Hot wave hits South America, sunny days are in the forecast for the whole summer, moderate winds and one of the best race courses in Brazil are ready to welcome one of the highest sailing level ever at the Rio Guaiba in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Several Soling sailors with pedigree are confirmed such as the Brazilians Daniel GLOMB who last year won the Gaucho Championship and sailed in Savannah 96, Renato CUNHA from Rio de Janeiro; Brazilian Soling champion twice in 2001 and 2002, or the Europeans: Balazs GYENESE; European Champion in 2003, George WOSSALA; three times World Master Champion and Preben ASBOJORNOD; Norwegian Champion in 2002,
Coming from the south the Argentine Gustavo WARBURG; 2001 World Champion, 4th in 2002 and 2003 South American Champion or Martin BUSCH; twice holder of the Paul Elvstrom trophy and third at the 2001 Worlds.
Also fighting for the title, to give himself the best birthday gift is the 70 years of the Veleiros do Sul Yacht Club sailor known best in the sailing community as "Dodao" - George NEHM, who finished fifth in the 2001 Soling Worlds, was 2003 Brazilian & Argentine Champion, besides other titles in the snipe class in the past. He is already at the dock, analyzing the wind condition and forecasting all his chances of being "the local one".
I will be hard sailing for the 30 boat fleet in Brazil, but will be enjoyable until the last minute on land with so much food, parties and friendship, some things that have epitomised the Soling Class in the last years.
The 2004 Soling World Championship starts on 21 January til 31 and will be based at the VDS (Veleiros do Sul) who will be receiving umpires and jury such as Chris Simon, or Nelson Ilha that at this time will be out at the water not as an impartial judge but as a competidor sailing with his kids after his extraordinary performance with the victory at the 2003 South American Match Race in Buenos Aires.
For more information about the championship visit the event website at the address below.