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7 April 2004, 05:11 pm
Sweden Win With A Race To Spare
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IFDS Two-Person Keelboat World Championship
St. Petersburg

Recently taking place in the World Class venue of St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida, the Championship was sailed in the Martin 16, and, despite attracting a class act of sailors, was dominated from start to finish by one team.
The World Championship has attracted disabled crews from around the world, including several who are more often found sailing the Paralympic circuit of events.

Held in spectacular Florida sunshine, the event was eventually won by Swedish sailors Gustaf FRESK & Aron ANDERSSON. They dominated to such an extent that they didn't need to sail the final race, and opted to sit it out on the shore.

Gustav FRESK is a past World Champion in the 2.4mR, claiming the title in 1995. More recently Gustav has competed in the Sonar, qualifying Sweden for the 2004 Paralympic Games from his results at the 2003 IFDS World Championship. Presuming Gustav is selected to represent Sweden, it will mark his third appearance at the Paralympics in the Sonar, having participated both in 1996 and 2000 placing fourth each time. With crew Aron ANDERSSON, Gustav pulled out an early lead in the nine race series and clearly settled into a winning pace.

Full results and photos from the event are available on the event website at the address below.

Overall Top Ten

Pos Helm Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 Gustaf FRESK SWE 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 DNC 10
Aron ANDERSSON
2 John MCROBERTS CAN 4 3 1 3 2 3 2 3 -6 21
Paul TINGLEY
3 Dave COOK CAN -5 4 5 2 3 2 4 5 1 26
Ken KELLY
4 Karen MITCHELL USA 8 5 2 4 4 6 7 4 OCS 40
Mike GRIMM
5 Joe HOGAN USA 3 7 4 8 DNF DNS 3 2 2 44
Tom FRANKLIN
6 Jussi MATTILA FIN 7 6 -10 5 5 10 5 6 ZFP 51
Danny MCCOY
7 Merle HICKEY CAN -12 12 7 9 7 5 6 7 5 58
Robb LAWRENCE
8 Cam PERRY CAN 10 8 6 7 8 4 DNC DNS 7 65
Wayne PHILLIPS
9 Eddie PICKERING GBR 9 11 -13 10 9 11 8 8 3 69
RACHEL MORRIS
10 Dan FITZGIBBON AUS 2 2 8 DSQ 6 7 DNF DNS DNC 70
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