2015 and 2016 UIM Class 3D World Champion Francois Pinelli from France had to settle for fourth place in Heat 1 of the 2017 Championship held in Chioggia, Italy on Thursday.
Former UIM XCAT racers, Serafino Barlesi and Alessandro Barone took the win, with Roberto Lo Piano and Mario Petroni making it an Italian ‘One / Two’ on the podium.
The final 2 heats will be contested over this weekend.
UIM 2017 Offshore Class 3D World Championship – Heat 1
1st) Serafino Barlesi and Alessandro Barone (ITA) – Yachting Club Como – 400 points
2nd) Roberto Lo Piano and Mario Petroni (ITA) – Marco – 300 points
3rd) Al Mansoori Faleh and Saul Bubacco (UAE) – Team Abu Dhabi – 225 points
4th) Francois Pinelli and Mathieu Bacellini (FRA) – Bimba – 169 points
5th) Andrea Comello and Piero Scaramal (ITA) – Pink Venice – 127 points