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7 September 2007, 05:15 pm
123 Dart 18s Competing in Italy
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Dart 18 World Championship 2007
Torbole, Italy

123 boats have finalized their entries for the Dart 18 World Championship, which got underway yesterday 28 August and continues until 1 September. 12 races are scheduled and the first was won by Daniel NORMAN and Melanie ROGERS on a difficult first day.
Great Britain has the largest fleet with 43 boats and they have all intentions to win the title, but also Germany has a large fleet with 18 boats. France has 17 boats, the Netherlands and South Africa 15 each. There are also boats from Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, and Italy. Italy has got two boats: one with the skipper Martino SALVO and crew Luca RODOLFI from Circolo Nautico Volano di Codigoro (Fe), the other with skipper Giorgio VINCENTI and crew Fabrizio OTTAVIANI from Assonautica Viterbo.

It was a difficult first day with the boats leaving the harbour at noon only to come back very quickly because of a storm. After 10 minutes of heavy raining the sun came back and the boats returned to the lake hoping for a good wind.

But the wind now came from North so the marks had to be placed again. Everything was ready at 14:30 (local time). The wind was light and the first boats finished after two hours of racing. The first boat was British with the skipper Daniel NORMAN and crew Melanie ROGERS. Second was Michiel e Joline FEHR, third Marco MANGANELLI and Racheal FOSTER (GBR).

The North wind seemed to be stronger so the Commeettee President Giorgio BAZZINI decided to get Race 2 underway but the wind was not steady and soon died away totally leaving the boats in front of Tempesta and Corno di Bò without any possibility to move.

They were 'saved' by rubber boats and could go back to the harbour. Everyone hopes that tomorrow there will be better conditions. Even if the weather forecast is not the best: cloudy in the morning and raining in the afternoon. Later on the Committee will have a meeting with the skippers and will discuss about racing in the early morning.
Claudio Chiarani (As Amended by ISAF)
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