Forecast to the Tornado Worlds

Tornado World Championship

10th until the 17th of June 2016

Lindau on the Lake Constance


Press Release – Lindau, 6th June 2016



In search of the best Tornado Sailors

10 Races are scheduled for the “Tornado Worlds“ in Lindau


The “Lindauer Segler-Club” will be the “Organizing Authority” from the 10th until the 17th of June for the races of the “Tornado Worlds 2016” held on the Lake Constance. 34 teams from 11 Nation are expected, among them the complete world elite of the Tornado class, which is a former olympic class.


Contender for World Championship title is without any doubt the Greek team starting for the Nautic Club Thessaloniki, Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstatinos Trigonis. Their track record: defending champion for 5 consecutive years, repeated participation at the Olympic games.

The German Team with Roland Gäbler and his wife Nahid Gäbler starting for the NRV (Norddeutscher Regatta-Verein) are most likely the thoughest rival for the Greek team, considering that they are the present ruling worldchampions of the “Tornado Mixed Class“, and Roland being a bronze medallist of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

To name a few more.

Four Teams from the southern hemisphere, three from Australia among them Gavin Colby/Bill Leonard and Allan Gamble/Kim Nicholas and one from New Zealand with Bill Caunce/Aaron Duncan, are also expected, like salt in a soup the true ingredients for a world championship in any sailing event, teams from down under. You may be certain that one doesn´t travel half around the world to only enjoy the beautiful environment provided by the lake and the alps but also to seek titles and trophies …

The president and Chairman of the International Tornado Association Jürgen Jentsch and his wife Sarah, who recently finished 2nd in the last German Open event, are expected on the starting line as well, beside their club companions, totalling 3 teams from the Segelclub Füssen/Forggensee (SCFF). One of them Bob Baier, reigning German champion in the
A-Cat-Class (smaller multihull boat class), sailing with his son Marc.

Youngest participant is Estela Jentsch teaming with the Australian Champion Brett Burvill from Perth, who came 4th in last years world Championship.

Last but not least the teams with the homefield advantage, five of them from the Austrian shore and from the Yacht-Club Rheindelta with the sailing area right infront of their doorsteps, and from Lindau Veit Hemmeter sailing for the Lindauer-Segler-Club, winner of the 2010 Tornado German Open, and multiple winner of the long distance race „Rundum“  around the lake of Constance.


Measurement and equipment inspection, ensuring class rules compliance, will be held on Friday and Saturday the 10th and 11th of June with a practice race in the afternoon of the 11th. Followed by the “Opening Ceremony“ starting at 19:00 in the “old city hall“.

Former Lindauer Segler-Club president and present DSV president Dr. Andreas Lochbrunner, the Mayor, the District Chief Executive and more are amongst the expected.


1st day of official racing is the 12th of June 2016, two races per day are scheduled.

Provided the wind conditions, allow to stay in adherence with the schedule, Wednesday will be a lay day. In case the event falls behind schedule the lay day will become a racing day.

A minimum of four races are required to complete the world championships.

The low-point system will apply. Which means if 5 or more races are completed the worst score of a competitor shall be deleted.


Prizes will be given for the following categories:

Tornado top 5 teams

Tornado Mixed top 3 teams

Tornado Youth top 3 teams

Prizegiving will be held on the 17th of June in front of the Clubhouse of the Lindauer Segler-Club.


Paul Bastard has been elected to hold the office of “Principal Race Officer“. The Frenchman has been International Race Officer since 1990 and is very well known and accustomed to the Tornado Sailing Class due to his activities during the Worldcup races in Hyères for many years. Furthermore Paul has also been in different positions and organizational functions during three olympic games. In short  a guarantee for fair and equal regatta conditions and racing provided by the racing committee.


Local member of the International Jury is Mufti Kling. They are responsible for the proper conduct of any protest hearings and any ruling if necessary. With over 10 years of experience and the qualification as an “International Judge“ he and the entire team are up to the task that´s for sure.


The social events are planned as follows:

The big BBQ evening on the Sunday the 12th of June on the premises of the Lindauer Segler-Club.

Annual Meeting of the International Tornado Association the 13th of June.

Gala-Dinner “Sailors only“ on the 14th of June.


Ongoing news and reporting will be available under:


Author: Volker Göbner

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Tornados sailing at the German Open (2016 on lake Chiemsee).
Credit given to: M. Barnetova


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Roland and Nahid Gäbler from Bremen, Mixed-Champions 2015.
Credit given to: M. Barnetova




Any Questions?

Please ask our spokesman for the Tornado Worlds 2016

Volker Göbner

mobil +49 170 2023319


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