Karol JABLONSKI (POL), Ranked first in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings, sailed flawlessly in Round Robin Pianosa on Portoferraio Harbour yesterday to advance to the quarter-final of the Toscana Elba Cup - Trofeo Locman.
In addition to his core crew, Jablonski has a couple of familiar faces sailing with him this week, German skipper Markus Wieser, former winner of Match Race Germany, is serving as tactician and Eberhard MAGG (GER), event organizer of Match Race Germany, is working the pit. For JABLONSKI, the "German engineering"
has paid immediate dividends.
Joining JABLONSKI as an automatic qualifier is Paolo CIAN (ITA) of the Riveria di Rimini Sailing Team who avoided the repechage round by advancing on count-back over defending champion Ed BAIRD (USA) of Team Musto, who posted an identical 2-2, record on the day. On Monday, Jes GRAM-HANSEN (DEN), who came second at last years ISAF World Match Race Championship and Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE) also qualified for the quarter-final round.
The conditions for the second day of the Toscana Elba Cup - Trofeo Locman were especially light and shifty, resulting in a two-hour delay between the first and second flights. The regatta continues today with the round robin repechage.