INT - EUROCUP Italy (Colico)
June 4, 2019, 10 p.m.
The good time of RS 500 EUROCUP is going on!
14 boats from 5 nations (ITA, GBR, CZE, RUS & FRA) met from 24th to 26th of May in Colico (Italy), between the green banks of Como lake to face the second stage of RS 500 EUROCUP 2019. Even the quality of the participants is growing better and better. Almost half of the crews are in the top 20 ranking at the last World Championships. So, a good test match, looking at Worlds ‘19 in Lipno, Czech Republic.
On Friday almost everybody tested the race course, ‘powered’ by a wonderful up to 20 knots south wind. It is already clear that it will be a big fight between the Italian juniors, here with the two last RS500 Worlds edition winners, the Roncuzzi brothers (2018) and Ballio-Ferrara (2017), and the ever hi-competitive British veterans (Curtis-Curtis). Big fight also in the all girls ranking: ITA 892 (Rossi/Campanella) is the all girls winner in Weymouth RS Games, but Ridolfi-Grazioso is a new skillful crew.
Training (and south wind) continues all the afternoon, then there is a general warning: “Let’s go out, it’s time for Italian pasta!”.
Unfortunately the weather forecast for the weekend is not so good, a low pressure phase is quickly arriving on the north of Italy. On Saturday, at the end of morning, a good south wind blows. The Race Committee kicks off the first race. The Roncuzzi brothers fly away, turning to the first mark with an important advantage. Behind them GBR 659 (Curtis/Curtis) and ITA 1617 (Marchesi/Del Rosso), the Lac du Der winners as well as temporary leaders of the EUROCUP 2019. During the second round the wind speed starts to fall and it’s too late to reduce the gap from the first boat: Roncuzzi/Roncuzzi keep their advantage on the British crew and on the thirds (Ballio/Ferrara), who overcome Marchesi-Del Rosso during the last round.
The ranking of the first race will remain the final classification. The wind stops blowing, an abundant rain falls on Colico and there will be no more wind even on Sunday. On Sunday, at 15.15, all the crews are called back to the lake for a last attempt: but after a few minutes the race was definitively stopped.
Good memories for the excellent barbecue dinner, the great organization and the rich prize-giving ceremony with products by Beretta, sponsor of RS 500 EUROCUP Colico Stage.
And now … everybody in Lipno for the RS 500 Worlds (5 - 9 August 2019), the third stage of the EUROCUP Series! Please, check EUROCUP Czech Republic (Lake Lipno) for more information!
Hope to see you all-in the Czech Republic!