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23 September 2002, 10:33 am
Russians Win Championship
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Snipe European Championship
Anzio

The Snipe Europeans took place in Anzio from 15-20 September at Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo. Held in Alternate years with the World Championship, the winners after a hard fought series were Alexey KRYLOV & Evgenyi RYZHOKOV from Russia.
The Snipe Europeans took place in Anzio from 15-20 September at Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo. Held in Alternate years with the World Championship, the winners after a hard fought series were Alexey KRYLOV & Evgenyi RYZHOKOV from Russia.

51 boats from 11 nations started to race on Monday 16th with the south-easterly scirocco wind of about 12 Knots decreasing during the race. The race committee opted for Windward/leeward course. After the first round, the top mark was repositioned after a consistent shift to the right. The first four boats made a mistake going to the the old mark: Birger Jansen (NOR) with Cecilia de Faire, the former European Champion, were very smart gaining the lead of the fleet and won; second was his teammate Ulrik Sandvig with Steffen Skoenberg and third the Spanish team Palacio Pumariega.

For the second day of racing the weather was rainy. The lack of wind forced competitors to wait until the late afternoon for the second race. It was a very difficult race with a light north-easterly wind of 4 knots and long waves. The light, shifting breeze made sailing decisions challenging. Bart Janssens and Eva Jacobs (BEL) dominated, second was Spanish Rayco Tabarez and Mariano De Leon, third was Alexey Krylov and Evgenyi Ryzhokov (RUS). The Belgians Janssen-Jacobs led the series, ahead of Birger Jansen (NOR) and the Italian Champions, the Solerios brothers.

The lack of wind forced the Race Committee to postpone the races of day three. Finally at 3 pm a light breeze coming from southwest allowed the start of another windward-leeward course. Strong current and many shifts made the race very difficult. Negrin-Martin, national champions of Spain, captured the race ahead of Pons-Cavaller, also from Spain, and the Russians Krylov-Rizokov, who finished the day second overall after the Belgians Janssen-Jacobs. The wind increase for the second race up to 10 knots. After a general recall and a Z flag the fleet started for another windward-leeward course. Pons-Cavaller took the race, followed by the Danish champions Ullmann-Hyttel.

2 races were attempted on Thursday. The wind was blowing again from the south east at 10 knts. The race comittee chose a windward/leeward course. The sea was choppy and testing to sail with small wind shifts on both sides of the course. The fleet was very tight and postions could be lost or gained easily. After one general recall race five got underway. The spanish team of Bosh/Mora sailed well to win the race followed by Janssens/Jacobs, sailing very fast in those particular conditions. Forslund/Trettenes were third, Pons/Cavaller fourth and Solerios fifth. The russians Krylov/Ryzhykov were able to manage to score 6th and keep the top of score.

The winners of race 6 were the Russians, this result strongly increased their lead in the overall rankings. Forslund/Trettenes were able to play an excellent first downwind leg that allowed them to cross the line in second place that they kept for all the time. Solerios was third followed by local crew Paolillo/Cristofori who sailed an excellent championship. Palacio/Pumariega scored fifth.

On Friday, scheduled racing was abandoned due to the risk of storms, and competitors returned to shore. This left the Russian pair as Snipe European Champions in 2002.
Pietro Fantoni/ISAF News Editor
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