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Laser 4000 European Championships at Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda

by Elena Giolai 24 Jun 2012 08:06 BST 20-23 June 2012

Boyde Martin and Penny Hooper crowned champions

After 11 races the Laser 4000 European Championships concluded today at Fraglia Vela Riva. Four days of intense sailing took place which saw the leadership bounce back and forth and end with a nail-biting final race.

Italians Lorenzo Radice-Mauro Dell'Oro (Centro Formazione Velica Skiff), started well and held the lead on the first 2 days but were overtaken first by the French crew of Michael Duflos-Anthony Scouarmec on the third day and then by Brits Boyde Martin-Penny Hooper who came from behind to take the championship by just one point over the French. The Italians had to make do with the bronze with their co-nationals and current Italian Champions Anna Ferrari-Andrea Cavaglieri (Centro Formazione Velica Skiff), missing the podium by just one point.

11 races were held and the three worst were thrown out so the turnaround in the classification was only evident on the last day, the only day with winds from the north followed by a powerful thunderstorm in the morning. The start of the final day's races were held up slightly because of the strong winds which eventually subsided falling to 16 knots for the last race. The northerly winds favoured in particular Ferrari-Cavaglieri who took first and a 2nd bringing them up near the medals.

Rewarded for their consistency were the new European Laser 4000 Champions Boyde Martin-Penny Hooper who were always convincing especially on the last 2 days. Their results for Friday and Saturday were 1-1-2-3-1 which took them to the top of the leaderboard at the expense of the French team of Duflos-Scouarmec, who were in the lead but were penalized today with a 12-4 giving the Brits the opportunity to overtake them.

Despite the lower than expected numbers, this Championship turned out to be an exciting event. Trentino Garda has once again proved that it is an exceptional location for sailing with the maximum number of races completed- a factor that gives participants the knowledge that they will not be disappointed with few races due to lack of wind. The staff of Fraglia Vela Riva were once again happy to offer their guests excellent racing conditions along with the services of Riva del Garda and the surrounding area who are always involved in providing the best sporting holiday in every sense.

A full photo gallery can be found here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelm & CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11Pts
1GBR 4597Boyde Martin, Penny Hooper, Guernsey Yacht Club22-54-5-61123116
2FRA 4604Michael Duflos, Anthony Scouarmec, yacht club de carnac-6-72111521-12417
3ITA 4337Radice Lorenzo, Dell'Oro Mauro, Centro Formazione Velica Skiff1-6133-53-744524
4ITA 4538Ferrari Anna, Andrea Cavaglieri, CFVSkiffsailing5435-6-823-81225
5GBR 4682Reynolds John, Howell Fran, Grafham Water S. C.-1134-7436432-1129
6GBR 4471Patience Stewart, Persson Jenny, Berliner Yacht Club-818222(dnc)(dnc)57330
7GBR 4343Heffernan Neil, Morrison Jo, QMSC3-1076-1274-1075746
8ITA 4580Canese Massimo, Ciotti Marc o, Circeo Yacht Vela Club(dnf)-12688410666-1254
9GBR 4506Domaille Mark, LangleyDomaile, Rock499109-11-115(dnf)10965
10GBR 4455Hopkins Steve, Harris Oli, Northampton SC(dnf)5-11-1110999108868
11GBR 4425Allen Brian, Allen Claire, Brightlingsea sailing club108129710-1389(dns)(dnc)73
12ITA 4594Bruni Matteo, Orsini Martina, Skiffsailing711-1312(dnc)-131211129680
13ITA 4264Di Palma Luca, Tagliabue Tania, circolo velico toscolano9(dnc)10-1313-1471213111085
14FRA 4518Gérard Camlong, Bernhard Gleizes, CV Sanguinet12(dnc)(dnc)14111281311(dnc)dnc96

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