Regattas are one of the worlds where unquestionably the Italia Yachts shipyard is a leader, and it was natural for the Italian brand to organize a gathering/event for its owners, namely the first edition ofItalia Yachts Sailing Week. The setting chosen was not accidental, namely Porto Cervo, since it is in Costa Smeralda from June 25 that the ORC World Championship will be staged and the shipyard will field its top boats. Italy Yachts Sailing Week was thus an opportunity to gather, but also a chance for crews participating in the World Championship to test the field.
THE FIRST EDITION OF ITALY YACHTS SAILING WEEK
The first two days saw the fleet sail through some of the most famous passages in the coastal routes of the La Maddalena Archipelago such as Passo delle Bisce, the islands of Monks and Mortoriotto. On today’s day after patiently waiting at sea for about two hours for the breeze to come in, the Race Committee had the AP signal hoisted above the letter A flag, indicating to the competitors the decision not to do any more racing for the day.
The overall ranking sees Scugnizza, Enzo De Blasio’s IY 11.98, in first place, which also climbs to the top step of the podium in the Racer class, without having missed a beat. Giulia, IY 9.98 by Rudolf Vrestal, along with Sofima, IY 15.98 by Michele Centemero, dominated the entire series chased by Joshua 3, IY 10.98 by Giuseppe Gubbini, who in doubles with Giorgio Saviani, held firm in fourth place overall. Short rankings in the middle positions where Sakura, Andrea G. Busso’s IY 13.98, Furia, Michele Vitulano’s IY 14.98, and Mezzaluna II, Gino Rigotti’s IY 13.98, finished within just three points of each other.
THE OTHER AWARDS
The Italia Yachts Challenge Trophy went to Michele Centemero with Sofima, first in the Cruiser category, the most numerous. Second and third place in this division are Fury and Crescent II, respectively.
The Garmin special prize went to the Arcidiacono family on Reginella, at their debut in the world of racing they were able to perfectly interpret the spirit of the event by racing as a family and staying on the boat. Alberto Salatti on È Mia III, IY 13.98, Andrea Busso on Sakura, IY 13.98 – fourth place finishers in the Cruiser and Racer classifications, respectively – won prizes offered by Quantum Sails.
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