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16 September 2005, 12:16 pm
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Rolex Settimana Delle Bocche 2005
Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy

Sunshine and blue skies persisted over Porto Cervo, Italy for day two of the Rolex Settimana delle Bocche, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The Sardinian Mistral also put in another appearance, blowing 15-20 knots from northwest to give the Farr 40 and Swan 45 fleets their second three-race day.
After six races, Mascalzone Latino, owned by Vincenzo ONORATO (ITA), is in first in the Farr 40 division and DSK Comifin, owned by Danilo SALSI (ITA) leads the Swan 45 division. The IMS racers have now sailed two coastal courses and Russia's Synergy, owned by Gateway Overseas Limited, leads the IMS fleet overall.

In the Farr 40 division, Wednesday's leader Mascalzone Latino of Italy, owned by America's cup syndicate head ONORATO, won the first race today just ahead of Massimo MEZZAROMA's (ITA) Nerone, which has won the Settimana delle Bocche for the past three years running. Alessandro BARNABA's (ITA) Fiamma came in third. Nerone came back for the second race today, finishing first ahead of Wolfgang STOLZ's (GER) Opus One and France's Twins 2, owned by Eric MARIS, while overall leader Mascalzone Latino came in sixth. In the third and final race of the day, the Mascalzone Latino crew were back on form to take another first place. Opus One came in second and Joe Fly, owned by Italian Giovanni MASPERO finished third. Mascalzone Latino leads overall with 15 points, eight points ahead of Opus One in second. Joe Fly moved into third place overall after Nerone's eleventh place finish in the yesterday's third race slipped her to fourth.

In the Swan 45 division, Italian Marco SALVI's Vertigo was the surprise of the day, coming from eighth place overall yon Wednesday to win all three races yesterday and move up to second place overall. SALVI's crew includes three America's Cup sailors: Britain's Ian BUDGEN of GBR Challenge, Italy's Francesco BRUNI and America's Thomas BURNHAM of the current Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA). Italian boats dominated the first race of the day with Vertigo, Vittorio CODECASA's Jeroboam and Francesco MARTINO's T…Too rounding the first leeward mark in that order, and holding these positions throughout. In yesterday's second race, Vertigo finished ahead of Italian Carlo PERRONE's Atlantica Racing and T…Too respectively. Lanfranco CIRILLO's Star Trading finished second to Vertigo in yesterday's third race, and Leonardo FERRAGAMO's Cuordileone crossing the line third. Overall results for the Swan 45s show just how tight the competition is in this division: DSK Comifin leads with 23 points, while the next three boats in the standings, Vertigo, Italian Stefano POLTI's Mintaka, and Atlantica Racing, all have 25 points.

Pietro D'ALI (ITA), Olympic and America's Cup sailor, tactician aboard DSK Comifin commented on the days racing saying, 'We had good wind today, steady for the first two races then it picked up a bit for the third, but always remained manageable. We had a problem at the last mark where we rounded a bit too tightly and had to do a 720°, but luckily the advantage we had gained during the previous races, both yesterday and today, allowed us to stay on top overall.'

The IMS boats sailed a 29 mile course which took them in a clockwise direction up through the La Maddelena archipelago and around the Barettinelli islands before heading back down past the Monaci islands and on to the finish just off Porto Cervo. Racing was tight with just 15 minutes between the first and last boats over the line in real time. Wenesday's winner Andromeda, owned by Antonio RONCONE and Massimo GUARDIGLI, took line honours again, but Russia's Synergy, helmed by Andrew NIKOLAEV, won on corrected time, followed by Rinaldo GORIA's Gogo' of Italy and Luca LUALDI's Timeriesci, also of Italy. Synergy's win yesterday puts her in first overall with five points, followed by Timeriesci in second, also with five points, and Andromeda in third with six points.

Today is the penultimate day of the Settimana delle Bocche racing. The forecast is for northwesterly to westerly winds of around seven to ten knots.

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Mascalzone Latino:© Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex
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