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21 June 2008, 09:44 pm
Greeks PACHALIDES and TRIGONIS Win Tornado Europeans
Iordanis PACHALIDES and Kostas TRIGONIS
European Champions for the second year running, Iordanis PACHALIDES and Kostas TRIGONIS

Tornado European Championship 2008
Thessaloniki, Greece

Local heroes Iordanis PACHALIDES and Kostas TRIGONIS triumphed on their home waters to retain the ISAF Grade C1 Tornado European Championship title.
The Greeks were treated to horns and sirens from the spectators as the crossed the finish for the last time ahead of the French teams to seal victory.

Saturday was a tough final day on the water with top four all having there worst race on the final day.

Racing got underway after a postponement of 1 hour and 40 minutes on the water as the seabreeze was late to fill in and settle down. The first race of the day started in 6 knots of breeze and it proved to be more pressure on the right hand side of the course. Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT) led from the right corner with the Italians Francesco MARCOLINI and Edoardo BIANCHI in second place throughout the race.

The real interest was the battle between Iordanis PASCHALIDES and Konstantinos TRIGONIS (GRE), Yann GUICHARD and Alexandre GUYADER (FRA) and Billy BESSON and Arnaud JARLEGAN (FRA) who finished sixth, eighth and ninth respectively to bring the three crews within one point of the overall lead.

The second race of the day once again got away in 6 knots of breeze, minutes within the 16:00 final cut off.

The trend for the day seemed to be the right hand side of the course paying despite the left being better all week.

The top four on the score sheet found themselves on the left hand side of the course for the first upwind which was to play into the Greeks hands as they had the best drop race. The young German brothers Tino MITTELMEIER and Niko MITTELMEIER won the race followed by Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA (ARG). The Italians MARCOLINI and BIANCHI came in third.

In the fight for the European Championship the Greeks successfully defended the challenged from the French crews on the final lap to clinch victory.

PACHALIDES and TRIGONIS finished the regatta on 32 points, four ahead of GUICHARD and GUYADER, who beat their French team mates BESSON and JARLEGAN to the silver medal on countback. World #1 crew Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) were fourth, with MARCOLINI and BIANCHI rounding out the top five.

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