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Shaun Frohlich Wins 2012 Etchells European Championship

Congratulations to Shaun Frohlich, Duncan Truewell and David Bedford on their second consecutive Etchells European Championship win.   The Championship took place June 8-10 2012 in Rosignano, Italy with competitors from Denmark, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Ukraine, and the United States.

Shaun Frohlich from the UK won the Europeans with a new 2012 suit of Etchells sails from Doyle One Design. They had a new AP main, DCM jib, DCH-4 jib and a new runner.

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Excerpt from report on Etchells.org:

On Sunday the Etchells European Champion was decided without the boats leaving the dock on the 3rd and final day due to large waves caused by a storm surge in the Mediterranean. In the picturesque Tuscan Coast at Rosignano Solvay, Shaun Frolich sailing with Dave Bedford and Duncan Truewell on Exabyte  won the Championship for the consecutive year.

Exabyte was tied on points with George Andreadis’ Efrya both having 2 first 2 seconds and a 3rd, but Exabyte was discarding a 4th to Efyre 6th, and closing up on both boats only 3 points behind was Dennis Connors sailing USA 1060 with Vince Brun and Julie who also scored 2 firsts, but the race committees sensible cancellation of Day 3 meant that the last 2 races were not sailed.

European Championship sailing conditions over the previous 2 days ranged from 28 knots down to 3 knots but with very little movement in the wind winning races was all about good starting, straight line speed and smart crew work, and Exabyte’s consistency won her the event.

One of Shaun’s highlights from the championship was a tacking duel that he had with Dennis Connors on Day 2, even though he could not get past Dennis, Shaun commented that it was surreal, he could never have imagined going up against one of the world’s all time greatest sailors. But the excitement wasn’t limited to the sailing, lunch time starts of the racing meant that the younger members of some crews were able to enjoy late night swimming in the warm waters of the med as the bars had all closed.

At the prize giving Shaun and all of the owners thanked Marco and Otto Cimarosti for organising a great regatta at such a wonderful location giving them an insight into what to expect for the Worlds 2013, which will be held at the same location at the same time of year.

2012 European Championship Write-Up on etchells.org

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