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30 May 2005, 02:06 pm
Champions Crowned
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Soling World Championship 2005
Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy

The Soling World Championship ended on Saturday with the German team of Roman KOCH, Maxl KOCH and Gregor BORNEMANN crowned World Champions.
More than 120 competitors from 13 nations and three continents raced on the crystal blue waters of Maremma in Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy making for a very successful championship.

Local authorities were present at the prize giving ceremony; where two special awards were bestowed to honour the memory of Vittorio PORTA, Soling Class Secretary for over 15 years, and of Johannes SEGAAR, the Dutch sailor who died tragically while traveling to Castiglione to race.

Best among the Italian teams and winners of the Vittorio Porta trophy were Giovanni TOGNOZZI, Fausto ORI and Luigi SERI, who finished 15th overall.

The German team helmed by Roman KOCH, took two bullets and finished in the top three in every one of the six races to take the title by a comfortable ten points. Speaking of his success Roman KOCH said, 'I began racing with my brother in 1970 and we loved being a team from the beginning. It's a lesson for real life; you can only progress if you work together, like the fingers of a hand. You can only be successful if you are comfortable with yourself and your surroundings. Here I feel a part of a big family we can sail with a free mind. I think that if you are talented and work hard, eventually it will pay off. After five Olympic campaigns I still dreamed of a world title. This is a wish come true.'

Gustavo WARBURG (ARG), a former World Champion, finished fourth overall, and seemed unhappy with the decision not to race on the final day, 'I find it hard to accept that the last race was cancelled. The duel for third and fourth place was very tight and it would have been great sailing. Weather conditions allowed the race, in fact we have competed with far less wind other times.' The Argentinean sailor will now concentrate on his Beijing 2008 campaign in the Star.

With no racing on the final day the Slovenian team helmed by Bostjan ANTONCIC finished second overall with the Hungarian team of Balazs GYENESE two points ahead of WARBURG in third.

Matias Collins (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The stunning setting for the Soling fleet in Italy:© James Taylor
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