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24 June 2010, 09:22 am
Light Winds on Day Two of IFDS Blind Match Racing World Championships
Lucy Hodges & Toby Davey (GBR) on form in Garda
Lucy Hodges & Toby Davey (GBR) have shown strong tactics and excellent boat handling on Lake Garda

IFDS Homerus Match Racing World Championships 2010
Lake Garda, Italy

The southerly "Ora" was just a gentle 3-4 knots on the second day of racing on Lake Garda for the IFDS Blind Match Racing World Championships, but at least the direction was consistent.
Despite the light conditions, Race Officer Carla Malavolta (ITA) managed to complete the first round robin for the B2 classified sailors contesting an IFDS Championship title on the southern course.

The first match of the day was Alessandro Malapiero and Elisabetta Bardella (ITA) versus Lucy Lucy Hodges and Toby Davey (GBR). These two teams have demonstrated superior boat handling and tactical skills, but it was Hodges and Davey who made the best of the start and had more speed. They won both their other matches and have a perfect scorecard.

Pekka Rantanen & Egidio Carntini (FIN) lost their first match with Taule and Avalos (ESP) but came from behind Bersani and Alciati (USA) to win their second. They met Hodges and Davey in their last match and it seemed they may run the GBR team down but the shortened course in the lightening conditions meant they finished a boat length astern.

On the northern race course where the World Championship for B1 classified sailors is being decided, PRO Carmelo Paroli (ITA) commenced proceedings with a re-sail of the day one match between Manuel Ugarte and Federico Albir (ESP) and Anna Gamba and Enrico Sosio (ITA). The Spanish team had sought redress after being disqualified for outside assistance through the action of an on-board observer. A re-sail was granted, but Ugarte and Albir were black flagged again after incurring two penalties before the start and failing to exonerate in time.

Rated as favourites for the World Championship, Luigi Bertanza and Sylvia Parente (ITA) won both their matches, beating Ugarte and Albir (ESP) and Sheen and Manning (GBR). After their match with Bertanza and Parente, Sheen and Manning recovered from a poor start in their match with Anna Gamba and Enrico Sosio (ITA) to cover on the first downwind, call room at the leeward and lead the final lap to the line.

After five matches and two races abandoned in the fading breeze, sailing was called to a halt with nine matches still to sail in the round robin.

Racing continues at Circolo Vela Gargnano until Saturday June 27.

Results and more at http://www.2010worldblindsailingita.com/.

David Staley
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