OPTIMIST EUROPEAN TEAM RACING CHAMPIONSHIP – ITALY WINS THE OPENING ROUND ROBIN
Lago di Ledro – The favorable weather conditions allowed the completion of the qualifying round of the Optimist European Team Racing Championship, an event organized by the Associazione Vela Lago di Ledro. An important step, because the ranking gained at the end of the Round Robin will count as the final ranking if external factors – such as the vagaries of the weather – were to prevent the completion of the final stages of the event.
To conquer the Round Robin, with a partial of thirteen wins and two defeats, was Italy (Emilia Salvatore, Enrico Coslovich, Aurora Ambroz and Leandro Scialpi) who anticipated Poland by one point, already in evidence during the opening day, and Spain which is called to defend the title won last year.
A slight decline, on the other hand, for Turkey which, first at the end of the opening day, struggled to confirm itself on the same levels and finished the Round Robin in fourth place, contrasting ten wins to five defeats.
In addition to the aforementioned teams, Germany, Greece, Croatia and France also obtained the qualification for the Gold Fleet while in the Silver Fleet, therefore out of the games valid for overall success, Croatia, France, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Israel, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Great Britain.
Taking advantage of the last puffs of a now dying breeze, the Race Committee chaired by Fabio Barrasso has completed the first flights valid for the League C, or the Round Robin that engages the teams entered in the Gold Fleet for the purpose of the four semifinalists. The first partials rewarded the Polish and German sailors, skilled in winning both regattas in which they were protagonists, while Italy, Spain, Turkey and Croatia ended the day with a score of one victory and one defeat.
Supported by the Cassa Rurale del Ledro, the Optimist European Team Racing Championship will resume tomorrow morning at 10.30 with the aim of defining the semi-final draw while teams from 5 to 16 will race in 3 different round robins, useful for defining the positions including fifth and sixteenth.
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