Lake Molveno, July 30, 2017. Final results after 6 races (1 discard)
1. ITA Paolo Lambertenghi & Chiara Marzocchi, 14
2. BEL Manu Hens & Maj Kristin Hansen Borgen, 14
3. ITA Stefano Longhi & Andrea Gemini, 25
4. BEL Thierry Den Hartigh & Greet Jansen, 29
5. ITA Fabio Rochelli & Daniela Semec, 29
Report by Alberto Perdisa, full results and photos
Report by Alberto Perdisa
53 boats from 11 countries – Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden – gathered on the clear waters of Lake Molveno, Trentino, Italy. These are great numbers, that only a well organized international sailing class can show off.
The beautiful village of Molveno, with its lake framed by high peaks (Dolomiti del Brenta) and surrounded by green meadows, hosted this edition of the European Master Championship. The hosting club (Associazione Velica Trentina of Caldonazzo) did a perfect job and perfect was the weather as well, with the classic “Ora” wind coming from Lake Garda. The “Ora” (in Italian “ora” means “hour” or “time”) always arrived “on time”, just after noon, allowing to complete all the six races scheduled with a great competition and fun for everyone. It was a real holiday for the European Snipe Class.
The Apprentice Master Category (45-55) monopolized the top positions in the overall standings. Paolo Lambertenghi and Chiara Marzocchi – their scores were impressive – were tied with Manu Hens and Maj Cristin Hansen Borgen, but with two partial wins against one, won the regatta. Third place went to the team of Stefano Longhi and Andrea Gemini, who had never sailed together before. But Stefano is not new to big exploits in Molveno. These three teams took the “Apprentice” podium, followed by another Belgian, in fourth place, the expansive and talented Thierry Den Hartig with Greet Jansen.
Then, the first among the Masters (55-65 years), the largest category, Fabio and Daniela Rochelli, who many simply know as “The Rockets” who topped Italians Alberto Perdisa-Marco Prosperi and Belgians Herman Vandormeal-Caroline Miller.
For the Grand Master category (65-75), another win and title for the evergreen Roberto Tozzi with crew Beppe Borrelli, thirteenth in the overall standings and always in the fight in the leading group of the fleet. In this category the Danish Sven Andersen-Pia Skiodvang were second and the Swedes Roger and Lucas Orn were third.
Fantastic first position in the Master Legend for Giuliano Dematté with Marco Dei Rossi, ahead of the French team Jean Pierre Etchebe -Marion Beaudoin.
What is not evident from the rankings is that there was an unbelievable and very close competition. Only a small mistake, during an upwind leg or in a crowded mark rounding, could cause the loss of many positions. In addition to the aforementioned teams, I want to mention the excellent performances of the Spanish Josè Luis Maldonado-Arturo Salmanca, the Belgians Wim Ghys-Ann Van Daele and Bart Janssens-Eva Jacobs, and the Italians Francesco Rossi-Francesca Tramontano and Alberto Schiaffino-Giampietro Pasquon.
The hospitality and organizational skills of theAssociazione Velita Trentina, as usual, were awesome. Congratulations to the President of the club Roberto Emer, to Herbert Hoerterich and to all the volounteers. They were perfect on the water, good and generous on the land. We had every night a sumptuous dinner, a pasta at noon, without forgetting, on returning after a day of sailing, drinks and fresh yogurt for everyone. Excellent was the job of the Race Committee, with the PRO Gino Costantini, and of the Jury. Also we discovered the skills of Antonio Bari not only as SCIRA measurer, but also as speaker and sailing commentator for the spectators who looked the races from the shore.
At the award ceremony we were pleased to have the SCIRA Commodore Gweneth Crook from Canada, the Vice Commodore Pietro Fantoni from Italy, the SCIRA Italy National Secretary Francesco Fontana, the local authorities and the young sailor Federica Cattarozzi, new Laser 4.7 World Champion Laser, who gave prizes and presents to all the competitors.
1. ITA Paolo Lambertenghi & Chiara Marzocchi
2. BEL Manu Hens & Maj Kristin Hansen Borgen
3. ITA Stefano Longhi & Andrea Gemini
1. ITA Fabio Rochelli & Daniela Semec
2. ITA Alberto Perdisa & Marco Prosperi
3. BEL Herman Vandormeal & Caroline Miller
1. ITA Roberto Tozzi & Giuseppe Borrelli
2. DEN Svend Andersen & Pia Skjodvang
3. SWE Roger Orn & Lucas Orn
1. ITA Giuliano Dematté & Marco Dei Rossi
2. FRA Jean Pierre Etcheber & Marion Beaudoin Hauzer