Talamone, September 23, 2018. Final results after 9 races (2 discards)
(Photo courtesy of Paolo Cardoni)
1. Paolo Lambertenghi & Antonio Bari, 24
2. Stefano Marchetti & Matteo Sangiorgi, 31
3. Pietro Fantoni & Arianna Buzzetti, 32
4. Dario Bruni & Emanuele Zampieri, 36
5. Romeo Piperno & Andrea Fornaro, 38
Report by Antonio Bari
Circolo della Vela Talamone organized from 20 to 23 August on the beautiful waters of “Snipe Bay” the 2018 Italian National Championship.
In the same venue who hosted the 2015 Worlds, 33 boats from 24 Yacht Clubs, including one from Norway and one from Spain, competed in a very tight regatta of 9 races sailed in almost all wind and sea conditions ranging from 6 to 15 (and more) knots.
At the end of any day of racing a different crew leaded the standings: Rossi-Marzocchi day1, Marchetti-Sangiorgi day2, Fantoni-Buzzetti day3. On the last day, counting the possible second discard if the 9th race was sailed, 4 teams could win being separated by only 4 points.
Bruni-Zampieri showed great speed in the 15 kn breeze finishing 2-1 in the perfect 3 upwind W course, but Lambertenghi-Bari with a consistent 1-3 took the title followed by Marchetti-Sangiorgi and Fantoni- Buzzetti. This has been the second title in a row for Paolo and the third – 30 years after the last one – for Antonio.
On the social side, Friday evening a great dinner party with typical Tuscany food was served at the club in the lighthouse with a stunning view on the bay, while every day when back to the harbor the crews could enjoy a different buffet with free beer and soft drinks.
For the second consecutive year the In House Measurement was tested by the class: fleet measurers checked all the boats willing to enter the Championship before they lived to the regatta, signing a measurement sheet as a proof. At the Championship, sails were stamped and the event measurer randomly checked the boats, either on the water or ashore. The system was appreciated by the sailors, as it reduces the days of the stay and the waste of time waiting for long measurements. From now on, the IHM will be the standard at the Nationals.
The next appointment for the Italian Snipe fleet will be again in Talamone, next November, for the Winter Trophy, valid as third ranking regatta to select the crews for the 2019 Worlds.
The next Italian Nationals will be sailed in Monfalcone on mid July 2019.