S.R.: 18° COPPA CITTÀ VALMADRERA 9° TROFEO LARIO MI AUTO

Alexander Panzeri
May 4, 2019 · 5 min read

First time published: 2019Apr18

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ORC: the VIP boat at the start.
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S.R.: Coolest New season start for the sail on the Lago di Como

CVT: R.C. briefing.
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CVT: skipper briefing near one of the model brought by the Sponsor.
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I’m a bit late in the report this time, just because I’m human. Last week I was in Monaco for the Swan One Design Stage that I left it earlier, Friday late noon (luckily http://bit.ly/2VNIVuZ), to drive 400[km] back home to be on the field the Saturday morning.

Where???
At my home club, Circolo Velico Tivano, on the Lago di Lecco (for the rest of the world: east leg of Lake of Como), to shoot the first main event of the 2019 Sailing Season:

18° Coppa Città Valmadrera,

The event also has hosted the 1° Stage of the Campionato Velico del Lario (O.R.C.) and the 2° stage of the Coppa Italia AON H22 Class. And, since Torben Grael participated to the Italian Championship 3 years ago, the club with H22 organise the 2° Trofeo Projeto Grael, to rise funds to help his association.

I was worried during the transferring for the weather forecast, but the lake has showed a first day with chilly sunny noon with a good Breva up to 12–15[kts].

ORC: The young team on the Melges 24 ITA-122 Neghene’.
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Really much better sailing condition than in Monaco. So the O.R.C. has made 2 races and the H22 class 3 races as had been planned.

The notorious mountain in the Manzoni’s book: Resegone covered by the last snow.
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H22: BREVA ITA-106 and the “spring-time” landscape: the Resegone covered by the last snow.
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Another story Sunday, the forecast models were right: the snow arrived till 500[m]amsl and temp. air=6.5–7[°C], a small hole of blue sky has fired up the hope, but soon it started to circling around the lake till to the north, where it had been filled up and killing all hopes.

H22 Sunday departure.
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CVT & H22: The R.C. support, running with the N (November) flag in front to the H22 in one of the attempts.
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In this situation the optimism and attempts of the R.C. to try to start the regattas, also with crooked fields, should be noted. Result: one shorted race for H22 and a delete race for ORC under heavy rain and no wind.

H22: ITA-201 Altatensione crew after the reduction under the rain.
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ORC: La Zia with Enea Beretta, manager of CVL, at the sheets.
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Mix of classes, ORC and H22 + J24 on background.
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H22: ITA-119 Adrenalina and ITA-112 KIKKIO downwind surfing battle.
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The H22 class has seen dominance (and revenge over the Primo Cup) of ITA-143 Splinter, the Italian Champ. in charge, followed by ITA-119 Adrenalina, which did a terrible mistake in the last race. All departures were a “mess” specially considering the long starting line available. On the boat with the colors of Projeto Grael Davide Casetti hosted the record-man Alessandro “Dado” Castelli (http://bit.ly/2DfMfrq) and his daughter Emma.

H22: ITA-126 Hidrogeno, The record-man “Dado” and his daughter on the Davide Casetti’s boat that bring also the Projeto Grael logo.
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The O.R.C. event, considering the meteo, has a good participation, with 23 boats on the line, showing the growing success in the years (as alternative to dying one-design classes). In particular the championship is attracting more and more big boats (30+ feet) and high performance in the ORC A, while the J24+Platu25 in the ORC B are making the “class” really on fire.

ORC: OCEsse ITA-72, the Esse850 with “star” sailors on board.
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First of all I’ve to mention the new entry: the ESSE-850 ITA-72 (launch just in January 2018) with a stellar crew: Carlo Fracassoli (x2 World and EU Champion and sail designer http://bit.ly/2Diw2C2), Dario Noseda (first to cross the ocean in a Star http://bit.ly/2Diw2C2 ) and Oriano Lanfranconi at the helm. Second, the comprehensible lack of the 2 old ladies of the lake: the 2 classic 6m I.R. I-58 BAU BAU and Z-107 Gitana Junior, “Due perle di Lago”.
The ORC A has been dominated by the V.I.P. crew followed by a good performance of the Melges24 ITA-122 Neghene’.

ORC: The narrow fight of the ORC at the first mark.
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ORC: Battle of class, J24 tacking near the shore.
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In the ORC B, the fight was really strong in particular between the 4 J24 (3 veterans of the World Champ. in Riva del Garda) and the J80. Here we had 2 protests and a couple of injured sailors (I would say a normal situation for the first race, that needs break-in).

ORC: The big crash and protest in the J-Boat family: J80 bowsprit in the stern of J24.
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So the Winner of 2019 is:

9° Trofeo Lario Mi Auto (LandRover):

ORC: The winner: ITA-143 Splinter (Stefano Nonnis) with the trophy in the hands in front to the new Evoque.
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Last note I want share is for my club and CVL organization for the great job they did, I know I’m “parte in causa”, but with their small resources, they have been able to keep a high level standard on the water (fast deploy of the field) and on ground with “squisito” food and friendly mood.

CVT: Giovanni, one of instructor, who has also the duty of ambulance this year.
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CVT: Dessert con colomba e primizie.
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CVT: Marzio the Chef at work with flames.
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Now it’s time for families with the Holy Easter and World Cup in Genova are coming (on streaming).
Stay Tune.

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In short: Sailing Photographer and Astro-Photographer, Sailor, ex Airspace Engineer Student, ex Aircraft Pilot

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In short: Sailing Photographer and Astro-Photographer, Sailor, ex Airspace Engineer Student, ex Aircraft Pilot

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