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GMUNDEN (3 June h 17.00) - After nine very competitive races, the new Platu 25 World Champion is the Italian “EUZ II Monella Vagabonda” owned by Francesco Lanera and helmed by Sandro Montefusco, with the Swiss Mark Sigrist as a tactician. This original Pugliese-Swiss team is the new World Champion although it’s the first time that the crew’s members race together. “EUZ II”   has been leading   the general ranking list for all the World Championship long.
Sandro Montefusco is  satisfied:” Today we had two fantastic races with wind blowing  from 16 to 20 knots. We didn’t expect such a perfect weather after the uncertain conditions of the last  days.  We started well in the first race today and we kept the advantage until the end. In the second race everything was more complicated . We started late and we got wrong in   some wind shifts . There was a moment in which we were fifteenth. But we didn’t lose our concentration and we could gain positions step by step “.
Francesco Lanera, owner of "EUZ II Monella Vagabonda" is very moved. He laughs and then cries and after he laughs again: “All of us hoped in the victory. There was Sandro Montefusco, who is a guarantee  but I don’t get used to such a big emotion. It’s simply fantastic and it’s difficult to believe. I thank all those who helped us and contributed to this day. Family, friends and sponsors. Our team faced in a very determined way the difficult weather conditions in the last days”. 
The struggle has always been behind “Euz II Monella Vagabonda”, among the Spanish and German boats. Until the end the second step of the podium was uncertain.  “GAES Mundo Marino” is officially  second but it wasn't sure until the end because of a protest by  “Bribon- Movistar that risked to cost a lot to their compatriots. Francisco Sánchez helm on GAES Mundo Marino wanted to express his satisfaction: “We did not expect this result, we’re very happy with this second place in Gmunden. It was a tricky championship with difficult wind conditions for all. We tried to be as consistent as possible and had three wins. The team is very satisfied right now. It was an incredible place to race and I’m sure that we will keep a very fond memory of Gmunden”

In third position there is the German “Falkone” owned by Cornelius Heeschen and helmed by Falko Knabe. Ole Von Studnitz , the Falkone’s tactician is absolutley enthusiastic: , “We are more than satisfied because we are Corinthians, not professional sailor. Our team started sailing just one year ago. The boat also is brand new and we bought it last year. It was a great Championship with a high technical level. The Spanish boats were really very competitive and also some German crews were very prepared and experienced. So it’s simply super for us to have won. For our team is a great beginning”.

Overall ranking after 9 races, one discard:


Watch the video interview to the New World Champions  by Jesus Renedo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm5XN5zOK7I



Sabrina Bonaiti: Platu 25 International press: sabrinabonaiti@libero.it

Pep Portas: Platu 25 Spanish Press prensaplatu25@telefonica.net

Photo : Jesus Renedo : jrenedo@mac.com


English edited by Kev Scott (Thailand NCA)

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