The inaugural Techno European Team Racing Championships is taking place in Mondello, Sicily. The championship is part of the world famous World Festival on the Beach, now in its 25th edition!
On Day One, Six teams lined up to challenge for the title - France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Russia and Spain. The delayed start, waiting for the wind, meant only 2 "flights" of the planned first (of 2) round robins could be completed. The wind increased to 18-20 knots as racing progressed late into the afternoon. The day finished with 3 teams tied at the top - each with two race wins - France, Great Britain and Italy.
In the RS:X class six teams were also competing for the 3rd annual championship, and with 3 flights completed Italy are leading with 3 race wins - ahead of New Zealand and Poland who are tied on 2 races apiece.
Despite a very full day of racing on Day Two, one further race for all teams must be completed before moving into the semi final stages of the competition. The top four teams in each class proceed to the next stage.
The preliminary stage consists of two "round robins " - in each round each team will race once against each of the other teams, one at a time. With 6 teams in each class, each round will consist of 5 races for each - team v team.
At the close of the first round robin the winning teams were from France in Techno 293 class, and Italy in the RSX class.
The race committee then moved into the second round robin series of races. After 4 races on RSX for each team, Argentina hold an unassailable lead (4 wins) over Poland, France and Italy, each with 2 wins.
France also had a very good day with 4 wins to lead in the Techno 293 class, ahead of Italy and Great Britain both with 3 wins.