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5 August 2010, 11:06 am
Tallinn Yacht Club celebrates 100 Years Anniversary with Zoom8 World Championships in Lohusalu.
2010 Zoon8 World Championship
Noora Ruskola (FIN) Zoom8 Girls Worlds Winner

2010 Zoon8 World Championship
Lohusalu, Estonia

From 26-31 July the 2010 Zoom8 World Championships took place in Lohusalu, Estonia. The competition was particularly successful for Finland and Denmark but also of utmost importance to the organising country Estonia.
30 years ago the 1980 Olympic Regatta took place in Tallinn. The Zoom8 World Championships were one of the major events in Estonian sailing to celebrate the Olympic Regatta Jubilee.

In May 2010 the opening ceremony of Tallinn Yacht Club's new official home port near Tallinn Old Town took place. The same port belonged to Tallinn Yacht Club before the Second World War and the Soviet occupation. The new club house was built by Tallinn Yacht Club partner Port of Tallinn.

Another major event of the 100 Years Jubilee was the Zoom8 World Championships which took place in Lohusalu, having 129 young sailors from eight countries taking part.

On the first day of competition the conditions in Lohusalu were variable, meaning that the girls' third race had to be abandoned as the wind dropped under two knots. However, on the following days the sailing conditions were nearly perfect and the sailors could enjoy the races of world championships.

The Danes were successful in the qualification races, keeping the leadership both in the boys and girls fleets. Before the finals Anne Mette Laugensen and Carsten F. Faubel held the highest positsions. Elisabeth Smolka and Laura Schöffeger from Austria offered close competition to Laugensen whilst in the boys fleet the battle for top positions took place mainly between Faubel, his compatriot David Sander and Jerzy Bajko from Poland. At the beginning of the finals in windy Lohusalu, Victor Silen and Noora Ruskola from Finland also managed to join the leading groups.

On the last day of competition the Dane Carsten F. Faubel who had performed remarkably well since the first race of the championship, proved to be the most powerful amongst the boys fleet to win the World Champion title. Silver went to Victor Silen from Finland and the bronze medal belongs to Alexander Shelting from Russia.

In the girls fleet the gold was won by Finn Noora Ruskola, Helene Mjelde Gjerde from Norway ended the championship with a second place and Hanna Johansson from Sweden achieved a third place.

The best Estonians were Kristo Õunap with a seventh place in boys fleet and Kätlin Tammiste with an eleventh place in girls fleet.

Fierce competition, windy weather conditions and the strong will of young sailors made the Zoom8 World Championships an exciting competition which helped to render such an important year for both Estonia and Tallinn Yacht Club even more memorable.

The Zoom8 World Championships were organised by Tallinn Yacht Club in cooperation with Estonian Zoom8 Assocition and International Zoom8 Class Association.

Additional information, official results, photos and videos are available on website www.tjk.ee/zoom8

World Championships results:
Boys
1. Carsten F. Faubel (DEN), Sejlklubben Neptun Vejle/FS, Nett 26.0
2. Victor Silen (FIN), NJK, Nett 29.0
3. Alexander Shelting (RUS), RussianSea, Lider, Nett 50.0
Girls
1. Noora Ruskola (FIN), NJK, Nett 49.0
2. Helene Mjelde Gjerde (NOR), Hjellestad Seilforening, Nett 54.0
3. Hanna Johansson (SWE), RASS, Nett 62.0
Mari-Liis Ahven (as amended by ISAF)
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