And there are three. After successes in Cres in 2011 and Helsinki in 2013, Alberto Rossi’s Enfant Terrible – Minoan Lines won the ORC World Championship in Kiel. A victory achieved in a comeback: the Ancona owner’s team started the championship not at its best, only to win five of the last six races and oust the revelation of the regatta, Norwegian Claus Landmark 43. In addition to tactician Lorenzo Bressani, racing aboard Rossi’s TP52 were Gabriele Benussi (mainsail), Daniele Cassinari (strategist), Francesco Mongelli (navigator), Claudio Celon (trimmer), Massimo Gherarducci (grinder) and Federico Giovannelli (grinder). Also doing well was Silva Neo, Dennis Gehrlein’s GP42, which finished third ahead of the Norwegian Cookson 50 Camilla, carried by the Montefusco-Ferrarese pair, and Thomas Nilsson’s TP52 Wolfpack, 2013 European champion. Sixth place, and Corinthian title, for the very young Germans of Immac One4All, training partners of Enfant Terrible-Minoan Lines.
“LET’S GO TAKE BACK THE TITLE”
“Over thepast year, the words I spoke in the aftermath of the ORCi World Championship in Ancona have come back to me several times: in twelve months we will go to Kiel to take back the title we won in 2011 and 2012. A fixed thought, to satisfy which I put together a group of extraordinary sailors, who worked with passion, dedication and professionalism – explained a delighted Alberto Rossi shortly after singing the Mameli Anthem together with his boys – This victory repays us for all our efforts and proves that planning is the basis of everything. We came to Germany with a well-prepared boat and the papers in order to impose ourselves. We never gave up, even when things seemed to be going wrong. It was not easy, but in the end we can say that winning like this is even better. Finally, a heartfelt thank you to Daniele Cassinari, who despite a difficult week on a personal level, never let his professionalism fail: it is people like him who help make a difference.”
AND SOME PEOPLE SEW ON THE “STAR”
For his part, Enfant Terrible-Minoan Lines’ strategist and sail project manager on behalf of North Sails commented, “I feel great satisfaction because we have achieved an important result at the end of an event full of obstacles. I have just personally congratulated Lorenzo Bressani, who throughout this World Cup has never missed a call, confirming himself as a tactician of great depth. For me it is the tenth rainbow title, the star one: I still remember the first one, won together with Flavio Favini in 1995. I was younger then and had less white hair: this is something that should give me pause.”
After a short vacation period, the Enfant Terrible Sailing Team will return to assemble to take part in the Rolex Big Boats Series in San Francisco (Sept. 11-14), valid as the last leg of the Farr 40 U.S. Circuit Championship and as a preparatory event ahead of the class World Championship, scheduled on the same race course between Oct. 16 and 18.