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5.5 Metre Swiss/Italian Open - Final day

 
Jurg Menzi steers Marie Françoise XIX to Swiss title after dominant day in Gravedona

With a fifteenth Swiss title for Jurg Menzi, SUI 228 Marie Françoise XIX, of Jurg Menzi, Jurgen Eiermann, Christof Wilke, took the championship in style, winning the final two races, the last one by a huge margin.

The final day of the 5.5 Metre Swiss Italian Championship was a spectacular day on Lake Como with 15-20 knots of warm southerly keeping the fleet on their toes and providing some exceptional racing.

Marie Françoise XIX was the pace setter in the first race of the day, Race 4, but was caught downwind by BAH 22 John B of Gavin McKinney, Mathias Dahlman and Bjorn Hanse, who then controlled from the front to take the win.

The Swiss team then stamped their authority on the fleet by leading the next two races from start to finish, showing good starting, good tactics and impressive speed.

Despite a few mishaps including a bad broach in Race 5 and a terrible start in Race 6, SUI 251 New Moon of Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger and Peter Vlasov, held on to second overall with a 3,3,2.

While SUI 214 Caracole of Bernard Haissly and Nicolas Berthoud sailed a 4,2,3 to move up to third overall.

The next major event on the circuit is the combined Dutch German championship, this year being held within Travemunder Woche at the end of July, and then the World Championship in Cowes in August.

5.5 Metre Swiss/Italian Open - Final leaders from 19 after 5 races

1 SUI 228 Marie Françoise XIX (Jurg Menzi, Jurgen Eiermann, Christof Wilke) 7 pts
2 SUI 251 New Moon (Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) 10 pts
3 SUI 214 Caracole (Bernard Haissly, Nicolas Berthoud) 15 pts
4 BAH 22 John B (Gavin McKinney, Mathias Dahlman, Bjorn Hansen, Modern) 17 pts
5 SUI 126 Feng Shui (Arend Jan Pasman, Ron Anzier, Kim Chabani) 28 pts

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