Lake Garda can offer every kind of sensations from the most exciting to the least! Sailors didn’t ranked today’s as one of their favourite.
Day 3 - Race 5 - 6
The conditions, with a constant Southerly wind peaking to 15 knots in the first race and weakening to 8 in the second race, were of the most predictable. The race was played at the start as there was no chance to play tactically and come back to the score on the following legs. Despite some pressure to the right of the course, a strong current prevented any incursions on this side. Automatically, sailors headed to the left of the course, as far as the rocky coast could allow.
In the first race, Karlo Kuret gained the lead by tacking the furthest away on the left side in one of the little bay boarding the Lake. This little move gave the Croatian the advantage on his opponents, Emilios Papathanasiou, Martijn Van Muyden, Kristian Aderman and Xavier Rohart. He then protected his first place until the leeward mark when Emilios Papathanasiou just succeeded in braking the overlap. The Greek forced Karlo to tack to the right, leaving free the left side option. Emilios win the race with Karlo second and Xavier Rohart 3rd. The Frenchman passed Martijn van Muyden straight on the line.
Karlo Kuret was still not satisfied to have let go his chance of winning the race to his Greek friend, he had just to repeat the same operation than in race 5 to win it, this time without being troubled by anyone: Karlo Kuret crossed the finish line nearly 2 minutes in front of local sailor Michele Marchesini who was welcomed like a hero by his club friends! Third place went to English sailor Andrew Simpson, 4th to Rafael Trujillo from Spain and 5th to Soren Holm from Denmark.
"I am happy of my day" revealed Karlo Kuret, "but I have to confess that it was not a very exciting racing. The tactics were very predictable with the left side always favoured. There was so much current on the centre that you had no choice!"
After 6 races and one discard, Emilios Papathanasiou is leading the regatta with 20 points, over Andrew Simpson (28 points) and Mateusz Kusznierewicz (29 points). Stefan de Vries is still the first Junior in 12th place, with Kristian Aderman 2nd in 14th position. Third Junior placing goes to Chris Brittle in 17th position overall.
The first Italian in the Championship is Prada's America Cup Challenge sailor, Massimo Gherarducci in 16th place. Sydney Silver medallist, Luca Devoti retired from the race yesterday. "I just need a break from sailing for a while. I can not find my inspiration and motivation any more and this is not good. What I need is to take some long and nice holidays…"
No holidays for the rest of the sailors in Malcesine, just a more relaxed schedule for now on with one race per day until Saturday.
Results after Six Races:
1 GRE Emilios Papathanasioo 20 points
2 GBR Andrew Simpson 28 points
3 POL Mateusz Kusznierewicz 29 points
4 CRO Karlo Kuret 30 points
5 BEL Sebastien Godefriod 32 points
Full results from the Finn Europeans website