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17 July 2007, 11:20 am
TARNACKI Sails An Almost Perfect First Place
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Micro World Championship 2007
Warnemuende, Germany

Forty boats from nine nations sailed the 31st Micro Cup, World Championship of the Micro Class, in Warnemuende, Germany from 7-14 July. This is the largest number of European nations ever achieved by the class, mainly due to an unusually strong participation of Polish (14) and Russian (10) boats and a first participation of a Serbian crew, although it did nothing to stop the dominance of Piotr TARNACKI (POL).
Strong winds, 20 to 25 knots welcomed the Micro fleet for the first three days. And from the beginning, former World Champion 2004-2005 TARNACKI won all the races, except one when he was OCS. For the second place, there was a hard fight between the Russian crews of Viatcheslav FROLOV (RUS), 10 points after five races, and Evgenyi NIKIFOROV (RUS) on 13 points.

On day 2, the increasing wind led to cancellation of race 6, as already one boat was dismasted, and another retired for rudder failure. TARNACKI won race 5 on a slow tempo, with a lower shroud broken and structural damage to the mast foot. Janusz KOSLOWSKI, owner of POL-28, aged more than 65, was injured and had to be replaced by Mikolaj CHODUBSKI (POL).

On day three the wind had decreased to just 20-22 knots, but also turned to 290°, and the fleet had to cope with bad waves of the Baltic for the long-distance race (25 NM) in front of the sea shore of Warnemuende. TARNACKI won again with another second place for FROLOV. Six boats did not leave the harbour, some with very good reasons, like a mast to be repaired. TARNACKI's crew, even with the help of boat and mast manufacturer Genek GINTER, had to work till 04:00 to have the boat ready for racing.

Calm weather, but still short, hard waves on day four, three races again, another boat lost her mast, a mainsail tore in just 10 knots of wind, all probably due to hidden damage on the previous days. This time TARNACKI did not score the bullet but immediately excluded the one blemish on his scorecard.

On day five, the last day, the race committees decided to sail three races as one was cancelled on day two. There were wins again for TARNACKI in races 10 and 11, but he finished with a broken gooseneck, and could not start the last race, which he again excluded from his scorecard.

The next World Championship was announced during the prizegiving ceremony, due for Sopot, Poland in the first week of August next year.

Micro Class (As Amended By ISAF), Image:© Picture: Warnemünder Woche, Pepe Hartmann
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