Snipe USA

Martinez & Utrera (ESP) Jr. World Snipe Champions

August 09
20:42 2011

Rungsted, Denmark

After an 11 race series, Alvaro Martinez and Mauricio Utrera from Malaga, Spain were crowned the new Snipe Class Junior World Champions.  The regatta was marked by very tight racing in the top five.

Over the course of four days, the lead changed several times with strong performances from 2008 Opti World Champion Raul Rios and Alejandro Monllor (PUR) and the Sabino brothers from Brazil.  The fleet experienced a wide range of conditions, beginning with light shifty winds and completing the series with a final day of winds gusting up to 18 knots.  Martinez and Utrera went into the final day with only a 5 point lead ahead of the fifth place boat and tied with second place boat, Emanuel Aghem and Luciano Pesci (ARG).

The new team of Geronimo Cervantes and Yon Belausteguigoitia (MEX) ramped up their game the last day earning two bullets in the breezy conditions.  It took the recently crowned Laser Radial World Youth Champion, Giovanni Coccoluto and Nicola Gerin (ITA) a few days to polish their team work, but they ended on a strong note, placing fourth overall.  The top placing US team and top girls team was Taylor Scheuermann (Miami, FL) and Jessica Claflin (Newport, RI) in eighth place.

Held every two years, the Snipe Jr. World Championship is a closed event.  All contestants are pre-qualified through their national associations.  This year’s championship attracted teams from 13 nations and three continents.  The top eight finishers were from eight different countries.  Martinez and Ultrera join a list of distinguished names on the championship trophy including Torben and Lars Grael, Santiago Lange, and Lucas Calabrese.

1.       Alvaro Martinez and Mauricio Utrera (ESP)  22 pts.
2.       Emanuel Aghem and Luciano Pesci (ARG)  28 pts.
3.       Felipe and Victor Sabino (BRA)  30 pts.
4.       Giovanni Coccoluto and Nicola Gerin (ITA)  30 pts.
5.       Raul Rios and Alejandro Monllor (PUR)  34 pts.
6.       Hedeki Nishimura and Keichi Hirasha (JPN)  48 pts.

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