With a place in RYA Volvo Team GBR for the prestigious Youth Worlds at stake, neither team was prepared to give an inch as racing proved to be extremely close, with both British boats finishing within two places of one another more than once in the seven-race series.
However, although it was ROWLES and GILBERT who had the upper hand going into the final race, a fifth place for BUTLER and BONIFACE and a 19th for ROWLES and GILBERT ensured that Butler and Boniface leapfrogged their challengers to secure a three-point advantage in the final standings and secure Buzios selection.
Duncan TRUSWELL, RYA Youth Racing Manager, said, "In the end it was so close and enormous credit must go to both crews who really did go all out to try to win selection for the ISAF Youth Worlds.
"With Eurocat being nominated as the primary selection event for the Cats we stated from the outset that we would be looking to select the team that finished highest-placed in Carnac so we congratulate Adam and Nikki and wish them all the best for Brazil but commend Sam and Gilly for making the decision as difficult as possible."
Once again RYA Volvo Team GBR will be supported by Musto in Brazil while all selections are subject to the 10 selected sailors, across the seven competing classes, meeting an agreed performance programme.
RYA Volvo Team GBR Squad 2009
|Boy's One Person Dinghy||Laser Radial||Oscar MCVEIGH|
|Girl's One Person Dinghy||Laser Radial||Hannah TILLEY|
|Boy's Windsurfer||RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin||Ali MASTERS|
|Girl's Windsurfer||RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin||Izzy HAMILTON|
|Boy's Two Person Dinghy||420||Philip SPARKS and Ben GRATTON|
|Girl's Two Person Dinghy||420||Rebecca KALDERON and Rosie SIBTHORP|
|Open Multihull||Hobie 16 with Spinnaker||Adam BUTLER and Nikki BONIFACE|
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - www.sailing.org/youthworlds