Apr 23, 2012

Tornado Class: Racing at Prague

Photos By: Martina Barnetová

Sent by Roland Gaebler - Tornado Speedsailing News -14 to 15 April – Vltava River, Prague
Tight Tornado contest in the City Centre of Prague
On the Vltava River between Zeleznicni and Palacky Bridge, right in the heart of Prague, the 4thinternational exhibition of boats on the water was held. As part of the largest sailing events in the Czech Republic with a regular attendance of over 10,000 participants, the Tornado Class held another successful Speedsailing event.

The event was divided into two races. The first took place on Saturday morning and was called the BROKER BUSINESS REGATTA. A leading Czech yachtsman such as Zdenek Pavlis, 13 times national champion, or even our most famous ocean yachtsman and holder of 28 national championship medals - David Krizek would helm the boat with representatives of large corporations such as Jaroslav Besperát of CPP, and Peter Hruby of BROKER CONSULTING.



Saturday bought a beautiful sunny day with light winds. Battles were very balanced and there were plenty of close passages near the shore, which was very attractive for the thousands of spectators lining the shore. The overall winner was team BROKER CONSULTING 1 -David Krizek and Peter Hruby. The second crew drove team UNIQA - Zdenek Pavlis and Zbynek Vesely and third team CP INVEST - Ivan Ptacnik and Jan Forejt.

In the afternoon, after the ceremony proceeded the catamarans went back onto the water but this time with full racing crews. The wind was quite weak and very variable. However, the race committee headed by Martin Souškem managed to make three races. The best performing crew were UNIQA, who managed to secure themselves three race bullets.

The evening entertainment was held in the restaurant in YC CERE where photographer Martina Barnet projected photographs from the day.

On Sunday, racers woke up to completely different weather conditions. There was a moderate to strong breeze and overcast skies, which were bound to bring rain.
This lead to some full on Tornado sailing action with hulls out of the water and twin trapezing around the short course creating the best possible action for the crowds. The visitors really enjoyed the unique spectacle and received their reward for putting up with the bad weather.

David Krizek and Zdeněk Adamfought at full speed to get the first three places across the line leading to whatthey thought was the overall victory. They later found out that in the second race due to an error they were disqualified.

The overall winners were team UNIQA – Zdenek Pavlis and Jiri Pavlis (racing for PREFA Hubenov), the second team was BROKER CONSULTING 1 - David Krizek and Zdeněk Adam (competing for the CK Fischer) and the third team BROKER CONSULTING 2 - Jan Petrak and Frantisek Marek (racing ABACUS ELETRIC).

The opening of this year’s exhibition was connected with a charity auction for the benefit of the civic association. The gala evening, held on the boat River Classic, raised a total of 2.831 € through auctioning sailing jackets from David Krizek, photos from sailing catamarans environment photographer Martina Barnet, diamond jewellery from Miss Lucie Krizek (Miss Czech 2003) and a Tomas Berdych tennis racket.

The funds raised will go to help wins Charlotte and Ester Machala who have been diagnosed with muscular atrophy.

Sponsors, spectators, competitors and exhibitors were extremely satisfied with this year and the planning fornext year has already begun, led once again by the plant manager and chief organizer Marcel Mourek.

BUSINESS BROKER REGATTA (April 14, 2012)
1st BROKER CONSULTING 1 - D.Krizek and P. Hruby - 1, 2, 1
2nd UNIQA – Z. Pavlis and Z.Vesely - 2, 1, 2
3rd CP INVEST – I. Ptacnik and J.Forejt - 4, 4, 3
4th AXA - B. Fousek and V. Zahradnik- 3, DSQ, 4
5th CPP - A. Novak and J. Besperát- 6, 3, 5
6th BROKER CONSULTING 2 - J.Petrak and O. Schejbal - 5, 5, 6

PRAGUE SPEED Catamaran Regatta2012 (April 14-15, 2012)
1st UNIQA - Z. Pavlis and J.Pavlis (PREFA Hubenov) - 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2
2nd BROKER CONSULTING 1 - D.Krizek, and Z. Adam (CK Fischer) - 2, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1
3rd BROKER CONSULTING 2 - J.Petrak and F. Marek (ABACUS) - 3, 3, 6, 3, 3, 3
4th INVEST CP – I. Ptacnik and V.Lambl - 4, 6, 5, 4, 4, DNF
5th AXA - J. Fousek and B. Kolb (BENTEX Plastic) - 6, 4, 3, DNC, DNC, DNC
6th CPP - A. Novak and M. Novak -5, 5, 4, DNC, DNC, DNC

Regatta Partners
Gold - Broker Consulting, UNIQA,CPP, AXA INVEST CP
Silver - ZIOS PRO, AC-HEATING, MARINE4U, TAWAN APL, BRONCO 7,INFINITE MODELS, SEGAFREDO, YC CERE, WINBERG WINERY

Photos By: Martina Barnetová
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