AmericaOne Sailors Call Tactics in 1-2 Finish at ILC 40 WorldsPIRAEUS, Greece (July 15, 1996)Italy's Brava Q8, with AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard on board as tactician, successfully defended her ILC 40 World Championship, clinching the 1996 title with one race remaining in the seven-race series.
Finishing second was Makoto Uematsu's Esmeralda of Japan, with AmericaOne's John Kostecki sailing as tactician. Nine boats in the International Level Class competed in the week-long regatta, which was organized by the Yacht Club of Greece in cooperation with the Yacht Racing Club of Athens.
Brava Q8, owned by Pasquale Landolfi and skippered by Francesco de Angelis, finished the series with a 1-2-1-2-3-1-2 record, and also captured the Luca Dignani Memorial Trophy.
"While Brava did not need to sail the final race to win the world championship, she was out there doing her best because there is a special trophy for the winner of the combined inshore races," Cayard said. "This trophy means a lot to the crew of Brava because the trophy is in honor of a great young Italian sailor who tragically died in 1992 at the age of 25. Most of the crew of Brava sailed with Luca Dignani on Il Moro di Venezia in the 1992 America's Cup."
Brava Q8, again with Cayard as tactician, was first in class at the Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup last year, and led the Italian team to its first ever Admiral's Cup victory.
The Worlds clincher (Race 6) for the Bruce Farr-designed Brava was a difficult race because of the 35-plus knots of wind. This is Cayard's account of the race:The race started with 20 knots of wind and quickly built to 35+ knots as the yachts broad reached for the first nine miles. There were some broaches and a lot of water on the foredeck as the shifty winds from the land hit the boats.
Brava was in fifth place around the first buoy, and moved to third on the second leg while Esmeralda led with Atalanti (George Andreadis, Greece) in second.
On the third leg, a "two-sail" reach of 14 miles, Brava showed her legs and moved into second just two boat lengths behind Esmeralda. On the fourth leg, an upwind fetch, Brava moved into the passing lane and rolled over Esmeralda to take the lead, which she never reliquished.
Atalanti, which had slipped into fifth after the third leg, moved into third on the last leg to the finish, edging out Omen (New Zealand), with Tom Dodson of New Zealand at the helm.
- Brava Q8, Italy
- Esmeralda, Japan
- Atalanti IX, Greece
- Omen, New Zealand
- MK Café, Poland
- Osama-Citizen, Italy
- Fram X|, Norway
- Anemos, Greece
- Atalanti VI, Greece
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