It was a crazy day for the moth class. The race committee tried their best to get races completed, but it did not happen. There was enough wind in the morning, but it died out before the moth fleet could start. The sailors waited around for the weather to change and eventually a squall came through in the late afternoon. A few enthousistic sailors immediately went out and had some fun, hoping to inspire more sailors and the Race Committee to do the same. By the time the entire fleet got out on the water there was enough wind to get a good start, but it did not last long enough to finish the race properly.
For tomorrow the race committee has called for a 0700 start. The sailors are getting to bed early and dreaming of wind on the lake in the morning. The little bit of racing we had was full of excitement. There was a miscommunication on the type of course, and Chris Rast SUI and a few Italians rounded the leeward mark bow to bow. The Italians thought there was only one leeward mark, and Chris approached it as a leeward gate. Luckily they were able to avoid contact.
We have a few more sailors to highlight today. Marco Lanulfi ITA is new to competitive sailing and works as a sale representative for a tooling company in the Italian automotive industry. He was looking to get into sailing a few years ago, and he was introduced to the Italian Class President, Luca Rizzoti while he was trying out a few different boats. They got to be good enough friends for Luca to convince Marco into buying a moth. Marco took on the challenge and since then has improved tremendously. Actually, he was leading today’s only race! He has learned a lot from the friendly and competitive Italian fleet. Marco shared with us that when he was younger he first learned of competitive sailing on TV. The Italian TV network was highlighting Stefano Rizzi, a very talented sailor. Stefano, who is also sailing at this event, has been a great support to Marco in the last few years, helping him improve his overall sailing. One of the best things about sailing, there is the chance of you sailing with or against your sailing idol.
Stefano Rizzi also has an interesting story. He graduated from an Italian maritime school to become apart of the merchant marine industry. After his time in school, he transitioned into the Italian Navy diving unit but kept sailing thoughout this entire time. Stefano has competed in prestigious regattas such as the Americas Cup and Volvo Ocean Race, only to name a couple. He is a world champion trimmer and now enjoys sailing the moth and with other fully professional sailing teams.
Hopefully tomorrow we can report more about the racing for Act 3 of the EFG MothEuroCup!
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