After gales delayed the start of the Star European Championship at Dun Laoghaire, Ireland on Sunday, a lull allowed two races to be sailed yesterday that saw Italians Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolini deliver two consistent results of a race win and a second place in the 27-boat fleet from 17 nations.
The Italians leaders were the 2006 European champions and overcame challenging post-frontal weather conditions that delivered 20-degree wind-shifts at times on an otherwise smooth race course off Seapoint on the south shore of Dublin Bay.
France's Guillaume Florent and Pascal Rambeau also had a consistent day with a second and third while the home fleet delivered a strong showing as Olympic veterans and contenders for London 2012 Peter O'Leary and David Burrows placed third and sixth to lie third overall on countback, ahead of France's Xavier Rohart Pierre and Alexis Ponsot at this early stage in the regatta.
A return to stormy conditions is expected for Tuesday with 40 knots forecast for the morning.
Star European Championship 2011 at Royal St. George YC, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
(Provisional overall standings after two races):
1. Diego Negri & Enrico Voltolini (ITA)
2. Guillaume Florent & Pascal Rambeau (FRA)
3. Peter O'Leary & David Burrows (IRL)
4. Xavier Rohart Pierre & Alexis Ponsot (FRA)
5. Richard Clarke & Tyler Bjorn (CAN)
6. Afonso Domingos & Frederico Melo (POR)
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