The Jean Genie Triumphs: Recap of the 2024 5.5 Metre Alpen Cup at Riva del Garda

The standout performer this week at the 2024 5.5 Metre Alpen Cup was The Jean Genie (GBR 43), helmed by Peter Morton, Andrew Palfrey, and Ruairidh Scott, who triumphed with their consistent performance throughout the event.

In the first race of the day on Lake Garda, The Jean Genie clinched second place, setting the stage for their triumphant win with a race to spare. This marked the team’s third victory at the prestigious event in recent years, showcasing their consistency and expertise on the water.

Despite Friday’s drama, New Moon III (BAH 25), skippered by Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, and Peter Vlasov, delivered a solid performance to claim victory in the opening race. With a third-place finish in the subsequent race, New Moon III climbed two places to secure the runner-up position overall. Meanwhile, Girls on Film (GBR 41), led by Louise Morton, Sam Haines, and Andrew Mills, claimed the third spot on the podium.

The Jean Genie
The Jean Genie

In Race 7, The Jean Genie initially led the fleet but faced challenges as the breeze fluctuated and shifted direction. New Moon III seized the opportunity to overtake, ultimately securing victory in a tightly contested race.

The concluding race proved to be a test of endurance and adaptability as the breeze held steady, defying initial expectations. Ku-Ring-Gai III (AUS 66), helmed by John Bacon, Joost Houweling, and Ed Wright, emerged victorious, claiming their second race win of the event. Marie-Françoise XXII (SUI 233) trailed closely behind, securing a commendable second place.

Ku-Ring-Gai III
Ku-Ring-Gai III

Reflecting on the challenges of the day, Peter Morton of The Jean Genie remarked on the unpredictable conditions that tested the team’s resilience and tactical acumen. Despite the obstacles, The Jean Genie’s strong start and strategic maneuvers proved decisive, ultimately securing victory in the regatta.

With previous victories in different boats, Morton expressed his delight at returning to claim the title once again, emphasizing the allure of Lake Garda and the beauty of the regatta’s surroundings.

Final results after 8 races
1 The Jean Genie (GBR 43, Peter Morton, Andrew Palfrey, Ruairidh Scott) 15
2 New Moon III (BAH 25, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) 22.5
Girls on Film (GBR 41, Louise Morton, Sam Haines, Andrew Mills) 25
4 Artemis (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Trond Solli-Saether) 36
5 Otto (NOR 69, Bent Christian Wilhelmsen, Lasse Berthelsen, Herve Cunningham) 39
 
Full gallery here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fivepointfivemetre/albums/72177720316348403
 
Results here: https://www.racingrulesofsailing.org/documents/8538/event?name=5-5-alpen-cup

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