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29 April 2004, 09:28 am
Fluky and Unstable Conditions on Day One
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Match Race Garda Trentino
Riva del Garda

The GARDA TRENTINO ISAF Grade 1 Open Match Race, organised by the Fraglia Vela Riva in conjunction with ISAF, started yesterday in the beautiful setting of Lake Garda.
The ten competing skippers left the dock early to make the most of the northerly breeze locally known as "Peler". The Race Committee was able to complete six flights of round robin one (except for flight two where matches three and four were abandoned).

Around 10.30 am the wind dropped and the competitors waited on the race course until midday when the southerly breeze "Ora" kicked in. However, they had to tackle very fluky and unstable wind conditions due to the approaching clouds. The results of some matches were unsure right until the very end, due to the frequent and sudden changes in wind strength and direction. Jesper RADICH (DEN) was disqualified from match three of flight three for using an illegal rig on the jib sheet. Current match racing world champion Ed BAIRD is leading the fleet with four wins and one loss.

Results Of Each Flight Sailed Yesterday
Flight 1
Radich J. def. Taranov M.
Richard M. def. Campbell M.J.
Bernntsson J. def. Baird E.
Williams I. def. Dunstan

Flight 2
Baird def. Arbuzov A.
Taranov def. Dunstan M. Bernntsson J.
Campbell M.J. match abandoned to be re-sailed Radich J.
Cian P. match abandoned to be re-sailed

Flight 3
Campbell M.J. def. Arbuzov A.
Cian P. def. Taranov M.
Williams I. def. Radich J.
Richard M. def. Bernntsson J.

Flight 4
Cian P. def. Williams I.
Radich J. def. Dunstan M.
Richard M. def. Arbuzov A.
Baird E. def. Campbell M.J.

Flight 5
Cian P. def. Dunstan M.
Baird E. def. Richard M.
Arbuzov A. def. Bernntsson J.
Taranov M. def. Williams I.

Flight 6
Baird E. def. Cian P.
Dunstan M. def. Arbuzov A.
Campbell M.J. def. Taranov M.
Radich J. def. Bernntsson J.

Provisional Results At The End Of Day One
Ed BAIRD, USA: 4 wins, 1 loss
Jesper RADICH, DEN: 3-1
Mathieu RICHARD, FRA: 3-1
Paolo CIAN, ITA: 3-1
Ian WILLIAMS, GBR: 2-2
Mark CAMPBELL-JAMES, GBR: 2-2
Maxim TARANOV, RUS: 2-3
Johnie BERNTSSON, SWE: 1-3
Andrew ARBUZOV, RUS: 1-4
Michael DUNSTAN, AUS: 1-4

The racing format is the same that was successfully used by the Fraglia Vela Riva during the ISAF Match Racing World Championship last August. - Round 1: double round robin, where all skippers sail each other twice in one group. - Round 2: semifinals, where the top four skippers from the round robins race against each other in a knock out series, first to score three points. - Round 3: final and petite final, run on a knock out series, first to score three points.

Racing will resume Thursday morning through Saturday, May 1.

Alessandra Ghezzi (As Amended by ISAF)
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