Techno 293 European Championships - day 4

Just one day to go and nothing is decided yet at the 2011 Techno 293 European Championships in Cagliari, Sardinia. Only Emma Wilson, Under 15 leader among the girls, can relax after three close races with a 15-18 knots wind. She had her worst result of the week, 7th, but two victories against none of her closest rivals strengthened her position at the top.

Italian Eugenia Bologna reduced the gap with second seeded Delphine Jariel (FRA) to just six points with a 2-4-2 that will give her good chances to compete for silver on friday.

Among the Under 17 girls the one strongly climbing to the top is Shahar Tibi of Israel - first, second and first again today. With 31 points in total, she jumped over Italian Marta Maggetti to second position. Emma Labourne (GBR) is still leading after closing the day with 2-7-2, but 2 points of margin are nothing - expecially if one considers that she had to chase Tibi in every race today and never managed to pass her.

These three will probably fight for the podium tomorrow but they better watch out for Stefania Elfutina of Russia (3-1-3), only 8 points away from bronze and very competitive if racing conditions will remain the same, as weather experts predict.

Wind and waves were apparently a problem today for Baz Bell (ISR) and Argentinian Bautista Saubidet Birkner in Under 17 boys. After dominating the qualifying round with impressive winning streaks in separate groups, they were reunited into the gold fleet - and watched Andrey Zagainov of Russia (2-1-1) change pace and move to first position overall.

Bell is just two points behind now but his margin against Philippe Lafay (FRA) is only four. The South American back-to-back champion, now fourth, is still having fun - and he's close enough to chase a medal.

The Under 15 gold fleet is watching a reply of the race seen three months ago at the World Championships. In San Francisco, Italian Mattia Onali secured the gold medal one day early, leaving his rivals from Belarus, Artiom Javadav and Mikita Tsirkun, to argue for silver. But here in Cagliari nobody will be able to take a day off. After 9 races, it's really, really close: 19 points for Tsirkun (4-7-3 his score for the day), 20 for Javadav (3-1-2) and Onali (2-2-1). Anything can happen, tomorrow.

It's no thriller instead the race for the very small Open fleet: Francesco Casti's youth prevailed already over fellow Italian Ezio Ferin's experience.