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29 August 2003, 09:18 am
Offshore Race Completed
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Telefonica Movistar©Max Ranchi

Italian IMS Championship

The offshore race, which began on Wednesday at around 12 o'clock in the afternoon lasted over 24 hours. The arrival of the first group B, who raced 80 miles, was seen at around 6.45 yesterday morning.
However, the group of large boats, which raced 120 miles showed up many hours later, in the afternoon.

It was a perfect race for Mauro PELASCHIER, local talent of Trieste, who ended up winning the race on board of "Shaula" thus moving up to second place in the overall results, which is now led by Lorenzo BRESSANI on board of "Wind".

"Telefonica Movistar" the boat helmed by the owner Giorgio GOLDONI from Treviso, came 11 despite their excellent recuperation after an OCS on Wednesday. "We managed to recuperate," explains Alberto LEGHISSA team manager, "during the night we managed to stay ahead of our direct adversaries but near Umago we found a lack of wind and unfortunately the other boats passed us".

Sister ship of Movistar,, "World Cargo" crossed the finish line only minutes before but now the direct duel between the two boats is even stronger as only a few points seperate them in the overall results.

For the B Group, the winner was "Città di Jesolo", who remains in the lead in the overall class. Second place for Fausto PIEROBON'S "Sagola" third place went to "Lunica". Pierobon explains "we made some excellent tactical choices during the night and we took advantage of the nocturnal breeze which helped us maintain a second place rating in this race."

Today there are two inshore races starting at 11.00 local time.

Vittoria Trojer (As Amended by ISAF News Editor)
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