The winds arrived providing a beautiful day of racing at the Olympic Garda-Eurolymp 2010 in Lake Garda, Italy.
An action-packed day at Fraglia Vela Riva, who in collaboration with Circolo Surf Torbole and Fraglia Vela Malcesine was able to officially kick-off a week of Olympic classes sailing.
Upper Lake Garda did not disappoint providing southerly winds which had started to blow earlier then usual. After a light morning pélér subsided, the winds from the South came in around 1030hrs and with them the promise of a great day of sailing. The five regatta areas were immediately put into position and the respective committees gave the go ahead for all classes.
Three races were completed for the Star, Laser Standard, Radial, 470 and RS:X and four for the 49ers. The races took place with winds of around 10 to 15 knots. The Women's Match Race, the new women's Olympic discipline, got under way at Lake Ledro.
Argentinians Calabrese and Juan De la Fuente
(3-1-5), have a one point lead over Italians Gabrio Zandona
and Zucchetti (6-2-2). Japanese pair Takayuki Harada
and Yugo Yoshida
started with a race win then fell back recording a (4-8) scoreline. At the moment they are third, three points behind the Italians.
A shaky start for Italian's Giulia Conti
and Giovanna Micol
, who in the first race finished quite far back. At the moment the Japanese hold the first two positions:Yuka Yoshisako
and Noriko Okuma
first and Ai Kondo
and Wakako Tabata
in second, followed by Conti and Micol, who caught up in their two successive rounds with a third and second place.
The fast Olympic skiff achieved four races. Dominating this event are the Sibello brothers who with a third, first and a second leave little room for their adversaries. Yukio Makino
and Gen Takahasi
of Japan have ten points and in third place are the Portuguese Gustavo Lima
and José Costa
. A pair to watch out for are the other Portuguese crew of Freitas and Andrade with a first and two second's, but they also counted an OCS.
It's down to the wire for the Women's Laser with a very close race for the leadership. First with two thirds and a first is Mexican Elias Calles, two points behind is Spaniard Romero, and three points behind her is Brugger of Switzerland.
Most consistent performer was Porozinsky of Poland (4-3-3), 1st in the preliminary standings with a seven point advantage over Austrian Geritzer, winner of the day's third race. One point behind is Hernandez of Spain.
A prestigious fleet of Stars includes four crews from Team USA. The venue at Malcesine had lighter winds compared to Riva del Garda / Torbole with around 8 to 12 knots. In first place are reigning world champions, Americans Szabo and Strube (6-3-6), in second place are the French Flornt and Rambeau (9-8-4) and Germans Babenderde and Jacobs are in third.
In the windsurfing competition Switzerland's Stauffacher is in the lead, in second place is Tomyzawa of Japan and Hyngwon of Korea is third. Olympic champion Alessandra Sensini is in training with the men's team and is in 7th place.
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