In the semi final stages it was best of three races with the teams lining up as Italy 1 v Israel 2 and Russia v Israel 1
Meeting in the finals were Russia and Italy 1.
Final positions after the close of racing:
Russia (1st); Italy 1 (2nd); Israel 1 (3rd); Israel 2 (4th)
Techno European Team Champions - Team Russia:
video / photo gallery
Event Website for the World Festival on the Beach
After a very full day of racing at the European Team Racing Championships, the teams were confirmed for the semi finals.
The top four teams in the 9 team Round Robin go forward to tomorrow's racing and will compete for a place in the final - Italy 1 will meet Israel 2 and Russia will meet Israel 1.
Six Flights were completed - and Italy 1 must go into the final days racing as favourites, having won all of their matches in the round robin. This team is from Cagliari, Sardinia, and coached by Mauro Covre who is also national coach for the Italian team. However it is anyone's guess who they could meet in the final as two very strong teams - Russia and Israel 1 - go head to head in the other semi final.
The championship is part of the famous World Festival on the Beach Festival, now in its 26th edition, hosted by the Albaria Club, Mondello, Sicily.
The 2011 Techno European Open Team Racing Championships got underway today in Mondello, Sicily. This championship is once again part of the world famous World Festival on the Beach organised by the Albaria Club.
Nine teams lined up to challenge for the title - 2 teams from each of Great Britain, Israel, Italy, and Spain, plus one team from Russia. With this increased team entry it was decided to run one 9 team Round Robin, to be followed later in the week by semi finals and a Final. Three 'flights' were completed - no team was dominant, the day finished with 4 teams tied at the top - each with two race wins - Spain 1, Great Britain 2, Russia and Israel 2.
Racing continues - you can follow the action on the webcam - http://www.albaria.com/mondellowebcam.htm
Here is the link to the photo gallery: http://www.wwfestival.com/wwf/wwf2011/photogallery/index.html