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2019 Soling European Championship at Lake Garda, Italy

by Elena Giolai 28 Jun 2019 07:33 BST 26-29 June 2019
2019 Soling European Championship © Elena Giolai

The beauty of sailing on Lake Garda is that you can attend international events every day, ranging from the most modern and fast flying catamarans, to classic boats that may be a bit slow, where technique and tactics are fundamental. And this is how we go from a youth event, to a race in which evolution is everything, or to an event where tradition is the master and above all it allows fun for sailors of all ages.

This is the case of the European Championships Soling, a former Olympic class, which on Saturday 29 June at the Circolo Vela Torbole will award the 2019 continental title: on board boys, young men and even helmsmen of a certain age, who face the event with great sporting spirit. But in this traditional class there is no lack of technical upgrades, such as the passage for some hulls participating in the carbon mast, instead of aluminium.

In these first two days the wind was medium-light: Wednesday- first day of racing - 10-12 knots somehow offered a less torrid afternoon than the one on Thursday when the wind settled on 8 maximum 10 knots, to have a complete drop after the first two tests and recover after a pause of about 20 minutes and to restart the fleet also for the third race of the day, fifth of the Championship. The classification so far is very balanced in the very first positions, also because of the difference that will be assigned only after the sixth round: in the same score the Finnish crew Heinonen-Gabor-Heinonen (1-3-11-6-2) with the Hungarian one helmed by Sandor Varjas, with Kovasci-Meretei (11-1-5-3-3).

The Ukrainian Olympic champions Yushko-Pichugin-Ivansits (Pichugin Olympic athlete in Atlanta and Sydney) are six points ahead of the fifth and final round of the day. And from Friday until Sunday the Garda Trentino will be filled with sails of all types and for all ages: from the most classic Soling boats to the Circolo Vela Torbole, to the fast and technological windsurfing at the Circolo Surf Torbole for the 30th RRD One Hour Classic, opened last year also for foils; up to the kids, who will race at the Circolo Vela Arco on the fast and acrobatic Open Skiff, IVF youth class. Sail to 360 degrees in the outdoors sports paradise.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoTeamR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1FIN 46Eki Heinonen 13116223
2HUN 1Sandor Varjas 11153323
3UKR 1Igor Yushko 91135129
4AUT 7Florian Felzmann 36411529
5GER 308Karl Haist 28118736
6CAN 225Peter Hall 721021940
7GER 1Roman Koch 54981743
8NED 33Rudy den Outer 472221247
9ITA 259Bruno Maffezzoli 818159858
10GER 2Christian Mack 2191341663
11SLO 1Bostjan Antoncic 22ocs71467
12GER 331Heino Schuckmann 12126232073
13GER 323Matthias‑Christoph Dulce 17141725679
14USA 853Matias Collins 251318141080
15NED 53Peter Verboom 20168241482
16HUN 77George Wossala 1652972885
17USA 824David Crysdale 10252021985
18NED 44Nynke Verwoerd 132714102589
19CAN 236William Haliburton 1410ret152294
20NED 49Han van Veen 182922161196
21NED 38Bram Soethoudt 151516282397
22GER 11Michael Dietzel dns20231213101
23AUT 114Christian Feichtinger 6ret1219dsq103
24NED 37Ben Boogaerdt 2419192615103
25FRA 164Francois Gombeaud 2323241327110
26ITA 213Michele Campagnoni 1921271726110
27ITA 241Fabio Armellini dnf17252021116
28ITA 252Alberto De Amicis 2926262718126
29NED 48Danker Rijk 2624213030131
30AUT 86Ekkehart Steinhuber 2722283124132
31NOR 111Christian Rieder 3028302931148
32NOR 150Hans Jostad 2830313229150

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