All in all it was a very fine performance from Michele Mazzotti, Cesare Trioschi, Manuele Pasotti, Andrea Bazzini and Massimiliano Mossini. The Italians led the competition at the end of every day of the regatta. However, the Portuguese crew (Miguel Guimarães, Gonçalo Ribeiro, David Abecasis, Fausto Neven and Pedro Pinto) remained undefeated on day two, which saw the teams go head to head in match racing format, and closed to within one point of the Italians.
The action concluded on Friday with another five fleet races, which were once again held in extremely challenging conditions. Team Italy coped best with the light and shifty winds, claiming two race victories and once again emerging as the team of the day.
"We are really happy to have won the International Final. The key to the title was day one, when it was important to get a feel for the boats. We managed that well, and quite quickly," said skipper Michele Mazzotti. "The days we have spent here in Portorož have been a magnificent experience. BMW organised everything perfectly, and the get-together with the other sailors was extremely friendly and pleasant. We really enjoyed ourselves."
Team Turkey produced an impressive performance, particularly with two fleet race victories on the final day, to sail into third place overall, just behind Portugal. Çınar Ateş, Zünbül Güray, Giray Deniz, Pekiçten Mert and Aybar Görkem finished second overall on Friday.
Fourth place at the end of the regatta went to the German team. Michael Kruse, Sven Lohse, Thorben Raffel, Claudia Vaupel and Corinna Lüdecke shone with second place on day one and also ended the International Final in style, finishing runner-up in the final fleet race.
The battle for fifth place was an incredibly close affair. The Romanian team (Mihael Neagu, Marian Radu, Sorin Iorga, Mihai-Andrei Cobianu and Ovidiu Drugan) and Team Austria (Klaus Pitter, Josef Kornfeld, René Plaschka, Gregor Seidl and Erwin Lang) both finished with 22 points. Ultimately, however, it was the Austrians who missed out: as in the previous day’s match racing, the tie had to be broken according to the Notice of Race, with the Romanian crew coming out on top. Small consolation: Team Austria defeated the Romanians in their head-to-head duel on Thursday.