Starker Wind (bis zu 30 Knoten) und hohe Wellen (bis zu 2,5 Meter) prägten die Soling Weltmeisterschaft vom 21. – 27. September im französischen La Baule an der Atlantikküste.
37 Mannschaften aus 12 Nationen stellten sich den herausfordernden Bedingungen, zumal es nach drei Monaten ohne einen Tropfen Niederschlag drei verregnete Tage gab…
Dr. Martin Zeileis (BYC) segelte mit Peter Hall und Scott Mc Neil (CAN 225) als Mittelmann. Dies funktionierte sehr gut. In der letzten von zehn Wettfahrten rutschte die Crew zwar noch vom Podest auf den 4. Platz – die Leistung war aber trotzdem in Ordnung…ISA Präsident Michael Dietzel, mit seiner Tochter Anna (beide BYC) und Simon Zeh in den Gurten, beendete die Serie auf dem soliden 13. Platz.
Ergebnisse Soling-Weltmeisterschaft: http://www.soling.com/worlds/2019/ShowResults.
Text und Fotobeschaffung: Dr. med. Martin Zeileis
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HUN 11 World Champion at his Odd Numbers
The 2019 Soling World Championship finally conclude once more with great winds from the SouthWest, just a bit more rain that gave a rest in the afternoon allowing for a relaxing prize giving ceremony after a controlled chaos while lifting the fleet out of the water.
Litkey Farkas, Kristoff Joo and Peter Nemeth from team HUN 11 were crowned World Champions the fourth time to Farkas (13,15,17,19) after the last race placing during the day a 7th and a second enough to keep the lead ahead BRA 78 team Equilibrium with Nelson Ilha, Manfredo Floricke and Cuca Ilha who had a great day with a bullet and a third place.
In Third came FIN 46 wit Ekki Heinonen, Gabor Helmhout and Ties Verploeg who also had a great dayfinishing 4th and taking the other bullet of the day.
The racing during the week was tuff, with great surfing, a few incidents amongst boats, and mainly equipment failures who dismasted two Solings, plus many other many little things that will force owners look into the winter to prepare their boats for the next season.
The YCLB honored François Gombeaud with the Gert Bakker Trophy for his outstanding contribution to the French Soling Class and the event organization, off course with the help of his wife Anne-Isabelle who not only worked for the event, but also where host and sightseeing organizer for the sailorâ€™s wives.
The Classic trophy once donated by class secretary and awarded to the best placed team sailing in a boat built before January 1st 1980 was NED 49 with Han Van Veen, Nicky van Zon and Julian Hofman sailing the pink boat.
Tony Clare trophy for the best placed Woman was awarded to Eleanor Craig(19) sailing at USA 853 with Matias Collins and Robert Mountain, Ellie the first British citizen to win the throphy since donated by former ISA President Tony Clare from the UK.
The Grand Master bowl was awarded to CAN 225 with Peter Hall, Martin Zeileis and Scott McNeil
And a special trophy donated by the Bouetâ€™s family was awarded to the runner up the event BRA 78.
There were no young helm at this event, therefore the Paul Elvstrom trophy will wait for a contender next 2020 in Miwlaukee. During the week It was the perfect wind for the youngs, they could feel the 1 Ton Soling behave like a 470 or other dinghie, responsive, fast, surfer and extreme but very .. very powerful .
The 2019 Soling World Championship is supported by Pays de la Loire, FFvoile, Decatlon.