The final tomorrow of the 33rd Garda Optimist Meeting

Sat, 04/04/2015

The final tomorrow of the 33rd Garda Optimist Meeting: very close in the standings and excitement up to the last gust for Italian Riccardo Sepe  still leading in the juniors. It's neck and neck also among the younger cadets.
Two races held today for the cadets and one for the juniors.

It's down to the final strokes for the 33rd edition of the Garda Optimist Meeting, organised by Fraglia Vela Riva which up to now has had outstanding weather and wind conditions. A thrilling competition is unfolding as the first three competitors in the junior category are neck and neck (with one point separating each of them), and tomorrow the grand finale will take place to decide the final positions on the podium. Holding on to first place is Riccardo Sepe (CV Roma) of Italy. This is his fourth Meeting and this time he has a real chance of winning it. He has to keep focused, though to deal with his closest rivals from Northern Europe, Norwegian Tomasgaard and Spodsberg of Denmark. Today all three of them each won their own heats in the only race of the day with winds that started at 12 knots and picked up to 20 knots. Tomorrow they will have to face each other in the “Gold Fleet” final which is made up of the first 136 in the overall standings after 7 races. Gabriele Centrone (Lazio from the 3V club), moves up one position to fifth overall and Gaia Bergonzini (FV Malcesine) is seventh overall and is the first among the girls ahead of Giorgia Cingolani of Fraglia Vela Riva ( 11th overall and second of the girls).


As for the cadet category it wasn't worth getting up early for this morning since at the scheduled starting time of 8.30, the north wind didn't show up forcing the regatta Committee to postpone everything until early afternoon. Luckily the wind from the south, which started light then picked up with cold and violent gusts, was made the most of allowing the youngest helmsmen (9-11 years) to complete two fine races. Still leading is Maxime Thommen of Switzerland by only one point over Arikan Okyanus of Turkey and the first girl. An impressive third place for Matteo Pecoraro of the Compagnia della Vela Venezia who is tied with Mattia Cesani of Fraglia Vela Riva.

Once again the final day will decide the top positions: the festival of juvenile sailing saw some high level competition thanks to the wind conditions and the new procedures on the course and at the starting gate. The event can be viewed  on streaming tomorrow from the home page of Fraglia Vela Riva, :watch the highlights of the event with interviews from the key players live from the water.

Tomorrow racing starts at 10.00 for both cadets and juniors. Happy Easter Everyone!

Cadet Standings:

Juniors Standings

Francesco Bruni recounts, from Optimist to America's Cup, the lost chance of Luna Rossa two days ago: