in the first race, and 2th twice in the last race of the
final day in Sicily Grand Prix, proved that with a little
less bad luck he could have done much better. We should
also stress the 8th position in one of the last two races
of one of the Albaria's youngest athletes Marco
Casagrande. In the women's group (Barcelona gold
medallist) Barbara Kendall from New Zealand defeated
everyone by winning four races out of five. Alessandra
Sensini from Italy came second (3-1-4-2-2) before Fiona
Taylor from Australia (2-3-2-3-4).
As regards the European Open Team Match Race
Championship: the winner was New Zealand with the gold
medal in Seoul Bruce Kendall together with Aaron
McIntosh, that defeated the french team composed by gold
medal in Barcellona Frank David and (Sicily Grand Prix
winner) Michel Quintin.This victory surprised almost
everybody, because the french were defeated after having
won every single race up until the final.
Just the final race was really spectacular, once again
the new zealanders proved their incredible skill
finishing first and second. For the third position, there
was a challenge between the italian team composed by the
two masters Wirz and Giordano (that was the winners of
the last edition between the newzelander) and the
australian team (Lars Kleppich and Chris Lawrence).The
italians did extremely well in the first race but were
defeated by Kleppich and Lawrence in the last two races,
obtaining only the fourth position.
As regards the women's group: there was the victory of
the australian Fiona Taylor, who surprisingly eliminated
Bruce Kendall's sister Barbara during the semi-final.
Alessandra Sensini came second, third and fourth came
respectively Barbara Kendall and Manuela Arcidiacono.
Great event at ten o'clock in the evening of may 14th;
for the first time in the world a spectacular race took
place in the night in the beautiful gulf of Mondello.
Money prices and sails for the partecipants.The winner
was Bruce Kendall, second place for the french Michel
Quintin, third was Riccardo Giordano of Albaria; in the
women's race, first came Alessandra Sensini from
Great success of public, thanks to the Albaria that
managed to put together three olympic gold medals, one
olympic bronze medal and lots of world champions, even if
the local athletes didn't obtain exciting results. For
another beautiful event: let's meet next year in Mondello
for the next Windsurf World Festival. Goodbye!
THE SUCCESS OF A
WORLD TOP OLIMPIC FLEET
by Pietro Porcella
What a pleasure to be back in Mondello
for the Windsurf world festival ! I've accepted to be the
speaker of this kermesse for a simple reason.
No other boardsailing event in the planet, has the same
combination of beauty, technical value in the Olympic
class, and...........social life.
The event is the mirror of their promoter Vinci Pottino
and Enzo Baglione of Albaria club.
At the Windsurf world festival, they pretend excellent
quality both in water organization and in evening
The high level is guaranteed by the presents of three
gold medals .Two come from the same family, Golden Bruce
and Golden Barbara. Kendall is their family name,
'Olympic spirit' their trade mark. They came from New
Zealand together with the top ranked Iyru sailor, Aaron
McIntosh. To confront the rest of the world , in what is
supposed to be the most exciting show for the public:
Who can beat the kiwis?
The gold medal in Barcellona Frank David with his French
teammate Michel Quintin , or the Australian Lars Kleppich
(bronze in Barcellona) with Chris 'Rabbit' Lawrence?
How about the International team with Israelian Amit
Imbar, the Greek Niko Kaklamanakis and the italian Lucio
Honestly, I will cheer for Paco Wirz and Riccardo
Giordano, the Italian duo that make us dream.
Oh yeah, I should call them the 'Dream team'.
Am I allowed to do that from the unic? I hope so,Team
racing is supposed to be the best show for the public.