Photos: Roberto Vuilleumier

25 knot medal race

Garda Trentino Olympic Week concludes

Sunday May 11th 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy

A memorable Garda Trentino Olympic Week, the first leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup, concluded on Lake Garda with great wind conditions - a 22 knot southerly helping to decide the medals.

Nacra 17 - Victory for the Italians Vittorio Bissaro – Silvia Sicouri

With victory effectively in the bag the crew Bissaro–Sicouri, who are already ranked ISAF no1 in the world, the Italian crew came home fifth in the medal race on the course at the Fraglia Vela Malcesine, despite touching the pin at the start, forcing them to carry out a penalty turn.

Second and third place went to the French crews of Vaireaux–Audinet and Ogerau–Vandame, who finished second in the medal race.

470 M: Confirmation of the superiority of the current European Champion, Croats Fantela – Marenic

Big conditions in the Men’s 470 Medal Race provided for a spectacular finish to this regatta. The European Champions, who finished fourth at London 2012, Fantela – Marenic also won the medal race to secure the Gold medal with a 7 point advantage. Following them were the Germans Gerz –Symanski, who finished third in the medal race. Third place was maintained by the Italian crew Desiderato–Trani (eighth in the medal race) who were in the lead for the first three days, but fell behind after being disqualified for an OCS.

470 F: Gold for the Italians Caputo - Sinno after a magnificent finale.

In the final, Roberta Caputo rose to the fore even after four years in exile following her 2010 420 World Championship win. Returning to the stage in the 470 class, she has shown that these previous titles did not arrive by chance. On the most difficult day of the competition, the Italian crew knew how to draw on their reserves of grit and determination to finish second in the Medal race and first overall on countback from Poles Skrzpulec–Pogon. Victory In the Medal Race was taken by the Russians Kirilynk – Dmitrieva, who took the bronze overall.

Laser Standard – Robert Scheidt wins everything - the Medal Race and the competition.

In the Laser Standard class, Robert Scheidt winning everything to add to his numerous World titles and Olympic medals. Coming back from third place on the first upwind leg he showed his class by moving into first position to claim today's race. In the Silver position 21 points behind was the Frenchman Bernal (sixth in the medal race), while Bronze went to Nick Thompson. Second place in the medal race went to Brazilian, Bruno Fontes, third in the medal race was the Argentine Alsogaray.

Laser Radial – gold for Murphy (Ireland).

Victory was already in the bag for Irish sailor Annalise Murphy who, in the Medal Race, leaving the other podium places up for her rivals to claim. Dane Rindom won overall silver after a first place in today's Medal Race, with the Australian Stoddart getting Bronze after finishing second in today's race.

49er/49erFX: Abandoned race both for male and female due to the risky conditions in the closed course 'theatre'

There was no racing today for either of the 49er classes that were set to sail their medal races on a short 'theatre' style course but racing was abandoned for safety reasons.

In the 49er there was French victory for the crew D’ortoli – Delpech and two well-earned Italian medals for Dubbini and Plazzi-Molineris, respectively in silver and bronze. The overall results changed overnight after the resolution of protests including one where the Italians Plazzi-Molineris overturned the OCS they received, returning them to contention and to take the bronze medal close.

The 49erFXes also saw a change in their overall results after a decision by the Jury following a request for redress by Martine Grael (leading so far in the World Cup) was upheld. The Brazilians were able to overtake the New Zealand current World Champions Maloney-Meech, and the Germans, Meyer-Stoffers, who took silver and bronze respectively.

RS:X M: Victory for Croatian Mratovic, silver to Italian Mattia Camboni.

The top ten windsurfers certainly had fun in the big winds with Marcantonio Baglione winning the Medal Race. The top three placings remained the same as yesterday putting Croatia, Italy and Thailand on the winner’s podium. There was no racing today for the RS:X Women with gold going to Flavia Tartaglini and bronze to Veronica Fanciulli.

 The EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup now moves now on to Northern Europe, with the next racing in Medemblik (Netherlands), Weymouth (UK) and Kiel (Germany).



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