Thanks to four victories out of six matches today, the Italian team class 420 of the Società Velica di Barcola - Grignano of Trieste has a place among the first four Teams that will fight for a place on the podium of this European Team Championship class
Lake Ledro is a perfect setting for this style of event and today the qualification series of round robin matches were completed and the four teams were decided prior to the semi finals that will take place tomorrow.
First place (six victories out of six matches) went to GBR One going into the semi's (crew: Stuart HUDSON, Linda EADIE, Dom JOHNSON, Debs KERSHAW, John GREENLAND and Bevis FIELD); second position was for GBR Two (Ben FIELD, Karen GREENLAND, Andrew CORNAH, Hamish WALKER, Tom HEBBERT and Suzie SHORT); the third place is for Italy and the fourth sees Czech Republic One (Lukas NEUMANN, David KRIZEK, Jakub KOZELSKY, Marketa SCHWARZOVA, Radek SMETANA and Jana LANDKAMMEROVA).
Out of the championship now are the German team (with two victories, against Ireland and Czech Republic Two), the second team of the Czech Republic (winner of only one match, against Ireland), and the team of Ireland, defeated by all other Teams competing here.
The Italians have had a good round robin series so far in the competition, Stefano Cherin noted. "the very idea of this event is positive, the location here on the lake of Ledro is also very good, and today, after a difficoult beginning in the first day, we got the satisfaction of being among the first four teams, for the podium. Tomorrow we'll need some sailing tactics and the six competitors in crew will give their best (every Team sails with three boats). Our goal is a place among the first three positions."
The finals will be sailed Saturday 11th, and after that there will be the prize-giving.