The first two races of the 2001 World Championships got off to a good start today in a steadily increasing breeze which rose from 15 knots at the start of racing to nearer 25 by the end of the day.
Darren Bundock and John Forbes (AUS) lead from the start and pulled away to a comfortably win, ahead of Mitch Booth (NED) in second. Johannes Polgar of Germany finished third, just ahead of Hugh Styles and Adam May (GBR) in fourth. It was a one way track, with the left hand featuring more breeze and less adverse current.
Race two saw Bundock and Forbes round the windward mark first again, with Styles & May just behind. Mitch Booth overtook the British crew down the run.The British showed good pace up the beat to round just behind Booth, and attacked him down the run, but he defended well to keep 2nd, with Stlyes and May 3rd.
This worlds makes the last event that the boat will be raced in its original format. Later this week the class will hold their A.G.M were it is expected that the new olympic rig will be implimented. The new rig will include a second trapeze and asymetrical spinnaker.
Results after two races
Skipper Crew Country RACE 1 RACE 2 Total
1 Bundock Darren Forbes John AUS 1 1 2
2 Booth Mitch Derecksen Herbert NED 2 2 4
3 Styles Hugh May Adam GBR 4 3 7
4 Hagara Roman Steinacher Hans P AUT 5 4 9
5 Polgar Johannes Struckman Gunnar GER 3 6 9