Open Europeans 2011 - New Women's Match Racing champion

Women’s Match Racing - Open Europeans Helsinki 2011
Tani Simberg
Open Europeans Helsinki 2011 which began back on the 30th June in Finland, have now crowned a champion in Women's Match Racing.

Spanish Tamara Echegoyen and her team are the new European Champions of Women's Match Racing. Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega and Sofia Toro took the gold medal in Sunday's final in Helsinki, ahead of Russia's Ekaterina Skudina and her crew (Elena Oblova, Elena Syuzeva).

The conditions at Hernesaari were challenging due to a fickle wind. Early into the day the wind completely died near the shore, which is why the start of Match Racing had to be pushed back until 12:30 from the original 11 o'clock.

Once the final eventually got underway, it was Echegoyen who had the better start, winning the first match. Skudina came back in the second race but couldn't keep it up in the next two matches. Thus the Spanish team won best-of-five series 3-1.

Meanwhile, Silvia Roca Mata of Spain and Mandi Mulder of the Netherlands faced each other in the Petit Final. Mulder's team first took the lead, but Roca Mata and her crew evened the score in the second match. In the third and deciding race Mulder came out on top to grab the bronze.

Laser Standard and Laser Radial also got their sailing underway on Sunday. They are by far the most popular classes at the Open Europeans: in total there are 251 Lasers competing, 140 Standards and 111 Radials.

Austria's Andreas Geritzer is leading the men's competition after two races, whereas Zhang Dong Shuang of China is in charge of the women's event. Hometown's biggest favourite Sari Multala is currently 20th (Radial).

Star class had its second competition day at the Open Europeans. Greece's Emilios Papathanasiou and Alexandros Dragoutsis continue in the lead after three races.

Women's Match Racing Results :

For gold medal, best-of-five series: Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) vs. Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) 3-1

For bronze medal, best-of-three series: Silvia Roca Mata (ESP) vs. Mandi Mulder (NED) 1-2

1. Echegoyen (ESP)
2. Skudina (RUS)
3. Mulder (NED)
4. Roca Mata (ESP)
5. Le Berre (FRA)
6. Goncalves (POR)
7. Price (AUS)
8. Lehtinen (FIN)
9. Meldgaard (DEN)
10. Ru (CHN)
11. Bekkering (NED)
12. Pomerants (EST)

Other Classes Top Ten.

Star Class:

1 GRE Emilios Papathanasiou Alexandros Dragautsis
2 UKR Vasyl Gureyev Volodymyr Korotkov
3 ESP Fernando Echavarri Fernando Rodriguez Rivero
4 JPN Kunio Suzuki Daichi Wada
5 UKR Denis Khashina Dmitriy Mechetin
6 UKR Arthur Anosov Vitalii Kushnir
7 RUS Andrey Berezhnoy Sergey Masalov
8 CAN Stuart Hebb Mike Wolfs
9 UKR Pavlo Bondar Mykola Dmytrenko
10 HUN Tibor Tenke Miklos Bezereti

Laser Radial

1 CHN 191213 Zhang Dong Shuang
2 CRO 199055 Miheli´c Tina
3 ESP 182149 Cebrian Alicia
4 BEL 197514 Van Acker Evi
5 SWE 200696 Olsson Josefin
6 FRA 196703 de Turckheim Sophie
7 CHN 177117 Xu Lijia
8 AUS 180195 Weir Krystal
9 ITA 201494 Cosentino Laura
10 DEN 199052 Lindberg Alberte

Laser

1 AUT 189537 Geritzer Andreas
2 CRO 199825 Stipanovic Tonc
3 POL 194843 Piasecki Patryk
4 RUS 190707 Lisovenko Igor
5 NED 194870 Hummel Yuri
6 POL 183430 Gryglewski Michał
7 CRO 194836 Vujasinovic Milan
8 RUS 197526 Semerkhanov Maxim
9 POL 197723 Stelmaszyk Jonasz
10 ESP 193022 Jesus Rogel

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