Italian Olympic trials

Vittoria Trojer on the first day of Olympic classes sailing in Trieste

Thursday May 22nd 2003, Author: Vittoria Trojer, Location: Italy
Today was the first day of the Italian Championships for the Olympic classes held in the city of Trieste and organised by all the major yacht clubs and the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia.

The racing takes place from today until Sunday, and there are 250 teams taking part in ten different classes.

The first day of racing was less than ideal for the teams, in very light wind conditions with only 6-8 knots coming from a direction of 260°.

In the 470 class, the favourites Gabrio Zandonà and Andrea Trani won the first race, followed by Magistro-Cecconi.

In the Europa Class, Larissa Nevierov, winner of the class' racing in Auckland pulled in a second place, beaten by Rebecca Rettori.

In the Laser class the winner was a non-Italian - Marko Sekardi, from Slovenia, followed by Michele Rago. Favourite Michele Paletti, from Trieste, was OCS.

A surprise in the Tornado class, where Marcolini-Bianchi beat the Slovenian Dusan Puh.

As for the Star class, it was a disappoint result for favourite Enrico Chieffi, who only managed an 11th place. The winner of this class was the duo from the lake Garda, Fravezzi-Cozzolotto.

The 49ers were won by the brothers Piero and Gianfranco Sibello while in the Finn class victor went to Riccardo Cordovani.

In the female Yngling class, the winner was Cristiana Monina sailing with Giudice-Bezzi.

Tomorrow the race calendar will have second and third races for the nine classes and the first two races for the Mistral class, who are await some stronger wind.

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