The most remarkable result of Sunday's final day came in the Women's 470 Medal Race, into which Paoli Vesna DEKLEVA and Klara MAUCEC (SLO) took a nine point lead over Giulia CONTI and Giovanna MICOL (ITA).
CONTI and MICOL were extremely fast in the typical Garda northerly breeze and managed to pull out a big advantage over the rest of the fleet and win the Medal Race. The wind died off, leaving the rest of the fleet floating, with nobody else able to make the finish within the time limit, handing overall victory to the Italians.
With a crafty smile CONTI said, 'The day before yesterday we had to race without the spinnaker, which ripped. Today luck helped us out, so it all balanced in the end.'
MAUCEC accepted the loss with good grace, especially considering her and DEKLEVA had won all but two of the ten race series leading into the Medal Race, 'Congratulations to Giulia, today she won because she knew Lake Garda's conditions better. We all know what the lake is like, and that the northerly wind can stop blowing around that time. She has been really great and deserved to win.'
In the Men's 470, Gabrio ZANDONA and Andrea TRANI (ITA) cashed in a well deserved victory, 'Now that it is over and we won, we feel so relieved. I have to say that we are always happy to race on the Lake Garda but now it's time to focus on Palma de Mallorca and on the next commitment, the Princess Sophia Trophy. However, we always have a great time here!'
Finishing in second, Karlo HMELJAK and Mitja NEVECNY (SLO) were ecstatic, with HMELJAK commenting, 'We just got back to racing together, and to come second behind Gabrio and Andrea is just the best. You can see they are better prepared, as opposed to us, we couldn't compete for nearly a year due to our study commitments. Getting back together on the boat for the Expert Olympic Garda and being second means victory. About the Olympics, of course we have our mind set on Beijing, but for the moment we have to make up for lost time and push hard if we want to reach that goal. Firstly, we have to focus on the World Championship in Cascais, the rest will come!'
|Hamish PEPPER and Brad
NICHOL dominated in the Star
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A Great Job
Ion ECHAVE, Principal Race Officer of the Eurolymp was delighted with the outcome on Lake Garda, 'A great job has been done. Congratulations to Fraglia Vela Riva and Malcesine for the usual high degree of professionalism they delivered in this important event.'
Laser Radial European Champion VAN ACKER put in the most dominant performance of the regatta, winning all eight races before finishing second in the Medal Race to take the Laser Radial title.
There were more clear-cut winners in the other classes, with Aron GADORFALVI (HUN) taking the Men's RS:X title well ahead of Riccardo BELLI DELL'ISCA (ITA) and Gasper VINCEC (SLO) always in control of the Finn fleet. In the Star fleet, the makeshift team of World Champion helm Hamish PEPPER (NZL), and Andy HORTON's (USA) usual crew Brad NICHOL (USA), proved an effective one, taking the title by 17 points.
The Olympic Classes now move to Palma, Spain and the ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy, which starts on 30 May.