District 14  Regatta Report

Fri Jun 3rd, 2016 through Sun Jun 5th, 2016

52nd Trofeo Emilio Benetti


Sailed at Viareggio, Italy.

Report by Antonio Tamburini:
This year many, including myself, were convinced that the races could not be run and no trophy was to be awarded at the 52nd Trofeo Benetti. Sailing Viareggina had prepared with meticulous care all from the logistics onto the course, prepared to welcome the boats guests, the gala dinner at the Club Nawith with a new chef.

But the wind, because of a disturbed gigantic mass that devastated Paris, and the other sporting event of the week .. Roland Garros (tennis), the classic "maestralino" of the sunny Versilian coast gave way to a endless black clouds and pouring rain. So passed Thursday and Friday, when no boats could leave the dock to navigate a 'bit ... in our sport you know ... no wind no race.

On Saturday morning the race committe hoped for a warning signal at 11 but efforts were thwarted by the weather conditions ... clouds unchanged .. light rain and especially no wind! Crews were wandering lazily, gathered to chat under the marquee on the pier, ate at the bar, watched the trials of Moto GP ... the hours passed as did hope of racing. But at 15.30 a ray of sunshine warmed the Apuan Alps and an unstable breeze marked the sea to horizon. The classic sound of a trumpet had boats slowly take to the sea in the hope of finally being able to race.

Despite the stubbornness of the race committee again the weather made a mockery of the sailors, and after an hour of puffs, reinforcements and jumps, forced the organization to retreat into port without the honors of war. On Saturday night with the weather forecast for Sunday in hand, local bookmakers were quoted assigning Benetti about as much hope as the victory of Leicester in Premiere League!

As for Sunday, magic came around noon as the sun had the upper hand over the dark clouds and 4/5 knots began to blow from the southwest. The competent president Tosi did hauled down hastily postponement flag and to kicked off the first round of the trophy. With 5/6 knots from 225 and a lively current at 240 the first race began. The group as usual was divided between the right and the left of the field depending on whether considering prevailing wind or current. After half of the race the right group seemed to stretch on opponents but reaching the first buoy saw, unhappily, the rest of the fleet, now benefiting from a higher pressure left. First at the buoy was ITA 8500 Possati Giachetti followed by Poggi. In the first run Poggi had inside at the mark and from there began a solo ride to victory. Behind him the positions mingled several times caused by the wind continuing to creats pressures or holes for the happiness of those who could be in the right place at the right time. Top 3 Poggi, Nazzaro, Possati.

The Committee quickly started the second race as the wind jumped to 230. Once again, despite the trend favoring the right of the field, the first boats to show up for the first windward mark came from the center- left. Poggi already firmly in head while coming in close between Paul Masserdotti and Antonio Balderi. Top 3 - Poggi, Balderi, Masserdotti.

The wind increased a bit up to 8 knots, so a third race could be run. aftero a couple of false starts. the third race came out of the blocks. Direction 240 now, many of the crew decided to start near the committee boat, and in contrast to previous tests, the right was paying slightly. Balderi Anguillesi, continued to race in a state of grace and countering the various attacks of the backwaters boats, were to triumph in the final round, winning the 2nd place in the Trophy and winning the Bandoni Trophy, awarded to the first classified crew of the SV Viareggina. Poggi finished third, winning the Benetti while the constancy of Ritucci- Ciotti allowed them to climb to the third step of the podium.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 Total
1 Pan Di Stelle   Poggi   Corsi   8155   Rom   1.0 1.0 3.0 5
2 Oca   Balderi   Anguillesi   8465   PDV   4.0 2.0 1.0 7
3 8014   Ritucci   Ciotti   8014   Cap   9.0 5.0 2.0 16
4 8202   Nazzaro   Rocca   8202   LdB   2.0 7.0 10.0 19
5 Ma!!!   Mugnaini   Mugnaini   8435   PDV   7.0 4.0 8.0 19.0001
6 8114   Masserdotti   Ballarin Cheleo   8114   Gar   13.0 3.0 5.0 21
7 Asterope   Astorri   Del Col   8503   Viar   5.0 12.0 4.0 21.0001
8 Altair   Possati   Giachetti   8500   Viar   3.0 10.0 9.0 22
9 Darling   Insom   Dell'innocenti   8485   FDM   6.0 11.0 6.0 23
10 8290   Borroi   Lambertenghii   8290   NG   8.0 8.0 7.0 23.0001
11 Starnuto   Massacesi   Bellini   8382   Viar   11.0 9.0 13.0 33
12 Caravaggio   Bonanno   Ticulin   8363   PDV   10.0 15.0 12.0 37
13 Tamburicci   Tamburini   Chinca   8242   NG   12.0 6.0 21.0 [DNS] 39
14 Butzi   Lanfranchi   Cinquini   500   PDV   14.0 14.0 11.0 39.0001
15 363   Barelli   Gorii   363   Viar   15.0 16.0 15.0 46
16 Kua   Papini   Berni   7339   FDM   21.0 [OCS] 13.0 14.0 48
17 8258   Berti   Portoni   8258   FDM   21.0 [DNS] 21.0 [DNS] 21.0 [DNS] 63
17 8221   Buzzi   Barindelli   8221   Man   21.0 [DNS] 21.0 [DNS] 21.0 [DNS] 63
17 Ciccia   Sodano   Paloschi   8467   IS   21.0 [DNS] 21.0 [DNS] 21.0 [DNS] 63
17 8327   Nanni Costa   Canali   8327   Mu   21.0 [DNS] 21.0 [DNS] 21.0 [DNS] 63

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