Access 303s racing on Lake Garda near Bogliaco
Photograph:Renzo Domini - www.gardahd.it
The final day of racing for the Italian Access Class Championship provided three good races in the afternoon breeze on Lake Garda.
With two RAF scores from the first day in Gargnano, the Italian Paralympic team of Marco Gualandris and Marta Zanetti were one point behind Australians Russell Phillips and Sally Wilkinson in the SKUD 18 going into the last day. Gualandris & Zanetti won the three races today and seemed to have it won, but there came a protest from the Australians. The discussion in the jury room proceeded for many hours and led to the delay of the award ceremony for the SKUD 18. In the end, the protest was upheld and first place awarded to Phillips and Wilkinson. Third overall were Boaretto Henry and Guido Coccitto from Trieste.
In the two-person Access 303, the Swiss team of Dominik Staeger and Julian Mueller from Arbon on Lake Constance continued to dominate racing and secured a clear win. Second were Australian girls Sonja Gilmore and Belinda Hill from Queensland. Third overall, first Italians and inaugural national champions in the Access 303 were Gianluca Beretta and Silvano Vesnaver from Trieste who have received the trophy from Mrs. Pam Pasotti.
Australian Barry Coates has claimed the Liberty division sailing against New Zealander Paul Speight, who is a resident of France.
Conducted by Circolo Vela Gargnano from Bogliaco on the Western shore of Lake Garda, the Access Class 2012 Italian Championship were sponsored by the Council of the Presidency of the Lombardy Region and the Province of Brescia. Among the partners who have supported the Foundation are ASM (A2A group), Lotto-Lottomatica, Marina Bogliaco 2000, IAB Brescia, Verona Avesani, Vino Scolari, Marina Yachting, the consortium of tour operators and the Riviera Limone. Wonderful support has been provided by volunteers from the Red Cross and Brescia Hyak.