By Alex Cory
Report IOM Race for Italian Ranking (Lake Miseno “Naples”- 21 - 22 February 2015)
The first IOM Race for the 2015 Italian Ranking with a good presence, 23 skipper registered. Including myself as an international entry there were 19 competitors for the weekend racing.
The race started as usual from the introduction of Carlo Indulgenza (Executive Officer of the Lega Navale of Torre del Greco Organizing Club), with help of Lega Navale of Pozzuoli, followed by the of the FIV (Ialian Sailing Federation) Umpire who proceeded to illustrate the race course, and finally by the Secretary of the Class IOM, Maurizio Morbidelli, and representing the Council Modelvela, Marco Di Giuseppe and Riccardo Bonechi who brought greetings from the Italian Model Yachting Federation (Modelvela Italia) President Idalgo Pierini and Vice President Virginio Boglietti.
The racing started on time at 11.30 after registration and weighing with two fleets considered the number of skippers; gusty wind from the south lead to spectacular races on a course made difficult by the waves and shifty winds.
The first day ran well, with 6 races and very close racing. With the V9 of Ivan showing the fleet how its done. The Race Committee pushed hard to get as mainy races in as possible with just a short stop for lunch. Which in Italian style was amazing. At 16.30 they closed the racing for the day. In the evening a delicious dinner was orgainised by the race committee at a local restaurant.
With bad weather forecast for the Sunday, the race committee, with the approval of all skippers, decided to change venue to a near by lake, which offered undercover facitlities for rigging area and a dry control area. What we could only dream about on a wet Sunday back in the UK. We were the guests of the new formed Black Dolphin sailing Club.
Heavy rain and lack of wind meant that the racing could not be started till 13:45, a few boats had dropped out which meant that they only one fleet was needed. We managed 6 races back to back. The racing was very technical with light winds and many windshifts.
The event closed at 15.45 with an awards ceremony which saw the first place Ronconi Ivan of Centro Modellistico Romagnolo with V9 design, second place for Marco Di Giuseppe of Club Nautico Capodimonte with BritPop, in third place Remigio Factori of LNI Sorrento, in fourth the GBR skipper Alex Cory and to fifth place Riccardo Bonechi of LNI Siena,
As the only International Skipper attending the weekend sailing and having very limited Italian I was made very welcome and the hospitality showed to myself and my wife was outstanding. I’d like to thank the LNI Sorrento, the LNI Pozzuoli, the Black Dolphin Club, the FIV Umpire and all the participants that made a cold, wet event so much fun.
Alex Cory GBR34