28 Apr Four races, four different winners – The Swan Tuscany Challenge just got serious
- Close-racing is the order of the day
- Light conditions a true test for crews and tacticians
- Results suggest competition is wide open across the fleet
Preparations finished, practice completed, The Swan Tuscany Challenge got serious today – and with four different winners in each of the four races held the competition looks like it will be wide open across the two one-design fleets.
On a day of varied conditions out on the Gulf of Follonica results on the water confounded some of the expectations generated in the practice race, as well as the form book from previous seasons.
In the 13-strong ClubSwan 50 class the first race saw a nail-biting finish, with Hendrik Brandis’ Earlybird leading the fleet around most of the course before holding off a last-ditch challenge from Andrea Bianchedi’s Drifter Sail to take the win by just three seconds, with Stella Maris completing the podium.
In the second race the Austrian-flagged Stella Maris further lifted her game, with August Schram’s team taking a well-deserved victory to lead the ClubSwan 50 class on countback, level on points with Drifter Sail who placed second again.
A delighted Schram said: “A combination of many little things come together to give us this great result today. Firstly we have new sails and have done some great training. The team is relatively young with just five years of sailing in big boats, but we are all experienced dingy sailors and work as a super tight team. We are really pleased and it has paid off well today!”
At the same time the team aboard Drifter Sail were equally pleased with their performance: “Our ambition of course is to be at the top of the ranking, and we have come from winter training so we are ready for the season,” said navigator Simone Busonero.
“The conditions were 8 to 10 knots with very flat water and a bit of southwest breeze – it was very nice and sunny and really good to be here in Scarlino for the first event of the season.
“We have been able to sail with the same crew for the third season and we try to be as consistent as possible – a day like today means a lot.”
Sweden’s Regina 2.0, co-owned by Jacob Wallenberg and Gutta Johansson, are third overall in the ClubSwan 50 class with a consistent fifth and third place, while Earlybird slipped to fourth with a ninth place in the second race.
In contrast, Nautor Group’s usually competitive Cuordileone, helmed by Leonardo Ferragamo – who won Tuesday’s practice race – finished eighth in both races. Meanwhile another regular contender, Marcus Brennecke’s Hatari, was penalised for a rule infringement in the second race and ended the first day at the foot of the table.
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The Nations League 2022
- 26-30 April: Swan Tuscany Challenge
- 31 May-4 June: Swan Sardinia Challenge
- 5-9 July: Swan One Design Worlds
- 1-6 August: Copa del Rey
- 11-18 September: Rolex Swan Cup
- 4-8 October: ClubSwan 36 Europeans
Partners of the ClubSwan Racing 2022 One Design circuit are: Rolex, BMW, Randstad, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sease, Ferrari Trento, Banor, M&C Saatchi, North Sails, Quantum Sails, Gottifredi Maffioli, Garmin, B&G, Lavazza, Marevivo. The regatta management will be supported by the electric marks by Mark Set Bot.