RS100 European Championships - Lake Garda was formed by a glacier that flowed down from the Dolomites, cutting through and gouging out the valley. Eventually the ice glacier melted, resulting in the stunning freshwater lake it is today. It was created in the Ice Ages 1.5 million years ago...just before our UK and Australian class chairmen were born…!
Sailors from as far afield as Australia, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Wales and England joined the local Italians for an event to rival the RS100 Cowes week which has some even older entries.
Two courses were laid with one up against the cliffs in the usual Garda spot and one towards the eastern side of the lake…..the RS100s shared their course with the RS800s on the cliff course windward leeward race track.
Day one, Monday, dawned……cloudy but hot…..no chance of the best ORA after a few days of thunderstorms but at 2pm a steady force four settled in……15 boats had a massive start line and the fleet divided evenly between four at the pin, a few mid line and half a dozen at the committee boat end.
Huw Powell (Wales), Andre Blasse (Australia), Mark Cotgrove (currently France but becoming Spanish next week) and Alberto Zamo (Italy) got to the windward mark first. No-one from the committee boat end did well. Downwind saw some place changing with the cliffs not the best place to be and Powell rounded ahead of Cotgrove and Zamo. Al Hall (England) made ground as the heavyweights slowed as the wind started to ease slightly.
The final beat saw Powell extend to win by a good margin with Cotgrove (second) and Zamo (third) separated by two boat lengths.
…..and then the wind died and everyone rocked home to a RS social of free beer and pasta. An amazing dry lightning storm ensued with lightning every two or three seconds, followed by gale force winds and torrential rain. What more can you expect in Riva Del Garda…!
|1||GBR 240||Huw Powell, 8,4, Red Wharf Bay SC||1,0||1|
|2||FRA 334||Mark Cotgrove, 8,4||2,0||2|
|3||ITA 429||Alberto Zamo, 8,4, YCRA||3,0||3|
|4||GBR 480||Al Hall, 8,4||4,0||4|
|5||AUS 511||Andre Blasse, 8,4, Black Rock YC||5,0||5|
|6||GBR 362||Martin Boyde, 8,4, Guernesy YC||6,0||6|
|7||GBR 299||Jim Hood, 8,4, Lymington Town SC||7,0||7|
|8||LTU 158||Paulius Jersovas, 8,4||8,0||8|
|9||GBR 24||Ian Crossouard, 8,4||9,0||9|
|10||SUI 318||Michel Rotach, 8,4, YLSNG||10,0||10|
|11||GBR 309||Mostyn Evans, 8,4, Mounts Bay SC||11,0||11|
|12||AUS 414||Brett Bowden, 8,4, Royal Brighton YC||16,0||dnf|
|12||AUS 5||David Temby, 8,4, Royal Brighton YC||16,0||dnf|
|12||IRL 320||Emmett O'Sullivan, 8,4, Monkstown Bay SC||16,0||dnf|
|12||ITA 112||Fabrizio Zarantonello, 8,4, A.L.S.Z.V De Blauwe Schuit||16,0||dnf|