At a day from the ending of the competition, New Zealand holds and defends the first position in both rankings, with Herbert (U17) and the heir of Russell Coutts (U13). Japan joins the fight for the podium of the U17 category, with the athlete Lisa Nukui taking the second place from Giorgio Bona (from Arco), who nonetheless remains very close to her with a solid third place.
After a day long break, the trials of the world championship resumed with great enthusiasm. The duel between Italy and New Zealand continues, but now Japan and Spain are fighting for the first placings as well. France and Australia instead are falling behind. The New Zealander Sean Herbert maintains his position at the head of the U17 ranking, followed close by the Japanese Lisa Nukui who, in yesterday's trials, managed to do better than the Italian Giorgio Bona. Bona is not letting go though and remains solidly third, keeping himself very close to the second place of Nukui. In the U13 Coutts retains his unchallenged dominion on the ranking, but will have to watch his back from the Spanish athlete Pol Font Reyero, who is getting ever closer and has only two points less than him. The Third place goes to the first classified female athlete, the Australian Jenna Everett. In fourth position we have the Italian Zeno Valerio Marchesini, of Fraglia Vela Malcesine.
We are talking about the fifth day of the O'Pen Bic World Championship held at Circolo Vela Arco, in the northern part of the Garda Lake, an area dominated by the local southerly wind Ora which blows strong through the whole lake and in the adjacent valleys and is perfect for sailing. 187 young athletes are taking part in the championship, divided among the 13 nations (counting the host, Italy) taking part to the prestigious competition whose final prize is the title of O'Pen Bic 2017 world champion.
In the first ten places of the ranking for the U17 category, beside New Zealand and Italy, there is also a strong presence of American and Australian. Bona's third place and Marco Gradoni's (Tognazzi Marine Village) ninth, if confirmed by the results of the final day of the championship, will be cause for pride for Italy.
The organization of Circolo Vela Arco has been impeccable throughout these days, and it succeeded in perfectly managing a crammed and complex series of starts. Ten trials divided in more sessions, all without hitches or boats crossing one another, anything that would have compromised the correctness of the arrival procedures. The extremely efficient organization of Circolo Vela Arco is also supported by Federazione Italiana Vela (Fiv), World Sailing and many other sponsors among which is Rigoni di Asiago. This World Championship represents an important step forward for the O'Pen Bic class, which in the last few years seems to be obtaining both great success and international interest.