Lets start with the highlights.
Friday evening the Yacht Club totally met its promise of a great social evening, a very Italian BarB Q, followed by music and dancing well into the night.
Saturday evening and the party moves to the Yacht Club restaurant, superb food and wine and then the teams discovered the night clubs and bars of Gaeta.
Sunday morning and all are feeling hopeful of a great day of Gaeta racing as we were greeted with a fresh breeze from what looked the right direction. All afloat and the breeze changed direction and then died.
Eventually there was just enough wind to start the racing. Bavaria vs Serpentine. Serpentine were clearly the team to beat as they had a no loss record… but losing the start was to prove their undoing. In what was increasingly light conditions Bavaria were able to keep in the puff, with a 1-2 only briefly challenged.
Then the wind died completely. A skippers pow wow and racing was agreed to be abandoned. Well not all bad news, as just across the road are a range of brilliant Gelatarie…and the sun was shining brightly and the water temperature was just perfect for a long and refreshing swim.
Back to the racing
With just one round robin completed the overall results were
1st Serpentine (GBR)
2nd Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR)
3rd Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (ITA)
4th Bayerischer Yacht Club (GER)
5th Belgium (BEL)
6th Gamla Stan Yacht Club (SWE)