An away victory for the Trìmali Team who
won the European title of Human Powered Boat 2008. The competition,
consisting of three different races, took place on 6 and 7 September
in Hamburg which, thanks to its many kilometres of splendid canals,
was a wonderful sight. 12 boats in the "multi-person boat"
category and 4 boats with only one person, coming from Germany,
Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic entered
the competition. The Trìmali Team boat, called Trìmali
One, is a trimaran with an azimuth propeller driven by one rider,
whose main skills are speed and manoeuvrability. The team consisted
of Luca Ghersi (Pleasure Craft Product Line) as rider and Giovanni
Vacca (Naval Vessel Product Line) as support staff.
The first day was given over to the long distance race, 10 km
along the canals of the Alster river and the lake of the same
name arriving in the heart of the city where the crowds on either
side, including a lot of tourists, cheered the arrival of the
boats. Trìmali One arrived first in its category and achieved
an important sixth position after a long contest with the "multi-person"
The following day the two fast races offered great excitement
to both public and participants; the slalom occurred among closely-placed
buoys, necessitating great agility and manoeuvrability skills.
The biggest challenge was between the two fastest boats propelled
by a single rider, ETA and Trìmali One, the Italian boat
obtaining the best time for most of the race, beating all the
boats in the multi-person category; unfortunately, the German
boat initially hindered by technical problems managed to achieve
the best time right at the last minute, thanks to the replacement
of a part made available by another team.
The second race was held over a hundred metres, requiring the
boats to pull all the stops out. The riders, spurred on by the
public and the incitement of their team-mates, made the boats
literally fly over the water. Second place again for the Italian
boat which thus obtained, thanks to its victory in the long distance
race and its two placings, a historic record in the results table,
following last year's third place in the world championship held
in Rostock. The Trìmali Team does not intend to stop here;
indeed, the joy of victory is an incentive to improve the boat
in view of next year's professional competitions, among which
the International Waterbike Regatta and the 2009 World Championship.