Rome for All: Kuka 3 wins it all, Splinter also coming up.


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Goes to Franco Nieggeler’s Cookson 50 Kuka 3 the win in real time, and also in Irc and Orc handicap, of Roma per Tutti, the offshore race from Riva di Traiano to Lipari and back. It was a success built especially immediately after the Aeolian passage, when Cookson went to meet the front to hook the incoming northwest and pull a spectacular left-handed layline of more than 200 miles.

This is the report sent to us from aboard Kuka 3 by Lamberto Cesari about the last 24 hours of racing:

Aboard Kuka 3. Photo Lamberto Cesari

“At last we are running! Having found the south we hoisted the A2 and finally grinded out some miles after yesterday’s slow day. A few hours at 15 knots of speed and the Kuka3 shows its muscles and some healthy fun running to the front ahead of the mistral. We are now in this choppy transition with the wind to turn northeast and we sail starboard tack to find the mistral that will bring us home. So many miles done, 150 to go…What a sight! after a couple of hours of upwind starboard tacking into the night we finally tacked for what will be a long last tack to port. the mistral from the 12 knots of dawn has increased to 20, waves of over two meters and Kuka3 flies over the waves at 60 degrees to the wind below J3 and a hand. Sunshine, clear skies and a spectacle on deck, a little less comfortable resting below….but the miles between us and the finish are diminishing fast, we should be able to get there with the last light of day.”

Behind Kuka 3, in real time and in all likelihood also in compensated time, should place Nino Merola’s Swan 42 Scheggia arriving in Riva di Traiano, with oceanic Alberto Bona and Nacra 17 national team sailor Cecilia Zorzi also aboard. Further from the finish line are the rest of the fleet and the Per Due competitors, expected in the evening at Riva di Traiano.



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