Germany Takes Lead At ISAF Offshore Team World Championship
The biennial event, now in its 17th edition, sees national teams compete for the coveted Sardinia Challenge Trophy. With racing scheduled to continue for a further two days and a maximum of four more races to be disputed before the final prize giving on Saturday 3 July, all is yet to play for.
Following the Jury's decision regarding protests on the previous evening the overall classification was completely revised and the eight competing teams headed into the coastal race led by Italy 2 (Joe Fly e B Lin Sailing) in first place, Germany (Struntje Light e Teasing Machine) in second and Italy (Nerone e Fantasticaaa) in third. As a result of Germany's faultless performance in the 16 nautical mile course, the team is now followed at the top of the leaderboard by Italy 2 and USA with the Farr 40 Barking Mad and the Melges 32 Bliksem.
Germany's two bullets gained on day three leave them on 34 points, 10 points ahead of Italy in second place. The Italian team, one of two competing in the World Championship, managed a fifth place with Giovanni Maspero in Joe Fly and a seventh with B Lin Sailing.
Francesco Bruni, tactician on board Joe Fly and former America's Cup sailor, admitted that the home teams did not shine on the water today:
"The Germans sailed better than us, and by us I mean the Italians in general. The Italians chose to stay close to the coast while the Germans looked for the open water and it was the right decision. The wind this week has been very light and shifty, definitely difficult conditions. Struntje is very fast in these conditions and they are sailing really very well. The championship is still completely open however, with four more races to be run everything can change."
Team USA moved up the classification to third place thanks to Jim Richardson in Barking Mad taking a second place coupled with a fifth place gained by Pieter Taselaar on Bliksem. They sit on 47 points, just one point ahead of fourth placed Italy 2.
There is only one coastal race scheduled for the event which took the fleet north through the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago to round Monaci island and down to the shortened finish at Mortoriotto island. The race started in approximately 7-8 knots of northerly breeze which had fallen to approximately 5 knots and shifted to 120° by the time the fleet finished.
Audi Sardinia Cup Provisional Overall Team Results after Day Three:
1- GERMANY: STRUNTJE LIGHT (3,6,6,1,1,1 =18 ); TEASING MACHINE (3,3,1,4,4,1 =16): Total 34
2- ITALY 2: Farr 40 JOE FLY (1,5,3,5,3,5 =22); Melges 32 B-LIN (1,1,7,5,1,7 =22): Total 44
3- USA: BARKING MAD (7,3,4,2,2,2=20); BLIKSEM (2,6,5,3,6,5=27): Total 47
4- ITALY: NERONE (5,2,1,4,4,6=22); FANTASTICA (7,7,4,2,2,4=26): Total. 48
5- MALTA: ENFANT TERRIBLE (4,1,2,6,DSQ,4 =26); RUSH DILETTA (4,5,3,1,DSQ,2= 24): Total. 50
6- MONACO: PLENTY (2,4,5,3,5,7 = 26); AUDI GIACOMEL (6,2,2,8,DSQ,8 =35): Total. 61
7- UNITED KINGDOM: MANGUSTA RISK (8,7,8,7,6,3=39); NGONI (5,4,8,6,5,6=34): Total. 73
8- SWITZERLAND: VANITAS CUBE (6,8,7,8,7,8= 44); I.NOVA 2 (8,8,6,7,3,3=35): Total. 79