A complicated day on Lake Ledro, where the unexpected withdrawal of the breeze prevented the completion of the races valid for League C, the Round Robin that is involving the eight teams qualified for the Gold Fleet, used to define the draw of the semifinals and the places from the fifth to the eighth.
With eight matches still to be held, the group is led by Poland, capable of winning four of the five duels in which it has been engaged, including those at the top against Italy and Spain. Successes that have projected the Polish team to the top of the provisional ranking, with 18 points, deriving from the sum of the results of the Round Robin which opened the event organized by the Vela Lago di Ledro Association and in the aforementioned League C.
The Italian team went through a not so easy day: after the success with Germany and Croatia was beaten by Poland, Turkey and Greece: a roadmap that cost the advantage obtained by winning the Round Robin and the consequent sliding to third place of the provisional standings, albeit on the equal – 16 points – with Turkey, currently second thanks to the victory obtained in the direct match.
To occupy the fourth place of the ranking, the last valid to conquer a place in the semifinals, it is Spain who, thanks to its 14 points, is called to defend 1.5 lengths of advantage over Greece.
At the same time, part of the races valid for the League D took place, that is for the Silver Fleet which aim to define the positions between the eighth and the sixteenth and where to indicate the way, at the moment, are Switzerland and Israel.
Supported by the Cassa Rurale del Ledro, the Optimist European Team Racing Championship will end tomorrow in the face of particularly heavy weather conditions. The Race Committee is hoping for a manageable situation to complete League C and League D and then proceed to the semi-finals and finals.
However, it should be emphasized that to make the second part of the event valid and assign the continental title, taking into account today’s results, it will be at least essential to complete the flights of the two Leagues. If the weather conditions make it impossible to dispute the remaining tests, the title will be awarded on the basis of the Italian round that opened the event and which, for the record, was won by Italy.
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