Gaspic into the lead
Valencian October welcomed the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup's fleet. Sun, summer temperatures and a seabreeze of 8-14 knots show the D-One at its best.
Two fantastic races were sailed with lots of fun and tough racing by the 31 strong fleet from 14 countries. This is the first event of the adrenaline-pumping single-handed dinghy designed by UK dinghy master Phil Morrison, tested and developed by Olympic Silver Medallist Luca Devoti, and built by Devoti Sailing managed by Roman Teply.
The early leaders at the Championship are Hungarian Zsombor Berecz and Croatian finn sailor Ivan Gaspic. The organisation by the Real Club Nautico de Valencia and Devoti Sailing was perfect. At the end of the day, sailors were welcomed ashore with a marvellous Valencian paella.
Talking about the day, Luca Devoti said: “Who will win in a couple of days? There are a lot of good guys out there that can win this event. The fleet in very high-talented and I want to point out that there are sailors in the top positions with very different weights, ranging from 100 kg like Gaspic or Wright down to Zabalua's 72 kg, all can be competitive in the D-One”.
Croatian Ivan Gaspic, top ranked after two races, said: “Today was all about speed, both upwind and downwind. This boat is a perfect idea by Luca Devoti, nice hull and lots of fun”.
Today's races resulted in a very short leaderboard, which suggests a hard fight in the next two days, because the double point score of the last race will keep everything open untill the end. Croation Ivan Gaspic (3-1) took an early lead with a two point advantage over Argentinean Agustin Zabalua (4-2). Third was Hungarian Zsombor Berecz (1-6). Ed Wright, winner one month ago of the Finn Gold Cup, took the fourth place (6-3). In the fifth there is the first Italian, Andrea Giammarini (5-4).
The event resumes tomorrow with two more races.
|1||IVAN KLIAKOVIC GASPIC||CRO 1||3||1||4|
|2||AGUSTIN ZABALUA||ARG 8||4||2||6|
|3||ZSOMBOR BERECK||HUN 4||1||6||7|
|4||EDWARD WRIGHT||GBR 11||6||3||9|
|5||ANDREA GIAMMARINI||ITA 033||5||4||9|
|6||ALBERTO FERRARI||ITA 007||2||11||13|
|7||PAOLO ROSSI||ITA 025||7||7||14|
|8||FABIO TOCCOLI||ITA 11||12||5||17|
|9||MICHAEL MAIER||CZE 004||8||10||18|
|10||ROMAN TEPLY||CZE 9||13||8||21|
|11||TIM GARVIN||GBR 72||9||12||21|
|12||JONATHAN LOBERT||FRA 012||10||14||24|
|13||KEITH FEDI||GBR 6||15||13||28|
|14||MATT COUTTS||NZL 22||22||9||31|
|15||ANDREA GANCIA||ITA 13||11||20||31|
|16||BRET PERRY||AUS 35||16||15||31|
|17||STEFFEN BOCK||GER 20||14||18||32|
|18||ANDY TURTON||AUS 23||19||17||36|
|19||MATTHIAS GROTHUES-SPORK||GER 053||21||16||37|
|20||STEFANO CARUSO||ITA 26||17||24||41|
|21||GIOVANNI TRICARICO||ITA 14||20||22||42|
|22||RALF BEHRENS||GER 28||24||19||43|
|23||GUIDO FALCIOLA||ITA 3||23||21||44|
|24||PHILIPPE ROGGE||ITA 043||18||30||48|
|25||WALTER RITSHCKA||AUT 112||27||23||50|
|26||GIANCARLO PRAGLIOLA||ITA 19||26||25||51|
|29||SUMIO SHIMOYAMA||JAP 36||30||30||60|