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28 August 2001, 12:44 pm
Hagara/Steinacher Take European Title
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Tornado Europeans
Lake Silvaplana

Bundock/Forbes (AUS) win the Open Fleet title and the event overall. Second in the European Fleet was Styles/May (GBR) and third Landenberger/Rusterholz (GER).
The final day of the regatta was the best of the whole week. The Sun was shining and the wind finally co-operating ,gusting up to 18 knots. The venue proved to be one of the most tricky and challenging sailing spots in the World. The Silvaplana lake is only 2 km long x 800mts wide with mountains of up to 3000 mts on either side. During the final day the boats reached speeds of 26knts (50kph). The good conditions also brought out an estimated 500 recreational sail boarders and kite surfers with many collisions. The Spainish team hit a kite surfer and became tangled causing the Tornado to capsize .

The Regatta was delayed for the first 2 days because of no wind and even after getting under way it was slow going in the very light winds. Because of the size of the lake the fleet was split into groups so no more than 32 boats were racing at one time. This proved a difficult formula of round robin racing for the class not used to this program.

Sydney Olympic Gold Medalists , Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Stienacher from Austria were declared the 2001 European Champions. They dominated the racing that was so similar to the lake sailing in their home club.

European Results:

1. AUT360 Hagara Roman/Steinacher Hans-Peter, 26 pts
2. GBR410 Styles Hugh/May Adam, 36 pts
3. GER1084 Landenberger Andrew/Rusterholz Martin, 41 pts
4. NED111 Karsenbarg Sven/Heemskerk Mischa, 43 pts
5. FRA264 Guichard Jann/Espagnon Christophe, 43 pts
6. ESP0001 Echavarri Fernando/Paz Anton, 45 pts
7. GBR413 Wilson Rob/Howden Will, 56 pts
8. FRA277 Backes Olivier/Voiron Laurent, 58 pts
9. ITA2004 Marcolini Francesco/Remagnino Luca, 71 pts
10. NED001 Booth Mitch/Derksen Herbert, 72 pts

For Open Fleet results go to the event website.
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