“I didn’t start the engine in the regatta!” Carlo Potestà was able to prove it


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Do you remember the affair of Carlo Potestà, the yachtsman from Viareggio who had been disqualified at GiragliOne (the solo race on the Rome-Giraglia-Rome leg) based on the allegation that he had started his engine while racing? At the protest (filed by the three solitaries Matteo Miceli, Mario Girelli and Sergio Frattaruolo) tracking records had been brought in, which, according to the Jury’s verdict, have incompatibilities with the speeds to be attributed to sail propulsion. Potestà had started quite far behind, due to the wrapped gennaker, and then completed a textbook comeback on his Elan 410 Phantomas. Put in the pillory, Potestà has always maintained his innocence. The last time we told you about him was to inform you that the Appeals Jury had upheld Potestà’s appeal. Now comes the ruling of complete acquittal. He wrote Potestà on his Facebook page:

“It’s been ayear that I’ve been plagued by slanderous accusations about unsportsmanlike behavior for using the engine to win the 2014 Roma-Giraglia and according to some even the 2014 Roma for 1 and the 2013 Roma for 2, this one only in compensated time. The first hearing, June 29, 2014, where first the judges propose me to withdraw and upon my refusal disqualify me with application of rule 69, upon my request for clarification, they say and write: you don’t worry, we know. I immediately apply for Appeal in Genoa, fortunately in the IVF, Jury of Appeal there are competent people who accept the Appeal, ruling not only procedural flaws to the judges, but also lack of cross-examination and double version.

On July 18, the final hearing was convened, basically the first hearing was remade with proper procedures and the presence of Judge Michele Micalizzi, the ruling made official last night, July 23, sees the 3 testimonies brought by the CoP president rejected, received the evidence and weather, Zygrib and Lamma 3 km brought by me and likewise dismissed the protests because in the absence of evidence there are no established facts. Sorry to bore you, but I’ve been waiting for this for a year, I hope journalists will give the same space to this news as that given a year ago, even though the content has changed considerably.”



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