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As Jes Gram-Hansen finds his form again at the conclusion of the Roberto Trombini match racing

Monday July 14th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
Danish match racing specialist and the world's number three Jes Gram-Hansen overturned his string recent defeats in match racing events to win the IX Trofeo Challenge Roberto Trombini held in Marina di Ravenna.

In a hard fought finale Gram-Hansen beat James Spithill 3-2 while in the Petit Finale, Dutch man Roy Heiner defeated Italian Paolo Cian to take the third place and the final spot on the podium.

It was another perfect of sailing day inside the port of Marina di Ravenna, with sun and 10 knots of wind. Over 3.000 spectators were on the docks and on the water, to watch the action.

It was one of the most intense runnings of the Trofeo Trombini, because every match race proved very close, with continuous manoeuvring and overlapping between the two boats while most of the finishes saw the boats separated by less than a boat length.

The day started with the end of semifinals, then the two Finals. The event concluded with a traditional fleet race followed by a prizegiving ceremony. The organisers promised a very special event for next year, the 10th running of this match racing event.

FINAL RANKING
IX Trofeo Challenge Roberto Trombini 2003
1. Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN)
2. James Spithill (AUS)
3. Roy Heiner (NED)
4. Paolo Cian (ITA)
5. Ed Baird (USA)
6. Matteo Simoncelli (ITA)
7. Ian Williams (GBR)
8. Staffan Lindberg (FIN)
9. Cameron Appleton (NZL)
10. Luc Pillot (FRA)
11. Tommaso Chieffi (ITA)
12. Chris Law (GBR)

SEMIFINALS

James Spithill (AUS) d. Paolo Cian (ITA) 1-0
James Spithill (AUS) d. Paolo Cian (ITA) 2-0
James Spithill (AUS) d. Paolo Cian (ITA) 3-0

Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) d. Roy Heiner (NED) 1-0
Roy Heiner (NED) d. Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) 1-1
Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) d. Roy Heiner (NED) 2-1
Roy Heiner (NED) d. Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) 2-2
Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) d. Roy Heiner (NED) 3-2


PETITE FINALE
Roy Heiner (NED) d. Paolo Cian (ITA) 1-0
Paolo Cian (ITA) d. Roy Heiner (NED) 1-1
Roy Heiner (NED) d. Paolo Cian (ITA) 2-1

FINAL
Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) d. James Spithill (AUS) 1-0
Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) d. James Spithill (AUS) 2-0
James Spithill (AUS) d. Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) 2-1
James Spithill (AUS) d. Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) 2-2
Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) d. James Spithill (AUS) 3-2

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