The second round of the 2017 O’pen BIC Euro Challenge, which took place in Rimini in the principality of San Marino, was a full-house in every respect, setting a new record for the number of participants at this Challenge tour, started in 2016. More than 100 (101) competitors made the trip over. This reflects the increasing interest and enthusiasm European sailing clubs currently have for this kind of big O'pen BIC competition !
In additions to the large numbers of Italians, and plenty of French, it was great to see first time appearances from young racers from Hungary and Spain.
Of the three days of racing, the first was far and away the most difficult and demanding with very strong winds (peaking at about 30 knots) and heavy sea, giving the whole fleet a pretty rough ride. The difficult conditions were particularly hard on the Under 13 fleet, demanding a huge amount of effort. Not all of them managed to complete the day's 2 races. But on Saturday and Sunday the atmposphere was much more relaxed, with much friendlier conditions : sunny skies and the 5 - 10 knots of wind the Adriatic usually serves up. At the end of Saturday afternoon's action, the kids, coaches and parents were invited on a guided tour of San Marino, and a small delegation was greeted at the Republic's Government House by the current Ministers of this independent state in the heart of Italy. A great honour ! The evening continued with a big party in the local sports centre, with plenty of games to keep the kids amused.
In all, six regattas were run over the three days, giving everyone a suitcase full of great memories to carry home, and making lots of new friends for all concerned.
1) MARCHESINI ZENO VALERIO (FV Malcesine ITA)
2) POL FONT REYERO (Catalunja ESP)
3) NONNIS LEONARDO (CV Arbatax ITA)
4) CARDELLI PIETRO (CN Rimini ITA)
5) DIVELLA ALBERTO (CV Bari ITA)
1 Girl) ORSETTI REBECCA (Lni San Benedetto ITA)
1) BENVENUTI GOSTOLI FEDERICA (Lni Ancona ITA)
2) MICHEZ THEO (CN Arradon FRA)
3) CUI LUDOVICA (Lni Sulcis ITA)
4) KUNTZE THOMAS (Base Nautique Mare e Vela FRA)
5) GAIOTTO FILIPPO (CV Torbole ITA)
1Girl) BENVENUTI GOSTOLI FEDERICA (Lni Ancona ITA)