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25 June 2007, 03:21 pm
Netherlands Win the First X-35 World Title
X-35 Worlds
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X-35 World Championship 2007
Kiel, Germany

Cees WIERINGA (NED) and his Dutch team on BRS X won the inaugural X-35 World Championship over the weekend, taking place as part of the 125 edition of Kiel Week.

The 35 competing teams from eight nations had to be patient and wait for adequate breeze before they could sail the final three races of the World Championship on Saturday.

The Dutchmen on BRS X with skipper WIERINGA impressed the competition with their excellent performance and top results after nine races and were worthy winners the first World Championship title of the X-35 one design keelboat class. Mark RICHMOND (GBR) with his team on Cool Running was second, and Mati SEPP (EST) and crew on Hermes-X claimed thir in the overall results.

'We sailed clean starts, reacted positively on any wind shift and improved our trimming and tactics during the permanently changing wind speed and direction. We mainly sailed in the centre of the course and concentrated on boat speed, that's our recipe for success!'

commented the very content and happy tactician John DEN ENGELSMANN (NED) on BRS X. And the Dutchman added, 'We expected to finish within the top five, however, as first ever X-35 World Champions the team is extremely happy and even a little proud of this success. It was a well organized and fantastic regatta series within the 125th Kieler Woche.'

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World Championship silver medallist RICHMOND was generous in his praise of the winner, 'We are a little disappointed, as their victory was very close. But congratulations to Cees WIERINGA and BRS X Dutch team for their outstanding performance on the water.'

SEPP was delighted with third having exceeded his own expectations, 'We return home with the 'bronze' title, and what more can we expect?' Dutchman Nic BOL, last year's Gold Cup winner of the X-35 Class in Medemblik, finished fourth overall.

As best German skipper Christian SOYKA on Immac X ranked seventh and commented, 'Our tactician is from Kiel and knows the race course quite well; we did not face any speed problems and are content with this result.' SOYKA successfully raced an X-99 Baltic Bay Laboe earlier at the 2004 Worlds and in other top championships in Europe, but changed to the X-35 Class just recently and accepted this new challenge without any problems.

'The last race day wasn't our best, yet, we are happy to be best German team. Mind you, seventh overall in this tough competition isn't too bad!'

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