Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mascalzone in the lead Farr 40 Worlds

Photos by Rolex / Kurt Arrigo /Daniel Forster
Defending world champion takes early lead in international fleet

Miami Beach, Fla., USA - Current World Champion Mascalzone Latino charged to the head of the 33-boat fleet on the first day of racing during the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.
With three races completed in the 10-race series, there are at least a dozen boats that can win the overall title, however today belongs to the Italians. “It's a long time left to sail and we just have to enjoy ourselves on the water,” said Onorato moments after returning to the dock. “The others feel the pressure; we are two-time world champions and we are here to enjoy ourselves.”

Despite a last minute change of tactician with American Morgan Larson arriving this morning on the red eye from the West Coast to fill in for Adrian Stead who returned home for the birth of his first child, Onorato had nothing but praise for Larson's ability to jump in and assist with a 3-12-1 scoreline. “Of course he (Larson) did a very nice job and we dedicate this victory to the new Lucas Stead, born yesterday. If you look, we are sailing with a blue stripe on the back of the boat for him.”

Only two points separate Mascalzone Latino from Giovanni Maspero's second-place Joe Fly (ITA), winner of the day's second race. Deneen Demourkas's Groovederci 57 (USA) - one of two Groovederci's sailing, the other entry belongs to her husband John Demourkas - is in third place overall, with Carlo Alberini's Calvi Network (ITA) in fourth and Alinghi (SUI), helmed by Ernesto Bertarelli with the majority of crew from his America's Cup winning team onboard, in fifth. Full Report