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5 September 2003, 03:46 pm
Champions Decided
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Soling European Championship
Lake Garda

Two last races were raced yesterday and a fifth and a third for were enough for Balazs GYENESETO (HUN) and his crew tosecure victory in the Championship, the second title for the Hungarian team after winning the Dino Shiesaro Trophy earlier this week.
Following him were two teams from Germany Roman KOCH won the first race of the day and then scored a second in the second race winning over the new 2003 World Master Champion Karl HEIST finishing the second place overall.

Fourth place went to the Westel's team, also from Hungary and fifth place went to Markus SCHNEEBERGER / Christian PANEK / Harry VETTERMANN from Austria.

There was some confusion in the first race of the day, as an early Ora had filled in meaning for once that the right hand side of the beat did not pay. The Signal-Iduna Team of Koch came conservatively up the middle of the beat and lead the fleet by two boats lengths in front of Urlesberger, Schneeberger and Cunha. Haist and Balazs were packed about tenth. Koch went away on the reaches and sailed his own race while the two Austrians had a really hard fight. At the end, Koch got his second bullet in a row by 3 minutes in front of Schneeberger. Urlesberger, Cunha and Balzs followed. Haist finished tenth and so Koch was back in the race for the title, but only with a little possibility to win.

The wind increases a bit for the last championship race, in puffs up to a force six. and so the last, exciting race got under way. Wossala got the best start and realised an early lead of 50 meters. Balazs, Cunha and Schneeberger followed. Koch was eighth at the weather mark after having a bad start. The first run closed the first 8 boats and after the second beat, the only change was Koch, who caught up to sixth. The triangle brought exciting reaches and Koch could close the gap to the leaders, so Wossala lead by 70 metres, followed by a very close 4 boat fleet about 200 meters in front of the rest. These 4 fought hard on the run and at the end they were separated by only 5 boat lengths. The last beat was again thrilling, because Koch worked his way from fifth to a clear second behind Wossala, which was not enough, because Balazs finished third, Cunha and Schneeberger following.

Haist BINSENSCHNUFFLER was the light weather man to beat, what was nearly impossible at the beginning, because he had the right nose for the tricky conditions, he also is now the new 2003 Master World Champion.

Many thanks to the club for perfect organization, the race committee for a great job and also the jury, especially Chris Simon, who introduced rule 42 in such a perfect way, that there were no troubles due to this point!!

Overall Top Ten

POS Nation Helmsman Middleman Bowman Total
1 HUN Balazs Gyenese Gyula Monus Caroly Vezer 16
2 GER Roman Koch Maxl Koch Gregor Bornemann 20
3 GER Karl Haist Jacob Carsten Daniel Diesing 27
4 HUN George Wossala Kovacsi Laszlo Pepe Nemeth 29
5 AUT Markus Schneeberger Christian Panek Harry Vettermann 30
6 SLO Bostjan Antoncic Gennadij Strakh Zeljko Perovic 38
7 BRA Renato Cunha Faria Marco Lagoa Daniel Santiago 39
8 AUT Franz Urlesberger Moser Udo Volker Moser 40
9 AUT Thomas Jacobowitz Miller Ulrich Bernard Kingler 46
10 USA Stuart Walker Chris Brown Doug Lousp 60
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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