Aquila and Escandalo ORC Mediterranean Champions
With a final bullet scored in the ninth and final race, Felix Riedl Consulting’s TP52 Aquila, led by skipper Christian Bayer, has won Class A of the ORC Mediterranean Championship. The team from Austria traded wins all week with the other podium finishers, Peter Mosny’s Slovakian team on the J/V 42 Quebramar in second, and Jani Lehti’s Finnish team on their Grand Soleil 42R Audi in third. And in today’s perfect 8-10 knots Aquila won by the highest margin of the week: over 4 minutes in corrected time.
And Jiri Liska’s Czech team on the M37 Escandalo had enough points to stay home and not do the final race, yet they still went out to score yet another win to smash the competition in Class B.
Their win today was by an astonishing margin of nearly two minutes, a feat the Escandalo team had been achieving nearly all week.
Runner-up in the class was Robert Manzoni’s Italian team on Dieci x Dieci, and in third was Richard Shultz’s Slovak team on his First 40.7 Sixtynine.
Cres has once again proven to be a great place to race: in five days of competition, all nine races planned were run, beginning with a strong wind, then fading into medium and light air conditions, providing a wide variety suitable for a championship event.
The race committee also got high marks from the sailors and the jury – only one protest hearing was needed – and the event this year provided live tracking from the race course and daily video shows, including some aerial coverage. The sailor’s satisfaction on leaving Cres is the greatest reward for the organizers, who have already started preparations for the 15th anniversary Cres Sailing Week, a prelude to the 2013 ORCi World Championship to be held in Ancona over 21-29 June 2013.