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May 17 2010

The last weekend proved to be a fantastic time for sailors on the Marinepool team, with Gold, Silver and Bronze won in European Championships!

2010 EUROSAF European Match Race Championship, Hard, Austria

Cold and stormy weather could not stop the smiles of Marinepool´s Ekaterina Skudina and her team who are the new match race European Champions 2010!

Skudina beat Britain’s Lucy Macgregor in their fourth race when she crossed the finish line less than a foot ahead of her opponent. It was an impressive end to an impressive event with 24 teams in 2 classes, 2 separate races courses and a full set of double round robins, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.

Macgregor, the world’s number 1 match racer, started the finals on a wrong foot. She had her timings completely off at the prestart of the 1st race and crossed the starting line 15 seconds behind Skudina. From that point there was no way back and Skudina got her 1st point easily. Macgregor came back in the following race, controlled the prestart, got off the line with better speed and stayed ahead, the pattern to guarantee victory in this event. 

Ekaterina Skudina, brand new European march race champion. Hard, 15 May 2010. Photo copyright Daniel Forster /

Skudina proved in the 3rd race that it was up to who made less the boat handing errors was the one to have better chances. Macgregor got the upper hand at the start and led the race but a number of sloppy tacks in the second beat let Skudina get ahead and win. The fourth and final race was a nailbiter and it could have really gone one way or the other. Both crews made mistakes, Macgregor got a red flag at the bottom mark and let Skudina take the lead but then the Russian let the British separate in the last run and close the gap. It was finally Skudina that crossed the line in front by less than a foot.

It was a very important day for Russian sailing and Skudina who will now have to rush back to her desk in order to present her PhD in less than a week. Afterwards, both she and Macgregor will head to Medemblik in the Netherlands for the Sailing World Cup.

In the "Petite Final" for Bronze, Marinepool´s Lotte Meldgaard from Denmark had no real trouble dominating Cristiana Monina from Italy. A combination a very good starts and better boatspeed upwind secured the bronze medal for the Danish match racer. 

In 6th Sofia Bekatorou of Greece completed the superb result for the Marinepool Squad!

Congratulations to our European Champions and the bronze medallists!!!


Melges 32 European Championship, Cagliari, Italy

Joe Woods on Red, with Paul Goodison on tactics wins the 2010 Audi Melges 32 European Championship.

On the final day, in mistral conditions that had no boundaries, Woods hit the fleet hard resisting fierce attacks from those, who at the end of the Championship accompanied him on the podium, Marinepool´s Lanfranco Cirillo and tactician Michele Paoletti on Fantastica and Luca Lalli on with Lorenzo Bressani on tactics.

The sixth race proved useful to those looking to close gaps in the standings such as American John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti, which in Sunday’s conditions found himself in the lead at the first windward mark. Kilroy hesitated then hoisted the spinnaker, Cirillo was second around, hoisting the chute looking more relaxed than anyone else on the water. Downwind, Kilroy kept a close eye on Cirillo and Lalli looking for a comeback. Kilroy took the win, Cirillo across in second, Lalli third. With Cirillo’s result, he knew that he had at least a second overall finish for the championship. The title was yet to be determined though, as the arrival of Woods across the line was yet to come. In order to take the championship he had to do seventh or better.

Woods landed fifth and with this result, he collected the title. Congratulations are in full order for Woods and his successful crew with much merit to Goodison, the weapon aboard by which Red found its strength. Cirillo also had one of his best regattas yet, three second place finishes a fourth and a sixth. Lalli finished three points out in third. Peter Rogers on Highlife, who up until this morning dreamed of success, slipped from second overall to fifth. Passed by Kilroy in fourth.

Final overall standings Audi Melges 32 European Championship after 6 races with one discard:

1.) Joe Woods/Paul Goodison, Red; 1-6-1-[15]-1.5= 14
2.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 4-2-6-2-[9]-2 = 16 
3.) Luca Lalli/Lorenzo Bressani,; 3-5-3-3-[10] = 17

Congratulations Lanfranco Cirillo and his team Fantastica to their silver medal!!