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10 April 2004, 09:28 am
Cold Peler On Day One
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Italian Optimists
Lake Garda

The 789 young sailors competing in the record breaking 22nd edition of the International Optimist Class Meeting enjoyed some good racing yesterday.
They were greeted this morning by cold temperatures, cloudy sky and a good steady northerly breeze, known locally as the Peler.

Division A (82 sailors born in the years 1994-1995) has by now completed three races. Two girls lead the fleet at the end of today's racing: Maria Ottavia Raggio, ITALY (Circolo Velico La Spezia) is first overall. Second placed is Sara PIASECKA from Poland, with a 4th, 2nd and 9th. Federico Tani, Italy (SCG Salò), is third overall with an 8th, 7th and 4th. Division A is scheduled to complete a total of 7 fleet races during this event that runs until Sunday, April 11th. The fleet will benefit from one discard if 4 or more races are sailed.

Division B (707 sailors born from 1989 to 1993) has by now completed a total of four races. Results are still pending for races 3 and 4, due to the huge number of competitors. Complete results will be posted as soon as possible on the event website at the address below.

After two races - according to the provisional results - defending world champion Filip MATIKA (Croatia) is leading Division B with a 2nd and a 1st placing. Second is Lukasz PRZYBYTEK (Poland) with two 2nd placings, followed by Marios PETROGGONAS (Greece) with a 1st and a 4th. Division B is scheduled to complete a total of 10 races. They will benefit from one discard if 5 or more races are sailed.

The following nations are represented: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lituania, Norway, Poland, Republic of San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, USA.
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