2008 Results and Reports

June 21 - Spain victorious at the Sardinia Rolex Cup - ISAF Offshore Team World Championship

Porto Cervo, Italy. 21st June 2008. The Sardinia Rolex Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, came to a close today after a long wait for a breeze which did not materialize. The Race Committee waited until the final time limit of 3 p.m. before admitting defeat while Team Spain breathed a sigh of relief as the overall results after eight races became definitive and Spain claimed the title of ISAF Offshore Team World Champion for the third time (2000, 2004).


Nerone - team Spain, photo by Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Pedro Campos, helmsman of the Spanish TP52 Bribon Telefonica was understandably pleased on his return to port: “ We are delighted with this victory: it was hard-fought with the Italian Team but in the end we did it. Yesterday we sealed things with three straight victories on the TP52. What a fantastic job from the whole team. This is my third victory in the Sardinia and my twelfth World Championship.”

Each of Spain’s boats – Massimo Mezzaroma’s Farr 40 San Miguel telefonica Nerone helmed by Antonio Sodo Milgliori with Vasco Vascotto on tactics; Marco Salvi’s Swan 45 Telefonica Vertigo with Francesco Bruni on tactics; and Jose Cusi’s Bribon Telefonica with Campos at the helm and tactician Ray Davies – took four victories over eight races. Aside from Team Germany’s brief spell at the top of the classification on day one prior to the results of protests, Spain led for the duration of the event.


Mascalzone Latino - team Italy, photo by Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

"It has been a challenging week in which teamwork has been fundamental. We spent a lot of fun evenings together and created a team 24 hours a day and the results speak for themselves!” commented Vascotto of Nerone.

Team Italy placed second, eleven points behind Spain. All three of the Italian owners are YCCS members and both Riccardo Simoneschi’s TP52 Audi powered by Q8 and Danilo Salsi’s Swan 45 DSK placed well but it was Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino that really shone collecting two victories, five second’s and one third place leaving her top of the Farr 40s.


Struntje light - team Germany, photo by Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Team Germany finished in third place despite the best efforts of the United Internet Team Germany  sailors on board the TP52 Platoon who tied down three victories in the first three days of sailing. Teams Southern Europe and Russia took fourth and fifth place respectively.


Mangusta Risk - team Southern Europe, photo by Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

The Sardinia Cup Challenge Trophy was awarded to Team Spain by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, President of the Board of Directors of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, during the prize giving held on the Club’s Piazza Azzurra.


Artctur - team Russia, photo by Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

The YCCS sporting season continues tomorrow with the Boat International Superyacht Regatta (June 22nd to 26th).

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Sardinia Rolex Cup 2008 - Team Summary Results

Place) TEAM Overall Points
BOAT Points, Total

1) SPAIN   54
BRIBON-TELEFONICA             3.00 4.00 2.00 1.00 3.00 1.00 1.00 1.00,  16.00
TELEFONICA VERTIGO            1.00 1.00 3.00 1.00 4.00 5.00 1.00 3.00,  19.00
SAN MIGUEL TELEFONICA NERONE  3.00 1.00 3.00 6.00 1.00 1.00 3.00 1.00  19.00

2) ITALY   65
AUDI  POWERED BY Q8           5.00 1.00 4.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 3.00 4.00,  23.00
DSK - COMIFIN                 3.00 2.00 5.00 4.00 1.00 2.00 5.00 6.00,  27.00
MASCALZONE LATINO             2.00 2.00 1.00 2.00 2.00 3.00 1.00 2.00,   15.00

3) GERMANY   69
PLATOON                       1.00 3.00 1.00 3.00 1.00 6.00 2.00 3.00,   20.00
EARLY BIRD                    6.00 3.00 2.00 5.00 3.00 3.00 2.00 1.00, 25.00                STRUNTIJE LIGHT               1.00 4.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 4.00 2.00 4.00,  24.00

4) SOUTHERN EUROPE   89
VALARS                        2.00 2.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00,  40.00               
FANTASTIKINAA                 2.00 4.00 4.00 3.00 2.00 4.00 3.00 3.00, 24.00
MANGUSTA RISK                 5.00 3.00 4.00 1.00 3.00 2.00 4.00 3.00,  25.00

5) RUSSIA   95
RUSUAL SINERGY                4.00 5.00 3.00 4.00 4.00 3.00 4.00 2.00,  30.00
MURKA 2                       4.00 5.00 1.00 2.00 5.00 1.00 6.00 4.00,  25.00               
ARCTUR                        4.00 5.00 5.00 4.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00,  38.00

Photos by Carlo Borlenghi / Rolex


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