Echavarri and Paz win Pre-Worlds

Spanish duo come out on top at Tornado South Americans

Monday November 27th 2006, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected
The wind did not drop overnight and day 4 of the South Americans started with strong winds and gusts of over 27 knots. Luckily the wind force started dropping around 1100 and by 1230, with E 18-20 knots, the Tornados left the Club Nautico San Isidro for races 7 and 8.

Race 7 - The British duo of Rob Wilson and Mark Bulkeley took the bullet with a considerable lead all around the course. Italian duo Marcolini-Bianchi, second in the race, did not compete as well. The fight was between Spain's Echavarri-Paz and the Belgium mixed duo of Carolijn Brouwer and Sebbe Godefroid, the Spanish coming out on top.

The wind picked up for Race 8 - 20 knots with gusts of 23 knots. The Race Officer, Roberto 'Tino' Mora, was impressed with the Tornados: "The speed they can reach it's absolutely amazing. It took some of the boats less than 11 minutes to complete one lap. Even the capsizings were a show!" he said.

"We sailed the whole race together with Mitch Booth - very close," explained Anton Paz. "Darren Bundock and Jojo Polgar were behind us so any mistake could cost us the Championship. We chose not to lose control of the situation by risking too much". The Spanish team won the race with Booth and Nieuwenhis second. Britain's Wilson and Bulkeley had another good result finishing third.

The Spanish team finished first overall and were the winners of the Lars Grael Trophy. Australia's Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby second. GER Jojo Polgar and Florian Spalteholz third.

Lars Grael Trophy - ARG Santiago Lange suggested, and the ITA promptly agreed, to name the South American Perpetual Trophy after the famous Brazilian sailor and 1996 Tornado Bronze Olympic Medalist Lars Grael.

"I am honored to lend my name to the Trophy," said Grael who was also the Star South American Champion last year. "I had the pleasure to have had Santiago as a competitor during my Tornado years and I managed to beat him for the title in two South Americans, 1989 in Niteroi and 1998 in Buzios."

Argentineans Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola, who finished 6th overall and recently won the Tornado Argentinean Championship, are the 2006 South American Champions. The Brazilians Bruno di Bernardo and Andre Chang are the runners up.

Results:
 
Pos Crew Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Tot
1 Fernando Echavarri & Anton Paz ESP 8 -14 12 2 6 8 3 1 40
2 Darren Bundock & Glenn Ashby AUS -10 9 7 7 9 1 5 7 45
3 Johannes Polgar & Florian Spalteholz GER 6 4 11 6 2 (33\DNF) 12 6 47
4 Mitch Booth & Pim Nieuwenhis NED 16 (33\DNS) 9 5 7 4 6 2 49
5 Rob Wilson & Mark Bulkeley GBR 15 22 -23 8 1 3 1 3 53
6 Santiago Lange & Carlos Espinola ARG 3 6 (33\OCS) 11 10 9 7 11 57
7 Olivier Backes & Paul Sevestre FRA 1 -23 22 9 4 16 14 13 79
8 Andrew Walsh & Edward Barney GBR 17 20 -26 3 13 10 13 5 81
9 Mischa Heemskerk & Herbert Dercksen NED 4 25 24 (33\DNF) 5 5 10 8 81
10 John Lovell & Charlie Ogletree USA 5 -21 20 15 8 11 15 12 86
11 Matthieu Souben & Gurvan Bontemps FRA 12 7 2 22 14 7 23 (33\DNF) 87
12 Aaron Mclntosh & Bruce Kendall NZL -20 16 13 19 12 18 9 10 97
13 Francois Morvan & Matthieu Vandame FRA 21 12 4 16 15 14 17 (33\DNF) 99
14 Carolijn Brouwer & Sebastien Godefroid BEL 23 -24 18 12 16 12 4 15 100
15 Francesco Marcolini & Eduardo Bianchi ITA (33\OCS) 2 33\DNF 14 17 2 2 33\DNF 103
16 Leigh Mc Millan & Will Howden GBR 14 15 17 13 (33\DNF) 33\DNF 11 4 107
17 Samana Wouter & Jeroen Van Leeuwen NED 25 27 27 1 3 20 8 (33\DNF) 111
18 Iordanis Paschaladis & Constantinos Trigonis GRE 2 5 16 18 20 17 (33\DNF) 33\DNF 111
19 Oskar Johansson & Kevin Stittle CAN 11 11 6 (33\DNF) 33\DNF 21 20 9 111
20 Toni Rivas & Fabian Escudé ESP 9 17 10 21 18 22 -24 19 116
21 Enrique Figueroa & Jorge Hernandez PUR (33\DNS) 1 5 33\DNF 23 15 22 18 117
22 Roland Gaebler & Gunnar Struckmann GER 7 10 1 (33\DNF) 33\DNF 13 33\DNF 33\DNF 130
23 Tino Mittelmeier & Niko Mittelmeier GER 22 13 8 (33\DNF) 21 19 18 33\OCS 134
24 Bruno Di Bernardi & Andre Chang BRA 13 28 14 (33\DNF) 22 24 21 14 136
25 Hugh Styles & Tom Peel GBR (33\OCS) 19 21 33\DNF 11 6 19 33\DNF 142
26 Thomas Zajac & Thomas Czajka AUT 19 8 19 20 24 23 (33\DNF) 33\DNF 146
27 Roman Hagara & Hans Peter Steinacher AUT (33\DNS) 3 3 10 33\DNF 33\DNF 33\DNF 33\DNF 148
28 Vincenzo Sorrentino & Giorgio Colombo ITA 27 (33\DNS) 33\DNS 17 19 33\DNF 16 16 161
29 Andrey Kiriliuk & Valery Ushkov RUS 18 18 25 4 (33\DNF) 33\DNF 33\DNF 33\DNF 164
30 Sergei Dzhienbaev & Maxim Semenov RUS 24 26 15 (33\OCS) 33\DNF 33\DNF 25 17 173
31 Alain Dubuc & Marck Herendeen CAN 28 30 29 23 (33\DNF) 25 33\DNF 33\DNF 201
32 Alejandro Noe & Esteban Blanco ARG 26 29 28 (33\DNF) 33\DNF 33\DNF 33\DNF 33\DNF 215

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