It was a long day in Palma with the late coming sea breeze delaying racing. Patience paid off and the second day in the Trofeo Sofia IBEROSTAR provided great racing and allowed to the qualification stage to be completed. A seventh race was completed for the kites who will go into Medal Race mode on Wednesday.
Four boats in the Volvo Ocean Race celebrated rounding the venerated landmark of Cape Horn on Monday, a pleasure cruelly denied Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) after the Chinese boat's mast was broken early in a dramatic day on Leg 5.
The wind played dirty tricks all day in Palma on the sailors and race committees who had to juggle with big shifts and different pressure. From 4 to 20 knots, and reaching 40 in some gusts, the wind turned around the bay playing with everybody's nerves.
Ghosting across the line in the inky blackness of a Mediterranean spring night, finally slicing through the finish line set on the very waters where some 40 odd years ago he cut his teeth as a young, aspiring sailor harbouring great dreams, at 01:47:00hrs local time Guillermo Altadill and his talented, ever reliable Chilean co-skipper Jose Muñoz secured second placed in this third edition of the Barcelona World Race, the round the world race for two crew which left the Catalan capital on December 31st 2014.
Team Germany, composed of the Farr 40 Struntje Light owned by Wolfgang Schaefer and the Melges 32 Teasing Machine owned by Jean Francois Cruette, dominated the coastal race and now sits at the top of the overall classification in the Audi Sardinia Cup, the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
Team Italy 2, composed of the Farr 40 Joe Fly and the Melges 32 B Lin Sailing, heads the overall classification at the end of day one of the Audi Sardinia Cup, the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship.
Eight teams representing seven nations - Germany, Italy (two teams), Malta, Monaco, Switzerland, Great Britain and United States - are ready to compete in the 2010 ISAF Offshore Team World Championship, also known as the Audi Sardinia Cup taking place in Porto Cervo from 28 June to 3 July.
Sardinia Rolex Cup - ISAF Offshore Team World Championship 2008
20 Jun 08
Team Spain continue to head the battle for the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship title, although the Italians are now snapping at their heels after the distance race on day three of the Sardinia Rolex Cup.