The young Australian, and former OneWorld skipper James SPITHILL, is officially the winner of the fourth edition of the ISAF Grade 2 Nation's Cup in Trieste, Italy.
Spithill's name comes at the bottom of a distinguished list of past winners, Russell COUTTS in 2000, Paul CAYARD in 2001 and Dean BARKER in 2002 have won the last editions. With a double win for OneWorld, with the Italian Michele Ivaldi (ex Luna Rossa), they had the better against Team Alinghi driver by Jochen Schuemann.
In the first race, sailed with a nice wind of about 10 knots, Spithill won the start and inflicted a penalty on Alinghi, remaining in an advantaged position for the entire race and winning by a minute and 30 seconds.
In the second match of the day, yet another great start for the American team of OneWorld. The Swiss were, however, able to overtake them in a battled out match race and were in an advantage of 12 seconds at the first mark. In the next leg, the Swiss team made an error and lost their gennaker in the water. The Americans were able to take advantage of this error and take the lead, thus winning the race with 18 seconds.
It wasn't possible to race the final races between the third and fourth place, due t o lack of wind. The race committee, headed by Luciano Giacomi, awarded third place to Victory, taking into consideration the past races sailed in the first Round Robin between the two teams of Mascalzone Latino and Victory Challenge.
The morning began with the last two matches of the semi-finals, to be able to decipher the teams racing the final match. OneWorld and Victory Challenge sailed the first match, and OneWorld brought home the victory. In the second match, Mascalzone Latino against Alinghi where Alinghi won a place in the semi-finals match with a 32 second lead. Vascotto lost the match due to an error and a penalty.
The overall Results of the Nation's Cup Finale 2003:
1. OneWorld, James Spithill
2. Alighi, Jochen Schuemann
3. Victory Challenge, Peter Holmberg
4. Mascalzone Latino, Vasco Vascotto