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Shotgunn wins Round 5 after epic long weekend in the beautiful Imperia, Italy

Updated: Jun 28

Over the weekend, the beautiful coastal town of Imperia hosted Round Five of the Cape 31 Race Circuit in the Med June 14th to 16th.  Over the course of three days, the regatta featured a series of nine awesome races with crews navigating the challenging yet picturesque race area in the Ligurian Sea. The race committee was led impeccably by Fulvio Parodi, with Jury President Marco Cimarosti and the Yacht Club Porto Maurizo. 

Visiting for the first time, Imperia did not disappoint - the teams enjoyed a ‘perfect’ 20 knot day on the first day of the regatta, mixed conditions from 20 knots dropping throughout the races on Saturday and a lighter 8-10 knot day on Sunday. This alongside the quaint bars and restaurants, Imperia made for the perfect venue for the class. 

Catalin Trandafir’s Essentia nailed this first day of the regatta with a 2,1,1 leading into Day 2, but Shotgunn followed that with an epic three bullet day on Saturday. Sunday’s winners were Matteo Marenghi Vaselli and team on Squirt with 1,1,3 - not bad for their first ever regatta in the Cape 31. Dutch team Motions took the win in the final race giving us four different race winners throughout the regatta.

It was Michael Wilson’s Shotgunn who came out on top with second and third positions settle on count back between Essentia and Squirt. A close regatta for the fifth round of the season. Meerblick emerged as the first Corinthian team skippered by Gaby and Otto Pohlmann. 

Michael Wilson said, “The circuit so far has been great and we’ve loved racing in so many places. Imperia has been a highlight, I think you’ll all agree the conditions could not have been better and the race management was some of the best I’ve ever seen.”

The Porto Maurizo Yacht Club were amazing hosts. The teams enjoyed an amazing meal at La Laterna Blu on Friday evening, with three courses prepared especially for the class. Competitors were also treated to magnums of bubbles and some lovely wine by the Porto Maurizo Yacht Club. 

Fulvio Parodi, President of the Porto Maurizo Yacht Club, expressed his satisfaction with the event: "We are proud to have hosted the Cape 31 Class here in Imperia. We look forward to seeing you again in San Remo."

Winner’s Spotlight:

Team Shogunn, led by Michael Wilson, emerged as the overall winner for the first time this season. 2023 UK Season champions have podiumed at 2 of their three last one design regattas and have now taken the top spot for Round 5 putting them at the  Their remarkable performance and strategic prowess on the water earned them in the top spot in the Med Season standings! 

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