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25 August 2013, 10:42 am
Mulder and de Koning Are Nacra 17 European Champions
Mandy Mulder and Coen de Koning (NED) celebrate
Mandy Mulder and Coen de Koning (NED) celebrate

Nacra 17 European Championships
Lake Como, Italy

After a very exciting Medal Race Mandy Mulder and Coen de Koning (NED) have won the first Nacra 17 European Championship.
After some postponement because of a lack of wind the Medal Race for the top ten teams started at 14.30. The top four after twelve races were Francois Morvan and Marie Riou (FRA), Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger (SUI), Moana Valreaux and Manon Audinet (FRA) and in fourth place Mandy Mulder and Coen de Koning (NED) with just five points separating them.

In a light and shifty wind the world # 1 ranked team, Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT), won the Medal Race, with Mandy Mulder and Coen de Koning finishng second. In third place was Franck Cammas and Sophie de Turckheim (FRA) and with the overnight top three outside the leading group the leaderboard shuffle put the Dutch team on top.

Competing at the first event together, Mulder and de Koning have a strong background with Mulder competing in the women's match racing event in London 2012 and de Koning an F18 World Champion. Happy with their result the team had a difficult week inlcuding one lost protest and an OCS.

At Tuesday 20 August the first Nacra 17 European Championship started with 44 teams from 17 countries. The event is hosted by Centro Vela Dervio. For all competitors this was a very good sailing week to compete and learn a lot in this new challenging class. Within nine months the class and sailors are developing very fast and the number of boats worldwide is now already over 200. Lake Como was a perfect location to host this Nacra 17 European Championship. During the week it was excellent sailing weather with 13 races sailed.

Final Results - Top Ten
1 Mandy Mulder and Coen de Koning (NED) - 50 pts
2 Moana Valreaux and Manon Audinet (FRA) - 53
3 Francois Morvan and Marie Riou (FRA) - 55
4 Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT) - 58
5 Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger (SUI) - 61
6 Franck Cammas and Sophie de Turckhem (FRA) - 78
7 Elke Delnooz and Thijs Visser (NED) - 78
8 Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri (ITA) - 82
9 Euan McNicol and Lucinda Whitty (AUS) - 102
10 Iker Martinez de Lizarduy and Tara Pacheco (ESP) - 126

For all results and images see: www.nacra17class.com and www.centroveladervio.it

Edwin Lodder (As Amended by ISAF)
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