With relative ease the Italian team Azzurra, skippered by Francesco Bruni, brushed aside the challenge of the New Zealand team to win the Louis Vuitton Trophy off of the Nice coast at the weekend.
They had won their place in the final after defeating the British TeamOrigin in Saturday’s second semi final. The confident Emirates NZ team, skippered by Dean Barker had earlier beaten the Russian team Synergy to claim the right to sail in the final.
The action from the semi finals can be seen in this video from louisvuittontrophytv
On the website for the regatta, the link for which follows – http://www.louisvuittontrophy.com/home/ – Azzurra is described as a collaboration between Yacht Club Costa Smeralda whose president is HH The Aga Khan. The crew is made of of a menage of experienced sailors and young Italian racing yachtsmen with Tommaso Chieffi as senior tactician.
Unfortunately there is no video of the final on general release but from the reports on the website the Italians were able to command the waters winning the first two races meaning the third race did not have to be sailed.
But the race was not without mishap for the Italians – as they came to the top of the second beat in the second race the mid-bowman fell overboard but was hauled back on board and the yacht lost no time.
A terrific result for the Italian team – our most sincere congratulations. Below they can be seen in action.