With 20 knots blowing on flat water the sailors were treated to typical Garda conditions on the first day of the Continental Championship on the famous Italian lake.
The sailors came back exhausted after putting in all their energy to the three races. The red fleet on Alpha course was quickly divided into two. The top sailors were finishing like rockets while the new teams were fighting against the brisk wind.
(DEN) tired but pleased said. "These are the best conditions you can hope during racing."
The American team, Tim WADLOW
and Pete SPAULDING were lucky, they broke their main sheet during the first race but still managed to finish second. They had time to come back ashore before the next start. Tim said, "The start line was so close that we could go back ashore to get ready again".
He added. "The conditions are awesome here and we just want to have a great time."
The Finnish team of Thomas JOHANSON
and Jukka PIRAINEN sailing on Bravo course are probably the most delighted. Thomas won the Gold medal in Sydney in 2000 and is going to the Games but this time with Jukka. He said. "This is the best sailing day I had in my life! The conditions were great and we finished first in all the races!"
The French team of Marc AUDINEAU
and Stéphane CHRISTIDIS, even though they had a 3, 4, 5 were still not too pleased. Marc said. "We are not too happy. We managed to be steady but we made a lot of mistakes and could have done better."
George LEONCHUK, crew of the Ukranian team was even less satisfied. "Not good at all today…But tomorrow is another day!"
Most of the sailors are here on holiday and the others are thinking about the Games and are testing their equipment. This is the case of the Danish team of Michael HAESTBECK
and Dennis DENGSOE who just won their Trials at Kiel. They were 4th at the Worlds and today they are preparing themselves for the Games. Michael said. "We are here to practice. We will try to have good results but the conditions in Athens won't be the same, both the weather conditions and also the attitude of the sailors..."
Only one team is still fighting to go to the Games: the Dutch pairing of Mats HELLMAN
and Pim NIEUWENHUIS. The Netherlands haven't yet decided if they are going to send them.
||Thomas Johanson/ Jukka Piraine
||Chris Nicholson/Gary Boyd
||Michael Hestbeck/Dennis Dengsoe
||Tim Wadlow/ Pete Spaulding
||Chris Draper/Simon Hiscocks
||Alister Richardson/Alex Tobutt
||Stevie Morrison/Ben Rhodes
||Christoffer Sundby/ Frode Bovim
||Pietro Sibello/Gianfranco Sibello
||Allan Nooregaard/ Klaus Naur