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Circolo della Vela Bari lead at One Ocean Sailing Champions League

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The team from Circolo della Vela Bari - One Ocean SAILING Champions League 2019
The team from Circolo della Vela Bari - One Ocean SAILING Champions League 2019

At the conclusion of the third day of racing, the Italian team representing Circolo della Vela Bari leads the provisional classification at the One Ocean SAILING Champions League. Tomorrow, May 26, will be the final day for the 24 teams from all over Europe to earn points and define the 7 crews that will take part in the final in August, in St. Moritz. The event is organised by the YCCS with the support of the main partner Audi and in partnership with the One Ocean Foundation.

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Once again today, the teams gathered punctually at 10 a.m. on the race course off Porto Cervo to kick off the penultimate day of competitions, accompanied by a sirocco wind blowing at 10 knots. A further 12 races were held and a total of 13 flights have now been completed in the event. Two more flights (6 races) are scheduled for tomorrow to complete the maximum 15 flights scheduled for the regatta. 

Proving that consistency pays off, the team representing Circolo della Vela Bari - who sat in fourth place after the first day - climbed the provisional rankings and claimed the top place overall thanks to two victories and two second places in today's flights. The Regattaclub Bodensee is just two points behind in second place while holding firm in third place is the German team of the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee. 

Simone Ferrarese, helmsman for Circolo della Vela Bari, commented: "Today's conditions were good as is usual in Porto Cervo and the guys did a good job. Now we're preparing for tomorrow, our goal is to get to the finals and to be ready for St. Moritz."

One Ocean SAILING Champions League 2019
One Ocean SAILING Champions League 2019

The question of the day on the topic of sustainability, which has been a feature of the entire event held in the name of the One Ocean Foundation, was: "As a sailor how important is the protection of the oceans for you?" Atle Dreng of Norway's Larvik Seilforening responded: "I think it is crucial that companies, sailors and people around the world pay attention to the problem of plastic pollution." The mission of the One Ocean Foundation is to promote the protection of marine environments by raising awareness among international leaders, institutions, companies and the general public of a sustainable culture. Dreng went on to say: "We all need to be aware of how much we are dependent on the state of health of our planet."

After a busy day at sea the teams will gather at YCCS for the Team BBQ Dinner where they will be asked to reflect on the theme of safeguarding the sea as they watch the first video created by the One Ocean Foundation, followed by a video specially made for the regatta, focusing on the theme of sustainability.

Tomorrow morning the teams will meet in Piazza Azzurra at 10 a.m. for the Skippers' Briefing and the first starting signal is scheduled for 11 a.m. with north-easterly winds of 10-15 knots forecast. The Prize Giving Ceremony to announce the winners will be held at 4.30 p.m.

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