Please select your home edition
Edition
Henr-Lloyd 2021 For the love of foul weather LEADERBOARD

2021 Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour - Day 20 and Day 21

by World Sailing 27 Sep 2021 07:29 BST
Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour © Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour

Italian team Claudia Rossi & Pietro D'Alì have been crowned winners of the 2021 Hempel Mixed Two Person Offshore World Championship after a hard-fought final leg to Venice.

When the final leg started at lunchtime on Friday, Rossi and D'Ali were slow out of the starting blocks of the 100-mile overnight race from Marina di Ravenna, but the Italian duo kicked their Figaro 3 keelboat, ITA1 Team ENIT, into gear and took the lead by the halfway stage.

The rising sun was struggling to break through the Venetian morning mist, but emerging from the gloom in the lead was ITA1 Team ENIT, crossing the line first and taking the championship title. Four minutes later Team ESP from Spain crossed in second place, followed by Team Belgium who took third place by just four seconds from winners of the previous leg, ITA2 Marina Militare.

As the boats arrived into the breathtaking military basin in the heart of Venice, the Arsenale di Venezia, there were few smiling faces. The final approach to Venice involved navigating around a myriad of restricted zones due to oil platforms and other sea furniture, and some teams brought protests against others to seek clarification on whether others had contravened the restrictions. There was not yet a clear winner.

After a few hours of intense but friendly deliberation with the international jury, several teams received penalty points for navigational errors. For Rossi and D'Ali the champagne remained on ice until protests had been concluded. Eventually, however, the Italians were able to pop the cork, a release of emotion as they were finally able to celebrate becoming the first ever World Champions of Mixed Two Person Offshore competition.

Rossi shared her feelings after hearing the result. "It's an amazing feeling, it's like a dream that has come true. We fought until the end but then we had some protests to discuss, so it was not really easy. But now we can just feel good and have a party together because we did a great race and great teamwork together."

Aged 29, Rossi is exactly half the age of Pietro D'Ali, one of Italy's most experienced and respected offshore competitors. D'Ali commented: "To come back to offshore racing in this event, after the Solitaire du Figaro and Transat racing, it's a pleasure to be sailing again. I hope this format keeps going in the future. This is a perfect format for the Olympics."

Finishing runner-up was the other Italian team, ITA2 Marina Militare sailed by Giovanna Valsecchi & Andrea Pendibene. Two Italian teams winning on home waters doesn't tell the story of how close this championship was between the 10 teams representing eight nations. Team Belgium (Sophia Faguet & Jonas Gerckens) ran the winners very close for overall victory but had to settle for third overall.

Coming in fourth place and punching above their lack of offshore experience was Team South Africa, crewed by Michaela Robinson (age 21) and Siyanda Vato (age 28). "We've spent 11 years racing against each other," said Vato, "but this was the first time we've raced together. We worked together really well as a team, we've achieved much more than we could have dreamed of, lots of positives!"

Two of Michaela's siblings, Brennan and Catherine, flew out from the UK early in the morning to spring a family surprise on their younger sister before she flies back to South Africa. The same for Lennea Floser on Team Sweden, who was overjoyed to see a number of her family waiting on the dock in Venice to welcome her ashore. Her younger sister Josefin was bursting with pride for Lennea. "So amazing. I'm so proud of her. She's always accomplishing new goals, and she's always moving forward, never backward. It's very impressive what she has done."

This evening, in front of the Italy's secretary of state for defence, the prize-giving took place in the Arsenale di Venezia, the shining conclusion to a brand new world championship format.

Ten teams from eight nations competied in this inaugural World Championship. Part of the 2021 Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour around Italy, the 2021 Hempel Mixed Two Person Offshore World Championship was an 816nm race in Figaro 3 semi-foiling keelboats. The event was played out across three stunning stages along the Adriatic coast:

Leg 1: Brindisi to Bari
Leg 2: Bari to Marina di Ravenna
Leg 3: Marina di Ravenna to Venice

There were teams representing Italy, Belgium, USA, South Africa, Great Britain, Spain, Sweden and Poland.

Related Articles

RORC Transatlantic Race Day 14
The 15 teams still racing have seen a rapid rise in boat speed The latest teams to finish the RORC Transatlantic Race are Volvo 70 HYPR (ESP) skippered by Jens Lindner and Halvard Mabire's ORC50 GDD (FRA) racing Two-Handed with Miranda Merron. Posted today at 2:41 pm
Winter favourites the Zhik Team rely on
The Full Zip Fleece jacket is a must have mid-layer Made from 100% recycled polyester fibres, the Full Zip Fleece jacket is a must have mid-layer for all Dee Caffari's sailing and outdoor activities. Posted today at 12:35 pm
RORC Transatlantic Race - I Love Poland video
The VO70 team is composed of young talented Polish sailors Skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski, the team is composed of young talented Polish sailors. OBR Robert Hadjuk's great imagery shows what it's really like to race across the Atlantic in a Volvo 70. Posted today at 12:18 pm
Entries open for Cowes Week 2022
The team are excited about plans for this year's event Cowes Week Ltd (CWL) is delighted to announce that entries for Cowes Week 2022 will open at noon today, with Super Early Bird discounts available until 18 February. Posted today at 11:33 am
ILCA NZ Nationals - Day 2: Saunders and Armit lead
Three races were sailed on Day 2 of the ILCA 6 and 7 NZ Championships from the Queen Charlotte YC Three races were sailed on Day 2 of the ILCA 6 and 7 NZ Championships from the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club, Picton. There was no change to the ILCA7 overnight leaderboard, with current World Champion Tom Saunders, posting two wins and a second. Posted today at 10:14 am
Poole Regatta 2022 Entries Now Open
Enter early to benefit from discounted entry fees Entries for the International Paint Poole Regatta 2022 are now open at pooleregatta.co.uk. Enter early before midnight on the 20th March to benefit from discounted entry fees and relax knowing your place on the start line is secured. Posted today at 8:34 am
WLYC withdraws the 24 Hour Dinghy Race
Concern about the event's viability in years to come Following an in-depth review of the current circumstances, the WLYC Executive Committee has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the "24 Hour Race" due to take place on 10th/11th September 2022. Posted today at 7:07 am
2022 Allen Flying 11 Australian Championships
Siblings seize the day at Gosford Sailing Club With Queensland to host the Olympic sailing a decade from now, it's possible that some of our future representatives were competing in the 2022 Allen Flying 11 Australian Championships at Gosford Sailing Club last week. Posted today at 6:14 am
Herni-Lloyd Organic Fisherman Crew Knit
A contemporary interpretation of a true classic A contemporary interpretation of a true classic, our New Fisherman Knit is made using 100% organic cotton and features a salt washed look to feel like an old favourite from first wear. Posted on 20 Jan
A busy year ahead for Tenby Sailing Club
Including hosting the Firefly, Enterprise and Redwing nationals A busy year ahead is planned for the volunteers at sunny Tenby in west Wales. The club dinghy racing season kicks off in earnest on the first weekend in April with handicap racing for all dinghies including class racing for the popular Osprey fleet. Posted on 20 Jan