2K Finals triumph for Italy’s Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
Day 3 of simply brilliant conditions in the Italian paradise of Porto Ercole in Argentario saw the final stages of the 2K Cala Galera event.
Surrounded by a fleet of spectator boats the short sharp and highly dynamic racing brought roars of support and hails of despair from the crowded decks as teams fought out their fast moving duels
Filippo Molinari’s seasoned team from Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) having finished the round robin in a disappointing fourth, were to show there prowess by first eliminating the highly talented team from the Royal Cork Yacht Club, in a tightly contested 2 race semi, before moving to a spirited final.
In the other semi final, the highly aggressive Rome Racing Team, came back from losing their first race to Oxford Magnum to take the series 2-1.
But the finals were to prove that the old expression ” those who live by the sword die by the sword” could not be truer. Molinari’s team sailing with calm certainly showed their true mettle while their opponents Rome Racing, aggressively attacking collected penalty after penalty. Two requests for redress from Rome were both dismissed by the Jury to leave YCCS the undisputed winner, to the delight of the many crowded spectator boats.
In the Petit Final, The Irish took on new comers to the circuit Team Magnum and after some brilliant team Racing emerged the winner, taking third place.
The remaining teams joined a Silver League “King of the Castle”. Having had a difficult first 2 days CC Aniene suddenly discovered the form that had given them victory in Porto Cervo 2 months ago, moving up to 8th, only to be stopped by the promising host team, CNVA
1 Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
2 Rome Racing Team (RCCTR)
3 Royal Cork Yacht Club
6 Royal Thames Yacht Club
7 Club Nautico Vela Argentario (CNVA)
8 CC Aniene
9 Howth Yacht Club
10 Bayerscher Yacht Club