On the 3rd and last day of the M32 Mediterranean Series in Genoa the wind finally filled in with some solid pressure. This allowed the race committee under the supervision of PRO Mattias Dahlstroem to run eight more exciting races. Starts and finishes were directly infront of the pier, so the spectators got a great show this time. As the day progressed the overall lead swapped back and forth between Section Section (with Richard Davies on the helm and Chris Rast on tactics) and Team FFC with Italian Olympic Sailor Vittorio Bissario on the helm. As this two teams were dueling each other it was Riccardo Simonschi’s Team Italia that quietly moved closer to the top. In the end it came down to the last race, with the finishing order of these three teams determining the overall standings.
Team Section 16 had a great start and led around the reaching mark, immediately extending their lead on the first downwind leg only to loose it by choosing the unfavored gate. By the upwind gate it was Valhalla with Håkan Svensson on the helm in the lead. Still, Section 16 was ahead of Team Italian and FFC. Unfortunately a tough mark rounding for Section 16 saw them trapped by Team Italia on their final upwind leg. As the three boats rounded the reaching mark for the last leg to finish it was neck on neck! In the end Team Italia finished ahead of FFC and Section 16 to take the overall win of this fourth event of the M32 Mediterranean Series. All three boats finished within a boat length and it couldnt have been any closer.
Congratulations are due for Team Italia, who sailed a fantastic event, coming from behind and snatching the win on literally the last leg to the finish.
The disappointment for the Section 16 team members was clearly written in their faces and as Richard Davies explained, “Although it was a disappointing ending, we raced very well always continued to improve. We are now looking forward to Ibiza, where the tour winner will decided in two weeks.”

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