After 8 great races, we managed to win the tightest of victory at the Garda Cup in Lake Garda. Coming into the final day trailing the bahamian crew in “Blue Moon” by two points, we inched a bit closer with a great win in the first race of the day. The prerequisites were clear, whoever were first of the two boats in the last race would win the regatta.
After a pretty mediocre start, we were still able to recover good on the first beat and rounded the first mark just behind “Blue Moon”. At the hoist we were able to dive deep and sailed the whole run parallelling them for an inside rounding at the bottom. From then on, it was a matter of matchracing covering just to make sure they wouldn’t stand a chance of passing on the remaining leg.
Obviously, the results were great and we are really happy. Especially considering we haven’t sailed the 5.5 for almost two years. Due to other committments we stood out the Worlds last year but are really looking forward to this year’s Worlds in Cowes later this summer.
The crew of “Blue Moon” (Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger and Peter Vlasov) certainly deserves a congratulations as well. They sailed really well and pushed us hard. We both finished on equal points but we won the regatta having three race wins to their only one. Most certainly they will be one of the hardest competitors at the Worlds.
|1||NOR 57||KRISTIAN NERGAARD, JOHAN BARNE, TROND SOLLI SÆTHER, ROYAL NORWEGIAN YACHT CLUB ARTEMIS XIV|
|2||BAH 21||MARK HOLOWESKO, PETER VLASOV, CHRISTOPH BURGER, NASSAU YACHT CLUB NEW MOON|
|3||SUI 228||JÜRG MENZI, JÜRGEN EIERMANN, CHRISTOF WILKE, THUNERSEE YACHTCLUB TYC MARIE-FRANÇOISE XIX|
|4||BAH 22||GAVIN MCKINNEY, LARS JOHANNESSEN, MATHIAS DAHLMAN, NASSAU YACHT CLUB JOHN B|
|5||SUI 214||BERNARD HAISSLY, BERTHOUD NICOLAS, STAMPFLI DANIEL, CV SN GENIVA CARACOLE|
|6||ITA 79||MARCO BONZANIGO, SILVIO SANTONI, GIOVANNI ARRIVABENE, LEGA NAVALE MILANO 5BILLY5|
|7||NED 26||AREND JAN PASMAN, RON AZIER, KIM CHABANI, WSV BRASSEMERMEER FENG SHUI|
|8||SUI 213||HANS-PETER SCHMID, GILBERT DÜRR, JÖRG SONNTAG, SCM / TYC PUNGIN|
|9||SUI 201||TOBIAS ISLER, STAFFAN LINDBERG, SCE ZICCA|
|10||GER 83||JOERG GRUENWALD, MICHAEL SCHULZ, DOMINIK ZYCKI, HSC HAMBURGER SEGEL CLUB SILVERFOX|
|11||AUS 61||MARTIN CROSS, MARK GRIFFITHS, ROYAL PRINCE ALFRED YACHT CLUB ALPHA CRUCIS|
|12||SUI 209||BENT CHRISTIAN WILHELMSEN, LUKA STRAHOVNIK, LASSE BERTHELSEN, SNR OTTO|