29er EUROCUP - DAY 2
European title holders Robles-Trittel of Spain take the lead on Day 2 of the 29er Eurocup at Fraglia Vela Riva.
It was yet another good day of weather and wind on Trentino Garda for the last stop towards the final of the 29er Eurocup. Winds were favourable enough for another 4 races to be held with the “ora” sometimes reaching 7-8 m/sec. - conditions usually only seen at the height of summer! Current European Champions, Carlos Robles and Florian Trittel, today focused entirely on victory and after 8 races they have a 16 point lead over Norwegians Snerlebakken-Klippenberg who made a great comeback after yesterday's performance. With light winds of 3-4 m/sec, the Spaniards took 3rd place in the first race and then followed with a 2nd and two 1sts. The Norwegians took two 2nds, a 7th and a 4th and are in 2nd place with a 6 point lead over the other Spanish crew who were yesterday's leaders. As well as failing to reach a top 3 position today (4-5-6 partials), the crew of Llena Marti and Oriol Mahiques were penalized with a “ black flag” for a false start. They currently lie in 3rd place, 3 points ahead of Payne-Berry of Great Britain. The race for a final place on the podium seems to be down to 5 crews even if Cooper- Poyner of G.B. who are in 6th place, bagged two 1sts and a 5th today. Their performance has been, however, inconsistent taking around 20th position in their other results. Many of the other crews from 6th position down have also shown inconsistent performances, alternating excellent partials with mediocre ones.
The organizational staff at Fraglia Vela Riva hope to complete another 4 races tomorrow- Monday- leaving the last two for the final day on Tuesday 1st November. It's gearing up to be a fight to the finish for a final place on the podium.
“The weather has certainly been on our side for this last event of the season - commented Mauro Stanga, President of Fraglia Vela Riva - and has given these youngsters the ideal conditions to enjoy the 29er skiff at its best. This event has become a fixed date on the calendar for the All Saints long weekend and underlines our commitment to youth sailing. We have seen a multi-national participation of 15-19 year olds not only enjoying the acrobatic style, speed and adrenaline rush provided by the 29er, but also the camaraderie of young people being together.”- concluded Stanga.