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3 October 2002, 02:57 pm
Italians Win B1 Division
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Blind Sailing World Championship
Lake Garda

The fifth Blind Sailing World Championship on lake Garda, which concluded at the weekend, was won in the B1 category by the Italian team of Gigi Bertanza and Raul Pietrobon.
Split into 3 divisions, the B1 division is categorised with a totally blind skipper and the whole event is sailed in the Italian designed Protagonist 7.5 and the Dolphin 8.1, all chartered off boat owners for the duration.

In the B2 division, for visually impaired skippers sailed in the Protagonist, early favourites New Zealand eventually won with a total of 14 points. Second were the American team skippered by Vince Morvillo from Texas.

The B3 division, also for visually impaired skippers but sailed in the Dolphin 8.1, was won by Gary Kirby from Great Britain, on a split tie for thirty points from the New Zealand team skippered by Tony Holmes.

The Squadron Cup for the team trophy was won by Great Britain followed by New Zealand and Italy in third.

Overall Top Three

B1 Division-Totally Blind Skipper Boats Sailed- Protagonist 7.5 Meters

Position Nation Names Total
1 Italy Luigi Bertanza 11.25
Marco Schirato
Giulio Comboni
Raul Pietrobon
2 Norway Thomas Johannsen 13
Stian Soltvedt
Jon Lystrup
Jostein Stenevik
3 Northern Ireland Michael Beggs 15
Warren Polly
Jerremy Tomelin
Matt McKee


B2 Division- Visually Impaired Blind Skipper Boats Sailed- Protagonist 7.5 Meters

Position Nation Names Total
1 New Zealand Garth Reynolds 14
Jamie Logan
David Mead
Richard Lancaster
2 USA-Texas Vince Morvillo 17
Glenn Brown
Richard Playter
Tiffany Raymond
Nancy Davis
3 Great Britain Lucy Hodges 18
Chris Sinclair
Gary Butler
John Simpson


B3 Division - Visually Impaired Blind Skipper Boats Sailed- Dolphin

Position Nation Names Total
1 Great Britain Gary Kirby 30(tie)
Martin Moody
Ian Shirra
Tobey Davey
2 New Zealand Tony Holmes 30(tie)
Terry Valder
Rob Greenwood
Dale Deane
3 USA-Massachusetts Duane Farrar 31
Hart Kelley
Charlie Zechel
Jay Kronfeld
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