Two Worlds Collide in Elements Race
Published on October 19th, 2018
While the late great Tom Blackaller was known for both his sailing exploits and motor racing skills, he never combined them in the same contest. However, bringing these two sports together is what the Elements Race will be doing when it combines offshore and off-road competition in this four day event.
Now in its third edition, the 2019 event will discover the southern Sardinian coast for the unique adventure on April 27-30. The event will be based out of Marina di Capitana for the schedule of 2 off-road days followed by 2 sailing days.
The off-road stages navigated by road-book, which will have distances of 150km and 180 km, are now enriched by speed-regularity passages and will be open to traditional 4×4 vehicles alongside the SSVs already seen in the previous editions.
“At Elements Race we are raising the bar year-in-year-out,” comments Rudy Briani, 7 times at the Dakar and responsible for the off-road stages. “In 2019 we will have hidden check-points, increase the speed rhythm and altogether be more attractive for those participants who already have rally and rally-raid experience.”
The sailing element of the biathlon will also undergo significant changes, giving up the coastal dimension of the J70s in past editions to welcome the fast G34 one-design boats of Cino Ricci designed by Jean-Marie Finot for the epic Giro d’Italia a Vela.
Both days three and four will feature a challenging 80nm course running from Marina di Capitana round Isola Rossa and back.
“The G34 is a technical boat made for high performance offshore racing” explains Franco Ricci. “Our location in southern Sardinia offers options to sail in any meteorological condition.”
The only prerequisite for participation is that out of the 4 team members, 2 are experienced sailors and 2 carry a driver’s license valid on Italian soil. The general and final rankings are a sum of the daily points and will decide the Elements Race podium after 4 days of non-stop action.