At 11 o'clock this morning the first of two races in program took place in the Italian IMS Championships 2003. the weather was characterized by a strong wind coming from 170° blowing at a speed of 24 knots.
Good race for 'X-Sport' who won the first regatta. Second place for the plural world champion Vasco Vascotto, on board of 'Brava Q8' and a great third place for the Rodman 42 'World Cargo' identical boat to 'Telefonica Movistar' ( World and European Champion in IMS) who only came in 11th place today.
'The strong winds of today'-explains Giorgio GOLDONI owner/helmsman of 'Telefonica Movistar'-' made racing difficult today creating a few problems on board. We had a problem with the winch and had to dismantle it only a few minutes before the start.'
Today a member of the team, Andrea MARENGO, was also not able to race having broken his hand at the end of the long race. Marengo, at the halyards, is also taking care of the sail program on the boat. Andrea's palmarès also includes his collaboration as sail-maker in the America's Cup campaigns for 'Il Moro di Venezia' and 'LunaRossa 2000'.
For the B group, 'Città di Jesolo' has taken over the overall results having won the first race of yesterday. Second place goes to 'Don Alvaro' and 'Pazza Idea'. Fausto Pierobon's team, 'Sagola' came only in ninth place in the first race.
The second race sailed today had an increase in wind which blew at almost 30 knots. 'Wind' helmed by Lorenzo BRESSANI won this race. Second place for 'X-Sport' and third place for 'Worold Cargo'. Improvement for 'Telefonica Movistar' which arrived in fifth place today immediately following 'Brava Q8'.
For group B, 'Don Alvaro' followed by 'Coup de Couer' and 'Città di Jesolo'. Improvement also 'Sagola' also in fifth place for the second race. Per il gruppo B 'Don Alvaro' vince la seconda prova seguita da 'Coup de Coeur' e 'Città di Jesolo'. Miglioramento per 'Sagola' giunta al quinto posto.
Tommorrow only one race will be sailed thus concludine the Italian IMS Championship. At 18 o'clock the prizegiving in the piazza of Porto San Rocco.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below