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19 June 2005, 09:13 pm
Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) Claim Worlds
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Tornado World Championship 2005
La Rochelle, France

In a dramatic last day for the top Tornado fleet Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) won the Tornado World Championship and Baptiste BALZEAU and Gael LEDOUX (FRA) won the Tornado Youth World Championship.
Race 9 had nothing less than 19 boats black-flagged, including fleet leaders Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP), which, at that point, cost them the title. The Spanish team entered the last day of the Championship with eleven points separating them from second placed Leigh MCMILLAN and Will HOWDEN (GBR). The situation changed dramatically with the Spanish crew's black-flag, and the second place the British achieved in the race pushed MCMILLAN and HOWDEN 23 points ahead.

Toni RIVAS and Fabian ESCUDE (ESP) took the bullet in race nine with Hugh STYLES and Graham VIALS (GBR) third.

Saturday's conditions again were similar to Friday, with a seabreeze of eight to nine knots, but going into race ten, the wind dropped and race ten got underway in shifty and light winds and had to be cancelled once the breeze died completely.

ECHAVARRI and PAZ (ESP) put in a protest for redress as soon as they arrived onshore. They had evidence that they were actually not over the line in race nine. After a long hearing the Jury ruled them correct and they were granted the redress which put them back in first place and the accolade of Tornado World Champions.

'We were definitely not over the line and we were lucky enough to have evidence of that. We were being very, very careful and I wouldn't risk the title by doing such a mistake!! We have been training hard, we have been sailing well. It was time for a reward - we are the World Champions! Gee are we happy!!!' commented ECHAVARRI with a big smile on his face.

The Youth World Champions Baptiste BALZEAU and Gael LEDOUX (FRA) finished 26 overall in the fleet. 'It's very cool to be the Youth World Champions! Now our goal is to sail as well as the top guys!!!' concluded BALZEAU.

Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 ESP Fernando ECHAVARRI Anton PAZ 1 (36) 4 2 2 17 6 3 RDG 43.9
2 GBR Leigh MCMILLAN William HOWDEN 10 1 10 (15) 5 3 2 15 2 48
3 FRA Xavier REVIL Christophe ESPAGNON 7 7 17 8 3 9 3 22 (BFD) 76
4 GER Johannes POLGAR Florian SPALTEHOLZ 2 9 7 11 9 20 16 (42) 4 78
5 FRA Yann GUICHARD Alexandre GUYADER (23) 3 11 22 21 1 10 10 5 83
6 ARG Aaron MCINTOSCH Carlos ESPINOLA (48) 5 5 5 26 29 4 5 7 86
7 GRE Iordanis PASCHALIDES Konstantinos TRIGONIS 19 19 3 10 8 2 (32) 9 20 90
8 USA John LOVELL Charlie OGLETREE (35) 26 14 3 19 7 5 6 10 90
9 NED Mitch BOOTH Herbert DERCKSEN 3 (42) RDG 4 33 4 20 12 13 105.4
10 RUS Andrey KIRILYUK Valery USHKOV (36) 20 9 12 13 14 9 21 8 106
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Spain's Tornado World Champions:© Benoit Hervochon/AF Tornado
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