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4 November 2013, 10:37 am
German And British Crews Take Eurocup 29er Honours
Jasper Steffens and Tom Lennart Braukmann
Jasper Steffens and Tom Lennart Braukmann

Euro Cup 29er
Riva del Garda, Italy

There waqs non stop action at Riva del Garda for the final leg of the 29er Eurocup organised by Fraglia Vela Riva with 14 races completed in all types of wind conditions.
The leaders remained unchanged from the day prior with victory going to 17 year old Germans Jasper Steffens and Tom Lennart Braukmann with a 9 point lead over Gillies Munro and Daniel Harris (GBR). A splendid third place went to Ganapathy Kelapanda and Varun Thakkar of India competing for the first time on Lake Garda, Trentino. In the women's category Ruth Allan and Alice Masterman (GBR) made a final push to overtake Carla and Marta Munte Carrasco of Spain who suffered the most in the medium-strong winds.

You couldn't have asked for a better way to close the 2013 season at Fraglia Vela Riva. A season in which the Riva club hosted world renowned regattas including The Garda Optimist Meeting (a Guinness World Record for the largest single-class regatta in the world), The World Optimist Championships (with a record number of 60 nations taking part) as well as other top events for various sailing classes for a total of close to 100 days of actual regattas. To bring to a close this sailing season 2013, Fraglia Vela Riva organised the eighth and last leg of the 29er Eurocup, the European tour for juvenile doubles preparing for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17. It was an outstanding conclusion and given that the winds at this time of year aren't as predictable as they are in summer, the maximum number of races were completed for a total of 14 altogether in light winds sustained in the last 2 days of competition (with gusts of up to 20 knots on Sunday).

There was much appreciation for all Fraglia Vela Riva's technical staff on water and land , who together with the regatta committee, put to good use the hours of wind on each day. In the past four years the 29er Eurocup has evolved considerably with a rejuvenated fleet which has grown numerically and technically, so much so that the 20 knot winds on the last day of competition didn't create any problems for the youngsters (13 to 17-18 years) who never once asked for assistance or recovery.

The event saw a turning point after the first ten races when the Spanish crew of Tania Bonilla and Marc Chapon, who had initially started off very well, committed a series of errors in the tenth race. The lead was consequently taken over by Munro and Harris, who finished second overall and then by Steffens and Lennart Braukmann who were able to hold on to the lead right up until the end with a series of steady partials. After a great come back third place was taken by Kelapanda and Thakkar. They had risked, however to lose it in the final as only one point separated them from Mimi El Khazindar and Ben Batten (GBR) in fourth place. They were first in the final race.

Final Results
Elena Giolai
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