Bekkering and Bocker Claim 29er Europeans
Medals decided at the 29er European Championship
29er European Championship
Sant Pere Pescador, Spain
Annemiek Bekkering and Kaj Bocker of the Netherlands never relinquished their lead to win the 2010 29er European Championship in a competitive fleet of over 100 boats.
and Kaj Böcker
commented, "When we came in from racing this morning we had broken the pin attaching our vang. We were trying to fix it and worried about getting it done before needing to go back out for a fourth race. When we saw the flags go up indicating we wouldn't race any more we were so relieved!"
The team has been sailing 29ers since 2005, but only been sailing together this year.
and Glenn Gouron
of France finished second and said "This was a good regatta for us. We started sailing 49ers and switched back to the 29ers one month ago. The regatta had a great atmosphere and good conditions. The tactics and strategy in the 49er are the same as the 29er, so that has made it easy for us to move up. Coming back to the 29er after the 49er is easier, but different. The 29er is a great training boat for the 49er."
Ida Marie Baad
and Marie Thusgaard of Denmark sailed into 3rd in the Gold fleet and are also the top female and youth team.
A number of the competitors at this championship will now travel to the ISAF Youth Worlds in Istanbul to race in the Open category in pursuit of more championship glory.
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All photos for this event can be viewed at: http://photos.friedbits.com/201029ereuropeanchampionship