Litkey Farkas, Karoly Vezer and Gabor Oroszlan did it again!! 2017 World Champions , after 8 races in mostly light conditions. The weather didn’t helped much at the beginning of the week with some rain and even a day without sailing. But then the 35 Soling fleet from 13 different countries and three continents had the chance to see the sun and one day of good sailing condition, some hiking with only a bit too cold and long day trying to catch up the races lost at the second day of the championship.
The final race at the final day of the event sponsored by ING and organized by the KNZ&RV was also abandoned after waiting almost the entire day. But three days were enough achieve 8 races in very difficult conditions varying intensity and direction, extremely well handled by team HUN 11 to take the title back home by two points ahead team Equilibrium BRA 78 with Nelson Ilha, Manfredo Floricke and Carlo de Leo.
In third came team UNIOR UKR 1 with Ygor Yushko, Sergey Pichuguin and Igor Severianov ahead the finish team FIN 46 with Ekki Heinonen, Pasi Palmu and Jenney van der Werf the winner of the Tony Clare Trophy for the best woman placed. In Fifth Odds & Ends CAN 1 with Billy Abbott, Joanne Abbott and Scott McNeil.
The Grand Master bowl was won by George Wossala sailing with his son Christoff and Pepe Nemeth at HUN 77. The Classic Trophy was won by team NED 39 with Ronald den Arend, Gavin Lidlow and Sven Borsje. The Young helm trophy was won by team El Demolidor BRA 45 with Kadu Bergenthal, Eduardo Cavalli and Renan Oliveira
The class Honored Laszlo Hegymegi measurer since 1986 and NED 51 with Ronald Backer Dirks, George Kroon and Andrew Maat the winner of the race key honored Rudy den Outer who helped them so much to get ready for the event… nevertheless the Dutch Soling Klub also Honored Rudy with the Gert Bakker Trophy a well deserved honor after so many years in the class, traveling and supporting the locals and the International Soling Class.
The next World Championship will be held in BsAs, from Nov 15 to 22 at the Club Nautico San Isidro. All trophy winners were advised to be present in person to return the perpetuals, they keep the nice models made by Dave Crysdale and his company.