Duvetica Wave Sailing Team on Arya 415, fully equipped with Armare running and standing rigging, wins the ORC European Championship 2016 in Porto Carras, Greece.
Showing great consistency in five days and nine races competing in both inshore and offshore formats, Duvetica Wave Sailing Team have emerged as the new 2016 ORC European champion.
After a slow start in the series with a 7th place earned in the first offshore race, Giampiero Vagliano’s modified Arya 415 Duvetica Grey Groose then came on strong to take and hold the series lead by winning only one race but never getting worse than sixth in any other. Their competition was strong among 37 teams from 12 countries, with several teams in the top ranks always keeping the pressure on these new champions.
We sweated until the end,” says Daniele Augusti, skipper of Duvetica Grey Goose. “It was a tough battle, especially against Meliti and Morgan who were great adversaries. For us in particular this result, which comes after victories in three Italian championships, is the best revenge after an all-winter controversy for the crew and for the boat. The sailing on the water was very interesting: on the race courses there were winds between 8 and 15 knots, with no waves and a warm sun, but the wind directions were not at all obvious and so the races were different from each other, forcing us to work a lot on tactics.”
Besides Augusti and Vagliano, the Duvetica team included Alessandro Marega, Andrea Straniero, Ciro Di Piazza, Jacopo Ciampalini, Manuel Polo, Matteo Stroppolo, Michele Paoletti, Paolo Pinelli, and Samuele Nicolettis.
Photo © Andrea Carloni