The penultimate race (series race eight) got underway in 13-14 knots of wind, which was considerably more fickle than the Indian Ocean breeze the crews had been sailing in all week as they had to contend with 7-8 knot 'holes' of pressure around the co...
Whilst Booth was over the start line early after trying some pre-start match racing, Team Styles and May maintained their strong starting ability and were fighting for second alongside Roman Hagara with Sydney Silver Medallists Darren Bundock and John Forbes (Australia) leading the 30 boat fleet.
Andreas Hagara (brother of Roman) managed to take advantage of the patchy conditions to jump up to second position by the finish with Roman Hagara third and Styles fourth. Booth could only manage to climb back to seventh which elevated Styles and May to equal second (on points) alongside the Olympic Gold Medallist, Roman Hagara, with one race to go.
All three medal contention crews stuck close to each other for the final start. After an even first leg, Bundock and Forbes led at the first windward mark with Roman Hagara second, Booth third and Styles and May fourth.
The positions stayed the same for two laps but with Mitch Booth covering Styles and May, Andreas Hagara moved up to third position on the final windward leg. The fleet order stayed the same to the end with Styles and May knowing they had done enough as they crossed the line to secure their first podium finish together.
SOUTH AFRICA; Richards Bay. Tornado World Championships Final Overall
results after six days: (nine races with discards):
1, Darren Bundock and John Forbes (Australia)12pts
2, Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher (Austria) 23pts
3, Hugh Styles and Adam May (Great Britain) 26pts