The Russian team from YC Taganrog on the Black Sea won the first GrandOptical Optimist Team Racing Cup for European club teams.
In a very exciting semi-final Taganrog beat Hoorn (NED) 2-0 while YC Split (SLO) beat the Royal Lymington (GBR) 2-1.
In the final the Russians beat Split and in the petit final Hoorn beat the Royal Lymington, both 2-0.
But the real winner was the sport of sailing. This event, reviving the old tradition of international inter-club competition, will be a major stimulus to inter-club racing at home.
GrandOptical sponsorship is guaranteed through 2004. The event will continue to be limited to sixteen teams which must be made up of genuine club members and must have won a national team-racing championship. With free entry, accommodation and charter, plus prizes including four new boats, plus the sheer beauty and warmth of the Ledro valley, competition to qualify for next year's event will be a real boost to club sailing.
4. Royal Lymington
5. Mos Jlawa
6. Gran Canaria
12. Lough Derg