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7 August 2009, 10:24 pm
Germans Win At Soling Europeans
The Solings race downwind at the 2009 Europeans
The Solings race downwind at the 2009 Europeans

Soling European Championship 2009
Lake Iseo, Italy

As in 2005 the Marinepool team from Germany of Roman KOCH, Maxl KOCH and Gregor BORNEMANN are the 2009 Soling European Champions.
It was a difficult and closely fought event, at Lake Iseo, Italy, where the three top teams finished only six points apart.

Austrian Champions AUT 117 with Carl AUTERIED, Martin KINDLER and Udo MOSER were in the battle right to the end, winning the first race of the day and leaving everything to the last one, where they gained second overall, just three points over Team Marinepool-Ramadabalaton HUN 77 with George WOSSALA, Karoly VEZER, Peter NEMETH, who were defending their 2008 title.

ITA 189of Giuseppe ROSSI, Alessandro SGORBATI, Roberto MINOLA showed great local knowledge to win the last race, the first Italian team in many years to win a race in a major event in the Soling class.

Despite a great start with a second in the first race, SLO 1 with Bostjan ANTONCIC, Gennadi STRAKH and Mitja NEVECNY, the current World Champions, could not fight in the last race where the wind dropped substantially at the start.

The Rien Segaar trophy was won once more from GER 311 with Bizzy GEISLER, Bjorn GEISLER and Sven DOMGES. The second best country was Austria followed by The Netherlands and Italy.

The best woman placed in the event, the Reloaded trophy donated by ASF Norway, was won this time by local sailor Francesca SBARDOLINI (ITA) sailing together with Diego MOTTA who also won the British Young Helm trophy at the event at age of 19 years old, they both sailed with Torben VON HUTH.

The Classic boat and best Italian the Vittorio Porta Trophy winner was ITA 189 with Giuseppe ROSSI, Alessandro SGORBATI and Roberto MINOLA.

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Matias Collins
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