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Still All To Play For At ISAF Offshore Team World Championship

1 July 2010

As published by ISAF

Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy - Day two of the Audi Sardinia Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, underway in Porto Cervo from 28 June to 3 July, saw team Malta move to the top of the overall classification.

However following the Jury's decision on protests overnight both Enfant Terrible (Farr 40) and Rush Diletta (Melges 32) of team Malta were disqualified in the fifth race of the series. Fratelli Giacomel Audi Team, the Farr 40 competing for team Monaco was also disqualified. As a result the revised overall classification sees Italy 2 (Joe Fly and B Lin Sialing) in first place with Germany (Struntje Light and Teasing Machine) in second. Team Italy (Nerone and Fantasticaaa) is in third place.

Two windward leeward races were held on day two on the race course off Porto Cervo. The first, race four of the series, started in 9-10 knots of wind from 345°. The breeze dropped to approximately 5-6 knots for the start of race five while temperatures on the north east coast of Sardinia remain high and are accompanied by sunshine and blue skies.

The team representing Malta rose to the top of the overall classification initially thanks to a first and second place gained by the Melges 32 Rush Diletta with former Italian and European 470 champion Matteo Ivaldi aboard. The Farr 40 Enfant Terrible took sixth place in the first race of the day and second in the second.

Italy 2, who held first place in yesterday's overall classification, fared less well with Giovanni Maspero's Joe Fly taking a fifth and fourth place while Luca Lalli's B Lin Sailing also took a fifth in the first race but was back on form in race five to take their third bullet of the series.

Germany's Struntje Light, with Denmark's Jes Gram Hansen aboard, clearly liked the light air and took two consecutive bullets. Team mates aboard the Melges 32 Teasing Machine achieved a fourth and a sixth place.

President of the Farr 40 European Fleet Schaefer was clearly pleased with today's performance: "Today's conditions were light and changeable but we are fairly used to that and we are happy that the event is being held here in Porto Cevro. I hope the wind will stay in for the next few days as we have only completed half of the races and with another five to go anything could happen in the classification. We had some luck today and we are looking forward to the next few days of racing."

Commenting on the challenges faced in a team racing situation he affirmed: "It is very different to racing on your own. In this kind of racing you are always responsible for the results of the whole team so both boats feel the pressure to fight for every point. Even if you are last you do everything possible to gain one extra point because that could make a big difference to the overall team result."

Winds are predicted to remain light, approximately 10 knots from north east on Thursday.

For further details and updated results visit the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda website.