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5.5 Metre Alpen Cup/Trofeo Franco Santoni

 
Former 5.5 Metre world champions Artemis XIV NOR 57 (Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Trond Solli Sæther) had a great return to form this weekend after taking out the 2018 Alpen Cup/Trofeo Franco Santoni over eight races at Torbole on Lake Garda.Kristian Nergaard with the Alpen Cup Trophy, Johan Barne with the Trofeo Franco Santoni and Trond Solli Sæther -

They ended the regatta tied on points with New Moon, BAH 21 (Mark Holowesko, Peter Vlasov, Maschio, Christoph Burger), but won the title by virtue of having won more races. Marie-Françoise XIX, SUI 228 (Jürg Menzi, Jürgen Eiermann, Christof Wilke) took third.

In the class’s 70th anniversary year many teams are returning to the water ahead of the world championship Cowes, this August where a larger than normal turnout is expected.

The 2018 Alpen Cup in Torbole marked the beginning of the European season of the International 5.5 Metre Class with three days of very tight racing in traditional Garda conditions.

Twelve boats from six nations participated in this year’s edition.

The regatta began Thursday with three races in the southerly Ora. The first two races were sailed in about 14-18 knots with more pressure on the left-hand side of the course. Artemis XIV got it right more than most and managed to win the first two races.

New Moon, Marie-Françoise XIX and current world champions John B, BAH 22 (Gavin Mckinney, Mathias Dahlman, Lars Johannessen) traded second and third places.

The wind was shifting by the final race and was much softer, dropping from 16-8 knots and left many of the early front-runners struggling for position.

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Caracole, SUI 214 (Bernard Haissly, Daniel Stampfli, Nicolas Berthoud) took the glory of the third race by starting all the way at the committee boat end of the line, and finding a right-hand shift with more pressure.

Feng Shui NED 26 (Arend Jan Pasman, Kim Chabani, Ron Azier) took a solid second place in a very tricky race.

Friday was another epic day with three solid races. Circolo Vela Torbole put on some great race organisation starting precisely on time with wind conditions typical for Torbole with 15-18 knots and again, more wind on the left hand side of the course.

Race 4 was a duel between Artemis XIV and New Moon going hard to the left with the rest of the fleet right on their backs. New Moon maintained the best lane and rounded the top mark first and never gave up her lead.

Races 5 and 6 were very much the same, with Artemis XIV and New Moon going left to the rocks and Caracole, Marie-Françoise XIX and John B sailing more to the middle of the lake to look very good at certain points.

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Saturday, the final day of the event, provided even closer racing among the very competitive fleet.

First blood went to Artemis XIV, taking the win in Race 7 from New Moon and 5Billy5, ITA 79 (Silvio Santoni, Giovanni Arrivabene, Marco Bonzanigo).

The final deciding race was a nail-biter.

It was very busy at committee boat end of the line with Artemis XIV stuck between other boats. Marie-Françoise XIX tried to squeeze in between and go down on the line but was forced by Alpha Crucis to give way.

Marie-Françoise XIX eventually went right but made a small tack back about half way the course, which moved her up to first at the top mark. They went on to win their third race of the series.

5Billy5 finished a credible second and with Artemis XIV crossing just ahead of New Moon, the former world champions had done just enough to take the title on countback. Marie-Françoise XIX ended up third overall.

From 14-25 August 2018 the Royal Yacht Squadron will be hosting the International 5.5M Class World Championship and the International 5.5M Class Cups.

World Championship Information available here

5.5 Metre Alpen Cup

1st NOR 57 ARTEMIS XIV JOHAN BARNE, ROYAL NORWEGIAN YACHT CLUB 18,0 pts
2nd BAH 21 NEW MOON PETER VLASOV, NASSAU YACHT CLUB 18,0 pts
3rd SUI 228 MARIE-FRANÇOISE XIX JÜRGEN EIERMANN, THUNERSEE YACHTCLUB TYC 25,0 pts
4th BAH 22 JOHN B LARS JOHANNESSEN, NASSAU YACHT CLUB 34,0 pts
5th SUI 214 CARACOLE BERTHOUD NICOLAS, CV SN GENIVA 36,0 pts
6th ITA 79 5BILLY5 SILVIO SANTONI, LEGA NAVALE MILANO 36,0 pts
7th NED 26 FENG SHUI RON AZIER, WSV BRASSEMERMEER 43,0 pts
8th SUI 213 PUNGIN DÜRR GILBERT, SCM / TYC 43,0 pts
9th SUI 201 ZICCA TOBIAS ISLER, ISLER TOBIAS, SCE 47,0 pts
10th GER 83 SILVERFOX MICHAEL SCHULZ, HSC HAMBURGER SEGEL CLUB 59,0 pts
11th AUS 61 ALPHA CRUCIS MARTIN CROSS, PRINCE ALFRED YACHT CLUB 66,0 pts
12th SUI 209 OTTO LUKA STRAHOVNIK, SNR 91,0 pts

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