Civitavecchia’s wind gods smiled on competitors during the Trofeo di Roma’s final day.
|1||Sultanate of Oman||7|
|3||ARMIN STROM Sailing Team||15|
The wind peaked at 10 knots, adequate not only to get the entire six race schedule completed, but also for the nimble GC32 catamarans to get fully foiling on the conclusion to this, the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour’s penultimate event.
For the top three boats the day was one of mixed fortunes, the leaderboard initially showing Sultanate of Oman leading Alinghi and Spindrift racing, respectively of Bertarelli siblings Ernesto and Dona, tied three points behind.
After a disappointing Saturday, which saw Spindrift racing drop from first place to third, skipper Yann Guichard turned his fortunes around by winning today’s opening race.
However Alinghi then countered with not just one win, but three in row causing them close to one point behind Sultanate of Oman. The Swiss were fully on a roll…until disaster struck: A miscommunication over whether or not they should be carrying a guest caused them almost to miss the start of race five.
As skipper/helm Morgan Larson admitted: “We put our shutters down and talked about the next race and the next thing we know our coach boat comes up to us and says ‘look over there’ and there was a minute to go…” They made the start, albeit late and on the back foot, but then retired from the race when it became apparent that the warning from their coach boat amounted to receiving outside assistance. They subsequently filed a protest which was overturned.
At the start of the final race the scoreboard was almost back to square one with Alinghi and Spindrift racing tied, albeit now four points behind Sultanate of Oman. All it would take would Alinghi/Spindrift racing to win and Leigh McMillan’s Omani team to finish fourth or worse… In the event it wasn’t to be. As Sultanate of Oman mixed it up with her rivals, Alinghi was put out of the running when she was OCS and was obliged to slow to let the competition overtake her.
Ultimately a win for Flavio Marazzi’s ARMIN STROM Sailing Team and Sebastien Rogues’ Team ENGIE coming home second, was enough to hand overall victory to Sultanate of Oman, her second event win on the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour following May’s Austria Cup on Lake Traunsee.