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Now a Spanish crew has won the Tutima J/80 Worlds in Germany

Sunday July 13th 2008, Author: Hermann Hell, Location: United Kingdom
The winner of the Tutima J80 Worlds comes from Spain: Ignacio Camino Rodriguez and his Nextel engineeringcrew took the title despite being black flagged in the last race.

With just two points to spare Ignacio Camino Rodriguez managed to save his lead and was happy that race officer Mandus Freese did not start the 12th race because of strong winds. All three days before at the Tutima J80 Worlds, the Spanish team held first place in the overall results.

Skippered a J/80 for the first time at a World championship, President of the J/80 Class, Jeff Johnstone, sailed into the second place. With his boat chartered and equipped with sails of the Kiel sail makers Faber and Münker, Johnstone, 48, needed a couple of races to get used to the conditions in Kiel, but followed this up with with three race wins and many top scoring results.

The fleet of 63 Boats and crews from 12 nations was dominated by - besides the Spanish crews - teams of mainly from France, Great Britain and Sweden who fill the top ten of the fleet. Among them French sailor Patrick Bot managed four wins but some worse places resulted them finishing fourth. Although rarely worse than 15th, leading British sailor Kevin Sproul finished fifth overall.

The hosts and initiators of the Tutima J/80 Worlds, Uli Münker and Peter Hecht, were best German team. At one point during the regatta holding third, they had to be satisfied with ninth place overall at the conclusion of the regata..

“We always had nice conditions here in Kiel, winds between 10 and 20 knots all the time and very seldom a strong rain shower. With a total of eleven races we could deliver a perfect performance", head of the organisation, Thore Hansen, concluded.

Final results:

1. Ignacio Camino Rodriguez/Alberdo Padron Gomez Jose Luis/Armando Gutierrez (ESP) 52
2. Jeff Johnstone/Bo Teichmann/Stella Mau/Florian Föh/Henning Mittelmann (USA) 54
3. Carlos Martinez/Chencho Ortega/Eugenio Pedreno/Juanma Barrionuevo (ESP) 63
4. Patrick Bot/Frederic Denis/Matthieu Durand/Frederic Hauville/Agathe Brucelle (FRA) 71
5. Kevin Sproul/Yoann Richomme/Robert Gullan/Aarian Gray (GBR) 75;
6. Javier Padron/Juan Gonzalez/Abelardo Queuedo/Cesar Obregon (ESP) 79
7. Ingemar Sundstedt/Jörgen Strömquist/Olof Detlefsen/Anne Tempelmann/Mikael Linquist (SWE) 79
8. Jonathan Lobert/Félix Pruvor/Thomas Le Breton/Benjamin Diouris (FRA) 81
9. Ulrich Münker/Philipp Schön/Willem Geertz/Erik Hecht/Peter Hecht (Kiel) 87

10. Luc Nadal/Francois Meesmaecker/Pierre Mousselon/Gilles Curcaud (FRA) 106

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