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5 July 2002, 02:09 pm
Only ISAF Ranked Youth Match Racing Event In Italy Underway
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Salerno Youth Week

Salerno is hosting this ISAF Grade 3 Match Racing Event, which only permits sailors under 25 years. Racing will be contested amongst teams from Japan, Great Britain and Poland.
Nobuyuki Kobayashi, member of the Okayama Sailing Federation will arrive from Japan; Mark Campbell-James representing the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Great Britain and Przemek Tarnacki of the MK Cafè sailing team from Poland - three of the best clubs in the world.

The Italians crew, who have received an invitation to race, are Matteo Sangiorgi, who is one of best Italian helmsmen in the Optimist and 420 classes, the Francesco Turizio from the Circolo del Remo and Vela Italia, Alessandro Buffa from La Spezia, Fabrizio Milan from the Lega Navale Italiana of Turin and Marco Gallo, member of the Circolo Canottieri Irno, from Salerno.

This event is the only such event for youth match race sailors, and the Salerno Youth Week hopes to build itself up to be on a similar level to other intenational youth match racing events, including Cowes Youth Week in the Isle of Wight, the Australian Harken Cup and the New Zealand Coca Cola Cup.

Racing is currently underway, close to the land, in front of Palazzo Sant'Agostino, with spectators able to watch.

After yesterday's racing, it was the British Team skippered by Mark Campbell-James who was the only skipper not to drop a match.

Sangiorgi : 5 races won and 1 lost
Campbell-James: 3 won and 0 lost
Tarnacki: 3 won and 1 lost.
Francesco Turizio: 2 won and 2 lost
Marco Gallo: 2 won and 3 lost
Noboyuki Kobayashi: 0 won and 5 lost.

At the end of the event, in addition to the Salerno Youth Week trophy dedicated to the winning crew, other two traditional trophies of the Circolo Canottieri Irno will be given. The Guido Scocozza Trophy, the Tullio D'Aragona Trophy, the Dante Tortorella Trophy.

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