Fantastic racing on the last day of the Tornado World Championship in Travemunde, Germany
The Greeks Iordanis Paschalides and Konstantinos Trigonis were the stars of the day with three brilliant bullets but unfortunately it was not enough to pass the Germans on the scoreboard. They finished a mere one point behind to secure second place overall. Third place went to the German brothers Helge Sach
and Jens-Christian Sach
in the 50 boat fleet.
The wind started light and remained so for the first race of the day but the Race Officer held the boats until the wind built before starting the second race. Greeks Paschalides and Trigonis were on fire but the German couple Roland Gaebler
and Nahid Gaebler
were always close behind.
In the third race the wind swung by 40 degrees but the Race Officer was still able to continue by changing the course. By the end of the race the wind had filled in, blowing 25 knots, accompanied by rain. There was some great high speed downwind action on the last leg with some competitors recording their best results.
(GBR) was a great example, having picked up a crew who had never sailed a Tornado before, jumping onboard at the last minute to finish third. There was a massive cheer from John and Lucas as they crossed the line. Lucas said, "It is the first time I have sailed a Tornado and it's a really cool boat."
There were two mixed teams in the top ten which is great to see and both were flying on the final days racing!
, one of the mixed teams from Germany said "For me helming the Tornado is not so hard, it's fast and it's fun".
The team finished seventh overall.
2010 World Champions Roland and Nahid Gaebler shared their excitement with us:
"First of all we were very happy to see so many Tornados here. The Tornado is back on the track. We are still missing the presence of some nations, but the numbers are surely going up!"
"We could feel a new spirit in our class and highly motivated sailors who want to see the Tornado back at the Olympics. How amazing is it that the youngest competitor was 15 years old and the oldest 72!"
"We have been sailing together for over a year and to beat one of the best Olympic teams (Greeks Paschalides and Trigonis) was a real challenge for us. Never mind that we had winds between 6 and 25 knots! We have been married since 1992 and now sailing together on the Tornado plus winning a World Title is unbelievable. We are so happy!"
This is the first time in Tornado history that a mixed team has won a World title.
Thank you to Manroland for sponsoring the event and providing the sailors with such a great event.
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