Blu Moon with a race to spare
With five firsts and two second places out of 11 races, Flavio Favini's crew won the European title with a race to spare, holding a gap of 37 points over second place. This week the the Italian-Swiss team that was World Champion ub 2001 and European Champion in 2007, has demonstrated overwhelming superiority.
"It's been a perfect week, during which everything for us was quite perfect: we made fewer mistakes than our opponents and we could count on perfect tactical calls and very impressive performance," said Flavio Favini. "We are very happy because for several seasons we chased an important result and after some second and third places we wanted to get back on the top step of the podium. Now we await for the San Francisco Worlds, where we will find the best of the US fleet and some of the strongest Australian teams."
If the fight for the victory in the Open division is open, it remains wide open for second and third place. At present these are occupied respectively by two-time Czech Olympian, Martin Trcka, on the helm of ICZ (3-29-12) and Audi Ultra (4-14-5) skippered by Riccardo Simoneschi. They are separated by just one point, with Peter Saraskin's Estonia Zuxu (3-7-10) just behind them.
Following today's result Giogi (6-20-38) and Altea (2-2-52) have lost the chance for a podium position, stuck in fifth and sixth position.
In the Corinthian class the locals on Team Kesbeke/Sika are up against the Estonians on Lenny (2-1-18). Today, Ronald Veraar's crew was able to overtake that of Tonu Toniste. Separated by just four points, the two teams have a fairly comfortable margin on Rock City (6-8-4) of Tiit Vihul.
Full results here
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