For virtually the entire race, Cotonella has been in third place behind Spirit and the long time leader Branec IV. But, MANZOLI, who chose early on to sail a northerly course, has for the last week been able to maintain an almost direct line towards Newport. Whilst his rivals at the front, Branec IV and Spirit, drove south hoping to pick up better winds for a reach to the finish, the Italian and his 'underwear boat', benefited from sticking to his course over the closing stages having wind on his stern all the way to the line.
|A delighted MANZOLI
celebrates his victory
© Jacqueline Marque/
Newport Daily News
MANZOLI also said that the first two weeks had been very tough, headwinds and big seas had made being on the multihull akin to working, eating and sleeping on a cross country motorbike.
The race office are now on standby for the two other leaders who are expected in later today.