GERMANY TAKES LEAD AT AUDI SARDINIA CUP
Porto Cervo, 1st July 2010. 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 today’s coastal race and now sits at the top of the overall classification in the Audi Sardinia Cup – ISAF Offshore Team World Championship organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The biennial event, now in its 17th edition, sees national teams compete for the coveted Sardinia Challenge Trophy. With racing scheduled to continue for a further two days and a maximum of a four more races to be disputed before the final prize giving on Saturday 3rd July, all is yet to play for.
Following the Jury’s decision regarding protests yesterday evening the overall classification was completely revised and the eight competing teams headed into today’s race led by Italy 2 (Joe Fly e B Lin Sailing) in first place, Germany (Struntje Light e Teasing Machine) in second and Italy (Nerone e Fantasticaaa) in third. As a result of Germany’s faultless performance on today’s 16 nautical mile course, the team is now followed at the top of the leaderboard by Italy 2 and USA with the Farr 40 Barking Mad and the Melges 32 Bliksem.
Germany’s two bullets gained today leave them on 34 points, 10 points ahead of Italy in second place. The Italian team, one of two competing in the World Championship, managed a 5th place with Giovanni Maspero’s Joe Fly and a seventh with B Lin Sailing.
Francesco Bruni, tactician on board Joe Fly and former America’s Cup sailor, admitted that the home teams did not shine on the water today: « »The Germans sailed better than us, and by us I mean the Italians in general. The Italians chose to stay close to the coast while the Germans looked for the open water and it was the right decision. The wind this week has been very light and shifty, definitely difficult conditions. Struntje is very fast in these conditions and they are sailing really very well. The championship is still completely open however, with four more races to be run everything can change. »
Team USA moved up the classification today to third place thanks to Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad taking a second place coupled with a fifth place gained by Pieter Taselaar’s Bliksem. They sit on 47 points, just one point ahead of fourth placed Italy 2.
Today’s race was the only coastal one scheduled for the event and took the fleet north through the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago to round Monaci island and down to the shortened finish at Mortoriotto island. The race started in approximately 7-8 knots of northerly breeze which had fallen to approximately 5 knots and shifted to 120° by the time the fleet finished.