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5.5 Metre Swiss/Italian Open - Day 1

 
SUI 228, Marie Francois (Jurg Menzi, Jurgen Eiermann, Christoph Wilke) leads after day 1 on Lake Como

The Swiss boat leads from current world champions BAH 22 John B (Gavin McKinney, Mathias Dahlman, Bjorn Hansen) with SUI 213 Pengouin (Hans-Peter Schmid, Gilbert Ryf) in third.

The combined Swiss/Italian Open began on Lake Como, Italy on Thursday with two great races in a building southerly that topped out at 12-15 knots.

While it is not the first time that the class has held the Swiss Championship in Italy, this event marks the first time that the Swiss and Italian championships have been combined into one event.

The objective was to boost numbers on the water by attracting the largely classic Italian fleet to race against the larger Swiss fleet. And it seems to have worked with 19 boats taking part including five beautiful classic 5.5 Metres.

In race 1 Marie Francois favoured the right and emerged ahead when the two groups came back together to lead downwind from ITA 79, 5BILLY5 and SUI 214 Caracole.

Marie Francois gradually extended her lead for a comfortable win from SUI 215 Nina and BAH 22 John B. Several boats lost out from a large shift on the second upwind, but it was a sign of the increasing breeze.

Race 2 began with most boats heading left, but this time SUI 251 New Moon made the best of it to lead up the first beat, rounding overlapped with Marie Francois.

However New Moon moved ahead downwind and held on to take the race win from Marie Francois and Pengouin.

5.5 Metre Swiss/Italian Open - Top 5 from 19 after 2 races

1st SUI 228 Marie Francois (Jurg Menzi, Jurgen Eiermann, Christoph Wilke, Modern) 3 pts
2nd BAH 22 John B (Gavin McKinney, Mathias Dahlman, Bjorn Hansen, Modern) 7 pts
3rd SUI 213 Pengouin (Hans-Peter Schmid, Gilbert Ryf, Modern) 9 pts
4th SUI 251 New Moon (Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov, Modern) 10 pts
5th SUI 215 Nina (Heinz Saurer, Thomas Saurer, Michael Beyeler, Modern) 10 pts

Full results available here pdf

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