Europeans - Final Report

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Kamien Pomorski, August 23, 2014.

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Final results, after 9 races, 2 discards (top 5)

1. ESP Raul De Valenzuela Santaella & Antolin Alejandre De Ona, 26

2. POR Tiago Morais & Tomas Pires De Lima, 31

3. ESP Jordi Triay Pons & Lluis Mas Barcelo, 36

4. BRA Alexandre Tinoco & Bernardo Low-beer, 37

5. ESP Victor Perez & Cristian Sanchez, 37

Regatta report by Pietro Fantoni, full results, photos, videos and ...

Racing in Northern Europe often means racing in cold temperatures and windy weather. But the wind and cold, with clouds and patches of sun in quick succession, didn't cool the sailors who arrived in this corner of Poland.

This is due to the warm friendliness of Zibi Rakocy and the Snipe Polish community. It was one of the best organized events in Europe in recent years. Zibi and his team did a fantastic job, working with a number of sponsors, a marina, and especially the town of Kamien Pomorski, which was proud to host the European Championship of the Snipe Class or, as they say, the Class Slanka (pronunication: swonka). Thank you, dziękuję

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Open Europeans

It was also the first Open European Championship, with no selections or quotas for each country, and the event was open to non-European teams. I believe that almost all of those present agreed that the experiment has been positive. The number of competitors (increased compared to the previous Europeans) proves this and the high level of sailors, at least in the first positions, has not decreased. The Open Europeans ensure a good number of participants, a return to the desired image of the organizers and sponsors, gives the opportunity to the host country to bring many boats, and enables many sailors to participate. As it emerged during the sailors' meeting, the idea of opening the Europeans, which was until 2012 restricted to a limited number, has been successful and some skeptics will have to objectively reconsider their positions. The benefits of openness are clear; while the drawbacks (mainly the decline of participants in some national regattas - once qualifyers for the Europeans - allegedly caused by the opening of the Europeans) are still to be demonstrated.

Meetings, social events and parties

This regatta had it all. Sailors' meeting (we will write in a later article), the National Secretaries meeting, opening ceremony with a parade of the various nations, cannon shots, speeches and fireworks, award ceremonies at the end of each day, concerts in the main square, organ concerts in the cathedral, dinners at the town hall at the nearby hotel, free beers and local snacks after each day of sailing. All these events enhanced the "Serious Fun" side of our class. Moreover, beyond the official events prepared by the excellent Polish organization, I want to remember the impromptu parties at the bar next to the marina with large quantities of Okocim beer, and the legendary parties organized by the Belgian team, which involved many sailors from other countries and featured music and dancing almost until dawn.

All this was possible thanks to the location. Kamien Pomorski is a small town in Pomerania, near the border with Germany, with its churches and its characteristic buildings, vestiges of a past that has been Swedish, Prussian, German and Polish, before and after the fall of the Iron Curtain. The marina, the main square where a stage was set up, boat park, hotels, bars, and restaurants were all within walking or biking distance. This certainly helped socialization among the sailors.

Race area and weather conditions

For days the flags on the pier never ceased to wave vigorously, stretched out by the wind. In the morning, we looked out the window of our hotel, past the severe vaguely Soviet architecture, and wondered whether the flags were made of cardboard rather than cloth.

The race course was a 20 minute sail from the ramp, even less time if it was blowing hard and you were able to sail a furious and adrenaline-charged reach, pumping the main without fail. It was placed in front of the marina, within a lagoon (Zalew Kamienski), separated from the Baltic Sea by a low and narrow strip of land. The lagoon is connected at its NE end to the sea by a channel, and to the SW it is connected by another channel to another larger lagoon (Zalew Szczecinski), in which the river Oder enters and marks the border between Germany and Poland. The water is brown, fresh and shallow (2-3 meters). The windward mark was always set close to the low coast of an island. For this reason the wind was always gusty, with large shifts.

It was a regatta with medium-strong winds. There was not a single moment of a windward leg of a single race where the hiking straps were not necessary. The first day the wind was very strong. We all know the class limit of the wind in closed waters (25 knots), as well as it how it should be measured and how long it should be checked. The race committee estimated that it was within the limits for racing. However, almost half the fleet was not able to finish the only race held on the first day due to damages and failures. The reason for so many withdrawals is due to gusts (some measured almost 30 knots), shallow waters (a trouble in case of capsizing), and small waves (compared to the wind), which certainly did not favor planing and jibing. The large percentage of withdrawals (only 38 out of 61 boats finished the race) is a cause for reflection. During the National Secretaries' meeting we discussed the possibility of changing the rule that determines how the wind has to be measured (taking into account any gusts). On other days the wind was moderate, from 12 to 15 knots average, but always very gusty and shifty, sometimes with gusts as high as 20 knots.

Report of races

I do not really like to write detailed reports of the races: what happened on this or that leg, who won, who finished second and who finished third. I am not so interested. This time I also have to admit that I did not see the races from the front; because of our meager 120 kilos, Julia and I fiercely fought from the middle of the fleet, against strong winds, damages to the boat, opponents, and mark roundings more similar to boardings by pirates. Clouded by fatigue, with lactic acid in the eyes ... it would be difficult for me to see and make a record of what happened in front of the fleet.

Many spectators were able to follow the races live with the GPS trackers (the first use for our class in a European race). You can watch the video and the interviews with daily leaders that SnipeToday filmed before and after the races (links below).

Anyway, Raul De Valenzuela and Antolin Alejandre deservedly won the Championship thanks to a consistency that none of their opponents managed to maintain for all 9 races. For the Spanish team of Almeria this is the second consecutive title of European Champions. A confirmation. Also, we don't forget that Antolin a few days before won (as skipper) the Junior Europeans. Congratulations!

The surprise was the young Portuguese team of Tiago Morais and Tomas Pires De Lima. This junior team was even in the lead before the last day. Having young blood in the class is a good news.
After a difficult start to the regatta (ret-5-15-20 in the first two days), Jordi Lluis Mas Triay and crew were able to grab a good result on the podium, thanks to their two bullets in the last two days.

Alexandre Tinoco and Bernardo Low-beer from Brazil, after starting with three victories, scored a series of unexpected results that pushed them off of the podium.

Rounding out the top five teams were Victor Perez and Cristian Sanchez, also with a difficult final day.

Other winners of single races: Jostein Grodem and Maj Kristin Hansen Borgen (NOR), a little 'ups and downs' in the results, Manu Hens and Enrico Michel (BEL) winners of two races but with a bizarre series that left them heavily penalized (ret-20-ocs-ocs-6-1-1-2-3).

The Championship ended with the prize giving ceremony and speeches by sponsors and authorities and winners. Each sailor was called to the stage and received a present. At the end of the ceremony Bronislaw Karpinski, the mayor of Kamien Pomorski, along with Zbigiew Rakocy, General Secretary for Europe, gave the SCIRA flag to Pepe Perez, in representation of Spain.

So dziękuję Kamien Pomorski and see you in 2016 in Santiagio de la Ribera, Spain, for the next European Championship.

Pietro Fantoni

 Sail NumberSKIPERCREWScores123456789
1 ESP 31237 Raul De Valenzuela Santaella
CLUB DE MAR ALMERIA
Antolin Alejandre De Ona
CLUB DE MAR ALMERIA
26,0 7 3 4 6 (8) (ocs) 2 3 1
2 POR 28767 Tiago Morais
C N LECA
Tomas Pires De Lima
CVA
31,0 2 4 6 4 (16) 3 6 (13) 6
3 ESP 29698 Jordi Triay Pons
C.M.M.
Lluis Mas Barcelo
C.M.M.
36,0 (ret) 5 15 (20) 1 5 4 1 5
4 BRA 31151 Alexandre Tinoco
RCRSRIBERA-SPAIN
Bernardo Low-beer
RCRSRIBERA-SPAIN
37,0 1 1 1 11 4 9 (12) (dsq) 10
5 ESP 28676 Victor Perez
C.D.CANAL DE ISABEL II
Cristian Sanchez
C.D.CANAL ISABEL II
37,0 4 2 8 5 (11) 2 8 8 (13)
6 ESP 31247 Damian Borras Camps
MAHON
Ivan Moreno
IBIZA
41,0 (dnc) 7 5 2 7 (11) 7 6 7
7 ITA 30269 Enrico Solerio
YACHT CLUB SANREMO
Sergio Simonetti
C.V. SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE
44,0 3 (dnc) 2 8 5 4 20 (ocs) 2
8 ESP 30987 Juan Deben Tiscar
LICEO CASINO VILAGARCIA
Gerardo Prego Menor
LICEO CASINO VILAGARCIA
50,0 (dnc) (16) 10 12 2 8 5 9 4
9 BEL 28855 Yannick Laumans
KLYC
Kai Kinnear
KLYC
60,0 6 11 11 3 9 (20) 9 11 (20)
10 DEN 29916 Christian Skjoldvang Andersen
ES
Celina Skjqdt
ES
67,0 13 14 13 9 3 (16) 3 (21) 12
11 SWE 29943 Lucas Orn
GKSS
Axel Edwall
GKSS
68,0 12 6 (14) (19) 13 6 10 7 14
12 FRA 30757 Jean Jacques Frebault
C V ARCACHON
Cyril Laprebendere
CV HOURTIN MEDOC
78,0 15 9 7 24 (30) 10 (31) 5 8
13 ITA 30009 Paolo Lambertenghi
CVT
Yuri Miorandi
CIRCOLO VELA ARCO
85,0 (dnc) 17 17 15 (32) 7 14 4 11
14 BEL 31174 Manu Hens
RYCB
Enrico Michel
NA
95,0 (dnf) 20 (ocs) ocs 6 1 1 2 3
15 NOR 30186 Jostein Grodem
AASGAARDSTRAND SF
Maj Kristin Hansen Borgen
BAERUM SF
99,0 8 13 (dnc) 1 19 22 (36) 15 9
16 NOR 30090 Birger Jansen
BAERUM
Ivar Jacobsen
BAERUM
114,0 9 15 12 (33) 21 14 19 24 (28)
17 SWE 30068 Per Edwall
GSC
Ole Martin Moen
GSC
115,0 5 10 (50) 13 (33) 17 13 27 30
18 ESP 30869 Miguel Cid Montoya
RCN CORUNA
Carmen Mateo Suarez-pumariega
CN SADA
120,0 (26) 22 18 14 12 (23) 17 18 19
19 ESP 30146 Ignacio Cano Rodriguez
RCM MELILLA
Baltasar Ali Martin Mohamed
RCMMELILLA
125,0 14 (ocs) 20 31 15 12 (34) 17 16
20 ESP 30242 Jaime De Miranda Osset
RCN CORUNA
Marta Perez Rodriguez
CNR FERROL
126,0 (dnc) 19 26 17 28 13 11 12 (ocs)
21 ESP 30238 Aurora De Juan Ojeda
RCMMELILLA
Juan Creus Martinez
RCM MELILLA
134,0 11 12 28 (30) 18 15 (43) 23 27
22 BEL 30400 Dirk De Bock
RYCB
Yannick Bongaerts
RYCB
135,0 20 (ocs) 3 10 (dnf) dnf 15 10 15
23 NOR 30312 Magnus Hedemark
BÆRUM SEILFORENING
Anette Melsom Myhre
ASKER SEILFORENING
142,0 24 8 19 (44) 10 31 28 22 (35)
24 ITA 30983 Fabio Rochelli
S.V.BARCOLA GRIGNANO
Daniela Semec
S.V. BARCOLA GRIGNANO
147,0 22 21 (32) 7 25 24 23 (29) 25
25 POL 29894 Sokolowski Lukasz
ZLKS
Sokolowski Piotr
ZLKS POZNAN
157,0 18 24 24 22 (37) 28 16 25 (31)
26 ITA 29960 Tom Stahl
CIRCOLO NAUTICO CHIOGGIA
Jacopo Stahl
CIRCOLO NAUTICO CHIOGGIA
170,0 23 (33) 16 18 (34) 33 32 30 18
27 FRA 29367 Maxim Romain
BLUE CIRCLE SAILING CLUB (UK)
Guy Welch
BLACKWATER SAILING CLUB (UK)
171,0 17 18 (47) 28 (39) 19 29 36 24
28 BEL 31226 Thierry Den Hartigh
RYCB
Fabienne Goubau
RYCB
173,0 21 30 27 (39) 20 (34) 21 28 26
29 BEL 30474 Dries Crombe
SRNA GALGENWEEL
Julie Vermeiren
SRNA GALGENWEEL
179,0 (dnc) 39 9 45 24 25 18 19 (46)
30 POL 30644 Piotr Mańczak
ŻLKS
Przemysław Blaszka
NIEZRZESZONY
185,0 10 23 34 (42) (43) 36 39 26 17
31 ITA 15790 Pietro Fantoni
CIRCOLO DELLA VELA MUGGIA
Julia Melton
LAUDERDALE YACHT CLUB
192,0 (dnc) (37) 37 21 31 32 35 14 22
32 POR 29994 Diogo Machado Pinto
ANLISBOA
Goncalo Santos
SAD
192,0 38 35 29 23 22 (27) 22 (46) 23
33 FRA 30114 Thomas Jerome
CS MONTEROLAIS
El Ghozi Nadia
CS MONTEROLAIS
193,0 (dnc) 38 21 25 35 21 (44) 32 21
34 BEL 30758 Ghys Wim
WIM
An Van Daele
VVW
201,0 25 26 22 29 26 35 38 (dnc) (dnc)
35 ITA 29082 Alessandro Bari
ASSOCIAZIONE VELICA TRENTINA
Antonio Bari
ASSOCIAZIONE VELICA TRENTINA
202,0 30 25 (41) 41 14 29 (53) 34 29
36 ESP 29924 Arturo Chao Correa
RCM MELILLA
Guillermo Tardido Enrique
RCM MELILLA
208,0 28 31 23 32 29 (42) 30 35 (37)
37 ITA 30200 Giuseppe Borrelli
PLANET SAIL BRACCIANO ROMA
Daniele Guazzieri
PLANET SAIL BRACCIANO ROMA
218,0 32 29 25 37 (47) 26 37 (41) 32
38 ITA 30303 Ivo Gattulli
AVB
Alea Cecconi
AVB
218,0 29 40 35 27 27 (43) 27 33 (53)
39 POL 28221 Dawid Marczak
ZLKS KIEKRZ
Bartosz Pędzinski
ZLKS KIEKRZ
225,0 (dnc) 36 31 (47) 41 37 24 16 40
40 FIN 30558 Jukka Kotisalo
LAPPEENRANTA LRPS
Eija Kotisalo
LAPPEENRANTA LRPS
232,0 34 (43) 33 35 17 (45) 33 42 38
41 NOR 30660 Steffen Skjonberg
BÆRUM
Maria Kaiser
ÅSGÅRDSTRAND SF
232,0 (dnc) 27 52 26 (dnc) 18 42 31 36
42 POL 30537 Krzysztof Kluza
ZLKS KIEKRZ
Natalia Wierzbicka
ŻLKS KIEKRZ
236,0 16 (ocs) 42 34 36 (ocs) 25 38 33
43 DEN 29939 Svend Andersen
ROYAL DANISH YACHTCLUB
Pia Skjoldvang
ROYAL DANISH YACHTCLUB
238,0 (ret) 34 (53) 43 23 30 26 43 39
44 FIN 30900 Kai Saarhelo
BSF, PORI
Riku Vaeaeriskoski
MARJANIEMEN PURJEHTIJAT
258,0 35 28 38 (49) 38 (ocs) 40 37 42
45 POL 30334 Rafał Zakrzewski
JACHT KLUB WIELKOPOLSKI
Agnieszka Wiercińska
JACHT KLUB WIELKOPOLSKI
260,0 27 (50) 36 36 42 40 (48) 45 34
46 POL 29475 Michał Jaruga
KŻ MEWA POZNAŃ
Kinga Jaruga
KŻ MEWA POZNAŃ
264,0 (dnc) (48) 40 38 40 38 47 20 41
47 POL 30708 Tomasz Słodecki
PKM LOK
Mariusz Pokryszka
PKM LOK
278,0 19 41 (ocs) 50 (53) 39 46 39 44
48 POL 29973 Jakub Kulesza
ZLKS KIEKRZ, POZNAN
Ewa Kulesza
ZLKS KIEKRZ, POZNAN
290,0 33 47 39 (54) (dnc) 41 41 44 45
49 POL 29352 Przemysław Skowroński
ŻLKS KIERZ
Marcin Korbik
ŻLKS KIEKRZ
305,0 36 49 43 (51) (54) 44 45 40 48
50 USA 28470 Stephan Irgens
CSA
Monica Irgens
CSA
309,0 31 42 49 46 44 49 (52) 48 (50)
51 BEL 30344 Guy Celis
RYCB
Charlotte Hambrouck
RYCB
326,0 (dnc) 32 30 16 (dnc) dnc dnc dnc dnc
52 FIN 29418 Hanna-leena Lehtinen
HELSINGFORS SEGELKLUBB
Juha Lehtinen
HELSINGFORS SEGELKLUBB
331,0 (dnf) 45 48 40 46 (52) 56 49 47
53 SWE 31031 Tobias Chroneer
WSSW
Charlotta Chroneer
WSSW
332,0 (dnc) 52 45 (dnc) 48 46 51 47 43
54 ITA 27130 Silvano Zuanelli
ASSOCIAZIONE VELICA TRENTINA
Flavio Rossi
C.U.S. TRENTO
333,0 (dnc) 44 46 48 45 50 50 50 (52)
55 POL 22273 Jacek Baryła
MKŻ OPTI KAMIEŃ POMORSKI
Krzysztof Sulejewski
ŻLKS POZNAŃ
339,0 37 (56) 51 (57) 49 51 49 53 49
56 BEL 31225 Callot Andre
RYCB
Callot Eric
RYCB
365,0 (dnc) 46 44 52 52 47 (dnf) dnc dnc
57 FIN 29642 Anni Toija
YACHT CLUB OF TURKU (TPS)
Pekka Toija
YACHT CLUB OF TURKU (TPS)
368,0 (dnc) 53 (58) 56 51 48 55 54 51
58 POL 29531 Andrzej Grocholewski
AZS POZNAN
Joanna Grocholewska
AZS POZNAN
382,0 (dnc) 57 54 53 (dnc) 55 58 51 54
59 POL 29650 Jaroslaw Klimczyk
PKM LOK POZNAN
Marek Berkau
PKM LOK POZNAN
385,0 (dnc) 54 55 (59) 56 56 57 52 55
60 SWE 30637 Lars Hylander
JOLLESEGLARNA UPPLANDS VASBY BS
Magnus Westman
JOLLESEGLARNA UPPLANDS VASBY BS
386,0 (dnc) 55 56 55 50 53 (dnc) 55 dnc
61 POL 30655 Andrzej Neyman
JKW POZNAŃ
Alicja Neyman
JKW POZNAŃ
391,0 (dnc) 51 57 58 55 54 54 (dnc) dnc

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