Dario Ferrari and Team Cannonball Top PalmaVela Tie-Break Thriller !!
Dario Ferrari’s new Botín Partners Pepe Cannonball triumphed at her debut regatta, emerging from an impossibly close three-way points deadlock in the white hot Maxi72 class at the PalmaVela.
Surprise and elation were evident in equal measure aboard Cannonball and many other winning boats among the more than 130 representing 19 different nations which competed in 20 different classes at the four day regatta on the Bay of Palma.
“I never expected that at all. Never.” Grinned a delighted Dario Ferrari, Italian owner of the shiny new Cannonball, admitting he first raced in Palma as an 18 year old more than 50 years ago. Backed by many of the crew who previously raced successfully on the Maxi72 Robertissima, including tactician Vasco Vascotto and helm Guillermo Parada, Ferrari has made a successful, happy return to grand prix racing some five years after his Farr 40 programme.
With Cannonball winning Sunday’s only race, a 28NM coastal, all three Maxi72s not only finished on exactly the same 9 points aggregate but all took two firsts, two seconds and two third places apiece in the three boat fleet. So the final outcome was ultimately set by today’s finishing order, Dieter Schön’s Momo – leader throughout – dropping to third overall.
“It is like a movie script. And come to that this is exactly how we would like this game to finish, with us on top. It is great for the owner Dario and for the crew.” Vasco Vascotto enthused.
“Listen, no one was expecting this result!” Owner Ferrari added, “The boat is brand new and every new boat needs time to learn, and for myself to learn it having been some years out of it. It is a long time since I raced, five to seven years, and even now I have ‘fake’ knees and a hip. So I am delighted.”
“And Palma is the best place for sailing, I really enjoy it. It is probably 55 years ago when I came here as an 18 year old. Now we are looking forwards to the Copa del Rey.”