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Tornado World Championship at Yacht Club de la Grande Motte - Overall

by International Tornado Class Association 16 Jul 11:52 BST 17 July 2018
Iordanis Paschalidis and Petros Konstantinidis, GRE 1 - Open Tornado Champions © Nikos Pantis

Saturday, 14th of July was the sixth and final day and the competitors' faces were filled with sadness: storming clouds had invaded the sky of La Grande Motte, plus the end of the event was coming. At least, there was another racing day remaining!

AP went down and the Tornado fleets started perfectly aligned with 10-12 knots of winds for the 8th race of the day. AUT 3 started at full speed close to the Race Committee boat and rounded the first mark ahead of GRE 1.

Unfortunately, the wind gradually dropped enough to force the abandonment of the race.

The new start for the eighth race was given at 2:00 pm with a nice evening breeze and GRE 1 finished first.

So, that was the end of the 2018 Tornado Worlds and titles were decided.

Iordanis Paschalidis and Petros Konstantinidis, GRE 1, are the Open Tornado Champions for the second consecutive year! Another impressive performance from Iordanis Paschalidis who, alongside Konstantinos Trigonis, was winning this title since 2011. He is now a Tornado World Champion for the 8th time in a row, since nobody has managed to beat him.

Mixed Tornado Champions are the youths Estela Jentsch, the 16-year-old but also the 2016 Mixed World Champion and Daniel Brown, 18 years old Nacra 15 and F18 promising and winning sailor. They also finished third in the overall ranking.

Jurgen Jentsch, the Tornado Class President ended the prize giving ceremony organized at the "Yacht Club de La Grande Motte" by inviting all participants to join him at the 2019 World Championship, to be organized in New Zealand the coming January.

Be there!

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