Aug 31, 2009

A-Class German Championship 09: Manuel Calavia from Spain 1st

More info of the race and boats used at the German A-Class Open.
Watch out for Spain, with top Tornado Sailors at beijing and now a Top A-Class sailor with Manuel Calavia beating the last Euro Champ, Bob Baier. Gel-Tek Flyer and the new Flyer S with good results. Check links for A-Class designs info.

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The Open German Championship 2009 was an awesome event
63 boats, 9 races in three days, winds 18 to 25 knts !
The famous Lake Garda conditions only leaves one question :
Why is there never been a World Championship in Torbole or Riva?

No better conditions possible .
Manuel Calavia (ESP 11) was the impressive winner of the championship .
He had a great battle with European Champion Bob Baier (GER 14). Bob was sailing his Nikita with curved boards, Manuel the Gel-Tek Flyer MK II with straight boards. Manuel sailed really consistent and with 9 points out of 9 races he was the clear winner.

Helmut Stumhofer sailed his brand new Flyer S ( Aicher & Egner) to the third place.
The Flyer S made a good impression with several boats in top places . The design is another step further than the Nikita . Wide transom , far back rig, hard chines,
just as expected after the flyer I and II designs, the Flyer S is bringing something new.
Another remarkable performance was from young talent Thilo Keller (GER45) on 6th spot with his own build an designed rocketship.
Routinier an fresh Italian Champion Paolo Penco finished 4th , sailing an Scheurer G5 with curved boards, followed by heavy air specialist from North Germany, Donald Beike , sailing a A&E flyer mk II.
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