Mediterranean ORC Championship: what a race in Sorrento!

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The Mediterranean ORC Championship Fleet.
The Mediterranean ORC Championship Fleet.

Some of Italy’s and Europe’s best offshore boats gathered in Sorrento for the Mediterranean ORC Championship, part of the larger Rolex Tre Golfi Sailing Week program. There were 26 boats entered, including one from France, one from Switzerland, one from Lithuania, one from Germany and one from Latvia. Five races completed, almost all in medium-light wind conditions, over the three days of racing.

Mediterranean ORC Championship – Who Won

Italy 11.98 sugar 3

Splendid final day for Ott Kikkas’s Estonian Sugar 3, with Italians Matteo Ivaldi, Matteo Polli, Sandro Montefusco and Saverio Cigliano aboard, who won both races, appearing first overall in all classes, and winning the Racer Group trophy. For Sugar 3, a confirmation even in the year when the Italia 11.98 no longer races in the “small” group, but competes with the largest boats in the rated fleet.

Huber Ruedi’s Swiss Musica, composed of a mainly Swiss and German, but very international crew, took second place in its category, followed by the other TP52 in the fleet, Carl Peter Foster’s German Red Bandit, with Danish match-race ace Jesper Raddich aboard.

In the Cruiser Racer A-B Group, the winner is Stefano Rusconi’s Italia Yachts 11.98, To Be – the bearer of the Yacht Club Italiano of Genoa – which finished with honor in second place overall today. On the second step of the class podium is Guardamago III, Massimo Piparo’s Italia Yachts 11.98, followed by another Yacht Club Italiano boat, Giancarlo Ghislanzoni’s J 122 Chestress 3.

In Cruisers C the best, for all three days of racing, was Giovanni Jonata Di Cosimo’s X-37 Wanax Exp Team 2 The World, followed by Enrico Maria Danielli’s X-35 Cavallo Pazzo 2 and in third place Edoardo Lepre’s m.ART, a Vrolijk 37 mod.

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