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11 July 2003, 10:27 am
Bonelli (ITA) Takes the Girls Title
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Bettina BONELLI ©Event Media

Optimist European Championship
Stari Grad

Unless something very strange happens, Bettina BONELLI (ITA) is the 2003 IODA European Girls champion. With one race to sail she can if necessary count back a discard of 3 points to have a minimum 14 point lead over local sailor Tajana GANIC.
Unless something very strange happens, Bettina BONELLI (ITA) is the 2003 IODA European Girls champion. With one race to sail she can if necessary count back a discard of 3 points to have a minimum 14 point lead over local sailor Tajana GANIC.

Bettina, from the famous F.V. Riva del Garda club, came a modest 107 in last years Worlds and did not make this year's Worlds team, but that is all forgotten now. Now in her final year in Optimists she intends to sail a 29er or 470 next. Three girls, Marina PENATE (ESP), 2002 champion Alessandra FERLICH (ITA) and Susanne BAUR (GER) are tied on equal points before the final race.

Among the boys the situation is much less clear, not least because a further four races are theoretically possible. 2002 Worlds silver medallist Stjepan CESIC (CRO) scored two firsts and is now within 6 points of the leader Piotr RADOWSKI (POL).

Reigning champion Joaquin Blanco (ESP) is currently third but a close battle seems likely. Recent winner of the Games of the Small States of Europe, Benji BORG of Malta has moved up to fifth, quite some performance from the representative of a country that only started to race Optimists in 1997.

Best performances of the day from the "back of the fleet" came from Roy SANDOVSKY (ISR) who actually won a race, Vendula SKRACKOVA (CZE) and Imre VARADI (HUN).

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.

Top Ten

Boys (After 11 Races)

Pos# Name Nation Total
1 Piotr Radowski POL 20
2 Stjepan Cesic CRO 26
3 Joaquin Blanco Albalat ESP 40
4 Michal Gryglewski POL 43
5 Benijamin Borg MLT 44
6 Artur Nowicki POL 46
7 Luca Dubbini ITA 53
8 Lorenzo Carloia ITA 59
9 Guy Abady ISR 63
10 Shibuki Iitsuka JPN 64

Girls (After 11 Races)

Pos# Name Nation Total
1 Bettina Bonelli ITA 13
2 Tajana Ganic CRO 29
3 Marina Natalia Penate le Bail ESP 39
4 Alessandra Ferlich ITA 39
5 Susane Baur GER 39
6 Tara Pacheco van Rijnsoever ESP 42
7 Enia Nincevic CRO 49
8 Maria Stanley GBR 52
9 Rikst Dijikstra NED 54
10 Delfina Gainza ARG 57

Robert Wilkes (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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