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Italy wins the TURISMO RÍAS BAIXAS Vaurien World Championship

posted 21 Aug 2013, 04:16 by Peter Lakshmanan   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 04:16 ]
Sanxenxo (Pontevedra), July 20, 2013

Tension was high going into the last day of the 2013 Turismo Rias Baixas Vaurien World Championship, with four teams still in contention for the overall title: The defending world champions, Leiros brothers from Spain were in the lead, having fought back into the contention after a bad start into the regatta. On equal point were 2011 World Champions, Baran brothers from Slovakia. Trailing by just one point was the Italian team of Zampacavallo / Armengot. In fourth place, but not without hopes of winning the competition was the team of Campos / Martinez from Spain.

The day dawned, as before, with fog and thermal wind still building, but the Committee send the fleet out on the water anyway, to wait for the wind to settle and hopefully sail the remaining two races. However, it was not until 13:15 h when finally the first race was started. The four competitors were locked in tight battle, with Italian crew "Zas Sailing Madness" Zampacavallo /
Armengot getting the best end, overtaking the Spaniards Jaime and Alfonso Leiros just with the last tack before the finish. The Slovakian brothers scored a third place, while the other Spanish team of Campos Martinez only finished as 6th and fell out of the contention for the World title.

So, going into the last race, the Italians lead by one point in front of the Leiros brothers (ESP). The Baran brothers (SVK) were just two points from the lead.

In the final race, it was the team of Zampacavallo, who got the best start, controlling the opposition from 2nd place. Out in front was a French team, who, having nothing to do with the overall win, took an unopposed race win. In third place was the team of Campos / Martinez, giving the Italians a nice buffer. Miroslav and Maros Baran took the 4th place, boosting them to second overall, while the defending champions, Leiros brothers, were struggeling in this last race, finishing only in 7th place, resulting in a bronze medal overall.

So, finally, after more than 20 years of sailing Vaurien, the team of Francesco Zampacavallo and Carlos Frances Armengot, won the Vaurien World Championship. At the same time, they also win the masters trophy.

The Vaurien Junior World Championship goes to Jelle Fokkema and Fimme Veldhuis from Netherlands, with another Dutch team, Jelmer Yntema and Jorrit Bonnema, on second place with equal points.

The price giving ceremony on the terrace of the Real Club Nautico Sanxenxo was a show of fun and friendship between nations and generations, which is the heart of the Vaurien Class. The most emotional moment clearly was, when Ugo Zappi, the 90 year old Chief Measurer of the class, adressed the sailors, to thank them for keeping the spirit of the Vaurien alive.


Final classification

1. Francesco Zampacavallo / Carlos Frances Armengot (Italy), 2 +2 +3 +2 + (61) + (7) +2 +3 +3 +4 +4 +2 +1 +2 = 33

Two. Miroslav Baran / Maros Baran (Slovakia), 3 + (8) +5 +1 +2 +5 + (6) +1 +2 +4 +4 +2 +3 +4 = 36

Three. Jaime Leirós / Alfonso Leirós (Spain), (14) +1 +1 +9 +6 +3 +3 +2 + (13) +1 +1 +1 +2 +7 = 37

April. Ignacio Campos / Gonzalo Martínez (Spain), (11) +3 +2 +3 +1 +1 +1 + (61) +5 +7 +6 +6 +3 +3 = 41

May. Kuiper roelof / Jelmes Kuiper (Netherlands), 1 +6 + (22) +7 +11 +2 +11 + (18) +1 +12 +2 +3 +8 +14 = 41

Full results.