2001 Europeans - Malcesine, Italy

Euroepan Championships 2001 - Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy



1
GRE 6
Emilios Papathanasioo
1
6
11
3
1
9
1
33
32
2
GBR 6
Andrew Simpson
8
4
12
1
22
3
6
4
38
3
FRA 1
Xavier Rohart
11
11
1
7
3
29
11
2
46
4
CRO 11
Karlo Kuret
17
12
13
2
2
1
5
26
52
5
FRA 17
Pascal Rambeau
3
7
8
9
20
10
3
12
52
6
BEL 7
Sebastien Godefroid
6
1
15
5
5
22
20
1
53
7
POL 17
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
2
5
3
11
8
24
16
9
54
8
ESP 100
Rafael Trujillo
27
2
2
31
7
4
18
8
68
9
GER 79
Michael Fellmann
12
3
5
21
6
35
23
17
87
10
GBR 541
Chris Brittle (Jun)
9
17
ocs
20
17
21
7
10
101
11
ITA 71
Massimo Gherarducci
10
48
16
33
16
8
2
19
104
12
CZE 1
Michael Maier
33
13
24
8
14
7
25
15
106
13
DEN 7
Holm Soren
5
25
4
17
35
5
21
ocs
112
14
ITA 15
Michele Marchesini
24
42
25
27
27
2
12
6
123
15
SWE 7
Kristian Aderman (Jun)
15
22
22
12
9
17
26
34
123
16
NED 701
Martijn Van Muyden
dnf
14
33
43
4
14
10
7
125
17
NED 785
Jaap Zielhuis
19
8
36
30
13
18
24
14
126
18
FRA 11
Mathieu Deplanque
14
18
ocs
14
25
47
8
3
129
19
POL 12
Waclaw Szukiel
28
20
28
6
28
15
14
24
135
20
GBR 15
Charlie Cumbley (Jun)
39
15
19
28
24
6
dsq
16
147
21
NED 765
Stefan De Vries (Jun)
20
28
7
4
11
62
dnf
20
152
22
SUI 471
Christoph Burger
4
9
14
39
10
ocs
56
29
161
23
FRA 7
Sylvain Chtounder
32
31
ocs
26
55
12
4
5
165
24
CZE 19
Jiri Hyza
36
40
10
22
29
46
9
25
171
25
GRE 1
George Kontogouris (Jun)
18
26
18
10
37
61
43
21
173
26
BEL 2
Philippe Rogge
37
63
26
19
19
19
31
27
178
27
USA 1176
Greg Skidmore
21
30
dnf
36
38
11
30
13
179
28
GBR 567
Dan Dixon
41
33
23
24
26
32
29
18
185
29
ESP 107
Agustin Juarez
31
27
27
45
15
20
38
32
190
30
GER 81
Jan-Dietmar Dellas
58
21
9
13
18
13
72
61
193
31
CZE 9
Michal Hruby
7
38
39
42
21
34
35
23
197
32
GBR 577
Dave Mellor
46
35
21
15
32
25
46
28
202
33
GRE 12
Apostolos Karnoujsos
54
39
17
23
31
38
44
22
214
34
USA 1161
Mo Hart
26
23
34
34
49
23
37
44
221
35
GBR 550
Ian Clingan
13
10
37
46
12
ocs
53
52
223
36
AUT 271
Florian Raudaschl
53
54
20
49
41
16
19
31
229
37
UKR 21
Sergey Kotov (Jun)
29
41
45
32
44
50
22
36
249
38
EST 8
Taveter Imre
25
34
dnf
37
34
27
36
56
249
39
BRA 100
Mauricio Bueno
40
52
31
41
36
37
34
30
249
40
GRE 11
Tristos Cifionas
16
29
35
50
50
ocs
27
51
258
41
POL 7
Rafal Szukiel
38
43
41
38
30
36
40
35
258
42
TUR 7
Akif Muslubas
34
19
38
25
68
49
dsq
40
273
43
ITA 20
Luigi Masturzo
51
50
30
52
23
31
59
38
275
44
AUT 7
Michael Gubi
45
44
32
29
39
52
51
39
279
45
RUS 7
Vladislav Kapitonov (Jun)
49
46
46
55
45
45
15
46
292
46
DEN 1
J. Hogh-Christensen (Jun)
73
24
40
51
63
dnf
41
11
303
47
IRL 10
Aaron O'Grady (Jun)
30
45
48
35
47
65
45
55
305
48
GBR 13
John De Leeuw
23
49
52
54
57
71
17
54
306
49
GBR 1
Sander Kooy
42
47
49
16
54
63
39
77
310
50
NED 2
Boet Brinkgreve
48
36
50
48
46
70
63
41
332
51
IRL 5
Youen Jacob
69
57
29
40
42
75
54
48
339
52
SLO 5
Vincec Gasper (Jun)
35
37
54
dnf
60
dns
13
57
348
53
POL 13
Michal Rumszewicz (Jun)
44
51
60
58
58
41
dnf
37
349
54
GBR 537
Adam Cowling
50
53
55
61
56
57
32
47
350
55
ITA 82
Roberto Bosetti
dnc
dnc
42
53
33
42
52
53
367
56
EST 15
Janno Hocl (Jun)
67
75
59
47
53
51
28
64
369
57
NED 771
Bastian Kort
62
64
62
66
67
43
48
42
387
58
GBR 51
Phil Laycock
57
62
43
64
43
56
67
dnf
392
59
NED 761
Cees Scheurwater
72
65
61
67
78
54
33
45
397
60
NED 766
Ewout Meyer
65
58
57
69
75
33
47
75
404
61
GER 266
Michael Eller
78
60
44
59
70
55
49
68
405
62
NED 667
Sander E. Willems (Jun)
82
56
69
62
74
26
60
59
406
63
ESP 290
Diego Fructuoso (Jun)
60
59
51
78
48
dnf
65
49
410
64
ITA 1
Luca Devoti
22
16
6
dnf
dnc
dnc
dnc
dnc
412
65
ITA 52
Franco Martinelli
55
61
65
56
66
48
70
70
421
66
NED 779
Hein-Pieter Okker
47
32
dnf
dnf
40
28
dnf
dnf
423
67
POL 40
Robert Potczynski
52
66
70
60
dnf
59
62
60
429
68
HUN 1
Tibor Pallay
75
55
71
63
72
69
42
63
435
69
GRE 7
Agglos Boubouras (Jun)
63
68
72
79
81
44
64
50
440
70
NED 757
Robert Eduard De Jong
dnf
dnf
ocs
44
51
40
55
69
443
71
GER 165
Dirk Meid
77
70
67
75
52
66
61
58
449
72
USA 1163
Emil De Balthazar
61
69
75
70
61
64
58
66
449
73
GER 27
Matthias Wolff (Jun)
76
79
56
72
71
67
50
62
454
74
GBR 8
Tim Carver
88
dnf
ocs
18
dnf
30
dsq
43
455
75
SUI 456
Nick Benz
43
78
58
73
64
73
74
81
463
76
GER 19
Andreas Bollongino
66
83
53
74
62
53
79
76
463
77
DEN 181
Moses Lovstad
56
73
73
68
83
39
73
dnf
465
78
NED 772
Richard Tobe
68
84
66
65
73
77
57
67
473
79
ESP 260
Victor Serrano
64
81
74
76
69
60
68
65
476
80
GER 92
Detlev Guminski
70
76
78
82
65
58
dsq
71
500
81
GER 48
Manfred Poeschl
59
67
64
dnf
59
dnf
dsq
73
506
82
EST 5
Lauri Linkolm (Jun)
79
86
47
57
80
79
dnf
79
507
83
GER 121
Thomas Finke (Jun)
85
77
63
71
82
68
80
74
515
84
ITA 27
Andrea Bianchi
71
72
68
77
76
78
76
84
518
85
CZE 120
Denis Froehlich (Jun)
74
71
76
80
84
76
66
80
523
86
HUN 21
Peter Sipos
80
82
77
81
77
72
78
78
543
87
ITA 88
Maria Giugni Umberto
84
74
dnf
dnf
79
80
71
72
552
88
HUN 27
Bence Sipos (Jun)
86
87
79
83
85
74
75
82
564
89
ITA 75
Jacopo Bianchi
81
80
81
84
dnf
dnf
77
83
578
90
EST 1
Idnurm Juhan
83
85
80
85
dnf
dnf
69
85
579
91
GER 12
David Guminski (Jun)
87
88
82
86
dnf
dnf
81
86
602
 
 
 

Europeans 2001 Report

 

 

The 2001 Finn European Championships was sailed at Malcesine on Lake Garda, Italy and organised by Fraglia Vela Malcesine. Emilios Papathanasiou, after winning the Riva Cup last March, confirmed he is the King of the Lake by taking his first major championship win in fine style. Equally impressively Chris Brittle took the Junior title.

 

 

A record fleet of 91 boats competed in the 2001 Finn European Championship at Malcesine, on the Eastern shore of Lake Garda, Italy. After three days of strict measurement and a practice race, racing took place between Monday June 28th and Saturday July 7th, with nine races scheduled.

 

 

With 24 countries represented and most of the best Finn sailors present, the competition promised to be of the highest level. Mateusz Kusznierewicz was looking to defend his title against many strong opponents. The 2001 Finn Junior European championship title would also be disputed. 2000 winner, Charlie Cumbley would face 19 other Juniors.

 

 

Emilios sets the pace

 

A perfect day on Garda Lake with a nice and constant breeze from the southern end of the lake allowed for the first two races of the championship to be completed. Despite a rather short course (45 minutes in the first race and 55 minutes in the second) and a crowded bottom mark, the 2001 Finn European Championship started with two highly competitive races.

 

 

Emilios Papathanasiou took the lead in the first race after an impressive start at the pin end of the line. Tacking to the left and leading at the top mark, the Greek increased his lead to win the first race quite easily in front of Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Pascal Rambeau. In 4th position was Swiss sailor and sailmaker, Christoph Burger, followed by Soren Holm. The young Dane, 3rd in Kiel is a newcomer in the class after only three months in the Finn.

 

 

After a similar start, Rafael Trujillo took the lead of the second race before being caught up by Sebastien Godefroid on the run. The 1996 Silver Medallist conserved his lead to win the race in front of 'Rafa'. "It will be a very difficult regatta to win. Speed being the most important factor, and tactics very predictable," declared Sebastien Godefroid.

 

 

Perfect sailing

 

What could make a Finn sailor more happy than a big fleet, a long and even starting line, 19 knots of a steady and very faithful southerly wind (it always come at the same time, everyday at around 1 pm!!), 30 degrees, sun, clear blue water...and the breathtaking scenery offered by the steep mountains surrounding Lago di Garda!

 

 

After a few general recalls, racing finally started at 2 pm. The pin end of the line was once again very favoured and places highly fought for. Xavier, Mateusz and Emilios started to the left. The best start went to Estonian Imre Taveter who jumped out in front of Mateusz as the starting gun went. Unfortunately for Imre, his speed could not compete with the Polish bullet who passed him within the first few minutes. The first third of the beat saw half of the fleet tacking two meters from the rocks and the sunbathing spectators...sailing is surely a spectator sport in Lake Garda!

 

 

Soren Holm surprised everyone by once again leading the fleet around the first three marks. Soren is surely the fastest learner in the Finn history! The young Dane battled hard to stay in the top of the fleet and finished in 4th. Rafael Trujillo, Finn training partner until 1996 and Ex-Star crew for Jose Maria Van der Ploeg in Sydney, moved into the lead on the second beat. He kept his lead until the last beat when Xavier finally passed him to win the race. Rafael managed to stay ahead of Mateusz to finish second.

 

 

Bart takes race four

 

The second race of the day proved to be the most difficult of the regatta. The wind had weakened to 10 knots and the left side was no longer favoured. Andrew Simpson won the race just in front of Karlo Kuret after a tough battle around the course. Emilios who was first at the top mark finished in third place. "It was quite a tricky race," confided Andrew Simpson. "The wind seemed to be more spread out than previously and I chose to start near the committee boat. I stayed in the middle and then repeated the same on the second beat. That's where I passed Emilios who had gone more to the left of the course. Karlo was always behind me and I had to try hard not to let him pass me."

 

 

Stefan de Vries finished 4th in the last race of the day to lead the juniors in 10th place overall. Emilios was still leading the Championship on equal points (21) with Mateusz. Andrew "Bart" Simpson was 3rd on 25 points. Tired but happy by two great races, the sailors were welcomed once on shore by a well deserved Pasta and beer party provided by event sponsor, Hasseroder and Bolla.

 

 

Second win for Emilios

 

Garda Lake can offer every kind of sensations from the most exciting to the least! The conditions the next day, with a constant southerly wind peaking to 15 knots in the first race and weakening to eight in the second race, were most predictable. The race was won on the start as there was no chance to play tactically and come back on the following legs. Despite some pressure to the right of the course, a strong current prevented any incursions on this side. Automatically, sailors headed to the left of the course, as far as the rocky coast could allow. In the first race, Karlo Kuret gained the lead by tacking the furthest away on the left side in one of the little bay boarding the Lake. He led until the leeward mark when Emilios just succeeded in breaking the overlap. Emilios won the race with Karlo second and Xavier Rohart 3rd, passing Martijn van Muyden on the line.

 

 

Karlo's revenge

 

Karlo was not happy to lose his chance of winning the race so he had just to repeat the same operation in race five to win it, this time without being troubled by anyone. Karlo crossed the finish line nearly two minutes in front of local sailor Michele Marchesini who was welcomed like a hero by his club friends! Third place went to Andrew Simpson.

 

 

Third win for Emilios

 

By winning his third race of the Championship, Emilios Papathanasiou, confirmed his chances of winning the 2001 European Title. All the favourites started at the pin end except for Karlo, Pascal Rambeau and Massimo Gherarducci who took a good start 50 meters from the left end. They went directly to the left side on the beach. Emilios Papathanasiou who had started as usual the closest to the pin had time to place himself more to the right after watching closely the French and the Italian.

 

 

Pascal Rambeau, who is back in the Finn class after an Olympic campaign in the Soling with Philippe Presti, rounded the top mark in first place, just in front of Massimo Gherarducci. Massimo took the lead on the run in front of Pascal and Emilios. Positions stayed the same on the second beat. Emilios sailed more to the inside of the run to take the lead, just one meter in front of Massimo and Pascal. The first junior was Chris Brittle in 7th position.

 

 

Bart closes gap

 

Today was no different to any other day: the left was again favoured and the start the biggest factor. Sebastien Godefroid explains how he won his second race of the regatta. "The left was still the way to go but one tack to the beach was enough to get in front of the fleet. I started towards the committee boat and I didn't have any fast guys around me. I could then take a fast start and play with my speed to cross in front of the left group. Once in front of them I only had to control them and win the race."

 

 

Emilios Papathanasiou also started at the committee boat, but a small tack to the right lost him too much ground to be able come back with the leaders. A quick victory was lost after he finished 33rd, however he was still leading overall, but the top three places were now open to seven sailors. In the Junior competition, Chris Brittle finished 10th to remain first junior.

 

 

No race

 

After 4 hours wait on Lake Garda, the last race of the Championship had to be abandoned giving the 2001 Finn European Title to Emilios Papathanasiou. The Junior European title went to Chris Brittle.

 

 

Racing was scheduled at 10 am and the southerly was already blowing but all the mountains surrounding the Lake were crowned with threatening clouds. As the morning went by, the wind didn't settle and four hours later, it started to increase. Half an hour before the deadline, the race committee took the wise decision to cancel the race. The sailors headed to the shore when the first raindrops started falling.

 

 

Emilios said, "I have been training a lot here, especially with Michele Marchesini, so I was well prepared. I also lost some weight and I am better in medium to light conditions. I have good speed and am much faster downwind. I was lucky that everything went well for me." This is the first European title for Emilios who came third at the 1997 Finn Europeans in Split, Croatia. Andrew Simpson, who has been sailing in the Finn for only one year, took second place. Xavier Rohart took bronze. Campaigning in both the Finn and the Star class, he has proved his ability to compete efficiently in both classes.

 

 

In the Junior division, 19 years old, Chris Brittle takes the Junior European Title but more importantly, finished in 10th place overall. Second Junior is Kristian Aderman in 15th place. Charlie Cumbley takes the third place in 20th position overall.

 

 

A special thank you to Fraglia Vela Malcesine who organised a superb regatta. FIV, the racing committee and the Jury all worked hard, allowing for eight good races and a high level championship. Congratulations to the winners but also to all the Finn sailors for their sportsmanship and great spirit.

 

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