Porto Cervo, 28th June 2010. Eight teams representing seven nations – Germany, Italy (two teams), Malta, Monaco, Switzerland , United Kingdom and United States – are ready to compete in the Audi Sardinia Cup taking place in Porto Cervo from 28th June to 3rd July. Each team participating in the event organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) is composed of a Melges 32 and a Farr 40 craft and while registrations and measurements are underway today, racing on windward leeward courses will commence tomorrow, 29th June. The fleet is also scheduled to dispute a coastal race through the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago during the five days of racing.

The first edition of the event was held in 1978 and since then teams from around the world have travelled to Sardinia to compete for the coveted Sardinia Challenge Trophy. This year Audi has become title sponsor for the first time, thereby confirming their commitment to the most competitive sailing classes as well as their strong ties to the YCCS. One of the strongest teams on paper is undoubtedly USA, composed of three-time Farr 40 World Champion (2009, 2004,1998) Jim Richardson with his Barking Mad and current Melges 32 World Champion Bliksem, owned by Pieter Taselaar. Also one to watch, however, will be the Italian team composed of the Farr 40 Nerone, reigning Farr 40 class World Champion and fresh from victory in the  Farr 40 European Circuit leg which concluded yesterday in Porto Cervo, and the Melges 32 Fantasticaaa owned by Lanfranco Cirillo.

Competition promises to be fierce with owner-drivers aboard and a host of world-class yachtsmen such as New Zealander Hamish Pepper aboard Barking Mad, 470 Olympic Gold Medalist (2008) Nathan Wilmot on Bliksem as well as noted Italian match racers Francesco Bruni, Vasco Vascotto and Flavio Favini aboard Joe Fly, Nerone and B Lin Sailing respectively.

The YCCS and Audi have organized a full social programme to complement the action on the water starting with a welcome cocktail at the Clubhouse this evening and including a gala dinner on the Club’s pool terrace on Friday 2nd July. The regatta will conclude on Saturday 28th July with the prize giving in Piazza Azzurra.

The first starting signal is scheduled for tomorrow at 12 midday. Breezes of approximately 10 knots form north north-west are predicted.

Entry List – Audi Sardinia Cup 2010

Nation: Melges 32 – Owner, Farr 40 – Owner

Germany: Teasing Machine – Jean Francoise Cruette, Struntje Light – Wolfgang Shaefer

Italy: Fantasticaaa – Lanfranco Cirillo, Nerone – Massimo Mezzaroma

Italy 2: B-Lin Sailing – Luca Lalli, Joe Fly – Giovanni Maspero

Malta: Rush Diletta – Mauro Moccheggiani, Enfant Terrible – Alberto Rossi

Monaco: Fratelli Giacomelli Audi Team – Action Team A.D.P./Guido Miani, Plenty – Alex Roepers

Switzerland: I Nova – Carlo Pesenti, Vanitas Cube – Martin Strobel

United Kingdom: Ngoni – Mark Lamy, Mangusta Risk – Andrea Canavesio

USA: Bliksem – Pieter Taselaar, Barking Mad – Jim Richardsonù