The famous Lake Garda wind is giving competitors great conditions to race in at the Finn Europeans Championships.
What could make a Finn sailor more happy than today's racing??? A big fleet, a long and even starting line, 19 knots of a steady and very faithful Southerly wind (it always come at the same time, everyday at around 1PM!!), 30 degrees, sun, clear blue water...and the breathtaking scenery offered by the steep mountains surrounding Lago di Garda!
After a few general recalls, racing finally started at 2pm. The pin end of the line was once again very favored and places highly fought for. Xavier Rohart (FRA), Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Emilios Papathanasiou (GRE) took the start the further to the left. The best start going to Estonian Imre Taveter who jumped out in front of Mateusz as the starting gun went. Unfortunately for the Estonian, his speed could not compete with the Polish bullet who passed him within the first few minutes. The first third of the beat saw half of the fleet tacking 2 meters from the rocks and sunbaking spectators...sailing is surely a spectator sport in Lake Garda!
Soren Holm (DEN) created the surprise once again leading the fleet around the top 3 marks (triangle course). With only 3 months in the Finn, Soren is surely the fastest learner in the Finn history! The young Dane battled hard to stay in the top of the fleet. He will finish the race in 4th position only loosing 3 places.The first one to pass him will be Rafael Trujillo. Finn training partner until 1996 and Ex-Star crew for Jose Maria Van der Ploeg in Sydney, Rafael has not forgotten his Finn lessons and all the training acquired with the 92 Finn Gold medallist. The young Spanish kept his lead until the last beat when frenchman Xavier Rohart finally passed him to win this 3rd race. But Trujillo managed to stay ahead of Mateusz Kusznierewicz who finished 3rd in this exciting race, just ahead of the Dane. Michael Fellmann took the 5th position with Luca Devoti climbing from the 30's in the first leg to 6th at the end of the third beat. First junior and first Dutch sailor is Stefan de Vries in 7th place in front of Pascal Rambeau (FRA) and Jan-Dietmar Dellas (GER) who realised today one of his best race after rounding the first mark in third position. The racing committee disqualified 5 sailors for premature start: Mathieu Deplanque (7th), Sylvain Chtounder (9th), Chris Brittle (15th), Tim Carver(41st) and Robert De Jong (52nd).
1. Xavier Rohart (FRA)
2. Rafael Trujillo (ESP)
3. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL)
4. Soren Holm (DEN)
5. Michael Fellmann (GER)
6. Luca Devoti (ITA)
7. Stefan de Vries (NED)
8. Pascal Rambeau (FRA)
9. Jan Dietmar Dellas (GER)
10. Jiri Hyza (CZE)
Top 3 after 3 races:
1. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) 10 points
2. Michael Fellmann (GER) 20 points
3. Xavier Rohart (FRA) 23 points