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21 July 2011, 09:34 am
Team Winergy Wins Yngling Worlds
Yngling WC
Action from Attersee

Yngling World Championship 2011
Attersee, Austria

Team Winergy, lead by Maarten Jamin (NED), has won the Yngling World Championship by the smallest of margins: one point. Silver went to fellow Dutchman Tom Otte, sailing NED 328.
The Championship was held overseven days on the Attersee, Austria. A strong line-up with 60 teams and 15 nations represented. Out of the ten planned races, nine could be completed. Long days without wind or wind only at the club site of the lake only added to the tension. Regatta leader Gert Schmidleitner (AUT) did a very good job in keeping the sailors happy with good decisions and open communication. Seven races were sailed in the local "Rosenwind", a thermal North-East with moderate, predictable shifts. The South wind for two other races was more difficult, two converging winds prompting the sailors to be on their toes.....

The final race was a real thriller. An unusual left shift saw the four remaining title candidates swallowed up by the pack. GER 1 and NED 361 were fighting it out around place 40, too far back to give them any hope for the tilte. At the gate of the first downwind leg, raceleader (by 5 points) Jamin was in 16th place and Tom Otte in fourth, enough to win him his third title. But Jamin fought back to tenth place and Otte dropped a place. With a ninth as his worst result, Jamin was now on the highest podium, provided none of the top boats would drop out or be disqualified. Not a very relaxing position to be in. On the last mark however, Jamin managed to squeeze by multi-times World Champion Rudy Mayr to secure ninth place and the title....!

Maarten Jamin was Yngling World Champion in 2005, also held in Austria, when he became the first Dutch team ever to win a title in this class. He also holds two European titles and has twice won the much coveted title Champion of Champion (Primus Inter Pares in the Netherlands).

The next Worlds will be held in Sydney, in January 2012. Many (mostly young) teams are in desperate search for backing and sponsors to help them transport their boats (and themselves) to Australia. Teams from Holland, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, the USA and Sweden are hoping to be able to compete at the highest level in Sailing Country #1......!

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