The 2004 Championship culminated on Saturday with a South Westerly 10 knot breeze that saw the 55 boats competing fight it out for the final positions in Denmark.
Four teams went into the final day, after eight races, with a chance of becoming the 2004 World Champions and everything depended on the final, ninth race of a tough and demanding series. After two attempts to start, racing finally got away at the third try and the local team of Morten NIELSEN, Niels BORCH, and Per K. HANSEN took the initial charge for the top of the podium. Bo SELKO, Claus Høj JENSEN, Claus ROSSING were close behind and the fight for the top was on.
At the first mark Nielsen had the fleet advantage followed closely by Rolf SCHUBERTH, Kirsten SCHEUNEMANN, and Rainer SORG (GER), showing their best form of the championship so far. Jan GUSTAFSON and Herluf JØRGENSEN and their respective teams, third and fourth overall going into the final race, were chasing hard up the first beat but rounded mark one back in the pack.
By the time the fleet had reached the second mark, Bo SELKO had pulled up into second place overall, a position he was to hold to the finish, behind race winner and 2004 World Champion Morton NIELSEN (DEN).
The day ended with a Gala dinner and prize-giving for the entire fleet, which despite hard and competitive racing on the water, has a remarkable camaraderie and fun loving atmosphere ashore. What was considered by many as a perfect World Championship, came to a close in a perfect manner.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below.