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26 March 2002, 10:24 am
Girl Leads After Day One
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Optimist South American Championship

With three races completed on day one of the championship Maria Pia Benavides of Peru leads the 168 boat fleet. No girl has ever won gold or silver in the 28 year history of the event.

Winds were light 6-10 knots and starts problematical with wind against current.

Results after three races

1. Maria Pia Benavides Peru
2. Francisco Renna Argentina
3. Felipe Gonzaga Brasil
4. Nicolas Marino Argentina
5. Diego Perea Peru
6. Bruno Faria Brasil
7. Juliana Senfft Brasil
8. Henrique Haddad Brasil
9. Pierluigi Alessio Italy
10.Felipe Grana Peru

Girls results

1. Maria Pia Benavides Peru
2. Juliana Senfft Brasil
3. Victoria Travascio Argentina
Robert Wilkes/News Editor
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