HOLT AND SMIT LEAD
Day 1 of the 505 Riva Cup dawned with cool temperatures and overcast conditions, not favourable for the “classic” Garda conditions. However, the 51 boats from 7 countries, need not have worried as despite the overcast conditions the wind filled in from the South with pressure somewhere around 15-18 knots for the 3 races. The expert race team had laid a course further North and East than we were used to, so it was not a default go right race track and in each race you could make either side pay.
Race 1 saw the German team of Jan Phillip Hofmann and Felix lead at the first mark but they were quickly overhauled by Mike Holt and Carl Smit from the USA, pulling away into a lead they would not relinquish. Pulling through to second were the UK team of Ian Pinnell and Tim Needham and Stefan Koechlin and Andreas Achtenburg grabbing third.
Race 2 sailed in much the same conditions gave the fleet some tight downwind racing. Ian Pinnel and Tim Needham pulled away into the lead only to have a navigation failure at the last mark, allowing the Canadian team of Bob Tennant and Steve Bourdow through for the win ahead of Holt and Smit with Australian team of Michael Quirk and Reeve Dunne claiming the final podium place.
By the third race the wind was maybe up a little, much to the liking of another Australian team, with Malcolm Higgins and Nick “Camel” Johnson running away with the win. The Geman team of Koschlin and Achtenberg adding a 2nd to their 3rd in race 1 and another German team of Stefan Boem and Gerald Roos in third.
Some tired bodies at the end of the day but great racing and a good forecast for Day 2.
Follow the results here: https://www.fragliavelariva.it/en/regattas/riva-cup-2019/