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Volvo Cup D-One Gold Cup In Riva
Riva del Garda, Italy: The D-Ones will undoubtedly put on a spectacular show from the 28th to the 31st of July in Lago di Garda in this second edition of the Gold Cup, the highest-level regatta of the innovative and high-performance single-handed dinghy with mainsail and gennaker, designed by Lucca Devoti. The event, fourth one of the Volvo Cup and counting towards the overall score table, has summoned more than 40 skippers from various nations at the Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda.
The D-One fleet has an interesting blend of Olympic class champions, top-level professional sailors (a number of them taking part in the 34th America's Cup onboard Green Comm Racing), well-trained amateurs, girls racing with the smaller 9.5m rig and many passionate sailors.
Reigning champion, Argentina's Agustín Zabalua, winner of the first ever Gold Cup held last October at the Real Club Nautico de Valencia, will definitely not have an easy ride on the windy waters of the Alto Benaco. Among his competitors are the current world Laser champion, Australian Tom Slingsby, European Finn champions Finn Giles Scott and Ivan Gaspic, Czech Republic's Michael Maier, Nick Thompson, another world-class Laser sailor, and Belgium's Philippe Rogge.
The Volvo D-One Gold Cup will start on Thursday, July 28th with the first two races. Two more races are scheduled on Friday and another two on Saturday. After the first six races, skippers will have the right to discard their worst result. The event's seventh race, scheduled on Sunday, will carry double points and cannot be discarded.
The Volvo Cup D-One, after the events in Alassio, Bracciano, Cattolica and Riva del Garda, will proceed to Marina di Scarlino in conjunction with the National Championship (16-18 September) and the Barcolina of Trieste (1-2 October).