to Damian Michelier and his crew and thanks to the Race Officials who have allowed a fast and regular event. The appointment with the match race is for 2023, while now we are starting to work on the Ledro Snipe-Trofeo Renzo Gnuffi event, scheduled between 23 and 24 July, so it will be time for the European Team Race Optimist Championship, scheduled between 23 and 28 August “.
The Ora was blowing on the Ledro Lake for almost all the day, permitting to the Race Committee of the OM International Ledro Match Race to complete the Round Robin and starting the semifinals, the first of which was resolved with Will Boulden’s win for three to zero on the Polish Igor Tarasiuk while the second stopped for the sudden lack of wind at two to one for Damian Michelier on James Pinder.
Before reaching the semifinals, which turned out to be fought far beyond what the partials tell, all the skippers engaged in this Grade 2 organized by the Associazione Vela Lago di Ledro and valid for the ranking of the World Match Racing Tour, had finished competing in the Round Robin, who ended with the aforementioned Tarasiuk and Pinder at the top of the ranking thanks to a score of 81.8% (9 wins out of 11). They were followed by three helmsmen, all attesting to 72.7% (8 out of 11): Michelier and Boulden were in fact along with the American Dave Hood, eliminated following the confrontation of the direct regattas.
Looking at the Italian skippers, Rocco Attili finished the Round Robin in seventh position, on equal points (6-11, 54.5%) with the Estonian Mati Sepp, who finished on the podium of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions, or the last ones helded before the stop due to the pandemic. Behind Attili was Riccardo Sepe (5-11, 45.5%).
The OM International Ledro Match Race will end tomorrow: the day will open with the completion of the semifinal matches, which will be followed by the regattas useful to determine the second part of the ranking, the final valid for the third and fourth place and the decisive one to assign the success.
At the end of the first day of racing valid for the OM International Ledro Match Race, an event included in the World Match Racing Tour calendar, the British sailor James Pinder leads the Round Robin ranking.
The British helmsman has won all seven matches sailed and with a score equal to 100% he looks down on Italian Rocco Attili, winner of six duels out of seven (85.7%), the Polish sailor Igor Tarasiuk, winner in five of the six matches in which he was involved (83.3%) and the American Dave Hood who, with five wins out of eight (62.5%), occupies the provisional fourth place.
Forty matches were completed thanks to the tireless work of volunteers and Race Officials who, led by the President of the Race Committee Fabio Barrasso, managed to complete the daily program in just over five hours: thanks to the presence of an Ora which blew between 7 and 12 knots, proving to be quite stable in direction throughout the day.
“I was afraid that restarting the organizational machine after two years of inactivity due to the pandemic would have been more difficult, however, having solved some small technical problems, the day went smoothly and with many races completed: a small masterpiece of which I must to give credit to the working group of the Associazione Vela Lago di Ledro and to the Race Officials, as well as to the favorable weather conditions, which turned out to be better than forecasts ”commented a satisfied Camilla Baruzzi, president of the ssociazione Vela Lago di Ledro.
The OM International Ledro Match Race will resume tomorrow morning: the Race Committee plans to complete the Round Robin and thus define the names of the qualifiers for the final phase of this Grade 2 valid for the World Match Racing Tour ranking. he event will end on Sunday with the dispute of the semifinals and finals.