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13 August 2009, 04:13 pm
Huge Hobie Europeans Conclude At Lake Como
A lake full of Hobies at Como, Italy
A lake full of Hobies at Como, Italy

Hobie European Championships 2009
Lake Como, Italy

After a great week under beautiful skies at Lake Como, Italy the Hobie Europeans have concluded with 276 teams starting overall.
Thirteen races were held for the Tiger, Hobie 14 and FX-One, 12 races were held for the Hobie 16 gold and silver fleet. Participants from 15 nations came from as far away as Australia and the USA, and were rewarded with favourable conditions and some terrific racing. The classes were divided into two courses and with Multilario as the host on Lake Como in Italy, the organisers did a fantastic job dealing with such large fleets.

On the Hobie 16 course with the mountains to the right, the wind kicked in at approx 13:00 every day, allowing perfect racing in an average of 12-16 knots. With the walls to the right, the right side of the course was slightly favoured, but making it difficult to get to the right side due to the high numbers of boats on the course. Stefan Griesmeyer with Edward Canepa from Italy took an early lead in the gold fleet closely pursued by Tim Shuwalow and Cecilia Colling sailing for Sweden. Over time the Swedish team managed to get past the Italians taking the Championship.

The Hobie 14 Fleet was dominated by three guys from Germany, Broder Diedrichsen, and Jörg Stoltenberg with his son Oliver. It was a very close fight until the last race when Jörg Stoltenberg took the lead.

The Tigers were dominated by Mischa Heemskerk with Bastian Tentij from The Netherlands. They were sailing like they came from another planet, with only a few other the other teams able to keep up with their speed. Heemskerk, who was under protest from the Race Committee, pulled it off with 13 firsts out of 13 races!

The FX-One, the little single handed brother of the Tiger showed that it is a steadily growing class with participants from 4 nations. Here the class was clearly dominated by Michael Bokum from Spain with a lead of 11 points over the second Jörn Knop from Germany.

Winner in the Hobie 16 Silver Fleet were Bob Merrick and Eliza Cleveland from the USA.

Some impressions of the racing:

Cedric Bader (FRA):
"We can feel that we miss some more training, it's just that little something that we are missing in order to stay in the lead of the fleet. Stefan Griesmeyer is definitely the fastest sailor out there and Tim Shuwalow calls the best tactics!"

Tim Shuwalow (SWE):
"Right hand side paid off really well today. Don't go left! Also getting off the start line was kind of tricky. Stefan was very quick upwind!!"

Stefan Griesmeyer (ITA):
"Finally great wind today but we still need some more. It was really hard to get off the start line on the right spot. Downwind we can definitely feel the 16 kilos more that we have on board compared to the light teams. It's a survival to get down to the gate for us without losing too many spots but upwind we are the fastest boat on the course. It was very important to look for free wind and good tactics.

"We are very happy with our results because we can keep all of them. The most important races are the one's where I started really bad and still come out in the first places in the end. Sailing is a bit like riding a bicycle, you just never forget it."

Mitch and Jordi Booth (ESP):
"We are just very happy to be in the mix with some of the top teams. This is Jordi's first international regatta and first ever regatta on a HC16! We are here primary for fun and a nice family holiday at this beautiful location of Gravedona on Lake Como. Jordi says: "My biggest goal in general is to beat my older brother Taylor. "

The EHCA and Multilario would like to congratulate all these Champions and would also like to thank all the competitors who have participated in this fantastic fourth Multi Hobie European Championships here in Gravedona, Italy.

We hope to see you all very soon at our next Hobie European Championships!

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Fritz-R. Klocke
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