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4 August 2005, 01:05 pm
LUTZ Becomes First Female Champion In Nine Years
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Optimist World Championship 2005
Lake Silvaplana, Engadin, Switzerland

Tina LUTZ (GER) from the Chiemsee Yacht Club in Bavaria, Germany, is the 2005 International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) World champion. The 14 year old is only the third girl to win the Championship in its 43 year history and the first since Lisa WESTERHOF (NED) in 1996.
Last year in the very different conditions of Salinas, Ecuador she finished twelfth overall and first girl.

Today the race officer made four attempts to start race twelve but big shifts in the northerly wind caused him to abandon and at midday all further racing was cancelled.

Silver medallist Matthew SCOTT of Trinidad has an astonishing history. With no family background in sailing he went on a basic training course in September 2003 and qualified from a home fleet of less than 20 sailors for the 2004 Worlds. There, to the astonishment of all, he took seventh place. This year he has proved that that was no fluke.

Reigning championship Wei NI of China suffered two DSQs and could finish no better than 21st, but his compatriot Jianan WU showed the growing strength of Chinese sailing to take bronze.

Second girl was Daniela ZIMMERMANN (PER) in eighth place overall and the girls' bronze went to Karin ALKSTEDT (SWE).

Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm Group R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Pts
1 GER Tina LUTZ Green 10 2 1 7 2 3 2 (15) 1 (11) 2 30
2 TRI Matthew SCOTT Blue 4 12 3 4 3 3 (82) 3 7 (31) 5 44
3 CHN Jianan WU Yellow 2 8 2 21 1 1 10 3 (59) (82) 12 60
4 GER Philipp AUTENRIETH White 14 15 3 2 (23) 4 (27) 10 10 1 2 61
5 SWE Nicklas DACKHAMMER Blue 3 5 8 17 (46) 2 7 14 (20) 4 1 61
6 ESP Jorge Martinez DORESTE Red (34) 4 2 4 22 1 1 24 16 7 (47) 81
7 GER Julian AUTENRIETH Pink 7 9 12 (32) 10 12 2 (31) 15 7 10 84
8 PER Daniela ZIMMERMANN White 11 4 8 1 8 (59) (36) 6 7 10 31 86
9 SLO Jakob BOZIC Blue 16 (33) 12 3 13 8 6 15 (45) 3 15 91
10 BER Sean BOUCHARD Pink 21 2 26 12 7 5 17 2 4 (34) (50) 96
Robert Wilkes (As Amended By ISAF). Image, New Optimist World Champion Tina LUTZ leads the way:© Tim Wilkes
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