Trieste (Italy) - Saturday, October 07, 2006 - There were thousands of spectators, and hundreds of follow boats enjoying the show in Trieste this afternoon (Saturday, 7 October). The wind was very light, but the good light wind performances of the RC 44 allowed for a serious competition.
“We lost the first race against Mascalzone Latino, explains Julien Di Biase, crew member on board Team Omega and RC 44 Class manager. We got a penalty during the pre-start and never managed to get back.” The same happened during the second race: Team Omega got a penalty during the pre-start. But this time, the Omega ambassador Russell Coutts and his team managed to take the lead, and had just enough time to perform a 360° before crossing the arrival line in front of the Italian team. The third race was easier for Coutts and his team, who led the race throughout and won the event.
The race for third position, between the Japanese team Beecom and the Croatian team Cro-A-Sail, was also very hardly fought. The crew skippered by Isao Mita did a fantastic job during the first race of the day by beating the favourite Croatians, before loosing the second match. The last regatta unfortunately couldn’t take place because of travel arrangements.
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