European ORC, the ranking speaks Italian


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Natalia-brailouThis year is truly golden for the Swan 42: after dominating at the Giraglia (with overall victories in both IRC and ORC), the 13-meter born from the pencil of Gérman Frers also triumphs at the European ORC Championship in Valencia. In Class A (21 participants, 7 nations represented), Natalia, Swan 42 owned by Romanian owner Natalia Brailou, won, with an all-Italian team aboard (expertly managed by Luca Lanzillo). In Class B (26 boats, 6 nations) it is Giuseppe Giuffrè who takes the title with his M37 Low Noise, reigning Mediterranean champion and an ORC European title already won in 2012.

With the discard of one race, excluding the offshore race, Low Noise took the lead over Pedro Campos’ Synergia 40 Movistar. Although the latter won all the inshore races, the 15.6 points in the long race was fatal to him and he had to settle for the silver medal. One more Italian for the third step of the podium: Nicola De Gemmis on the GS 39 Morgan IV, who owes his bronze medal to excellent placings in the buoy races. On the other hand, the top totally non-professional crews who won in the Corithian Division are both Spanish: Ithaca IX, Manuel Gallego’s First 47.7, 11th in Class A and, Tanit IV-Medilevel, Jose Maria Vila Valero’s GS37B in Class B.

“I’m satisfied because it’s another good result for Low Noise,” says owner Giuseppe Giuffrè, “the victory was particularly hard-fought because we were up against very strong boats here. Not only with Pedro Campos, but against the rest of a highly qualified large fleet. Until the last we fought not to miss the slightest opportunity, and the result of the long race was decisive for us.” With Duccio Colombi at the helm and Lorenzo Bodini at tactician Low Noise responded promptly to Campos’ attacks. Starting next winter we will see Giuffrè on a new boat, the Italia Yacht 998c designed by Matteo Polli, who followed the current M37 in the modifications.



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