New leader tops the standings at ORC Sportboat Europeans


1 June 2018

  After three races held in light-moderate breeze today, a new leader has arisen to the top of the ranks in the ORC Sportboat European Championship 2018, hosted by YC Porto Piccolo. On scores of 2-2-3-2 Ugo Guarnieri’s Delta 84 Chardonnay from Sistiana, Italy leads the fleet of 27 teams from 6 nations by only one point over the reigning ORC Sportboat Champion from 2016, Edoardo Marangoni’s and Nicolo Cavallarin’s Fat 26 Mind the Gap.

Only another two points separates Mind the Gap from yesterday’s coastal race winner Destriero, Davide Rapotez’s Melges 24, who is now in third place.

The completion of three inshore races held today and the coastal race on Thursday means the event can be declared a valid championship having met the minimum number of races needed according to ORC’s Green Book of Championship Rules.

The makes the ORC’s Chairman of the Offshore Classes and Events Committee, Paolo Massarini, quite pleased with the progress and quality of the event.

“I have been quite impressed with both the quality of the competition and how our Race Committee has been giving the teams fair races even in unsteady conditions,” he said. “The diversity of sportboat types here is impressive – there are some 15 designs represented here – yet no one type is dominating, and the racing is quite close.”

In today’s second inshore race, for example, there were only 2 seconds in corrected time separating the winner Destriero and Mind the Gap…and this was after nearly an hour of sailing on the 4.4-mile windward-leeward course.

“The top teams are winning by making good starts, good tactics, and going fast around the course,” said Massarini. “To see this reflected in the results is a good sign for use of ORC ratings for these boat types.”

There are 27 teams competing at this event from 6 nations, with racing held through Sunday.



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