Bracciano, August 26-29, 2016. Report, full results, video, interviews and photos.
Final results after 8 races (1 discard)
(Photo courtesy of Giuseppe Amato)
1. BRA Juliana Duque & Amanda Sento Sé, 11
2. NOR Anette Melsom Myhre & Janett Krefting, 23
3. ITA Maelle Frascari & Lucille Frascari, 25
4. POR Mafalda Pires de Lima & Carmen Mateo, 26
5. USA Lisa Pline & Lexi Pline, 35
Report by Lisa Foulke Pline
Ciao, Bel Lago di Bracciano! The 2016 Women’s Championship hosted by Sailing Team Bracciano is one that competitors will not soon forget. Gorgeous landscape, crystal clear water, no powerboats, perfect Snipe breezes, top-notch competition, and gracious Italian hospitality! Who wouldn’t love an event that each perfect day on the water ends with “Fruits & Beers” or perhaps a cold flute of Prosecco? And how many regattas have both a Saturday night dinner and a Sunday night Tango? As is apparently typical for Bracciano, the lake would be glassy upon arrival to the club at noon, with the thermal building quickly to 10-15 knots by 3pm.
The courses were the SCIRA-prescribed 60-75 minutes, so getting 2-3 races per day meant racing until 6pm or later. For the mostly lighter women’s teams, that made for some long days of hard hiking! The perfectly round volcanic lake that was 10 kilometers in diameter and 200 meters deep made for nice long legs, but a constant race committee challenge for the course changes that were required almost every race in the thermal that oscillated chaotically right during the day. Nineteen (19) teams sailed representing 8 countries: 7 Italian teams, 4 American teams, 2 boats from Finland, and 1 each from Brazil, Portugal, Norway, Belgium, and Germany. It was truly a “Serious Sailing, Serious Fun” event!
It was clear from the beginning that the Brazilian team of Juliana Duque & Amanda Sento Sé were the ones to beat for the regatta. They sailed clean and fast for a decisive victory, finishing with 11 points in an 8 race/1 drop series. The real drama was for who would take 2nd-4th place. Going into the last day the Portugese boat of Mafalda Pires de Lima & Carmen Mateo (of Spain) and Italians Maelle & Lucille Frascari, junior sailors from Planet Sail in Bracciano, were in a tie with 12 points each. The tie-breaker math went all the way down to who beat who the last race which favored the Italians. Anette Melsom Myhre and Janett Kreftig representing Norway were seemingly well back in 4th with 20 points. Perhaps not realizing that Norway could be in contention, the Portugese team hunted the Italian team match-racing style in the first race of the last day, driving both teams well back creating the need for the Italians to have a worse drop race than the 7th that had been their previous drop, giving the Portugese a one-point lead after Race 7. Meanwhile, Norway capitalized on the opportunity with a strong 2nd place finish in the 7th race. With a 4:30 “last start” time, it became clear that there would be one final race. Brazil sailed in knowing they had won the regatta with the ensured drop. Going into the last race, Portugal had 20 points, Italy had 21 points, and Norway had 22 points. Perhaps mentally exhausted by the drama of the day, Portugal did not have a good last race, starting left, sailing deep in the fleet for most of the race, doing a 720 for a leeward mark foul but working their way back up to a 6th place finish by the last leg. Italy had a strong 4th place, and Norway scored the comeback of the year with a 1st place finish that moved them from 4th to 2nd for regatta. Italy placed 3rd and were the Top Junior team, with Portugal ending up 4th. The final trophy of 5th place was won by USA’s Lisa & Lexi Pline, one of two Mother/Daughter teams sailing in the event.
Grazie Mille to the regatta organizers, Sailing Team Bracciano, the SCIRA officials Pietro Fantoni and Antonio Bari, PRO Alessandro Testa, the Race Committee and the International Jury for a fantastic event. The women sailors all are looking forward to meeting again in 2018!
|1||BRA 31163||Juliana Duque, Amanda Sento Sé, Yach Club de Bahia-Yach Club d||11,0||1||2||2||1||2||2||1||(dnc)|
|2||NOR 30312||Anette Melsom Myhre, Janett Krefting, Asker Seilforening-Baerum Seil||23,0||3||(7)||4||3||4||6||2||1|
|3||ITA 30232||Maelle Frascari, Lucille Frascari, Junior, CC Aniene-Planet Sail||25,0||9||5||1||2||3||1||(13)||4|
|4||POR 28767||Mafalda Pires de Lima, Carmen Mateo, Club de Vela Atlantico||26,0||2||1||8||5||1||3||(11)||6|
|5||USA 31313||Lisa Pline, Lexi Pline, SSA-SSA||35,0||(11)||3||3||8||5||4||7||5|
|6||ITA 31284||Sarah Barbarossa, Antonia Contin, S.V. Oscar Cosulich||37,0||6||(8)||7||6||6||5||4||3|
|7||FIN 30891||Chita Wahlroos, Pii Wahlroos, BSS-BSS||39,0||4||6||5||9||(11)||10||3||2|
|8||USA 30404||Bridget Wiatrowski, Jessica Claflin, Hyannis Yacht Club-Sail Newpor||53,0||8||4||13||7||9||7||5||(14)|
|9||BEL 30686||Helena De Munck, Giovanna Gangitano, KLYC-RCCTR||53,0||(14)||9||6||4||10||8||6||10|
|10||FIN 30833||Hanna-Leena Lehtinen, Mai Jarvinen, HSK-HSK||70,0||5||11||12||11||13||(ret)||10||8|
|11||USA 29687||Lara Dallman-Weiss, Kim Calnan, Sail Newport||71,0||12||(14)||9||10||7||11||9||13|
|12||USA 30470||Kerry O’Brien, Ann Walt Stallings, Wincester Boat Club||73,0||7||10||15||12||8||9||(16)||12|
|13||ITA 29571||Alizee Del Gizzo, Arianna Buzzetti, Junior, Circolo Vela Talamone||80,0||10||12||14||(17)||14||13||8||9|
|14||ITA 30581||Helena Burilova, Silvia Pederiva, Planet Sail-Geas NBC Colico||86,0||16||13||10||(18)||12||14||14||7|
|15||ITA 27130||Ilaria Maraner, Liviana Osti, A VELICA TRENTINA-ASD- CUS Tre||87,0||13||(15)||11||13||15||12||12||11|
|16||ITA 30343||Chiara Amato, Sharon Mattia Cannamela, Junior, Sailing Team Bracciano||110,0||(18)||16||17||14||17||16||15||15|
|17||ITA 30075||Silvia Del Pozzo, Laura Altobelli, 634-04-PLANET SAIL BRACCIANO S||115,0||15||18||16||15||18||15||18||(ret)|
|18||GER 27024||Margit Hautman, Ute Kammel, SCLL Landsberg||126,0||17||17||18||(dnf)||dns||dnc||17||17|
|19||ITA 28865||Sofia Luciani, Martina Cristoferi, Junior, AVB-AVB||127,0||19||(ocs)||ocs||16||16||ocs||ret||16|