Volvo D-One Gold Cup - Tom Slingsby takes top spot

D-One Gold Cup 2011
Elena Giolai ©
Volvo D-One Gold Cup was held in Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda from 28th to 31st of July 2011. After four days of competition at its highest level, the event drew to a close today.

It was a pleasure for Fraglia Vela Riva to host this emerging and innovative D-One fleet, since its creator Luca Devoti trained right here on Lake Garda. Over the last two days three times World Laser Champion Tom Slingsby of Australia – training here on Trentino Garda for the London Olympics – has shown his power and bravura finishing with three partial victories, giving him the top spot on the podium. His adversary throughout the event, Nick Thompson of Great Britain, came second, and in third place was fellow Brit Giles Scott, the current European Finn Champion, who snatched the third place away from Italian Andrea Casale. Casale was by no means intimidated by these three champions, and even though he hadn’t been on a craft for many years, threw himself into the leaders group from the very start. It was interesting to follow the progress of the D-One on water, which is a single boat, and certainly brought out the best of these great European champions from the Laser and Finn Olympic classes.

Today’s final started early this morning to take advantage of the northerly wind, but the Race Committee chaired by Maurizio Saragoni had to annul the race due to a sudden drop in wind. Luckily, in the time it took to re-organize, the wind had changed direction (from the South), and had picked up enough four to five m/s to restart the final, worth double points and no discards. Tom Slingsby of Australia gave no chance to his rivals, taking the lead right from the beginning, and holding onto it to the very end. A well deserved victory for an athlete who we consider one of our own, due to the weeks he has spent here training on Trentino Garda, and also by being romantically linked to Italian National Surfer Flavia Tartaglini!

D-One Gold Cup 2011
Elena Giolai ©

In second place overall was Nick Thompson, who came in fourth in the final. There was a surprising third place partial today from Zabalua of Argentina (up to now mediocre around 13 to 15), while Andrea Casale slipped back into ninth place, losing out on the bronze medal, which instead went to Giles Scott. It was, however, a fantastic achievement for Casale, considering the calibre of the first three, all at the top of their game.

Our next date at Fraglia Vela Riva will be from the 2nd to 5th August, with Intervela (420 class), followed by the European Youth Sailing Games from the 13th to 18th August, organized in collaboration with EUROSAF.

Final Results:
NoSail NoNamePoints1234567
1AUS 108SLINGSBY TOM, Maschio, GOSFORD S.C.8.0(3)112111
2GBR 115THOMPSON NICK, Maschio, ROYAL LYMINGTON Y.C.16.01(2)21224
3GBR 104SCOTT GILES, Maschio, WPNSA22.02443(5)52
4ITA 6CASALE ANDREA, Maschio, YACHT CLUB ITALIANO35.0(4)334349
5GBR 15HOWARD MATT, Maschio, LOSSC48.076610(14)95
6GBR 105CUMBLEY CHARLIE, Maschio, TEIGN CORINTHIAN Y.C.51.05(10)567611
7CZE 1MAIER MICHAEL, Maschio, YER74.065(18)1161018
8ITA 112POGGI GIORGIO, Maschio, SVGDF75.0(dnf)719710812
9ITA 107TOCCOLI FABIO, Maschio, C.V.TORBOLE75.01081289(14)14
10ITA 61PONTREMOLI RICCARDO, Maschio, YACHT CLUB ITALIANO76.0811(22)1418136
11ARG 101ZABALUA AUGUSTIN, Maschio, REAL CLUB NAUTICO VALENCIA82.0141516(21)16153
12ITA 25ROSSI PAOLO, Maschio, LNI PORTO SAN GIORGIO86.0119142513(dnc)7
13ITA 1000CRIVELLI VISCONTI UBERTO, Maschio, C.R.V. ITALIA97.0(18)1715981616
14ITA 60PONTREMOLI GIUSEPPE, Maschio, Y.C. ITALIANO104.013147(27)122019
15GER 10EBERHARD BIEBERITZ, Maschio, MASTER, SYC110.017(23)1117211813
16BEL 119ROGGE PHILIPPE, Maschio, ROYAL BELGIAN SAILING CLUB119.0(dnf)16912111926
17ITA 101NOVI ALESSANDRO, Maschio, YACHT CLUB ITALIANO121.0912(28)13222122
18ITA 33GIAMMARINI ANDREA, Maschio, LNI PORTO SAN GIORGIO124.0(dnf)13212017dnf8
19CZE 11DEUTSCHER PATRIK, Maschio, YER128.0191820(22)191220
20CRO 109KLAKOVIC GASPIC IVAN, Maschio, YC LABUD133.0(dnc)dnc10543dnc
21ITA 26CARUSO STEFANO, Maschio, SAILING CLUB BRACCIANO134.01220291528(dsq)15
22ITA 13IEVOLELLA LUCA, Maschio, CIRCOLO VELA ROMA139.02019171815(25)25
23GBR 36GARVIN TIM, Maschio, QUEEN MARY SC144.0152481920(26)29
24SUI 39BEAT HEINZ, Maschio, SEGELCLUB URI147.01622(27)26241124
25ITA 24BIAGIONI ANDREA, Maschio, CDV ERIX158.0262623(29)272217
26POL 95KORNESZCZUK MICHAL, Maschio, YK STAL166.023(28)13162317dnc
27ITA 7FERRARI ALBERTO, Maschio, MASTER, ASS. VELICA BRACCIANO175.0(dnf)dncdnfdnfdnf710
28ESP 2MAESTRO GARCIA ALVARO, Maschio, 9.5, REAL CLUB NAUTICO VALENCIA175.02225242325(27)28
29ITA 117TESTA NATHALIE, Femmina, 9.5, CIRCOLO NAUTICO ALBENGA180.02429(dnf)30312421
30CZE 7PTASNIK VLADISLAV, Maschio, ALT F20T191.02527252826(30)30
31ITA 37POGGI D'ANGELO ALESSANDRO, Maschio, Y.C. CORTINA D'AMPEZZO203.0(dnf)dnc2634292327
32ITA 58FALCIOLA GUIDO, Maschio, MASTER, LNI MANDELLO DEL LARIO205.0(dnf)30dnf32322823
33ITA 102MAGNI ANDREA, Maschio, MASTER 9.5, C.N.A.M. ALASSIO214.02121(dnf)24dncdncdnc
34GRE 25BOUSSOULAS GEORGE, Maschio, CLUB NAUTICO AEGINA227.0(dnf)31dnf31333132
35ITA 95BOGLIONE GIANDO, Maschio, 9.5, Y.C. ITALIANO228.0(dnf)dncdnf33302931
36ITA 70LEVI DARIO, Maschio, 9.5, Y.C. CHIAVARI246.0(dnf)dncdnfdnfdnf3233


D-One Gold Cup 2011
Elena Giolai ©

D-One Gold Cup 2011
Elena Giolai ©

D-One Gold Cup 2011
Elena Giolai ©

D-One Gold Cup 2011
Elena Giolai ©

D-One Gold Cup 2011
Elena Giolai ©

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