Swan Tuscany Challenge, Swan OD, 26 to 30 April 2022
Final results still in the balance on the last legs of the concluding races, with excitement till to the last gybe.
August Schram's Stella Maris went for broke and led the fleet on several occasions, but ultimately had to settle for second place - with the ever-consistent Hatari (Marcus Brennecke) right on her transom to take third place and the overall win.
Meanwhile the winner of the 10th and final race, Alberto Franchi's Giuliana, secured 3rd place on the podium after a very good-performing week.
Hatari's victory was all the more remarkable as they were able to comeback from a poor start on the first day of the regatta when they were penalised for a racing infringement.
The story in the ClubSwan 36 class was also of an equally close battle, with Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio's G-Spot getting 1-2 scoreline in the final two races to overhaul the overnight leader Mamao.
Haakon Lorentzen's Brazilian team finished the Swan Tuscany Challenge in style, on winning the last race, but a fourth place in the first race of the day left them two points adrift of G-Spot at the finish. Mehmet Taki's Turkish-flagged Facing Future took the lowest step of the podium.
One week of extraordinary racing, with beautiful weather conditions then came to an end, and happy sailors get prepared to leave Marina di Scarlino that was home-away-from-home for a while.
Now a few weeks and all efforts into the Flying Dutchman National Championship, to be held from June 17 to 19.
The Yacht Club Isole di Toscana counts on the support of the Municipality of Scarlino, Marina di Scarlino, Scarlino Yacht Service and Resort Baia Scarlino.
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