Finesse in focus at ORC Worlds

Published on July 6th, 2017

Trieste, Italy (July 6, 2017) – In another light air day of flat water and breeze never exceeding 8 knots, inshore racing resumed for the second day at the ORC Worlds Trieste 2017. Only one race was held due to the light air, and yesterday’s series leaders continued to show their prowess in these conditions and no net change in leadership at the top of Classes A, B and C.

In Class A the top three teams are all Italian, with Vincenzo Onorato’s Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino earning their first win of the series to grab the runner-up position in the standings. Yet Maurizio Poser’s Swan 42 Sheraa Yacht Club Hannibal is still dominating the class in corrected time with a 3rd today and a 9 point lead ahead of the pack of 17 boats in this class. On having finished 4th today, Sandro Paniccia’s Scuderia 50 Altair 3 remains in third overall one point behind Onerato.

In Class B, Nube, Diego Zanco’s X-41 from Croatia remains firmly in the lead, but Renzo Grottesi’s Swan 42 Bewild has reached second place and leaves behind their sistership Swan 42 Selene Alifax skippered by Massimo De Campo thanks to their first race win today.

Among the Class C contenders, Alessio Querin’s Farr 30 Mummy One Lab Met is still at the head of the standings, but behind then is Giacomo and Franco Loro Piana’s fellow Farr 30 Sease, with Aivar Tuulberg’s Arcona 340 Katariina II having come up on the lowest step of the podium.

On the water, the easiest starts are in Class A, with 17 boats on the line, but in Class B it took three tries to tame the fleet of 49 boats on the line.

Even for Class C, the Race Committee had to endure four attempts to finally make the start of a 50-strong fleet of boats from which Cesare Bressan’s Melges 32 Airis was the winner for the second consecutive race.

Tomorrow is expected to be another day of light air and for this reason the Committee decided to postpone the start to 1:00 PM, trusting in the more reliable afternoon winds.

All three classes have now completed 2 offshore races and 3 inshore races. Nine races (2 offshore, 7 inshore) are scheduled on July 3 to 8.

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Source: Dobbs Davis

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