|Filo da Torcere - 1980 One Ton Cup winner|
Italy deployed no less than 26 yachts in the selection trials and was thus regarded as the strongest country in the One Ton Cup itself. Those boats which missed selection went on to sail for other countries, which lead to a big fleet of 27 yachts representing 12 nations.
One of the best boats, which didn't enter the trials, was Exelsior Yacht Club, skippered by Paul Elvstrom, went on to sail for his home country of Denmark. With his success in the 1978 series, Ron Holland was the best represented designer, and particular interest focused on Two new boats,Todahesa, skippered by John Kolius, and Sharkey, with Tim Stearn, Lowell North and Butch Dalrymple-Smith in her crew, and were possibly the fastest boats in the regatta. The earlier Holland design Indulgence was unsuccessful in Newport in 1979, but made the journey to the Mediterranean for the 1980 series.
|Filo da Torcere|
|Garibaldi finished seventh overall (note the carbon fibre staunchions)|
|Sharkey in good spinnaker reaching conditions, just ahead of Filo da Torcere|
|Sharkey sets off on a light air reach|
There were no new boats from Bruce Farr, Doug Peterson or German Frers, while Laurie Davidson's new boat Alerted was under-canvassed for the conditions.
|Filo da Torcere rounds a leeward mark during the Italian One Ton Cup selection trials|
|The Italian yacht Cuordileone - finished strongly with two seconds in the final two races to finish fourth overall|
|Nat - a US charter entry finished ninth overall|
|The Holland design Indulgence|
|Filo da Torcere|
|Indulgence on a light air reach|
|The striking paintjob of the Fontana/Maletto/Navone design Buonalena (above and below)|
Scott Rohrer aboard the Fontana/Maletto/Navone-designed Buonalena, which sported a striking angled green colour scheme, finished in second place, with placings of 2/3/11/4/7. She had lead the series going into the final long offshore but finished out of the running in the high points race, and finished just ahead of Sharkey in third (4/18/1/11/3), and Courdileone. Todahesa finished fifth. Indulgence won the final race, giving her the White Horse Trophy (which was awarded to the winner of the long offshore race during the One Ton Cup events) for the second year in a row. Exelsior Yacht Club finished a disappointing eighth.
|Filo da Torcere sails upwind in light to medium conditions on her way to winning the 1980 One Ton Cup|
|Filo da Torcere as seen in 2013|