Porto Cervo, 3rd July 2010. Team Germany has taken victory in the Audi Sardinia Cup 2010 – ISAF Offshore Team World Championship. The event, organized biennially by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda since 1978, saw eight teams representing seven nations competing for the coveted Sardinia Challenge Trophy. Each team was composed of a Farr 40 and a Melges 32, Wolfgang Schaefer’s Farr 40 Struntje Light represented Germany together with the Melges 32 Teasing Machine, owned by Jean Francois Cruette.
Due to an almost total lack of wind off the north east coast of Sardinia no racing took place yesterday and, despite a long wait for the teams on the water, the same was true of today. The overall classification at the conclusion of the event which took place from 28th June to 3rd July has therefore remained unchanged since Thursday 1st July when the fleet had completed 5 windward leewards and a coastal race.
Schaefer commented on his team’s victory: « We are proud and happy , it is an honour to take victory in the Audi Sardinia Cup for the German team since the last time the trophy went to Germany was in 1994. We had a great team and we had a lot of fun even if today’s long wait was tough on our nerves. The Sardinia Cup is always a great experience and we hope the next edition will be another great success for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. »
Rather less happy with the lack of wind over the past two days were second-placed team Italy 2, composed of the Farr 40 Joe Fly owned by Giovanni Maspero and the Melges 32 B Lin Sailing owned by Luca Lalli. Together with the rest of the fleet they would have liked to have had the chance to regain some ground on Germany. Third place went to team USA made up of Jim Richardson’s Farr 40 Barking Mad, and the Melges 32 Bliksem, owned by Pieter Taselaar.
During the prize giving held in the YCCS’ Piazza Azzurra this afternoon the Commodore of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Riccardo Bonadeo, together with Marketing Director of Audi Italia Michele Migliorini and Chairman of the Offshore Racing Congress Bruni Finzi awarded prizes to the top three classified teams and the challenge trophy to Germany.
The YCCS sporting Calendar continues in July with two regattas dedicated to the Smeralda 888 class: Invitational Smeralda 888 from 9th to 11th July and Coppa Europa Smeralda 888 from 16th to 18th July.