The Italian yacht "Perception" won the first race of the Dhalf To Cup World Championship yachting series on Sunday (19 September).
GV Start of race
SV Italian yacht "Twins XVI" (sail number 7366) past camera, followed by United States yacht "Selvaggia" (number 7322)
SV Irish yacht "Silver Shamrock" (number S.M.195) past camera.
SCU ZOOM OUT TO GV Italian yacht "Idoro" (number 17185)
SV Flock of seagulls 28
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Austrian yacht "Bellagioia" (number O.E. 6585)
GV Yachts in race.
SV PULL OUT TO MV Belgium yacht "Callibistris"
GV West German yacht "Pomito" (number G.7213)
SCU PULL OUT TO GV Man on rigging.
GV Italian yacht "Tuschany" (number 1-7125)
SV PULL OUT TO GV "Silver shamrock which crossed finishing line second."
GVS "Silver Shamrock" 60 (left) following Italian yacht "Perception" (1-7312 which crossed finishing line first. (3 shots)
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Background: The Italian yacht "Perception" won the first race of the Dhalf To Cup World Championship yachting series on Sunday (19 September). The Irish yacht, "Silver Shamrock" was second.
SYNOPSIS: There were 42 entries form 20 nations in the race which covered 22 nautical miles form Trieste to the nearby resort of Grado. There are five races in the series, which ends on September the 28th with the finish of the long offshore event.
The yacht "Twins Sixteen" took sixth place -- one of sox Italian yachts to finish in the first 10.
"Silver Shamrock" from the Royal Cork Yacht Club beat off strong local opposition to take second place.
The yachtsmen had been hoping for strong winds for the race but they were disappointed. Instead there was mainly a light breeze with the skippers hunting for elusive light airs.
The Half Ton Cup originated in 1966, and is the major prize in the 14 day series. The organisers expressed satisfaction with such a large entry in the series' tenth year.
Heading towards the finish line, the Belgium boat "Callibistris" - unplaced at the finish. Followed by another unsuccessful entry - "Pomito" of West Germany.
And one of the favourites for line honours Italy' "Tuscany". But it wasn't to be, and she came in ninth.
But towards the finish it became obvious that "Silver Shamrock" was keeping up the pace. She came in second after the Italian boat "Perception". Overall, the Italians sailed particularly well and took five of the ten first places in the race.