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9 January 2012, 10:22 am
Singapore's Kimberly Lim Crowned Opti Worlds Champion
Kimberly Lim
Kimberly Lim Smiles For The Camera

Optimist World Championship
Napier, New Zealand

Kimberly Lim, from Singapore, has won the Optimist World Championship after racing was abandoned on the final day in Napier, New Zealand.
After 11 races Lim finished four points ahead of Bart Lambriex (NED) and a seven points ahead of Peru's Javier Arribas.

Lim's victory gives her a double victory in Napier after Singapore won the Optimist Team Racing Championship after defeating Peru in the final earlier on in the week.

On the final day the Delta Flag was raised at 10:41 meaning that racing would start at 11:41. It didn't take the 210 sailors long at all to get out onto the water. The wind was very mild, around 10 knots, but the sun came back out again.

Protests from the previous days racing had been processed and when the updated provisional results were published, there was a change on the leadership board. Ryan Lo had to give up his third position to Javier Arribas who was previously fourth.

The first fleet started the race at 12:08, but all races were abandoned at 13:08. The wind was too light for the strong current and sailors were not able to make progress around the course. At 13:50 the Race Committee decided to start race 12 again, but at 14:27 the very hard call was made to abandon all races for the day ending the Optimist Worlds and handing Lim the title.

The provisional leader board (for the individual racing) after 11 races shows:
1 Kimberly Lim (SIN) 70 points,
2 Bart Lambriex (NED) 74 points,
3 Javier Arribas (PER) 77 points,
4 Ryan Lo (SIN) 78 points,
5 Francisco Ducasse (CHI) 87 points,
6 Ahmad Syukri Abdul Aziz (MAS) 90 points,
7 Wade Waddell (USA) 96 points,
8 Gabriel Elstrodt (BRA) 109 points,
9 Rodrigo Luz (BRA) 112 points,
10 Leonard Takahashi-Fry (NZL) 114 points.

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Nathalie van Dort/ISAF
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