Girls on Film retains 5.5-meter Alpen Cup –

With a final race contested on Saturday, Girls on Film, ridden by Peter Morton, Andrew Palfrey and Ben Cornish, retained the 5.5-meter Alpen Cup at the Circolo Vela Torbole, which they also won in 2019, the 2020 event. canceled due to Covid.

John B (BAH 22, Gavin McKinney, Lars Horn Johannessen, Mathias Dahlman) finished second while Momo (SUI 229, Dieter Schoen, Fuitjof Kleen, Thomas Auracher) finished third.

The last day started early in the twilight before the sun hit the Garda Mountains, while the northerly wind seemed to just pick up during the morning. Initially held ashore for an hour, the fleet was sent into freezing cold of 18 to 20 knots with stronger gusts causing some problems. There was a lot of action.

As the Girls on Film team kept tabs on Momo and John B, Ali Baba (Craig Symonette, Flavio Marazzi, William Alloway) had the best of the very sneaky first time to take the lead and lead to the end. to clinch the victory, while Girls on Film followed in a comfortable second, which proved to be enough to secure the victory in the series.

Once the race was over, the fleet was sent ashore without too many complaints.

Morton explained the day, “We had fantastic Garda breezes everyday. This morning was quite cold and dark when we first left in the north breeze. We just had to make sure we got John B and Momo in, so we covered them on the first beat and finished second, which was good enough to close the series.

On the decision to only run one race, “The wind was approaching the class limit. The forecast we got was that when the sun rose, the north would actually increase. In the end it was pretty close, and I think they have a lot of it here today with other events, so they probably needed to shelter us. We were pretty happy. “

Much has been said about Morton’s new boat. He says it’s not much different from the current fleet, but the second boat he has built, which is due to be launched in a few weeks, is another story.

“The GBR 41 is the first of the new boats. We tested her against our old boat (a 2003 Wilke from Switzerland), which we knew to be reasonably competitive, so we were pretty confident and this weekend has proven to be a very good all-round boat.

“I have to say that all of the VPP and CFDs we listed would be better in a snap. We haven’t raced against the Swiss boats in very light winds yet and it might be different, but we were certainly very comfortable here upwind and downwind.

Final race – Photo by Robert Deaves

The second boat is also almost finished.

“The GBR 42 is something quite different again. It should be ready in about four to five weeks, then we’ll do some testing in the Solent. It’s quite different, a drawing by David Hollom. David has definitive ideas. Granted, all the tests we’ve done, and the VPPs we’ve done, indicate that the boat will be stronger in a breeze above 10 knots, but it’s quite different from all the other boats, so who knows? We will be in the penthouse or in the outbuilding, I guess.

The awards were presented by Giorgia della Valle, CVT’s own ILCA 6 U21 world champion. Girls on Film not only won the Alpen Cup again, but also the Trofeo Franco Santoni, presented for the first time in 2018 in memory of the 5.5-meter sailor and former president of Cicolo Vela Torbole.

After a few years of disrupted schedules, the hope is that the 2022 season for the 5.5-meter class will return to normal.

Next year is shaping up to be another exciting year with the Scandinavian World Championship and Gold Cup in Hankø, Norway, and a good range of Category 1 regattas across Europe. It will all start where 2021 ended, with the Alpen Cup at CVT returning to its normal niche in April.

Final results after 6 races
1 Girls on Film (GBR 41, Peter Morton, Andrew Palfrey, Ben Cornish) 9
2 John B (BAH 22, Gavin McKinney, Lars Horn Johannessen, Mathias Dahlman) 13
3 Momo (SUI 229, Dieter Schoen, Fuitjof Kleen, Thomas Auracher) 13
4 Ali-Baba (BAH 23, Craig Symonette, Flavio Marazzi, William Alloway) 19
5 Marie-Françoise XXII (SUI 232, Jürg Menzi, Jürgen Eiermann, Christof Wilke) 21
6 Otto (NOR 68, Bent Christian Wilhelmsen, Lasse Berthelsen, Luka Strahovnik) 23
7 Ali Baba (GER 84, Richter Wolf-Eberhard, Beata Kallkowski, Wolfgang Schreiber, Oliver WeiB) 35
8 Forza del Destino (SUI 211, Prapopoulos George, Simon Pfänder, Gil Pfänder) 36
9 New Moon II (BAH 24, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) 50

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