The World Youth Sailing Week moves towards its conclusion with the final of the 32nd Meeting del Garda Optimist

Sat, 19/04/2014

The World Youth Sailing Week moves towards its conclusion with the final of the 32nd Meeting del Garda Optimist programmed for tomorrow at 9.00am on Easter Sunday. There are many Italians vying for victory in this prestigious trophy, which has seen past winners go on to become famous skippers in the America’s cup and Olympic gold medallists. In the lead is the Fraglia Vela Riva sailor Davide Duchi. The windsurfing event organised by the Circolo Surf Torbole on the Techno 293 finished today as did the Laser youth Easter Meeting organised by the Fraglia Vela Malcesine.

2nd World Youth Sailing Week/32nd Meeting del Garda Optimist - DAY 3
A 15 knot north wind allowed a full series of races on this the penultimate day of the 32nd Meeting del Garda Optimist, which has been the inspiration of the World Youth sailing Week and has brought life and colour to the waters of Garda Trentino with four international events which have involved more than 1000 sailors from 9-19 years old.
First places are well-balanced in the 32nd Meeting del Garda Optimist and podium places will only be decided tomorrow in both categories of Cadet and Junior. In the junior fleet there were 625 competitors divided into 5 flights and from these the first 125 go forward to join the Gold Fleet: after the Gold Fleet, according to results, the Silver, Bronze and Emerald fleets are formed. With very few points separating the first 5 sailors, there are many Italians vying for final victory together with sailors from Germany, Russia and Finland. A short step ahead is local sailor Davide Duchi (Fraglia Vela Riva): thanks to a 6th 5th and 1st today he is now in the lead with a 4 point advantage over German Kuss Lennart (5-2-7). Only one point behind him is another Italian Luca Valentino (C.V. Cesanautico) winner in race 6. For this reason it is difficult who will come out on top tomorrow and the last race on Easter Sunday will be decisive (start programmed for 9am).
Full classification for Juniors
The podium for the Cadet fleet will also be decided in the last race. On equal points are the Turk Arikan Okyanus (today 1st and 5th), the Russian Golovkin and Italian Francesco Novelli (F.V. Malcesine). Only one point behind them was the Russian Brovin (winner of the last race today) and the Italian Gaia Pela’ (first girl and second overall in the last race which took place on Saturday).
Full classification for Cadets

2nd World Youth Sailing Week/ Techno 293 Garda Lake Meeting – final day
The Russian Nikita Prozorov (under 17), the Italian Riccardo Renna (Circolo Surf Torbole) (under 15) and, from the same Italian squad, Eduardo Tanas, were the winners in the Techno 293 Garda Lake Trophy dedicated to Youth Windsurfing. Today, over 100 windsurfers braved the early-morning, cold waters in the North of the Lake to battle out the last three races of this event. All of them bearing in mind that tomorrow sees the start of the Europeans for the Techno 293 in the same waters.
There were six races in total for the event which started on Thursday, the first three were on Thursday with wind blowing on average above 15 knots and the last three today with a North wind of between 10 and 15 knots. At home in these polar conditions the Russian sailors did well as did the sailors from the Circolo Surf Torbole who were sailing in their home waters and were consequently able to profit from their local knowledge of the gusty Peler wind in the Race area.

2nd World Youth Sailing Week/Laser Youth Meeting-Final Day
In the Laser 4.7 and Radial regatta at the Fraglia vela Malcesine the last day brought little change in the classification from the previous day. Marco Planchestainer (Fraglia vela Malcesine) won in the Radial with a cushion of five points despite his 3rd and 4th places from today. Second was Pietro De Luca (CN Brenzone) with two wins today, and third one point behind was Roberto Pollara (SVNN Venezia). First girl was the German sailor Roeck. In the 4.7’s in first place was Emil Toblini followed in second place by Matteo Saglia who climbed one point above the German Leon Zarti who took the third place with his two joint first positions from today. The races today where held in a brisk wind of up to 23 knots which also formed quite large waves.