Sugar 3 world champion. Italia Yachts 11.98 on the top of the podium
Italia Yachts with the new IY 11.98/39 wins for the third time the title of ORC World Champion. Ott Kikkas, Sandro and Paolo Montefusco, Matteo Polli, Maurizio Loberto, Paolo Bucciarelli, Siim Ots, Marjaliisa Umb on the IY 11.98 Sugar 3 have won the title of World Champion ORC – C in the waters of Sibenik. This team for the whole series has never fallen below seventh place and won three first place positions out of six races. They arrived at the World Championship having had little time to optimize the boat but the team seems to have done very well. Ott Kikkas’ racing skills are known for finishing third at the European Championship in Poland in 2017 and second at Parnu in Estonia in 2015 and winning it in Sweden in 2013. “Today we went out in the hope of having as many races as possible and to fight to the last against our opponent Hebe V. We knew it would be hard to win Gold, but we were ready for anything. For us it was the first time with this intensity of wind, without having much knowledge of the boat yet. In the end 11.98 didn’t disappoint us even in these conditions and allowed us to win the race while our opponent made his first and only mistake in this series of races. We are honored to have beaten such a strong crew, that of Hebe V,” comments Matteo Polli in his wet clothes for the traditional dive in the harbor. Corrado Annis, owner and helmsman of the IY 9.98 Lady Day celebrates his third place finish on the podium in the Corinthian division: “It was a beautiful championship as a location and for the situations we encountered on the race course. We confirmed our third place in the Corinthian championship, repeating the result of 2017. We are happy with the performance and we will work to improve even further”. They arrived in Sibenik with a boat launched a few days ago so they still have to ‘take the lead’ but they wanted to confront the strongest immediately. Onboard Scugnizza, a multi-championship winning team, now an IY 11.98 “the owner or ‘Cap’ as they call him on board is still satisfied with the boat for the first time on a racing field: even without optimization it’s still very competitive and quick. The very bad luck in the first race (the long distance race is not discarded) decided the evolution of the world championship, and even the protests had interpretations that were probably influenced by past events. But the team faced the races with a knife between its teeth,” says Giada De Blasio, who returned to the races after an absence justified by a magnificent girl. Italia Yachts closes this world championship with 4 boats in the top 15, Sugar 3 – IY 11.98 – Ott Kikkas 1°, Giulia – IY 9.98 – Rudolf Vrestal 9°, Lady Day – IY 9.98 – Corrado Annis 11° (3rd Corinthian), Scugnizza – IY 11.98 – Enzo De Blasio 13°, Take a Five Jr – IY 9.98 – Brenno Dal Pont 19°, and will be at the next ORC World Championship, in 2020 in Newport (USA).