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Soling European Championship at Riva del Garda - Days 1& 2

by Elena Giolai 15 Jul 2017 08:44 BST

The Soling class is back to Fraglia Vela Riva: the Fraglia sailor Gianni Torboli sailed this boat at the Olympic Games in Savannah, at the time he was already Italian champion and European bronze medallist (the great Shümann won the 1996 Olympic Games after his gold in 1988). This three-sailor-crew keelboat has been a landmark for the FIV (Italian Sailing Federation) for many years and today it is still giving joy to many sailors.

Day 1

The Soling European Championships kicked off at Fraglia Vela Riva with the first three races, as scheduled. The initial light wind increased up to 12 knots. Many teams sail for the top three positions, as the Hungarian Litkey (twice World Champion) placed first at the moment with 7-1-2, who never misses the opportunity to smoke his pipe before every start and after each finish in a style that perfectly suits the elegant outlines of Soling, the Austrian Felzmann (10-2-1, placed second with a three-point gap), the Ukrainian Pichugin (who follows at equal points), and the Hungarian Wossala (Olympic Soling sailor in Atlanta with the Fraglia's Gianni Torboli). The reigning Italian champions, the Maffezzoli brothers, scored 12-7 and had a penalty for a false start in race three: they are now on rank 17.

It was possible to enjoy a fine view on Garda Trentino thanks to the fleet composed of almost forty boats, which sailed close-hauled and downwind the three-lap course of regatta under the cliff falling sheer to the West coast of Lake Garda.

Many participants took part in the Olympic Games with this class, and it is so nice to see that their spirit and love for sailing did not change, since for many age is just a number!

Day 2

It was a challenging day 2: the initially 18-knot wind blowing northwards peaked 20-22 knots in race two, which caused some difficulties to some teams (one dismasted boat) and tore off the moorings of the buoys and the committee boat due to steep and short waves.

However, thanks to the prompt actions of the crew on the water coordinated by Fausto Maroni, the two races scheduled for today have been regularly sailed. At present 5 races took place, but only after race 6 scheduled on Saturday it will be possible to implement the exclusion of the worst score.

Once again the Hungarian Litkey (twice World Champion) is the uncontested leader and with his pipe he never fails a race: thanks to his third and second places today he is not only leading the ranking, but he also gained a 10-point advantage. The Austrian Felzman is placed 2nd, while the Ukrainian Pichugin (2003 Soling World Champion) follows on rank 3 only one point away.

The Hungarian Wossala won both races today, who is now paying a disqualification, but thanks to the exclusion of the worst score he still can finish high in the rank (at the moment he is placed 9th with 3-7-DQ). The German Koch also won the fifth race. The brothers Maffezzoli are still first among the Italian teams: now placed 16th, they are waiting to implement the Low Point Scoring System for the false start of day 1.

It is possible to follow the regattas on the web at or with iPhone app or Android app

More photos at

Results after day 2:

PosSail NOCrew / ClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1HUN 11Farkas Litkey Karoly Vezer Weinhardt Csaba KMP VSE7123215
2UKR 1Yushko Pichugin Severianov UNIOR2476625
3AUT 135Florian Felzmann Michael Felzmann   Margund Schuh SCK / UYCAS102121126
4NED 33Rudy den Outer  Theo de Lange  Hans Zijlstra KZC410129540
5ESP 26Carlos Elosegui  Gomez Arisqueta Joaquin Juan Ramón Jiménez RCN DE MADRID531314944
6HUN 1Sandor Varjas Kovasci Laszlo Gabor Meretei BYC312207446
7GER 11Michael Dietzel Vera Geck Sigrid Dietzel BYC688121448
8HUN 77George Wossala Kristof Wossala Pepe Nemeth TECON1dsq31750
9SVK 1Mosny Szomolanyi Jankovic FYC SLOVAKIA266511351
10GER 1Roman Koch Bjorn Geisler Valentin Koch CYC YCBG SVR1551516152
11USA 853Matias Collins Rob Mountain David Baum CNSI BYC1319651053
12CAN 225Peter Hall William Hall Ross Findlater RSTLYC229413856
13GER 331Thomas Scherer Dominik Meissner Markus Stallhofer WSG / YCP/BYC/YCC81111151257
14CAN 233Tom Freeman Blair Tully Dave Veldstra PSSS92016101570
15GER 308Karl Haist Martin Zeileis Max Haist BYC25131081672
16ITA 259Bruno Maffezzoli  Pierfrancesco Maffezzoli Marco Maffezzoli LNI GARDA127ocs181388
17GER 209Tim Giesecke Johannes Glitzky Sven Rikwald WSV 192131162242194
18NED 49Han van Veen Tom van Veen Ralph Heemskerk KZC28219172297
19ITA 215Michele Campagnoni Francesco Davide A.V.A.S.111826241897
20AUT 114Christian Feichtinger Florian Leitner Klaus Kratochwill SCE182318221798
21AUT 127Alex Hasch Bernhard Kreutzer Oskar Hasch SCK2317272024111
22FRA 198Marc Lefevre François Gombeaud Marc Furic CVA1430232126114
23AUT 97David Schuh Harald Schuh Tobias Schuh UYCAS2125252323117
24ITA 251Federico Boracchi Vincenzo Greco Manuli Andrea Negri CVP3014173027118
25HUN 17Istvan Szucs Gabor Gyulai Peter Szucs BHSE1728192731122
26GER 12Christian Mack Florian Lautenschlaeger Thomas Fabry WSG3424212520124
27AUT 102Ludwig Beurle Christian Fischer Ekkehart Steinhuber UYCAS1931282925132
28NED 37Ben Boogaerdt Gerben den Hartog Karsten Kraan KZC2727311928132
29ITA 258Michele Tognozzi Haakon Haraldsen Rieder CVCP362614dnf19133
30GER 312Gernot Heller Gerhard Auerswald Frank Gundlach  SCE / SCAS2915293130134
31GER 323Matthias‑Christoph Dulce Sean O'Meara Eberhard Franke VsaW/BYC3233242829146
32AUT 185Hermann Beurle Stephan Beurle Veronika Beurle SCK1629ocsdnfdns159
33ESP 46Francisco Villa Miguel Martinez Allo CNSR203232dnfdns160
34ITA 241Fabio Armellini Attilia Papini Nicola Armellini CVT33343026dns161
35AUT 136Johann Kalhs Nikolaus Kalhs Tamara Kalhs STYC2435dnf3233162
36ITA 252Alberto De Amicis Matteo Vanelli De Amicis Marco CVB352234dnfdns167
37NED 48Danker Rijk Danker Rijk Jr. Arko Hoondert WSVW3736333332171

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