Danes retain lead

After final day of 49er racing on Lake Garda

Monday May 19th 2003, Author: Laura Jelmini, Location: Italy

For the second event in the Skiff.tv Grand Prix of Italy, the Danish sailing machine of Michael Hestbeck and Dennis Anderson swept to victory despite a challenge from the more flamboyant Italians and the explosive French.

Once again the Renault skiff.tv Italian Grand Prix was held in perfect 22-24 knot winds, in flat water, that have allowed the organisers to stage 19 heavily contested races over the event's four days.

The big fight was between the Danish, multiple Italian, French, Japanese and Australian teams but with Austria and Switzerland also throwing in good performances.

The Sibellos played the home town advantage for everything that it was worth, the Danes could not be overcome and their exceptional consistency remained unbeatable.

A surprise of the regatta was the unexpected return to form of the French team of Audineau/Christidis, not only just taking it to the Danes and Italians but giving a good hard lesson in strong wind sailing. #

Next Skiff.tv Grand Prix is to be held in the UK on 31 July-3 August 2003 at Hunstanton, located on the North Norfolk Coast.

Finals Results (two discards)

1 Hestbek/Andersen-DEN 1-1-1-[8]-2-[12]-2-2-5-1, 15 points
2 Sibello/Sibello-ITA 2-2-3-[5]-5-2-[10]-1-4-2, 21 points
3 Audineau/Christidis-FRA 3-5-[17]-[9]-1-1-9-3-1-3, 26 points
4 Turnbull/Partridge-AUS 5-3-8-4-[8]-3-3-[17]-3-4, 33 points
5 Nakamura/Takaki-JPN 4-4-5-1-4-4-[6]6-[9]-6, 34 points
6 Walser/Buettner-SUI 6-[10]-7-[10]-7-5-4-4-7-5, 45 points
7 Modena/Modena-ITA 10-6-2-6-3-6-1-[17]-[17]-17, 51 points
8 Kocholl/Kocholl-AUT 8-7-[10]-3-6-7-5-[9]-6-9, 51 points
9 D'Amico/Bella-ITA 14-9-4-11-[12]-8-8-5-2-[11], 61 points
10 Kaemmerle/Friedrich 12-[13]-9-7-9-[13]-7-7-8-7, 66 points
11 Kai/Dicks-GER 11-11-11-[12]-10-11-12]-8-10-8, 80 points
12 Vacondio/Francesco 9-8-6-13-13-9-11-[17]-12-[17], 81 points
13 Sakama/Kida-JPN 7-12-12-14-10-13-[17]-[17]-17, 87 points
14 Niessen/Wenz-GER 13-[14]-13-[14]-11-14-14-10-11-10, 96 points
15 Mazzotti/Salci-ITA 15-[17]-[17]-17-17-17-17-17-17-17, 134 points
16 Yang/Yang-TPE -16-[17]-[17]-17-17-17-17-17-17-17, 135 points

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