This weekend Swiss Performance Sailing is in two different locations competing on two very different boats! Chris Rast is racing on the M32 Catamaran with Section 16 in Ibiza for the final Act of the Summer and Matteo Ferraglia is taking care of business on the Melges 24 with our EFG Sailing Team in Luino.
For this weekend we have had a “friendly take over” by our Italian friends. Matteo Ferraglia, who is normally our power floater is calling tactics, while Melges 24 World Champion Carlo Fracassoli is Helming. Also sailing on EFG is another Melges 24 World Champion Giovanni Ferreri, as well as Stefano Laghi and Gullisara Owner, Gian Luca Perego. The regatta started off a little shaky with a bad start, but they managed not to be called over the line early. They had okay speed on the upwind and managed to round 5th at the top mark with help from a right shift. With fantastic downwind speed they were able to grab and hold onto first place.After another solid 2nd place in the following race, they struggled with a bad start in the third race. Nevertheless they fought hard and rallied back to finish 11th. The points are very close with 4 other Italian teams. They are looking to improve their starts today! Good luck guys!
While the EFG Team is doing well in Luino, Section 16 is also doing very well in the tough conditions that Ibiza has to offer. Their eyes are on the M32 Mediterranean Series Trophy, which is an accumulation of points from all 5 acts. As of right now Section 16 is in 2nd, 3 points behind the series founder Riccardo Simoneschi, this final regatta is worth double the points. In order for Section 16 to win they need to not only beat Simoneschi but put a boat between them on the final scoreboard. They did a great job yesterday keeping their heads down and not making any big mistakes. They are in second place behind Ian Williams, who is new to the Mediterranean Circuit but not the M32.
Team Italia with Riccardo Simonschi on the helm struggled yesterday after their tackline broke and are now sitting in 5th place. As we saw during the last regatta anything can happen when you are doing 6 short course races in one day. Lets see what today brings!