Final three decided

On penultimate day of the Roberto Trombini mathc racing in Italy

Saturday July 12th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
The penultimate day of the IX Trofeo Trombini, Grade 1 ISAF match racing event continued in perfect sailing conditions, sunny and good breeze around 10 knots on the Adriatic sea.

In the Quarter Finals matches James Spithill defeated 3-0 the finnish Staffan Lindberg while Paolo Cian with the same scoreline eliminated his fellow conutry man Matteo Simmoncelli.

But in the other two quarter Finals it was much closer with Jes Gram-Hansen defeating the remaining Brit Ian Williams but only 3-2, after recovering on a 1-2 score. The fourth match was dramatic won as the two boats crossed the line following a double penalty on Williams. In the last race Gram-Hansen won after Williams was forced to retire due to a spinnaker halyard failure. The same 3-2 score was made by Dutchman Roy Heiner over American Ed Baird.

In the afternoon first semifinal matches, there was a double victory for Spithill over Paolo Cian (both similar matches with very little distance ever between the two boats, while Gram-Hansen and Roy Heiner have won one race each.

Tomorrow the semifinals will finish in the morning and the finals will conclude the event in the afternoon.

QUARTER FINALS
James Spithill (AUS) d. Staffan Lindberg (FIN) 3-0
Paolo Cian (ITA) d. Matteo Simoncelli (ITA) 3-0
Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) d. Ian Williams (GBR) 3-2
Roy Heiner (NED) d. Ed Baird (USA) 3-2

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

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

UPDATED FINAL RANKING FROM 5 TO 12 POSITIONS

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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)

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