however, and as the wind velocity dropped, spinnakers were dropped in favor of jibs for a wind shift 50 meters from the finish line. Nerone was favored by the shift and moved into the passing lane, followed by Norwegian Steam. Sylphea finished third followed by Nela and Madina. Nerone was awarded average points for their request for redress after the incident with Struntje Light, which moved them to the top of the podium for the Porto Rotundo regatta. Sylphea is the overall winner of the Mediterranean Circuit, which consisted of the Naples, Porquerolles and Porto Rotundo events.

The Deutsche Bank trophy will be awarded to Sylphea, and the Boscolo Cup trophy will be awarded to Nerone.

Farr 40 racing will continue in Porto Cervo after a two day break. The Farr 40 European Championship runs from July 3-6 at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. North Sails is a Farr 40 Class sponsor for this event.

Provisional Results
Position - Boat - Crew - Resultsoat owner tactician points total
1. Nerone - M. Mezzaroma / V. Vascotto - 1, 4, 6, 1, 5, 3.5, 2, 8, 1
2. Sylphea - A. Signorini / G. Benussi - 2, 3, 5, 9, 1, 5, 1, 7, 3
3. Madina - D. Ferrari / T. Peponnet - 5, 5, 4, 3, 2, 3, 8, 2, 5
4. Nela - M. Illbruck / J. Kostecki - 4, 7, 8, 13, 4, 1, 14, 6, 4
5. Norwegian Steam - E. Astrup / A. Horton - 10, 8, 12, 7, 13, 10, 3, 3, 2

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