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Melges 24 Europeans on Lake Garda, Italy Overall

by Fiona Brown 7 Sep 2001 17:26 BST

SEAN THE LUCKY SHEEP BRINGS CEDRIC POULIGNY SUCCESS IN TORBOLE

The Melges 24 Europeans drew to a close with a final seventh race in Torbole today. Racing started just before 9am in a brisk northerly breeze with most of the overall leaders opting for the left end of the line and the left hand side of the course.

Cedric Pouligny and Laurent Pages both got excellent starts and committed hard to the left while Jamie Lee opted for left middle. Of the main players only Mario Ziliano and Silvio Santoni opted for the right and a few smart lower ranked crews decided to go with the local knowledge. At the first weather mark Ziliano led followed by Kristoffer Spone, Jorgen Heje, Michael Henning, Umberto Roncari and Walter Pirinoli (helming for Jean Pierre Dick) with Alba Batzill sloting into 7th. Jamie Lea rounded in the high 20s with Flavio Favini, Pouligny and Pages all floundering in the 40s.

The leaders and the majority of the fleet remained on starboard after the hoist. Lea was the first to gybe away followed by Pouligny. By the bottom of the run Lea had pulled up to 10th and Pouligny and Pages had made it into the 20s rounding the mark side by side. At the front of the fleet Santoni led from Ziliani followed by Henning, Batzill and Heje with Carolina Toll sixth.

The fleet went right up the second beat and by the second top mark Ziliano had passed Santoni who rounded second but then broached to allow Henning through on the inside. Batzil remained fourth while Spone had pulled back to fifth ahead of Heje and Pirinoli. Lea dropped back to 11th with Pouligny, Flavini and Pages still stuck in the 20s.

The breeze began to drop off slightly during the second run and places continued to change back and forth all the way. Up the final beat Santoni and Toll went right away from the fleet initially before coming back into the leading pack of 8 boats two thirds of the way up. At the line Ziliani took the honours followed by Henning, Santoni, Batzil and Spone. Lea had managed to pull up to 8th with Toll immediately behind him.

Favini eventually finished in 16th with Pouligny 21st and 22nd. With the points so close it was all hands to the calculators to work out the standings. The race committee attempted to start the eights race but the northerly breeze was becoming light and unstable and after an initial recall the fleet was sent ashore to await further instructions.

Eventually at 2.30pm all further racing was cancelled and Cedric Pouligny could breath a sigh of relief that the European title was his by just 0.6 of a point - his lucky mascot Sean The Sheep (who sits on his tiller) was obviously working overtime today. Alba Batzill finished second overall with Laurent Pages third, Mario Ziliani fourth and Jamie Lea fifth.

Photos from Day 5: (click thumbnail for full picture) ©: Fiona Brown/IMCA

Overall Results: (7 races)

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1FRA-383SOROMAP / BIG SHIPCEDRIC POULIGNY5.71010012852764
2GER-507VITOALBA BATZILL3273101445865
3FRA-388P&P NORTH SAILS LA ROCHELLAURENT PAGES2105.7160542871
4ITA-139ALE ALI 3 ""ALA""MARIO ZILIANI16220218513072
5GBR-437BLACK SEALJAMIE LEA20152181331473
6ITA-490HAGARSILVIO SANTONI15359303185.774.7
7ITA-438ALTEAANDREA RACCHELLI255.7241585.72179.4
8SUI-483MONARI FEDERZONIFLAVIO FAVINI10830316852289
9NOR-249FREUEN MARENKRISTOFFER SPONE3519162631010102
10NOR-418RETT RUNOT HJØRNETHERMAN HORN JOHANNESSEN8531191710825110
11ITA-421CITTA' DI CESENATICOEGIDIO BABBI2830375.7191047129.7
12FRA-370SNUGASABUGTHIERRY BERGER3121814324926132
13FIN-236SUUNTOKENNETH THELEN30181812233242132.7
14USA-353MAD CAPTOM FREYTAG29291723201685134
15FRA-489HUMAN CANNON BALLWALTER PIRINOLI85172027174412136.7
16FRA-369GROUPE LACIEN BARRIEREOLIVIER DUCELIER26201324263037139
17GER-427FRITZPHILIPP SCHOELLER18322941221285153.7
18NOR-341DOLLYERIK ARTHUR8371431296444163
19GBR-340WHITE RABBITMICHAEL HENNING4126151885623165
20FRA-461EURO VOILESJACQUES DI RUSSO33164722154139166
21GBR-405THE MUTS NUTSROB SMITH0123464443645170.7
22NOR-343AL-CAP-ONEPEER MOBERG24251240275068177.7
23ITA-487HEDIMEGICAGIAMPIERO POGGI52423238213131195
24MON-429CHALOUPA IIANTOINE FRICKEY46244528336623199
25GBR-431GILLRIX STUART85433113243756204
26FRA-502MEDI-SPI / R-LEBRASERIC RENAULT37224237346034206
27GBR-359MUSTGOKEITH MUSTO44384329282843209
28FRA-472POKEMONBRUNO JOURDREN50135519534335212
29NOR-357IL - XCAROLINA TOLL32544048473415215
30NOR-328BREEZINTHOMAS GUTTORMSEN55333625375133215
31NOR-402NEW DEALJORGEN G HEJE13565233518513217
32GER-263NO LIMITSWOLFGANG WELZ45523867352920219
33FRA-193COTES D'ARMORPHILIPPE LEGROS36352853854036228
34FRA-122LAPIN - LAPINEWAN RIOU62397752412616236
35FRA-329FLOR DIRECTALAIN ROIG12405444852364236.7
36NOR-266KJEMPEKJELLHALVOR SCHOYEN85552542491751238
37FIN-214MARINEL MASTERVOLTKARI HEIKKILA53636854252024239
38SWE-508ROJNING & CO.CLAES RÖJNING42365743422161241
39FRA-413MELG' HIC TAZGUILHELM BOYER14623920854562242
40NOR-376ERNST & YOUNGBROR. A. BERGE48416932185652247
41FRA-212DEVISMUTUELLE.COMTHIERRY BOISBOUVIER47486770431930254
42ITA-481LIOCORNO MELSINEOBRIGHENTI VALERIO51772645387129260
43SWE-235SEMCONMAGNUS HANSSON54516139482453268
44FRA-392PERROS - GUIRECJEAN MARIE LE CALVEZ23683371855619268.8
45GBR-3263 TO 6 HAPPY HOURSIMON HUGHES40764961394832269
46GBR-410FIVERNEIL HARRISON17478550853941279
47GBR-298AUDINIGEL GROGAN85285049402785279
48ITA-501FOREVER GCASADEI ROBERTO67238551853817281
49USA-491MAD HATTERNICK HALMOS637344575.78540281.7
50FIN-289MARINEL PATUANTTI NIINIRANTA22497268852548284
51FRA-373EXA INFORMATIQUEOLIVIER ADE38614659852259285
52SUI-336OLPMICHAEL GOOD27782760506955287
53FRA-232CARUSOJEANS FRANCOIS CUTUGNO71347647561571293
54FRA-264C. PARISIENNE ASCENSEURSTHIERRY LACOUR56535146553365293
55GBR-334TEAM WOOLWICHSIMON COLERIDGE59594856364685304
56NOR-349PARTY GIRLJENS WATHNE49853566545358314
57FRA-386ANDASKATHIERRY EUDE85602336855263319
58ITA-138CITTA' DI BOLOGNAMASSIMILIANO SIRENA34456635857367320
59GER-504MISSIS BONESANDY VINCON85502234858550326
60FIN-434POHJOLATOMI HAKOLA39715672853560332
61FRA-423ZIG ZAG 15HENRI SAMUEL19468555856770342
62ITA-311CORAZON / EURONICSUMBERTO RONCARI65577175857218358
63FRA-252J GAULOJEAN PAUL DOUCHY60746365854754362
64NOR-1450THOMAS CHRISTENSEN76584158856173367
65BEL-335AQUAPSYCHOMARC VAN DAMME66707373455766376
66SWE-172JACUZZIBERGH TORSTEN43448579854285378
67FRA-358MAGIC SALSADANY MICHEL MARCADET72677476527046379
68FRA-471MUKITO DE PAVANT57855362857449380
69ITA-356B.T. - CITTA' DI ROVERETOCLAUDIO ARMANI61647885615574393
70GER-320GERONIMOMICHAEL ZERR58795874856366397.2
71GER-191KH+PGUENTER TZESCHLOCK64856085576572402
72GBR-488THE DRILL SQUADROGER MARTEL75727578856838405
73ITA-517FREESPIRITMARCO GUERRA73656269858557411
74GBR-394THE BLACK PIGJOEL MC DONALD77817080855869434
75ITA-237RAWCLAUDIO DUTTO74696563858585440
76GER-310MACH 1MARTIN RUFFEN69808577855985454
77GBR-453WKD BLUEJOE WOODS68756485858585461
78GBR-435WILD THINGDAVID FRANKS70828581858585487

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