The Weaker Sex
Capri Sailing Week started in beautiful sunshine, but that was the only good thing you could say about the weather, for a rather feeble and unstable breeze made life hard for sailors and even harder for PRO Peter Reggio. The start of Farr 40 racing was delayed for 90 minutes and, after two aborted starts, it was Marco Rodolfi and tactician Tiziano Nava on TWT, who charged after Vincenzo Onorato on Mascalzone Latino and, finally, sneaked past their fellow Italians rivals right at the finish. Race two was another story for the TWT boys, who managed to find a big wind hole downwind and had a struggle to finish seventh. That left Onorato, who led from start to finish, with an early five point advantage overnight.
In the Comet 45S handicap class Christiana Monina, and her not quite all girl crew looked to be heading for a possible race one win, as they chased the experienced Fral 2 crew round the mark, but then picked the wrong side of the gate and finished two minutes behind Fral. In the second race, Monina got a great start and led Fral at the first mark, but lost the lead just before the finish. It was good sailing though, in difficult conditions and against more experienced crews. “What the men have in strength, we have to make up for in technique,” Monina said. “but sometimes it is not only about being brave, but also about being lucky.”
In the Swan 45s, another chick helmed boat gave a good showing. Tea Ekengreen-Sauren is having her second season on Blue Nights and clearly loving it, even though she could only manage a third today, saying “It is so competitive and there are five, six boats coming into the mark at the same time. We have a good chemistry in the crew; it’s a fast boat, and we feel we have all the possibilities to win this regatta.”
One thing everyone looks forward to at Capri Sailing Week is dinner and, just to give you the idea why, here is tonight’s menu: pizza Margherita for antipasta, followed by stewed clams in Giorgio’s secret sauce, then freshly caught turbot baked with tomatoes and basil, rounded off by a selection of Italian deserts. This work of art is from Carlo Borlenghi and there are plenty more here.