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8 September 2003, 11:58 am
Libera Class Wins Classic Garda Race
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Lake Garda

It was only minutes after 16 hours when the Libera class "Clandesteam" crossed the finishing line of the 53 edition of Centomiglia, putting an end to the over seven hours of absolute dominance yesterday on Lake Garda.
The crew celebrated Oscar TONOLI'S fourth victory as a skipper in the prestigious Conte Bettone Trophy, his sixth overall. They also celebrated the first success of the elegant and powerful silver hull designed by young Umberto Felci.

"Clandesteam" and Tonoli now enter the hall of fame of the historical race getting even with the legendary skippers of the 50's, 80's and 90's. Half an hour later it was Austrian Joschi ENTNER'S "Principessa" turn to arrive at the small harbour of Bogliaco, finishing a very honourable race, despite the huge delay.

Third was the Austrian crew of "Die Btv" followed by Hungarian "Garda Azzurra-Balaton" - who lost their boat during last week's stormy Trofeo Gorla and got another boat in record time- and by German Libera "Telebox". After the big Libera boats it was "Full Pelt" skippered by British sailor Jo RICHARDS, to cross the line and to win the Beppe Croce Trophy, given to the first boat coming "from the sea".

The first part of the race was run with a good breeze - the northern lake wind called Peler- while in the second the air dropped slowing down the pace of the nearly 300 boats competing. In the classical Libera class it was Austrian "Libertè" that took the victory while the first Crociera (Cruising division) to cross the line in real time was the brand new Solaris OD 36 "Boheme" designed by Italian Marco LOSTUZZI. In the impressive Asso 99 one-design fleet to be noted the victory of European champion Luca VALERIO on board "Simo" who led since the start.
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