Eight flights were sailed on the first day of races at Marina di Ravenna for the ISAF Grade 1, Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy.
The weather conditions made for some exciting scenes: hard fought races, penalties and arrivals at top speed. At the end of the day only one skipper won all the matches, the Australian champion James SPITHILL (who races for Luna Rossa Challenge). Also in the limelight Englishman Ian WILLIAMS, and the young Australian Micheal DUNSTAN, Dane Lars NORDBJERG and also the 20 year old Russian Eugeny NEUGODNIKOV gave some surprising performances on this first day of the tenth edition of the Trombini Trophy.
It was a difficult start for Matteo SIMONCELLI of Ravenna (Itway Match Race Team), who was not up to his usual recent high standards, he gained 3 victories and 4 defeats. It was the same result also for the other Italian skipper Flavio FAVINI (Mascalzone Latino). The two Italians fought with different spirits: apart from racing 'at home' Simoncelli must also defend 11th place he recently gained in the world ranking list whilst Favini is on his first experience with the match race before his participation in the America's Cup with Mascalzone Latino.
Yesterday saw the debut to Grade 1 ISAF of nineteen years old Dane Peter WIBROE who was called in at the last minute to substitute his fellow countryman the great Jes GRAM-HANSEN.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below