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SEAN THE LUCKY SHEEP BRINGS CEDRIC POULIGNY SUCCESS IN TORBOLE

The Melges 24 Europeans drew to a close with a final seventh race in Torbole today. Racing started just before 9am in a brisk northerly breeze with most of the overall leaders opting for the left end of the line and the left hand side of the course.

OVERALL LEADER POULIGNY OCS IN RACE 6 AT MELGES 24 EUROPEANS

Race six at the Melges 24 Europeans saw major upsets with Cedric Pouligny and Favio Favini caught OCS.

After a six and a half-hour postponement sailing finally got underway at 5.30pm. Keen to ensure the fleet got away rapidly the race committee introduced the black flag catching out both overnight leader Pouligny and fourth placed Favini. Pouligny is protesting his disqualification so final results hang on the outcome of this hearing.

CREWS PARTY AND PAY TRIBUTE TO GIORGIO IN TORBOLE

450 Melges sailors and official from the Circolo Vela Torbole enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Riva's smartest hotel last night. The crews enjoyed a wonderful italian meal with endless free wine before watching a very moving film tribute to Giorgio Zuccio and video from the first two days of sailing. Afterwards each skipper was presented with a specially commissioned limited edition print of Melges 24s sailing on Lake Garda by a local artist.

2001 MELGES 24 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP STILL WIDE OPEN AFTER 5 RACES

After another two-hour delay waiting for wind the race committee were finally able to get the days proceedings underway. For a short while it looked as if Garda might deliver the conditions for which she is so famous and race four started in a building 12 knot breeze. The competitors were a little over eager after their long delay at it took them three attempts to finally get away. The smart money was on the left hand side of the line and the right hand side of the first beat.

MELGES 24 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP STILL WIDE OPEN AFTER 5 RACES

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After another two-hour delay waiting for wind the race committee were finally able to get the days proceedings underway. For a short while it looked as if Garda might deliver the conditions for which she is so famous and race four started in a building 12 knot breeze. The competitors were a little over eager after their long delay at it took them three attempts to finally get away. The smart money was on the left hand side of the line and the right hand side of the first beat.

RAIN DELAYS PLAY IN TORBOLE

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IMS 50' WORLD CHAMPION FLAVIO FAVINI TELLS US WHAT BROUGHT HIM INTO THE MELGES 24 CLASS

FB – You’ve just come back from winning the IMS 50’ Worlds. It must be a big change from that to Melges 24 sailing. How are you finding it?

SMITH LEADS THE FIRST TWO RACES OF MELGES 24 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

The opening day of the Melges 24 Europeans in Torbole produced two fantastic races in near perfect sailing conditions and glorious sunshine.

FIRST DAY LEADER ROB SMITH SPEAKS WITH FI BROWN

FB – So what was it like out there today Rob?

TORBOLE WELCOMES THE MELGES 24 FLEET IN A MOVING CEREMONY

The town of Torbole welcomed the Melges 24 fleets to their 2001 European Championship in a moving ceremony held at the Town Quay this evening. Formalities opened with welcome speaches in Italian and English from the Mayor of Torbole, the Commodore of the Circolo Vela Torbole and the Italian Regional Sports Minister.