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Elvstrøm Sails tops podium in dramatic race

Teaser_Image_05-05-2010The fine J133 "Chestress 2" powered by EPEX-sails from Elvstrøm Sails took a convincing first in the IRC group A in the recently concluded Regate Pirelli - Coppa Carlo Negri in Portofino, Italy that took place from April 29 to May 2.

In the changing wind conditions skipper Giancarlo Ghislanzoni and "Chestress 2" also scored an overall victory in Portofino. The winning wardrobe of "Chestres 2" included a jib and a code2 jib made in EPEX carbon, a code 0 made in EPEX carbon/aramid and a code1A made in superlite 50.

The fine J133 "Chestress 2" powered by EPEX-sails from Elvstrøm Sails took a convincing first in the IRC group A in the recently concluded Regate Pirelli - Coppa Carlo Negri in Portofino, Italy that took place from April 29 to May 2. In the changing wind conditions skipper Giancarlo Ghislanzoni and "Chestress 2" also scored an overall victory in Portofino. The winning wardrobe of "Chestres 2" included a jib and a code2 jib made in EPEX carbon, a code 0 made in EPEX carbon/aramid and a code1A made in superlite 50.

The entire fleet came to Portofino tuned and ready for action. And action they got. Fine wind conditions were provided in the beginning of the week with winds around 16 knots. In spite of the fine sailing conditions things got out of control for the Farr 40 "La Marachella" that crashed into the side of the Grand Soleil 50 "Hole in One". The involuntary rendezvouz caused so much damage to "La Marachella" that it sank. Public assistance helped the crew and they all got away unharmed from the accident. But both "La Marachella" and "Hole in One" had to withdraw from the races.

In the second half of the regatta winds dropped to around 4-6 knots and at least one race was cancelled due to lack of wind.

The Coppa Carlo Negri is a permanent challenge trophy, founded in 1945 by Beppe Croce to commemorate his friend and Royal Air Force pilot Carlo Negri, the son of Margherita Pirelli, who was awarded with a gold medal for bravery when he died in Albania on September 24 1943 during a mission he had volunteered for to help Italian soldiers surrounded by German troops.

Regate Pirelli – Coppa Carlo Negri has become a well known event within the sailing industry not only for the regatta itself but also for the glamorous parties that takes place in the picturesque town of Portofino. Once just a little fishing village Portofino is now widely known as the place to see and to be seen in.

Regate Pirelli - Coppa Carlo Negri is organized by the Yacht Club Italiano together with the Circolo Velico di Santa Margherita Ligure.