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23 June 2004, 09:30 am
UPDATE - Swiss Team Now In Third
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ISAF Offshore Team World Championship - Sardinia Rolex Cup
Porto Cervo

UPDATE - After hearing all protests, the Race Committee for the Sardinia Rolex Cup, has revised the final standings after day two of racing following the disqualification of the yacht Jeroboam (Italy Blue) from race four:
1) Spain, with 25 points
2) US, with 28 points
3) Switzerland, with 32 points
4) Italy Red, with 34 points

Sailing under new team racing rules that now take results from all 3 boats on each team, instead of the two best finishes, the second day of racing began in five knots of wind from east north east under clear blue skies and flat seas.

Yesterday morning, the International Jury amended the racing rules based on, "what was observed during the first two races and in the interest of safety taking into consideration the difference in speed and maneuverability of different sized boats." After 4 races, Spain is now in first place with 25 points, with the USA Team claiming second with 28 points. Italy Blue is in third with 32 points, while the Swiss are now in fourth with 33 points.

During yesterday's first race, on the last downwind leg, X-Prozac, part of the Swiss team that was first after yesterday's races and skippered by Gabriele BENUSSI, dropped its spinnaker, put up a jib and using team racing tactics, went to help the other members of their team. "I am very satisfied with the rule change made this morning as it makes for a better overall regatta," noted Pedro CAMPOS, skipper of Bribon Telefonica MoviStar. "I was surprised at the aggressive tactics by X-Prozac in Race 3 but overall, our team finished well with a first in the Farr 40 class, a second in the IMS class and third in the Swan 45 class."

"Team racing is about working together as team," said Benussi. "We were in fourth position in the IMS class and turned back to aid the other two boats on our team. This is what team racing is all about." The Swiss team is making an official request to the International Jury to reinstate the original race instructions to count the best two finishes in each race. At press time, this request was pending.

"The revised racing rules instituted this morning facilitate fair and competitive racing on the race course," according to Riccardo SIMONESCHI, skipper of QQ8 World Cargo of Italy Blue.

The 50-mile long distance race scheduled for today will take the fleet north to the islands of La Maddalena, pending wind conditions.

Standings as of this morning: Spain (25 points), USA (28 points), Italy Blue ( 32 points), Swiss Team (33 points), Italy Red (35 points) , Germany ( 39 points), Argentina (48 points)

Full race results are available on the event website at the address below.
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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