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17 April 2006, 08:04 am
Close Fight For Victory
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Soling South American Championship
Argentina

The last day of the 26th Soling South American Championship started sunny and cold with a 22 knot breeze, 38 knots of gusts and shifts of 30 degrees. The first race course with a double triangle and a windward/leeward sausage in between saw the Solings flying and crews working really hard to control the boats.
The race was a close fight from the start for the title between the three first in the overall positions Dofour team with Gustavo WARBURG, Hernan CELEDONI and Maximo SMITH (ARG) in a tie with Pastaaciutta team with Martin BUSCH, Marcelo TUFAROLO and Maximo FELDTMANN (ARG) and from Brazil the Vipal-Rage team with George NEHM, Marcos RIBEIRO and Lucio RIBEIRO.
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Big breeze on the final day
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The victory came to the Vipal-Rage team complicating more the situation for the leaders followed by Dofour and Pastaaciutta. At the same race the fourth and fifth position put USA 807 with COLLINS, EZCURRA, MORILLO in a better position to fight against Shoselin team with DESPONTIN, NOCETI, SASSO both finished the one in 4th and 5th.

The second race a windward/leeward course with even more wind again was dominated by Vipal-Rage team and again Dofour team in second and Pasta Aciutta team in third. Next with Santiago NOTTEBOHM, Lucas TUMULTY and Lucas CARISSIMI team finished fourth and with a bad race for both USA807 and Shoselin team now joined the fight for fourth place.

The third race another windward/leeward saw a big wind decrease but kept the gusts making it very difficult to race.

To the left USA807 and Shoselin team took the lead of the competition, but in the end the race went to the Shoselin team followed by USA807 and in a close battle behind them the 2006 South American Champions the Dofour team with Gustavo WARBURG, Hernan CELEDONI and Maximo SMITH who in the last run managed to pass by one length the Vipal-Rage team with George NEHM, Marcos PINTO RIBEIRO and Lucio PINTO RIBEIRO. Pasta Aciutta with Martin BUSCH, Marcelo TUFAROLO and Maximo FELDTMANN held their position in third and Shoselin team with Pablo DESPONTIN, Pablo NOCETI and Ezequiel SASSO held onto fourth by only one point over USA807 with Matias COLLINS, Andres EZCURRA, Fernando M. MORILLO.

The prize giving ceremony was held at a gala dinner inside the Club Nautico San Isidro with more than 150 people where prizes were presented and awarded , and sailors and friends enjoyed the food offered by the event sponsors Vines FAMILIA ZUCCARDI, NISSAN, EVE, AUDEMARS PIGUET And STELLA ARTOIS.

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