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7 December 2009, 09:09 am
Racing Underway At Imperia Winter Regatta
The Byte fleet competing in Imperia
The Byte fleet competing in Imperia

Imperia Winter Regatta 2009
Imperia, Italy

The second day of 20th Imperia Winter Regatta, organized by the Yacht Club Imperia, was blessed with sunny skies over the four sailing areas in front of Imperia town.
In total 350 teams from 27 different countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lituania, Monaco, Netherland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Ucraine) are in Imperia for this year's Winter Regatta, which includes the Byte CII European Championship, the second of the continental qualifiers for next year's Youth Olympic Games.

In the morning a light northerly wind was blowing and for this reason the Race Committees decided to postpone racing, with the breeze filling in later, up to 17 and 18 knots, as the wind turned to southwest.

The Byte CII fleet of 80 boats - competing for the European Championship title and for qualification places for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games - was the first one to set sails, in fairly smooth seas with only some long waves coming from the previous day's stormy weather.

The first start had to be abandoned after the second windward mark rounding due to the wind dropping, but following this three races were completed with only a few black flags for both boy's and girl's starts.

Three different winners in the boy's division means a good balance among the fleet: Terence Choo from Singapore was the first winner of the day (after four races he stands in third position); the second race went to Hungarian Peter Batho who is now the overall leader; with Norwegian Andreas Begby taking the third. Scores of 1, 4 and 6 put Poland's Sara Piasecka top amongst the girl's fleet, ahead of Austria's Lara Vadlau and Daphne Van Der Vaart of the Netherlands.

There were also three races in the 420 class, the largest fleet at sea (89 men, 43 women). After five races (one discard) the leader of both divisions are Italian crews: the men Francesco Falcetelli and Gabriele Franciolini and the ladies Sara Amendola and Guilia Paolillo.

The first two races were also held in the Olympic events: the 470 and Laser.

Results - click here

Find out more about the Youth Olympic Games, the qualification system and events at www.sailing.org/yog.

Laura Jelmini
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