The USA won their third consecutive ISAF Team Racing World Championship as Silver Panda took the honours in Gandia, Spain.
The Americans started the Championship as clear favourites and the USA 1 team, aka New York Yacht Club Silver Panda
, of Clay BISCHOFF, Lisa KEITH, Peter LEVESQUE, Elizabeth HALL, Colin MERRICK and Amanda CALLAHAN did not disappoint. They won the ISAF Team Racing World Championship Trophy for the USA for the fourth time, and for the third consecutive Championship. Two years earlier at the New York Yacht Club a large majority of the Silver Panda
team had been losing finalists behind Team Whishbone
, but since then they've been the star turn on the match racing circuit and once again displayed their technical and tactical abilities over five days of racing in 420s in Gandia.
Racing on the final day was cut short midway through the quarter-final stage. With the series curtailed as a result of the weather, overall victory was decided by the positions in the last fully completed round. This left USA 1 as victors, with the GBR 2 team of Andrew BRYSON, Nicola RUSSELL, Matthew FINDLAY, Georgina CORLETT, Thomas HEBBERT and Susan SHORT picking up the silver medal and NZL 1, namely, Graeme SUTHERLAND, Jamie DAWSON, Lurie JURY, Georgina HILL, Logan SUTHERLAND and Anne-Marie WAUGH, completing the podium.
In the under 21 competition gold went to the GBR 3 team of Elizabeth STANLEY, Ian ROBERTSON, James GOSS, Oliver MULCAHY, Elliott PARSONS and Stephen VIDELO. AUS 1 finished second with ITA 1 third.
ISAF Team Racing Worlds microsite - www.sailing.org/teamworlds
Event Website - www.rcngandia.com/team-racing-world
Results - www.rcngandia.com/team-racing-world/index.asp?pagina=resultados.asp&idioma=ing