Thursday, March 26, 2009


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Photo J Taylor

24 March 2009 Marina di Scarlino, Maremma Tuscany - Another wonderful weekend of great sailing wrapped up the Spring Open Championship, organized by the Club Nautico and La Marina di Scarlino for the X-35 and Swan 45 classes. This constituted a warm up race in preparation for the III Memorial Giorgio Falck powered by Jaguar, scheduled over Easter weekend from April 10th to the 13th. An exciting couple of days, with sunny skies, northerly winds gusting to 35 knots on Saturday and 15-25 knots on Sunday. On the water top level athletes such as Olympic sailors as Gabriele Bruni and Lorenzo Bodini and America's Cup veterans like Sten Mohr and Morgan Larson faced off on the gulf of Follonica, just in front of the breathtaking Islands of Elba and Montecristo.

The X-35 class victory went to Tixelio owned by Carlo Brenca and with Gabriele Bruni as a tactician in the second weekend (Placements: 4-reparation-5-1-1-4-3-2-1). In second place Giochelotta owned by Francesco Conte and in third AveMaria owned by Maria Balbo. with Peter at the helm.
In Swan 45 class, Finnish Blue Nights, owned and helmed by Tea Ekengren (1-3-1) won in front of Italian Jeroboam Canova, owner Vittorio Codecasa with Marco Franchini at the helm and Matteo Simoncelli, Marketing Director at La Marina di Scarlino calling tactics. Third German Early Bird, owner Christian Nagel.

Carlo Brenca, the owner of Tixelio, winner of the X-35, praised the organization: "Scarlino? Always and any time! For the exceptional race course and for the whole structure,” he said, "Here I feel safe even thanks to the presence of a highly competent yard. Brcin Branco and Gabriele Bruni both did a great job and I am looking forward to racing here again at Easter."

Tea Ekengren, the owner of Blue Nights, winner of the Swan 45: “It is just so nice to be back! I am very happy: it was great sailing and we are pleased with our result. It is truly beautiful here.”

Vittorio Codecasa, owner of Jeroboam Canova, and President of the Swan 45 Class stated: “Racing here for the Swan class is like returning home, the reception on land, the efficiency of the Marina and boat yard and an exceptional race venue makes it a wonderful experience."

A cocktail party was held at the Club House where yacht owner were able to examine the renderings of the apartments and of the commercial mall that will be inaugurated at the beginning of summer. This will complete and enrich the high quality services already offered by La Marina di Scarlino.

The Swan 45 and X35 classes will be back at La Marina di Scarlino over the Easter weekend to race in the III edition of the Memorial Giorgio Falck powered by Jaguar, scheduled April 10-13. For this event at least 25 X-35s and ten Swan 45s are expected.