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11 July 2011, 10:46 am
Darren Bundock Wins Fourth F18 World Title
World Champions Bundock and van Leeuwen

F18 World Championship2011
Lake Balaton, Hungary

Darren Bundock (AUS) with crew Jeroen van Leeuwen have won the 2011 F18 World Championships after a close battle on Lake Balaton, Hungary.
101 boats completed the six race qualification sereis before the top 50 were split ff for the gold fleet. With six races completed Coen de Koning and Thye Visser (NED) led the way ahead of Mischa Heemskerk and Bastiaan Tentij (NED) with Bundock and van Leeuwen in third.

Four races were sailed in the finals series and it was consistency that paid for Bundock and van Leeuwen. Adding to their previous points they counted a third and a second before taking the bullet in the final race to clinch their title six points ahead of Heemskerk and Tentij.

Third overall were former Youth World Champions Vittorio Bissaro and Lamberto Cesari (ITA), confirming in Hungary the talent they already showed in Erquy during 2010 Worlds.

The first mixed team compromised of Carolijn Brouwer and Wouter Samama, missed the podium by just one point to finish fourth overall.

On the Youth side, French coach Yves Clouet can be proud of his current or former squad members, three of them entering the Top 10, Charles Hainneville and David Fanouillère winning the Youth title as a bonus !

All this looks very promising for the F18 Class, and no doubt for this one to remain the meeting point of both club sailors, youth talents, and past or future olympians...

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