Second victory for Plump

Rodman 42 wins ORC European Championship

Saturday August 8th 2009, Author: ORC, Location: United Kingdom
On the strength of three straight victories in today’s three races for a total of 29 points, Christian Plump’s (GER) Rodman 42 Beluga Sailing has won the 2009 ORC European Championship, hosted by Ystad Segelsallskapp (YSS). This is Plump’s second major ORC championship title, having won the 2007 World Championship in the same boat. Plump’s team from Bremen, Germany was led by America’s Cup veteran tactician Morten Henricksen (DEN).

“We’re really pleased about the win,” said Plump, “especially after that unfortunate DSQ incident at the start of the second race yesterday. For us, that really put the pressure on to stay clean and do well. And fortunately we were able to sail enough races for the throw out score!”

All three races today were over short 7-mile windward-leeward courses, and just as yesterday, the margins were very close in corrected time: Beluga won one race by only 9 seconds, another by 11, and the third by a more comfortable 42-second margin.

In all, 23 teams from four countries attended this year’s event, and the racing was often quite close in corrected time. Finishing as runner-up on 36.19 points was a team that spent most of the series in the lead, Ralf Asholm’s (SWE) Sinergia 40 DataCom. This team excelled when it counted, on the bonus point short and long offshore races, since their finishes in the inshore races were not exceptional. In contrast, Martin Nilsson’s (NOR) Salona 37 Capio, who rounded out the podium finishers in third place, excelled in the inshore races but had mediocre finishes on the offshore races, which were not eligible for throw-out. The same held true for Jani Lehti’s (FIN) Grand Soleil 42R Lexus, who finished in fourth overall.

Full results here

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