With a world ranking of fifteen going into the 2003 ISAF World Championship, Andreas and Gabrio could be considered the underdogs for a podium place, but they revelled in the shifty conditions and went into the five race final series in the overall lead. In claiming the Gold Medal on the final day, they secured their finest ever sailing achievement and qualified Italy for the 2004 Olympic Regatta.
They opened the period of nomination with a tenth at the 2002 470 World Championship, at that point their best ever performance at a 470 Worlds, setting the scene for Cadiz. This was followed by some consistent placings at the toughest of the ISAF Graded Events, including a third at the renowned Kieler Woche in Germany. Preparing themselves for the podium, they took a Bronze Medal at the Athens Regatta 2003.
The pair are currently ranked at number seven in the world, a position they previously held in February 2003, which marks their highest placing in the ISAF World Rankings.
The Achievements of Gabrio Zandona & Andrea Trani
10th - 470 World Championship, September 2002 - Grade W
5th - Sail Melbourne, January 2003 - Grade 1
1st - Olympic Garda 2003, March 2003 - Grade 3
18th - Semaine Olympique Francaise, May 2003 - Grade 1
3rd - Kieler Woche, June 2003 - Grade 1
21st - 470 European Championship, July 2003 - Grade 1
3rd - Athens Regatta, August 2003 - Ungraded
1st - 2003 ISAF World Championship - 470, September 2003 - Grade W
ISAF World Sailing Ranking - Double-Handed Dinghy Men - 470 (1 October 2003) = 7