Jorgen and Jacob BOJSEN-MOLLER (DEN) went into the final day of the 505 European Championship 2007 with a four point lead over their fellow countrymen Jan SAUGMAN and Morten RAMSBARLE but sailed an excellent race to secure the title.
The final morning of the Championship at Sopot was sunny and the final race was conducted in wind up to 7m/s. The last race, as expected, brought much excitement and the best of the mixed teams Meike SCHOMAKER and Rainer GORGE (GER) proved that women can be just as good as men. They came second in today's race and moved up to third in the general classification!
The new European Champions are Jorgen and Jacob BOJSEN-MOLLER, with four bullets in nine races the Danish sailmakers secured their title by picking up another bullet in the final race yesterday. In a championship dominated by puffy and shifty conditions the new champions came as a surpise to some in this physically demanding class! The brothers, born in 1954 and 1956, had been deemed as too old to be so successful but their absolute talent and experience shone through to give them their second European title - the firs was won in 1979!
The current world champions, Jan SAUGMANN and Morten RAMSBAEK had to settle for the silver medal and it was an all German fight for the bronze between triple world champions Wolfgang HUNGER and Holger JESS, the current German champions Boris HERMANN and Julien KLEINER and Maike SCHONMÄKER and Reiner GÖRGE. SCHONMÄKER and GÖRGE chose the right hand side of the first beat and it paid dividends; they finished second in the race and moved up to the bronze medal position. Maike, an ex-29er sailor also picks up the accolade of the most successful female helm in the 505 class.
The evening prize giving ceremony put everybody in a joyful mood; we all welcomed the new 505 European Champions. They themselves couldn't hide how happy they were, and you could see that they were proud of their performance.
After the ceremony all the competitors got ready for the closing party of the event, which took place in the famous Copacabana beach club. Tomorrow most of the sailors will be leaving Sopot, we truly hope everybody enjoyed themselves and will come back as soon as possible.