Wednesday, September 16, 2009

X Yachts Worlds Day One

Photos by Max Ranchi
Scarlino, Italy - Sunday September 13th marked the official kick-off of the X-41 World Championship at the Marina di Scarlino in Maremma Tuscany. The event is organized by the Yacht Club Italiano and of the Club Nautico Scarlino, with the support of X-Yachts Italia.

In the afternoon the Measurement Committee, chaired by Franco Noceti assisted by Francesco Morassutti, began checking each yacht’s displacement: this phase was completed today.
14 yachts have preregistered from 6 countries: Spain, Ireland, Estonia, Great Britain, Malta, Slovenia and – of course- Italy.

The first race is due to start on Wednesday September 16th. The starting gun is scheduled following the skippers’ briefing at 9:00.

The program allows for a maximum of 10 races, and no more than 3 can take place in a single day. The first discard kicks in after race 4 and the second after race 9.
The Yachts at the docks

The first crews arrived at La Marina di Scarlino on Saturday to get acquainted with the race area. Lorenzo Bressani, Tommaso Chieffi, Francesco De Angelis, Tiziano Nava and Daniele Cassinari were out on the water training. Luis Doreste from Spain will also be taking part in the Championship calling tactics on Vertice 360-Benalmadena. The Spanish Champion has won two Gold Olympic medals, respectively at the 1984 Los Angeles’s Olympic Games in the 470 Class, and in the FD Class in Barcelona in 1982.