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news - Nickos (49 World Cup Winners Delle-Karth/Resch) win Austrian Offshore Champgionship

Okt 11 2010

Nico Delle Karth and Niko Resch are rushing from victory to victory. After winning the World Cup in the 49er class this season, the duo added the Austrian Offshore Champion crown to their title collection.

The crew of six sponsored by Hobas and Marinepool sailed flawlessly and never finished worse than 2nd.

In changing wind conditions and beautiful weather the BMW Offshore Championship held what it´s excellent reputation promised. Biograd was a great venue for the 42 crews, foremost for the 49er cracks who made an excursion into the Bavaria 42 yachts used for the championship. Quite a change from the super light weight skiff to the 8 ton yachts. But Delle-Karth and Resch showed that they were the team to beat right from the first start and with 5 bullets and three seconds the two 26 year old Olympians were never threatened.

The remaining fleet was sailing for the title "best of the rest" with 2009 champion Christian Bayer (Aquila Sailing Team) already 10 points behind in second. Bronze went to Peter Czajka skipper of the Yachtrevue (the eponymous Austrian sailing magazine) team.

"We are truly surprised. We have no expeerience on boats of this size at all and we would not have had ourselves on the list of favorites for the title. This victory was a hard fought one and we won due to our great team performance", said a jubilant Niko Resch who was the team´s tactician. "We made surprisingly few mistakes" confirmed Nico Delle Karth who helmed the yacht. He was especially thrilled that the team excelled in all conditions. "No matter whether there was a light breeze or heavy wind, whether we sailed in flat water or big seas, we had great boat speed. The team did an excellent job! The week was tiring but we had great fun out on the water!".

The gold medals in ORC in the classes with and without Spinnaker went to Helmut Böhm and Hermann Schultheis respectively.

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Final Results after 9 race/One Design Class Bavaria 42:

1. Hobas/BMW Nico Delle Karth/Nico Resch 11

2. Aquila Sailing Team Christian Bayer/Christian Binder 21

3. Yachtrevue Peter Czajka/Luis Gazzari 24

4. BMW Austria Gerhard Pils/Rene Mangold 27

5. BAWAG PSK/Inves Sylvia Vogl/Stephan Schurich 45

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