Aquila Wins ORC Championship In Cres.
With a final bullet scored in the ninth and final race, Felix Riedl Consulting's TP52 Aquila, led by skipper Christian Bayer, has won Class A of the ORC Mediterranean Championship in Cres. The team from Austria traded wins all week with the other podium finishers, Peter Mosny's Slovakian team on the J/V 42 Quebramar in second, and Jani Lehti's Finnish team on their Grand Soleil 42R Audi in third.
And in today's perfect 8-10 knots Aquila won by the highest margin of the week: over 4 minutes in corrected time.
Cres has once again proven to be a great place to race: in five days of competition, all nine races planned were run, beginning with a strong wind, then fading into medium and light air conditions, providing a wide variety suitable for a championship event.
The race committee also got high marks from the sailors and the jury - only one protest hearing was needed - and the event this year provided live tracking from the race course and daily video shows, including some aerial coverage. The sailor's satisfaction on leaving Cres is the greatest reward for the organizers, who have already started preparations for the 15th anniversary Cres Sailing Week, a prelude to the 2013 ORCi World Championship to be held in Ancona over 21-29 June.
Aquila will race both the Royal Cup, part of the 52 Super Series and the Copa del Rey.