New champion in Class C at ORC Worlds
Published on August 8th, 2014
Kiel, Germany (August 8, 2014) – Giuseppe Giuffre’s Low Noise from Italy wins Class C with a day to spare, but fights remain in tomorrow’s final race for the remaining World Championship titles Kiel, Germany – In having earned an amazing score line that included four firsts and only one race less than second place among 66 entries, Giuseppe Giuffre’s modified M37 Low Noise from Italy has won the 2014 ORC World Championship in Class C. This is Low Noise’s 3rd World Championship crown, having also won in 2009 in Brindisi, Italy and in 2011 in Cres, Croatia.
Giuffre’s team included helmsman Duccio Colombi, tactician Lorenzo Bodini, and Giulia Spinelli, Benedetto Coviello, Alesandro Siviero, Maurizio Loberto, Donatella Ferretti, and Paolo Mandina, who had to leave for an emergency at home today but was replaced by a spare crew borrowed from Hans-Peter Schmidt’s German GP42 Silva Neo.
Today’s blue skies and warm temperatures brought in a perfect 7-11 knot easterly seabreeze for the penultimate day of competition. After a two-hour delay this morning to wait for this wind to fill, the conditions became stable in direction enough for race managers to start their sequences at about 14:00 local time for the day’s first two-lap windward-leeward course.
In Class A everyone behaved at the starts of the 7.2 and 9.6-mile courses with no recalls, so with flawless crew work, perfect pace and clear air, Alberto Rossi’s Italian TP 52 Enfant Terrible won both races, their 3rd and 4th in the series. Wind conditions were variable at 6-8 knots in the first race, and more steady at 8-11 knots in the second race.
With seven races now completed, Enfant Terrible’s discard of 21 points in the first offshore race dropped their total down to nearly half. This has closed the gap considerably with the series leader, Claus Landmark’s Norwegian Landmark 43 Santa, who sailed their discard today by earning an 11th place after having mark rounding problems in the second race.
So, with only a few points between them, the battle tomorrow for the Class A championship crown will be interesting, given that the forecast includes for the first time in the event wind velocities exceeding 20 knots, conditions where TP 52’s will plane downwind while Landmark 43’s will not. The two are well clear of Silva Neo in third place, who also stands to enjoy tomorrow’s planing conditions. It may be interesting to note that this same boat under its former name, Airis, was the Bronze medal winner in the 2012 ORC Worlds in Helsinki.
In the Class B course area there was a little more wind pressure being closer to the shore, so racing started a few minutes earlier on a similar 6.2-mile twice-around course. By winning this race, Albert Schweizer’s Leu from Germany had their best race yet, getting around the track and saving her time on the rest of Class B Gold, and even defeating the fastest boat in the Class, Peter de Ridder’s Dutch Swan 45 Checkmate, by only 21 seconds.
But with a discard now applied for this class and Jaak Jogi’s Forte earning 4th in this race and a 1st in the second race, the Estonian X-41 has taken a comfortable, but not insurmountable, lead of 17.50 points over fellow Estonian Eero Pank’s Salona 38 Reval Café. Also in contention only 0.5 points back is Milan Hajek’s Czech team on his First 40.7 Three Sisters, while another 7 boats are only within the next 10 points and lie in wait ready to ambush the podium in tomorrow’s final race.
In the fight for the remaining Silver and Bronze medals in Class C, Patrik Forsgren’s modified Beneteau 36.7 Team Pro4U from Sweden is in the lead, but by only 3.5 points over a fellow Swede, Martin Nilsson’s Salona 37 Vencom. But Michael Mollman’s X-37 Hansen is a mere 0.5 points behind, with Aivar Tuulberg’s Estonian Arcona 340 Katarina II not far away with a 7.5 point deficit.