France and the USA have moved into the overall lead after day two of the ISAF Grade C1 470 Europeans on Lake Garda.
Race 2 and race 3 of the 470 European Championships took place on Tuesday in wonderful Garda conditions. It was sunny again, with a wind strength around 10 knots throughout both races.
On Alpha course, further south down the lake, the wind came in first and racing started with the women's fleet. Both races ware closely contested, but the USA team of Amanda CLARK
and Sarah MERGENTHALER
started well, going right into an early lead, and taking the bullet for both races, putting them in overall lead in the regatta. They were followed in race 2 by Emmanuelle ROL
and Anne-Sophie THILO
(SUI) and Nike KORNECKI
and Vered BUSKILA
(ISR), and, in race 3 by Ai KONDO
and Naoko KAMATA
(JPN) in second and ROL and THILO third.
On Bravo course, there were two clean starts for both the men's yellow and blue fleets. The red fleet, following the women on Alpha course were also well behaved at the start. It was a day of mixed fortunes in the men's fleets, with Pierre LEBOUCHER
and Vincent GAROS
(FRA) the most consistent with a 2,1 in their fleet. Other fleet races were won, in race 2, by Javier CONTE
and Juan DE LA FUENTE
(ARG), Mikhail SHEREMETYEV
and Maxim SHEREMETYEV
(RUS), and Ryunosuke HARADA
and Yuugo YOSHIDA
In race 3 for the yellow fleet, the New Zealand boat, sailed by Carl EVANS
and Peter BURLING
, had a good start, keeping left and middle to arrive fifth at the windward mark. A great run saw them first at the first leeward mark, a lead that they held until the end, closely followed by Cheul YOON
and Hyeongtae KIM
(KOR) and Martin HAUPTMANN
and Timo CHORROSCH
(GER) in third.
A start of 08:00 is planned for Tuesday's racing, so the Italian and Dutch boats will have to take care when watching their football teams compete in Euro 2008!
Results - click here