The 2016 Tornado Europeans have come to an end!
After a great race and after taking their usual bath on the last day of the event, Nikolaos Mavros and Alexandros Tagaropoulos from Greece managed to maintain their lead since the beginning of the championship, becoming this year’s Open European Champions!! The broken trapeze wire on the penultimate race was not able to deprive them of this well-deserved victory!
Close behind them is Maria Tsaousidou, Greece, and Marc Baier, Germany, a mixed crew who had an exceptional performance by scoring 4 bullets in the event and finishing in the top 5 at the rest of the races.
They are also the winners of the Mixed and Youth (both under 26) category!!
On the third place of the Open category are the brothers Marcel and Joerg Steiner , Switzerland, who seem to perform much better in stronger wind. This was verified on the last day as they got the bullet in the first and came 3rd in the second race of the day, passing in front of the Austrians, Dietmar and Silvia Salzman, just before the finish.
So Dietmar and Silvia Salzman, the father and daughter crew, stand 4th in the Open and 2nd in the Mixed. They seemed to prefer lighter wind conditions!
5th in the Open category is another crew from Austria: Blum Jens and Fritz Rupert!
The 3rd mixed crew who also came 6th overall is the Polish Zbigniew Piekarski and Ewa Gorska!
For those who wonder, the wind at the last racing day was Northeast and its speed reached the 14 knots!
We need to stress that Congrega Velisti Cesenatico conducted a fantastic event. Everything was carefully organized both on water, overtaking the difficulties of the current and the wind shifts and on land with a rich social event program.
Thank you to the organisers and volunteers!
Congratulations to the winners!
Videos from the upwind mark rounding here
Next European Championship: 17-23 July in Dervio.