Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

An interview with 2011 Tornado World Champions

by Andrew Dowley on 7 Sep 2011
Tornado World Championship 2011 .
ITA Secretary Andrew Dowley interviews the 2011 Tornado World Champions about their victory and what's next.

Dany and Kostas, congratulations on your new World Title!! 38 teams from 11 nations – was it good to have a variety of sailors from across the World?

It was great to sail against Tornado sailors from Brazil, Australia and Europe. It seems that as time passes more and more sailors from around the world are enjoying Tornado sailing.

Kostas, your training video from last year has been a massive hit with the Tornado Sailors – Is it good to see new faces at these events?

Yes, it is great, it is so nice for us to be able to help the other sailors. The people I spoke to really enjoyed the World Championships and are going away to tell their friends to come next year.

You only just missed out last year, how does it feel to be World Champions?

We have put a lot of effort in to achieve this. We are very happy to win the Championship and be amongst all those great Tornado sailors that have won the title in the past.


The wind conditions were very challenging with lots of races cancelled. How did you find sailing in Switzerland?

It was really difficult because the final results came almost from the races in one day, the last day with very strong winds. Anything could have happened and we couldn't have time to anticipate the gust and shifts in the wind.

The last day was extremely windy, how did you cope?

We sailed very carefully! We really did not want to make a mistake that would lead to damage or a capsize. We did not risk it at any moment. In the last race we didn't start on the line because we did not want to risk an OCS again.

How did the other sailors find the event? Did you talk to many others?

Every sailor we spoke to enjoyed the hospitality and the facilities. It was very unfortunate that we had to wait for so long for the wind every day. The first briefing was around 8.30am every morning.


We think the last day made up for the week with the sailors, although challenging the sailors had a great time racing.

We also saw a few months ago that you crossed the Aegean Sea on your Tornado? How was that?

We had the chance to sail for the first time in our lives across the Aegean sea. We enjoyed it very much, it was tough to be for 72 hours on the trampoline but the sailing was great. We sailed very close to some beautiful islands in crystal blue waters with dolphins and we had only our compass, the stars and the lighthouses to show us the way to Crete.

When we reached Crete after 72 hours we were exhausted but it worth every moment we spent sailing.

What is next for you both?

We really hope to win the Europeans for the fourth time in a row and start growing Multihull sailing in Greece.
Next year we will try to make a race in the Aegean sea, like an adventure race. We want more Tornado sailors to have the opportunity to sail in that beautiful area of the World.


See you there next year!

Thank you both for your time, good luck in the European Championships.

InSunSport - NZSchaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

Owners work together on new 52fter project to kick-start SoCal fleet
Manouch Moshayedi owner and skipper of the Bakewell-White 100 Rio100 is behind establishing a 52fter fleet in California The 52fters will be based on the latest design by Judel/Vrolijk. “There are some improvements over the boats in the SuperSeries in the Med that we have made specifically for California sailing, including taller masts, larger mains, larger jibs, larger spinnakers and lighter displacement,” explains Manouch Moshayedi.
Posted today at 9:58 am
Pacific Cup - Riding Rufless across the Pacific
The former Bronco was a well sailed class boat the ridden hard and put away wet. 2016 Pacific Cup - We begin this tale with the fundamental roots. The Melges 32 featured in this story is not a tock Melges 32' by any means. The former Bronco was a well sailed class boat the ridden hard and put away wet. When found a few years ago in a San Diego boat yard, she was in sad shape and in need of a good home.
Posted today at 6:43 am
OK Dinghy World - Danes dominate glamour first day
Jørgen Svendsen (DEN) and Bo Petersen (DEN) shared the spoils on the first day of the 2016 OK Dinghy World Championship Jørgen Svendsen (DEN) and Bo Petersen (DEN) shared the spoils on the first day of the 2016 OK Dinghy World Championship in Quiberon, France after a glamour day on the water with unbroken sunshine and a building sea breeze that topped out at 16-18 knots. An impressive 105 OK Dinghies from 10 nations completed registration.
Posted today at 3:35 am
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Bouncing back on Day 1
Quantum Racing pretty much carried on from where they left off in Sardinia earlier this month, ferociously consistent Quantum Racing pretty much carried on from where they left off in Sardinia earlier this month, ferociously consistent and proving the value of every point gained on each race course. After their ninth and tenth places respectively at the Audi Settimana delle Bocche Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec and Takashi Okura’s Sled both bounced back with a strong opening day to the third regatta of the five
Posted on 25 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Races 1 and 2 images
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races one and two Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races one and two
Posted on 25 Jul
New challenges for Oman Air at halfway stage of Extreme Sailing Series
Race organisers have extended the race area on the River Elbe to cater for the higher speeds of the new foiling GC32s. Race organisers have extended the race area on the River Elbe to cater for the higher speeds of the new foiling GC32s but Oman Air skipper Morgan Larson says avoiding errors will still be the biggest challenge if they are to extend their overall lead with their third Act victory of the season.
Posted on 25 Jul
Rolex Swan Cup – A noble approach to sailing
Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment, a prevailing spirit of fair play and an opportunity to sail yachts renowned for their grace, enduring appeal and rich heritage.
Posted on 25 Jul
Comanche's Trans-Atlantic record attempt hits soft spot
Light air zones threaten record-breaking pace as 100ft yacht charges across mid-Atlantic With 1,548 nautical miles left to sail to the finish of the Transatlantic record (as of 08:30 GMT today) at Lizard Point, UK, Comanche remains on course to break Mari Cha IV’s 2003 record. Stan Honey, Comanche navigator, noted this morning: Chilly here. Set the A-3 Gennaker to go deeper. Very flat water. Smooth sailing. Not much wind down low near the cold water. Visibility 10meters.
Posted on 25 Jul
World of Sailing in review - July 2016 edition - Round the Island Race
World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race (around the Isle of Wight) and preview several personalities and aspects of the upcoming Rio Olympics
Posted on 25 Jul
America’s Cup World Series – More final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted on 25 Jul