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15 February 2010, 12:00 pm
Germany Wins Soling World Title
Roman Koch, Maxl Koch and Gregor Bornemann
The German team of Roman Koch, Maxl Koch and Gregor Bornemann, 2010 World Champions

Soling World Championship 2010
Porto Alegre, Brazil

The German Marinepool team GER 300 Roman Koch, Maxl Koch and Gregor Bornemann won the 2010 Soling Worlds at Veleiros do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The German sailors celebrated with cheers and hugs as they crossed the finish line first on the last race. As well as becoming 2010 World Champions, Roman Koch, Maxl Koch and Gregor Bornemann (GER) celebrated their entry into the select double Soling World Champions' club. From the beginning they showed great consistency in the race area and remained out front throughout the competition. The four victories out of nice were a fundamental part of their route to the title. The Argentinean Edding team ARG 32 of Gustavo Warburg, Hernan Celedoni and Maximo Smith finished second overall with the bronze medal going to Brazilians BRA 40 of Cícero Hartmann, Flávio Quevedo and André Renard.

"It was an amazing championship," said two times World Champion Roman Koch. "Mainly this last race. Today, we faced fair conditions with a perfect wind and everything has helped us. The race was technical and in some moments we were side by side with Gustavo's crew. The victory came for details. I believe we were precise and hit more than the others. We counted on our luck and when you work well, luck helps you, so we were with her today."

On Friday there was only one race and as expected, it was a private battle between teams from Germany and Argentina.

From the starting line their boats stood side by side. The Germans showed great control and sailed a calculated race with the result that Warburg saw his opportunity to become a three-time Soling World Champion postponed for at least another year.

"Earlier we got disqualified so that forced us to be more cautious, without being able to venture into racing. Koch is a good sailor and knew how to take advantage of the opportunities. We had high standards competition here.

"In the last race he scored and we could not do much", said Warburg, 2001 and
2004 World Champion.

Brazilians Hartmann, Quevedo and Renard finished in third overall and were the most regular Brazilian crew in the competition.

"We got to the final with a slight chance of winning the title, but we knew it would be very difficult. We were psychologically prepared and also got new equipment for the boat. Using government's athlete support we bought new sheets and improved the boat.

"The championship had well qualified sailors. I think I missed a bit of boldness in certain races. But in general it was good," said Cícero, World Championship runner up in 2007.

On Friday there was a south wind of 20 km/h. The top three in the last race were the same as they were overall. The 2010 Soling World Championship was contested by 20 crews from Brazil, Germany, Argentina, United States and Great Britain.

Closing Ceremony: In the evening the sailors and guests went to the awards ceremony which took place outdoors, in front of the VDS marina.

Twice World Champion and International Soling Class VP, Roman Koch thanked VDS for hosting the event, mentioning that this was one of the best championship of which he has participated in 40 years of competition. Then VDS Commodore Augusto César Streppel talked about the satisfaction of having hosted another Worlds, and thanked the sailors who had competed and the club members who contributed to the event success. Trophies were handed to the five best crews in the championship, and also five other special awards were given. A dinner closed the championship.

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Matias Collins (As Amended By ISAF)
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