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Italy Retains Optimist Worlds Team Racing Title

6th July 2021
The Italian Optimist squad of Quan ACardi, Alessandro Cirinei, Alex Demurtas, Lorenzo Ghirotti and Lisa Vucettidriano were on top form
The Italian Optimist squad of Quan ACardi, Alessandro Cirinei, Alex Demurtas, Lorenzo Ghirotti and Lisa Vucettidriano were on top form Credit: Optimist Worlds/Facebook

The two-day 48-country Team Racing sector of the Optimist Worlds at Lake Garda concluded this evening (Tuesday) with host nation Italy retaining the title against Thailand in a straight 2-0 victory, while Portugal took the bronze against USA.

The Italian squad of Quan ACardi, Alessandro Cirinei, Alex Demurtas, Lorenzo Ghirotti and Lisa Vucettidriano were on top form. But with the three day final of the individual world getting underway tomorrow (Wednesday), Thailand are very much in the hunt as their helm Weka Bhanubandh was clear ahead at the conclusion of the qualifying series with just 5 pts to the 9pts of next-in-line Alex di Francesco Kuhl of Brazil, while leading Irish sailor Rocco Wright of Howth was well in touch at 5th on 11 pts.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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