Saturday, May 15, 2010

Marinho and Meldgaard get the bronze at European Match Race Championship

Alvaro Marinho from Portugal and Lotte Meldgaard from Denmark get the bronze medal in the Open and Women division, respectively, of the 2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship.

Marinho beat the French Pierre-Antoine Morvan 2-0. In the 1st race Marinho forced a penalty on Morvan at the prestart and as a result went to the left, the side he wanted to go. He controlled easily the race to the finish line. In the 2nd race, Morvan had a much better start and was comfortably ahead up to the last top mart. Unfortunately for the French, a left shift of 40 degrees at the second run powered Alvaro Marinho ahead, allowing to pass Morvan and get the bronze medal.

Meldgaard had no real trouble dominating Cristiana Monina from Italy. A combination a very good starts and better boatspeed upwind secured the bronze medal for the Danish match racer.

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