With the Worlds overwhelmed by Hurrican Olga, who finally moved on, the International 14 Worlds were eventually able to complete the series with three races sailed on the final day.
On the final day of the International 14 World Championships being hosted by the Royal Bermuda YC there was a determination to at least get a series of four races, possibly five to allow one discard. So, when the wind from Hurricane Olga finally dropped today to a nice force 4, easterly there was an air of optimism onshore
Three races were sailed during the final day. With the wind coming out of the east the chop in the Great Sound had moderated, the wind was shifty and with some strength fluctuations coming over the islands out of Hamilton Harbour, but generally good 'full on' sailing in the sunshine.
The general impression was that starboard side of the course paid, although some did well occasionally hitting the left corner. A few boats were DSQ from race 4 for going round the wrong 'gate' mark at the end of the reach. One of these was Rob Greenhalgh, who would otherwise have been fourth overall in the event.
With a clean sweep of four straight wins in this competitive class Zach Berkowitz and Trevor Bayliss clearly demonstrated their dominance as a result of many years development, outstanding boat handling and attention to detail in the way their boat is put together.
Runners-up, Zeb Elliott and Tim Hancock from the UK chased hard all the way and were rewarded with a win in the final race when Berkowitz and Bayliss spectated. Kris Bundy and Jamie Hanseler from the States finished third with Jonathon Pudney and John McKenna from Britain fourth overall.
The first three boats all had T-foil rudders and it is likely that more performance will come from this area as many of the skippers are still learning the effect, though clearly Zach Berkowitz is already a step ahead of his rivals.
It was a great shame that the strong winds caused the postponement of so many days racing, the venue was superb and the hospitality afforded the competitors by the locals was outstanding. Next Worlds is Japan, August 2003 followed by Auckland in February 2005.
1 Zach Berkowitz and Trevor Baylis USA counting 4 firsts
2 Zeb Elliott and Tim Hancock UK, with 1,2,2,2
3 Kris Bundy and Jamie Hanseler USA
4 Jonathon Pudney and John McKenna UK
5 James Fawcett and Bruce Grant UK
6 Jason Beebe and Sam Reid AUS