The week’s regattas: how well the Optimist boys did.

Here’s what’s been happening on some of the Italian and international race courses over the last few days.The biggest news of the last week undoubtedly comes from Cadiz, Spain, where the young sailors of the Optimist Azzzurro have picked up new successes.

Optimist’s terrible blues at the European Championships in Cadiz.

Italy returns home from European 2021 with a more than rich haul and confirmation that it remains competitive in this class. In the males, a great Niccolò Pulito (Tognazzi Marine Village) grabs the silver medal. In the girls, the very young, class of 2009, Sofia Bommartini of Fraglia Vela Malcesine took the bronze medal on the very last race just 4 points behind the winner. For Italy, these results guaranteed for the fourth consecutive year, the Nations Trophy!

Windsurfers in Torbole for RRD One Hour Classic

A very intense week of regattas ended at Circolo Surf Torbole, which began with the IFCA Youth Slalom World Championships and ended with one of the most historic and at the same time current international windsurfing regattas on the Upper Garda, the RRD One Hour Classic.

The One Hour with slalom boards with fins, and therefore not “flying,” was won by Circolo Surf Torbole rider Andrea Cucchi with 16 sides accomplished in 1h 3′ 58. Second was Danish Under-20 winner Søe Johan; third was Ennio Dal Pont. Among women, local Sofia Renna dominated, also winning among the under-20s; ahead of Anna Biagiolini (Windsurfing Club Marina Julia-Monfalcone) and Czech Raskova. Sardinian Maddalena Spanu won third place under 20. The women’s podium in the foil flying boards represents the reality of the discipline with the first three absolute positions occupied by all young surfers under 20: one-two by Circolo Surf Torbole athlete Sofia Renna, second place by German Sofie Steinlein and third by Maddalena Spanu. In the men’s category, Bruno Martini won outright ahead of Lucas Guiraud.

Vintage queens in Venice

Hello Pais for the category Vintage and Nembo II for the category. Classics are the winners of the8th Trofeo Principato di Monaco le Vele d’Epoca in Laguna BNL-BNP Paribas Private Banking & Wealth Management Cup, event sponsored by Anna Licia Balzan, Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Venice, and the Tourism and Congress Directorate of the Principality of Monaco in Milan. Hello Pais (Trestina Society of Sailing) was ahead in the standings. Serenity of 1936 and Gilla of 1950, while Nembo II (Yacht Club Adriaco) got the better of Auriga of 1971 and Shahrazad of 1970.

Toward the Italian Club Championship

The Garda Salò Rowing Club won the first National Selection for the Italian Absolute Club Championship that concluded today at the Rimini Yacht Club. The event, sponsored by the Italian Sailing League under the aegis of the Italian Sailing Federation and the support of Lega Vela Servizi, saw the participation of seven fierce club teams. Two days with similar weather conditions characterized this first event with the particular format proposed by the Italian Sailing League involving fleet races with a small number of boats racing and on a stick course lasting 10 to 15 minutes: these features make the races more exciting, with direct confrontations between boats and shortened distances making the outcome uncertain until the very last. It is a format to which the crew of the Garda Salò Rowing Society, led by helmsman Pietro Corbucci, is accustomed, who in the waters of Rimini managed to cross the finish line first in eight of the 15 races held. Staying firmly in second place was the Circolo Velico Ravennate team with Alessandro Caldari at the helm, a past great optimist with participation in the class world championship in 2016 and an equally brilliant career in 420 with his brother Federico, both racing in Rimini. Third step on the podium for Luca Calzona and his team from Club Velico Crotone, who managed to narrow the gap today without being able to move up in the standings by only 4 points.


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