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12 August 2003, 02:45 pm
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European Champions

11 Metre European Championship
Strömstad

The 2003 11:metre One-Design European champion has been decided. Arne SJÖBERG and Team TackTick (SWE) dominated the remainder of the championships counting only firsts and seconds.
The Swedish ex-Corel 45 team of IMEK driven by Andreas EMMOTH took second place through a consistent string of top-four places.

The battle for third was however tougher with a number of boats fighting it out during the last day. Among them, the Norwegian team of Torgeir PETERSEN that earlier in the week won the International Swedish Championships.

During the Europeans with the helmsman plagued by illness and high fever they still managed to take the third through a decisive victory in the final race.

Also the top Norwegian boat lead by Terje WANG was in contention for the bronze spot after winning the last race of Friday and after placing second in the first race of the final day. A race that was eventually abandoned when the jury did not approve of a course shortening.

The final race day saw the lightest winds of the whole week and with the long courses dictated by the very deep fjord, time was running out for the days first race. The course was shortened in a way not approved by the Jury and was discarded. Only One race was finally managed to by completed during the day.

The championships in Strömstad, Sweden, cannot be regarded as anything else but a great success. Whether dominated by a high-pressure zone with sunshine and, although light, consistent winds. The courses where perfectly set on the very beautifully fjord outside Strömstad where One had to duck for the occasional seal in the water. Thirty boats from six nations proves that the original and best sports-boat, the 11:metre One-Design, still is in it providing great sailing and racing. See you all in 2004 for the Worlds in Sydney and the Europeans in Medemblik, Holland.

Full results are available on the class website at the address below.

Place Nat Helmsman 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 SWE Arne Sjöberg 1 2 1 1 1 -4 2 8
2 SWE Andreas Emmoth 4 1 3 4 2 -5 4 18
3 NOR Torgeir Pedersen 7 4 (DSQ) 3 8 3 1 26
4 SWE Martin Steen -11 6 2 2 7 6 5 28
5 NOR Terje Wang 6 3 7 -14 5 1 10 32
6 SWE Markus Larsson 5 5 8 5 3 -13 7 33
7 NOR Morten Kjellås 2 (OCS) 6 13 15 2 6 44
8 SWE Mathias Steininger 10 10 10 (ZFP) 6 8 3 47
9 NOR Erling Landsvaerk 3 16 5 -18 4 16 9 53
10 NOR Kristian Faeste 9 7 11 9 -21 9 14 59
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF News Editor)
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