Five-time Olympian and former world champion Hans Fogh of Mississauga has won the Soling championship at the Kiel Week regatta in West Germany.
Fogh, skipping Landed Immigrant, was third after six races, but won the decisive seventh race to surpass Boris Bodnikov of the USSR.
Peter Hall of Montreal was third.
“The forecast was for light winds,” Fogh told Champion correspondent Andy Shaw after the race. “But we went out early and saw that the wind had come up. We changed to our medium-heavy gear and guessed the wind would hold up for most of the race.”
Fogh, 40, a sailmaker by trade, is a native of Copenhagen. He was a member of the Danish Olympic team in 1960, 1964, and 1968. In 1960, he took the Olympic silver medal in the Flying Dutchman class.
Since emigrating to Canada, Fogh has won such major events as the 1974 World Soling championships and the 1976 European Flying Dutchman title.
He placed seventh in the 1972 Olympics for Canada and was fourth at Kingston in 1976 in Flying Dutchman.
Fogh’s winning entry at Kiel was crewed by Dennis Toews, a 47-year-old insurance salesman from Burlington, Ont., and John Kerr, 27, a Toronto publisher.
Toews was a member of the 1976 Canadian Olympic team.
The only other Canadian medal at Kiel came when Terry McLaughlin of Toronto and Evert Bastet of Montreal won the bronze in the Flying Dutchman class.
“It is really quite an accomplishment considering this is McLaughlin’s first international regatta in this class,” national sailing coach Steve Tupper told correspondent Shaw.
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