Photographs of The second competition and the Ball of Sherlock Holmes
Pipe Club Teams World Cup was organized in our country for the second time – previously in 2005 – in Poznan. The organizer was Polish Pipe Club Council (RPKF). The program, in addition to the most important Sunday’s competition, include events scheduled for the whole weekend from Friday 11th to Monday 14th of October. If one would want to try summarizing it in one sentence it would be: Poznan was a meeting point for hundreds of pipe and pipe smoking passionate fans from all over the world. The individual winner was Hans Sonderman (the Netherlands), and the best team was from Italian Corsellini Pipa Club Firenze. Among Poles Damian Mucha (KKF Poznan) was individually the best and the Team 1 from Pipe Club Wroclaw.
The first point was the CIPC session, i.e. the deliberations of the Presidents of National Pipe Clubs Councils – members of CIPC. The Presidents first met on Friday evening for the dinner, and then continued official deliberations on Saturday, October 12. The most important result of several hours of the session was the election of a new President of the CIPC Mr. Cornelius Crans from the Netherlands.
In parallel to the CIPC session on Saturday at the Novotel Malta, the exhibition of pipes, tobacco , cigars and accessories and team registration has started in the Novotel Centrum. As befits the World Cup, we had the opportunity to enjoy – and who wanted, to buy – the wonderful pipes manufactured worldwide. So we had there: Luigi Viprati, Baldo Baldi, John Klouèek, Markuz Pipes, S. Bang, Stanwell, Don Carlos, Amorelli and many others. There were also Polish pipe-makers present and/or showing pipes: Zbigniew Bednarczyk, Wojtek Pastuch, Andrzej Piontek (Mimotopipes), Tomek Zembrowski, Henryk Worobiec, Ryszard Filar. Also Fajkowo.pl, Akan, Trafika Poznan, Peter Heinrichs, Scandinavian Tobacco Group, Don Lecho presented their own exhibition stands. Everyone could find something and stock up on everything that smoking pipe or cigars needs. Dependent on the wallet content one could spend from a few hundred zlotys to several thousand euros. Exhibition stand of Scandinavian Tobacco Group and MyOwnBlen was especially attractive and successful. Everyone could try there a tobacco blend composed per his own idea. The professional blender – Lasse Berg presented favorite blends preparation process, among others mix with addition of Bison Vodka or whiskey. Those interested could also listen to lectures presented on Saturday. The program of the day ended with a gala banquet.
From Sunday morning, October 13th, the registrations of teams continue and both the hall of the exhibition stands and the tournament room were filling in with slowly growing number of pipe smokers. Just like on Saturday, before start of the competition, the blending of tobacco shows and lectures took place. The start of the World Cup was scheduled for 4pm. About half an hour earlier the club teams began to take place at the designated tables. 293 competitors representing pipe clubs from around the world registered, among others from the United States and Japan. Silesian Pipe Club was represented by 7 members who formed 2 teams. The competition started at standard by stewards distributing: pipes – the competition pipe was a billiard specially made for the occasion by Mr.Brog, rammers, 3 grams of Captain Black American tobacco and two matches. According to the rules of pipe slow smoking tournament all competitors, on a signal, filled in their pipes with tobacco for 5 minutes then they lit it within the next 1 minute and so the World Cup began. As usual after a while the first competitors finished smoking but to the end of the competition was still a long time to pass. Eventually the best participants smoked well over two hours, and the winner more than three. The individual winner was Hans Sonderman representing the Dutch National Team of the Netherlands (his club finished the World Cup at fourth place), who smoked his pipe for 3 hours 6 minutes and 56 seconds. The second individual place went to Martin Pedain from Dymka Club (Czech Republic) whose time was 2:35:43, and the third was Alessandro Corsellini from Corsellini Pipa Club Firenze (Italy) – 2:29:37. Third place among teams went to Pipe Club of St. Petersburg in Russia. Poles in the rivalry came off very well on 6th and 7th place which went to the team 1 from Pipe Club Wroclaw and team 1 from KKF Poznan. In the group of first twenty teams were also Przemyski Klub Fajki, Pipe Club Szczytna i Kalisko Ostrowski Klub Fajki 2010. Individually the best of Poles were: Damian Mucha from KKF Poznan – 8th place , Thomas Choluj and Mariusz Jakubowski from PC Wroclaw – 15th and 17th place. Congratulations to all! After the competition and counting of the results there was official awarding of trophies and diplomas for the best teams and players.
The last point of the Pipe Club Teams World Cup was a sightseeing trip on Monday, October 14th. The organizers have planned, among others visit to the Cathedral, the Old Market Square in Poznan and the dinner at the restaurant “Pod koziolkami”
Official website: www.pipeworldcup.com
Summary of Pipe Club Teams World Cup based on article by Andrzej Noras – President od Slaski Klub Fajki, Poland.
Team results (top 10):
|Place||Team name||Team’s time|
|1|| Corsellini Pipa Club Firenze (team 1)
|2||Cerea Pipa Club (team 1)||06:23:29|
|3||St. Petersburg Pipe Club (team 1)||05:11:11|
|4||Dutch National Team (team 1)||05:10:40|
|5||Dymka o.s. (team 1)||05:08:18|
|6||Pipe Club Wroclaw (team 1)||05:01:28|
|7||Klub Kolekcjonerów Fajek w Poznaniu (team 1)||04:55:03|
|8||Mad Pipes (team 1)||04:30:43|
|9||Aranyfüst Budapest (team 1)||04:19:12|
|10||The 1st Pipeclub of Cologne (team 1)||04:08:18|
complete team results (pdf)
Individual results (top 10):
|1||Hans Sonderman||03:06:56||Dutch National Team|
|2||Martin Pedain||02:35:43||Dymka o.s.|
|3||Alessandro Corsellini||02:29:37||Corsellini Pipa Club Firenze|
|4||Enzo Conia||02:27:00||Cerea Pipa Club|
|5||Mauro Cosmo||02:26:56||Fenice Pipe Club of Venice|
|6||Aldo Martini||02:24:54||Corsellini Pipa Club Firenze|
|7||Franco Bonarini||02:21:43||Corsellini Pipa Club Firenze|
|8||Damian Mucha||02:21:00||Klub Kolekcjonerów Fajek Poznan|
|9||Gianfranco Ruscalla||02:16:18||Cerea Pipa Club|
|10||Troels Rasmussen||02:01:57||Nykobeng Falster|
Pictures and video
The most complete photo gallery of Pipe Club Teams World Cup Poznan 2013 by Henryk Rogalski:
Video by Alain Letulier: World Cup 2013, Poland, Poznan
Contest pipe by Zbigniew Bednarczyk: