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Hobie Cat 16 sailing in Cagliari, Italy - The Devil's Saddle in the background

A close battle for the Youth title in Cagliari

Just one day to go and the race for the Youth title at the Hobie Cat 16 European Championships in Cagliari could not be tighter. Trine Bentzen (1-5-1) with crew Nicolaj Bjornholt is first again. If she had a bad day on Sunday, Monday hasn't been any better for Daniel Bjornholt and Sofie Slotsgaard (7-1-7). Their margin looked comfortable enough but vanished in few hours of light wind. Now anything could happen, with just one point separating the two teams from Denmark.

Even third seeded Gianluigi Ugolini - Giulio Zizzari of Italy, just 4 points behind thanks to a solid 3-2-2, still have a chance to grab something better than bronze: they could discard anything worse than 4th, while the first two teams already carry heavier scores.

If they fight hard at the top, the rest of the Under 21 fleet is not watching. Beatrice Ruggeri and Diana Rogge finished twice in third position, local youths Federico Budroni and Michela Piu scored an isolated second, Leonardo Morelli and Victoria Giannetti were forth in two races. It will be fun to watch the last four races that will crown the 2013 champions on Tuesday.

The first day of the Open qualifiers gave an idea of how interesting the Gold race will be: 36 highly competitive teams on the water, very aggressive starts, close finishes. The Race Committee had to raise the black flag after a general recall on the second race - and Australian Cam Owen with crew Susan Ghent, winners of the first race of the day, got disqualified. At the end another local team, Roberto Caddeo and Pierpaolo Massoni, took the lead with an impressive 2-4-1. Chris Hancock and Valerie Vanheukelom (6-1-8) are 8 points behind. Third position for Fabrizio Clemente and Federica Sciuto of Italy, while Luis Guareschi from Venezuela is fourth with 13 year old crew (and son) Jr. Luis.

Four races are scheduled on Tuesday also for the last round of the qualifiers, first start at 11. At the end of the day price giving ceremony and celebrations for Masters, Youth and EHCA Spinnaker Cup winners.