Final day Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

Sun, 10/05/2015

Garda Trentino Olympic Week comes to a close: a beautiful week of Olympic sailing confirms Upper Lake Garda as one of the best places in the world for sailing par excellence.

Today was the final day of Garda Trentino Olympic Week, the second leg of the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup, with the medal races being held ( the top ten qualifying for each final), with northerly winds of around 10 knots for nearly all the classes apart from the Nacra17 and the 470 women's who waited for the usual southerly wind at lunchtime.
The medal race saw a high level of technical skill and most of all a very high representation from many different countries qualifying.

The most exciting regatta was that of the Laser Standard which ended in a photo finish. Job well done for the organisers : Fraglia Vela Riva, representatives of Eurosaf and The Italian Sailing Federation, the support of various clubs of Upper Garda who not only acted as logistical bases for the 500 athletes but also played a fundamental role in the on water organisation  of the event,Lega Navale Italiana, Circolo Vela Arco , Circolo Surf Torbole and Fraglia Vela Malcesine.

Michele Marchesini, technical director of the national team commented:
“Garda Trentino Olympic Week, the second leg of the Eurosaf  tour concluded today with a technical level decidedly superior to previous years. It was really a wonderful edition with Italian Olympic sailing winning in five classes with a total of 9 medals and 20 qualifiers for the medal races. We can say that we  are very satisfied with the results. The waters of Garda have confirmed that we are ready for the next  Eurosaf date at Medemblik in The Netherlands and especially for the next stage of the ISAF Sailing World Cup scheduled in Weymouth, England in mid June.”

Italian success in the acrobatic class was important for several reasons. The crew of Trentino Ruggiero Tita and Giacomo Cavalli  distinguished themselves in a demanding Olympic Week by winning the medal race outright. The two young sailors fended off a fleet of opponents including champions in the class. It confirms that Italy is gaining strides in this class. Second were Tomasz Januszewski and Jacek Nowak of Poland and in third place Italians Stefano Cherin and Andrea Tesei.

49er FX
Arguably the strongest Italian Olympic sailors at international level, Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich won “ at home “ on Lake Garda Trentino their first success in an international classic. Six wins out of eleven were results that speak for themselves. The Italians finished seventh in the Medal race but had already won the event mathematically the race before. Spaniards Tamara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos (gold medallist in London 2012 in the match race), took second place after winning the Medal Race and third place went to Sinem Kurtbay and Silja Kanerva of Finland. They finished third in the Medal Race.

Nacra 17
The Italians held on until the finish in the Nacra 17  mixed catamaran, where Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri showcased their class by also winning the Medal Race, which was difficult because of the irregular light wind but also for resisting the attacks from New Zealanders Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders. In third place were Brits John Gimson and Hannah Diamond. A good fourth place went to the other Italians Lorenzo Bressani and Giovanna Micol who came in third in the Medal Race.

Laser Standard
This race was truly heart stopping in which Bernaz of France went in with a n 8 point lead. The Frenchman was able to win the title despite coming in sixth in the Medal Race just two points ahead of outstanding Olympian Robert Scheidt. By coming in third in the Medal Race he upped his position from the day before. Brit Thomson won the bronze coming in tenth in the Medal Race.

Laser Radial
Belgian Evi Van Acker dominated the women's category by also winning the Medal Race. Silver went to Tenkanen of Finland, she finished fifth today while Gintare Scheidt (Lithuania) finished in third place after finishing second in the Medal race.


This was a day to forget for Mattia Camboni. He had gone into the Medal race in the lead but took the wrong side of the buoy marker which dropped him into tenth place. His opponent and team-mate Daniele Benedetti took advantage of the situation and sailing sure and steady came third thus winning the category with a 12 margin over Camboni. Bronze went to Gadorfalvi of Hungary, ( fourth in the Medal Race).

First in the Medal Race and overall is Frenchwoman Berenice Meg, followed by co-national Lucie Belbeoch. Cholnky of Hungary takes the bronze after coming in third in the Medal race and knocking Tetard of France off the podium by just one point.

470 M
The wind was very light for the double 470 Medal race. After always leading in the standings, Italians Sivitz Kosuta-Farneti took the gold medal even after coming in sixth in the Medal race. Silver went to Italian Savoini with Germans Winkel-Cipra taking bronze after coming second in the Medal Race. The final race was won by Koreans Changju-Jihoon.

470 W
As with the Nacra 17, the women's double 470 held their Medal race in the early afternoon with the wind from the south. It was the only Olympic class where the standings had been unchanged for the top three positions. Gold went to Mrak- Macarol of Slovenia followed by Fahrini-Siegenthaler of Switzerland ( fifth in the Medal Race). Bronze went to Italians Berta-Paolillo who finished ahead of the Russians Kirilyuk- Dmitrieva in the Medal race (7-9 respectively).

Paralympic Classes
The three paralympic classes also enjoyed a great week of competition with very stable conditions if not challenging. It was very satisfying to see all three classes together, something quite rare in international competition.

The top three positions remained unchanged from yesterday so with a first and an eighth Antonio Squizzato of Italy took the gold 17 points ahead of Andarias of Spain ( today 5-2). Nicola Redavid of Italy took bronze.

This was a decisive race today in the Sonar class as only one point sperated the first three. With two seconds Italians D'Agaro-Solazzo-Pira took the gold overtaking Germans Bauer-Brietzke-Krauss (3-5-today). Third were the Spaniards with Llobet Ballcells at the helm.

Brits Rickham-Nirrel took top spot in the Skud category with 8 wins and a second (2-2 today), ahead of Canadians McRoberts -Gay. Bronze went to Italians Gualandris-Zanetti (5-4)


(attention please: THE LAST  number of the last race refers to the placings in the Medal race and not to the points as in previous races)

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Interview liveye:

Nacra 17, Bissar-Sicouri

49er, Januszewski Nowak  (2nd class.)

49er FX Echegoyen Betanzos

Laser Standard, 1st class.


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