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18 July 2005, 01:25 pm
Italian Success On Lake Garda
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Intervela 2005
Riva del Garda, Trento, Italy

The Italians came out on top in two of the events after the final day of racing in the ISAF Grade 2 Intervela on Lake Garda, Italy. Olympic silver medallist Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP) took another of the medals in the Finn, whilst Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) triumphed in the 470 women's event.
Six victories out of nine races gave Enrico FONDA and Pietro ZUCCHETTI (ITA) victory in the 470, four points ahead of the British pair of Paul BROTHERTON and Ian CALDER. Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) finished third overall, a further two points back. Despite starting with three wins from the opening four races, FONDA and ZUCCHETTI had to work hard for their victory. By the end of day two BROTHERTON and CALDER had overtaken them in first position but a finish of three straight bullets put the Italians firmly back on top.

TRUJILLO was the star performer on Lake Garda, winning seven of the nine races to take victory in the Finn event by a comfortable seven points. Croatia's Marin MISURA was the best of the rest in second place, four points ahead of his teammate Karlo KURET (CRO) in third.

A bullet in the final race was not enough to lift 470 European Champions, Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA) above DE KONING and BERKHOUT in the 470 women's event. The Dutch pair finished with a 1,2,2 record in the last three races, dealing number one team in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, PETITJEAN and DOUROUX, only their second defeat of 2005. Third place went to Slovenia's former Europe sailor Teja CERNE with crew Alja CERNE.

Italy's second win came in the 420 with Gian Marco TOGNI and Filippo TOGNI just managing to keep ahead of another Italian team helmed by Luca GOFFREDI despite finishing DNF and 11 in the final two races.

Claudio Chiarani/Alessandra Petroni (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from Lake Garda:© fotoemmebi.com
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