Final day of the 2023 World Championship

The excitement reached its peak on the fifth and final day of the Tornado World Championship. Thanks to constantly good wind conditions, all 10 planned races could be sailed. Before the final, three teams were tied on points in second to fourth place, which noticeably increased the nervousness.

However, the Austrian team AUT 995 with Angelika Kohlendorfer and Calvin Klaus showed strong nerves and won the ninth race. In the tenth and last race GRE 11, consisting of Trigonis Konstantinos and Kalantzis Kostis, convinced with an excellent performance.

In the Open category, Frenchmen Yoann Trecul and Thomas Ferrand crowned themselves world champions with six race wins in ten races. Angelika Kohlendorfer and Calvin Klaus, who dominated the Mixed classification, were also runners-up in the Open category.

List of winners:
Open classification

  1. (FRA) Yoann Trecul and Thomas Ferrand
  2. AUT)Angelika Kohlendorfer and Calvin Klaus
  3. (SUI) Marcel Steiner and Jörg Steiner

Mixed ranking

  1. AUT) Angelika Kohlendorfer and Calvin Klaus
  2. (CZE) Pavlis Zdenek and Pavlisova Klara
  3. (AUT) Heinz Böhler and Katrin Oldenburg

Jürgen Jentsch, President of the International Tornado Class Association, praised the event: “It was a wonderful World Championship with 10 challenging races for 30 teams from 11 nations from 2 continents. The race committee did a perfect job in good thermal wind conditions between 8 and 14 knots.”

Trendsetting for the Tornado class is the announcement that new Tornados will be produced by Brett Burvill in Australia and carbon masts by Julius Brabericius in Lithuania starting in autumn.

All in all, the World Championship on Lake Como was a great success that the sailors and yachtsmen will remember fondly. It seems that the Tornado class is well on its way to having even more participants at the 2024 World Championship.