The 21st Trofeo Marco Rizzotti Optimist Team Race Regatta started today in Venice, Italy. LISOT is one of two American teams participating by virtue of their co-win at the SE Team Racing Championship in St. Petersburg, FL in January. Team FOR (Florida) is the other US team. There are teams from Italy, Slovenia, Japan, Greece, Algeria, Spain, Croatia, Switerland, Hungary, New Zealand, & Serbia.
Today the 20 team field was divided into two groups of 10 teams each. Although the wind was light the Race Committee stayed to the task and got in 8 out of 9 races. Presumably tomorrow they will finish the round robin after which the first five teams in each group will advance to a championship bracket.
LISOT's team of Marlena Fauer, Deirdre Lambert, Antoine Screve, Matthew Wefer, and Declan Whitmyer had strong day ending with a record of 7-1. This puts them in a three way tie with the Italian National Team (that they beat) and a regional team from Naples. Team FOR is 6-2. They are in a three way tie for the lead in their group.
Saturday's second round will determine the four teams that will sail in the semi-finals for the championship on Sunday.
The event website is http://www.rizzottisail.it/english.htm.