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4 December 2006, 03:48 pm
Opening Ceremony
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Tornado World Championship 2006
San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The opening ceremony of the ISAF Grade W Tornado World Championships has taken place in San Isidro, Argentina with representatives from each team opening their national flags.
A practice race will take place today 4 December with races scheduled to start tomorrow before the event wraps up with the closing ceremony and prize giving on Sunday 10 December.

52 teams from 19 nations are registered to compete in Argentina and the list inlcudes double Olympic gold medallistts Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT) and a plethora of past world champions in the class.

From 22-26 November the ISAF Grade C1 South American Championships took place as a warm up regatta. In a close run event, defending World Champions Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) by just five points from multiple world champions Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS). The South American title went to Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOL (ARG).

Top Ten Results - South American Championships
Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 ESP Fernando ECHAVARRI Anton PAZ 8 (14) 12 2 6 8 3 1 40
2 AUS Darren BUNDOCK Glenn ASHBY (10) 9 7 7 9 1 5 7 45
3 GER Johannes POLGAR Florian SPALTEHOLZ 6 4 11 6 2 (33) DNF 12 6 47
4 NED Mitch BOOTH Pim NIEUWENHIS 16 (33) DNF 9 5 7 4 6 2 49
5 GBR Rob WILSON Mark BULKELEY 15 22 (23) 8 1 3 1 3 53
6 ARG Santiago LANGE Carlos ESPINOLA 3 6 (33) OCS 11 10 9 7 11 57
7 FRA Olivier BACKES Paul SEVESTRE 1 (23) 22 9 4 16 14 13 79
8 GBR Andrew WALSH Edward BARNEY 17 20 (26) 3 13 10 13 5 81
9 NED Mischa HEEMSKERK Herbert DERCKSEN 4 25 24 (33) DNF 5 5 10 8 81
10 USA John LOVELL Charlie OGLETREE 5 (21) 20 15 8 11 15 12 86

For all the news on Tornado South American Championship CLICK HERE.

Patricia Kirschner (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Flags are raised at the opening ceremony © Event media
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