European start of The A-class season took place at Cesenatico.
The same venue the Worlds will be held end of June .
Traditionally a good and strong fleet was present . Unless the rather chilly weather and a very cold 'Mare Adriatic' 63 boats showed up.
Besides the strong Italian fleet consisting this year out a whole group of brand new 'Bimare V1-r's (http://www.bimare.org/v1r.htm), there were good entries from Switserland , Holland , Germany and Spain . Also some boats from France, Ireland and GBR made the trip.
5 good races wer held in moderate conditions, varying from 6- 15 knts. Bob Baier, present European champion was clearly unbeatable. He sailed his Nikita A class to a perfect score of 4 firsts and a second ...Second came hius Fellow German teammate ,young Thilo Keller, sailing his own design to a secopnd overall.
Third place went to a boat which was literally in the water for the first time ! The new Dutch 'DNA' design : ( see also
Roeland Wenthold (NED 95) sailed the boat to a solid score of 5,3,1,8,3 with only a few training hours the two days before the regatta .
The boat showed great potential which was noticed by many competitors .
Chris Field from Britain sailed a good regatta on his Tool . followed by Arno Terra ( NED) on the trusty flyer MK2.
Charles Favre from Switzerland made his com back in the A class after 6 year or so , and showed he still knows how to sail the 'A'
First new V1R was well known light weather expert from the home club , Teo di Battista.
The Italians have a good training session to go before the Worlds to make achance in their home waters.
lots of pictures :