ORC Sportboat Europeans concluded in Portpiccolo


3 June 2018

  A final day of racing yielded one more inshore race in light conditions to conclude the 7-race series at the ORC Sportboat European Championship 2018, hosted by YC Porto Piccolo.

Davide Rapotez’s Melges 24 Destriero from Italy, with his crew of Lorenzo Coslovich, Simone Viduli, Alan Ravaglio and Marie Sole, has won the 11-boat Division A. Winning Silver in this division was Agnes Watger’s Esse 850 Khulula from the Netherlands, and winning Bronze was Alessandro Gianni’s Melges 24 MIG from Italy. All three podium finishers had all-amateur Corinthian crews.

Meanwhile in Division B the team on Mind the Gap Tempus Fugit, the Fat 26 owned by Edoardo Marangoni and Nicolò Cavallarin who yesterday secured their overall win, also raced to yet another 1st placed finish and defeated 15 other entries in Division B. Silver medal finishers were Ugo Guarnieri’s Delta 84 Chardonnay, and winning Bronze was Gianni De Visintini’s UFO Cattivik. The top Corinthian entry in Division B was Maurizio Planine’s Zero named KM Zero in 4th place. All entries in Division B were from Italy.

“We are used to race in the Melges 24 Class and this is our focus,” said Destriero’s Davide Rapotez, “but decided to race here too under handicap, and I helped convince other Melges teams to come here as well. We also raced in this championship 2 years ago in Chioggia, and since then I have raced also on many ORC boats.”

Rapotez felt the ORC ratings were fair by saying “In the end the crew work makes the difference in the results, not just the handicaps.”

“This event has been very exciting on the water,” said ORC representative Paolo Massarini. “Great competition, tight results and nice conditions. The great diversity of boat types were all kept competitive in the non-planing conditions, which kept the racing extremely close. We had some good feedback from the competitors for more ORC sportboat racing in the future, and this matches the strong interest we have had both here in Europe but also around the world as well. “Our next focus will be on the Offshore World Championship in The Hague.”



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