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O'pen Skiff World Championship 2023 at Club Nautico Rimini - Day 2

by Elena Giolai 18 Jul 2023 11:29 PDT 16-21 July 2023

It is the second day of racing at the O'pen Skiff World Championship, organized by the Club Nautico Rimini in cooperation with the Italian Sailing Federation and the National and International Open Skiff Class.

It was a warm day with light winds, making the trials highly technical. The starts were punctual on both race courses, and the two under-15 fleets competed in an additional two races, following Monday's four races, in order to reach the minimum number of races required for qualifying. From Wednesday onwards, the fleet will be divided into gold and silver fleets, with the top 82 racers competing together.

In the under-12 category, Ukrainian sailor Yasnolobov Sviatodslav excelled in the light winds, so much so that he finished alongside the under-17 fleet, which had started at least 5 minutes earlier. Sviatodslav, a member of Club Nautico Rimini, currently holds a commanding lead with 16 points, ahead of Italian sailor Fabio Serra (now 4-3-6). In third place is New Zealander Oliver Tiedemann, who claimed first position in the latest race. Among the under-17s, the top positions are closely contested. Italian sailor Nicolò Giomarelli maintains the lead (3-1-2), with a two-point advantage over Poland's Kuzniarski (1-7-7). Frenchwoman Margot Berenger follows closely behind (12-2-6), trailing by just one point in third place.

In the larger under-15 category, Corrado Dorrington (1-5-13) remains in the lead. Spanish sailor Pepe García is in second place, five points behind, and Frenchman Timothe Lesniak is in third place, only one point behind García. Clara Zunquin, also from France, secured first place in the sixth and final race. Spaniard Oriol Costabella achieved a partial victory in the first race of the day and is currently fifth overall.

In the afternoon, thanks to the Italian Post Office, a philatelic cancellation stamp was unveiled to commemorate the World Open Skiff 2023. This unique souvenir serves as a testament to a championship that will go down in history as the largest ever held.

Racing will continue on Wednesday, with the regattas scheduled to start at 14:30.


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