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29 January 2007, 09:37 am
GAINZA And VILLAMBROSA Win
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29er World Championship 2007
San Isidro, Argentina

Matias GAINZA and Federico VILLAMBROSA (ARG) secured their title as 29er World Champions with a 21 point win in San Isidro, Argentina. The Argentinean crews of Pepe BETTINI and Matias KELLER and Ignacio FERNANDEZ and Tigris MARTIROSJAN picked up the silver and bronze medals respectively.
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The Argentines ended up securing nine of the top ten places, with Sophie WEGUELIN and Sophie AINSWORTH (GBR) the only crew to break the dominance of the hosts in eighth place overall.

GAINZA and VILLAMBROSA sailed a 3,1,3,1 on Friday, giving them a nice lead going into the final race day Saturday. Posting a 10,1,12, with the 12 being one of their discards, their win was secure.

BETTINI and KELLER posted a 1,14,6 on the final race day to take the silver medal by three points from FERNANDEZ and MARTIROSJAN.

Light Conditions For Finale

Friday's conditions were scattered rain showers and winds in the 7-12 knot range. In the final gold fleet race on Friday, the fleet split and when they converged at the weather mark, the boats on the left came in with their spinnakers flying while the right side were still beating upwind!

Saturday's conditions proved in the lighter category as well.

In the silver fleet, Swiss sailors Nathalie KELLER and Irina HOTZ won the division followed by Americans Emily DELLENBAUGH and Briana PROVANCHA. Maria AGUSTINA and Franco GREGGI (ARG) rounded out the top three.

The Club Nautico San Isidro did an outstanding job hosting the 2007 29er World Championships.

Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 ARG Matías GAINZA Federico VILLAMBROSA 1 (18) 2 1 7 3 1 3 1 10 1 (12) 30
2 ARG Pepe BETTINI Matias KELLER 2 6 3 3 6 8 5 11 (16) 1 (14) 6 51
3 ARG Ignacio FERNANDEZ Tigris MARTIROSJAN 8 7 4 (14) 8 4 6 (21) 8 3 3 3 54
4 ARG Gonzalo POLLITZER Jose Maria DIEZ 6 10 8 6 3 (14) 3 (14) 11 4 7 7 65
5 ARG Francisco PICCINI Santiago DANERI 3 (24) 6 16 1 5 7 2 (17) 7 4 16 67
6 ARG Adela DESCHAMPS Juan DE LA FUENTE 7 (12) 10 12 5 1 4 9 4 (21) 6 10 68
7 ARG German BILLOCH Martín BILLOCH 4 4 (18) 10 10 6 11 13 (21) 8 8 2 76
8 GBR Sophie WEGUELIN Sophie AINSWORTH 9 13 13 (23) (22) 2 8 4 12 17 5 9 92
9 ARG Micael SIELECKI Tomas WAGMAISTER (22) 1 1 4 12 (22) 13 12 2 14 22 15 96
10 ARG Fernanda SESTO Fernando SOTELINO 14 8 15 17 (25) 9 9 1 9 (18) 10 5 97
Jerelyn Biehl (As Amended By ISAF). Image, World Champions Matias GAINZA and Federico VILLAMBROSA:© Club Nautico San Isidro
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