The Mckee (USA) brothers, bronze medallists at the Sydney Olympic Games, are the new World Champions in the 49er class. At the end of two very hard races they managed to get the better of their Spanish opponents Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez.
The third position went to the Ukrainians Luka Rodion and Leonchuk George and the Sydney Gold medallist, Thomas Johansson with new crew Jukka Piirainen were placed eighth. This event set a record for the number of boats (155) that were present. Fraglia Vela hopes to be able to organize next year's 49er and 29er European Championships.
Final Results, after 9 races with 2 discards in Gold Fleet:
1 USA MC KEE JONATHAN/MC KEE CHARLIE 28 pts
2 ESP MARTINEZ IKER/FERNANDEZ XABIER 31 pts
3 UKR LUKA RODION/LEONCHUK GEORGE 41 pts
4 ESP LOPEZ-VAZQUEZ SANTIAGO/DE LA PLAZA JAVIER 50 pts
5 DEN PERSSON JONATAN/FLOHR NIELS 57 pts
6 ITA SIBELLO PIETRO/SIBELLO GIANFRANCO 60 pts
7 GBR BROTHERTON PAUL/HISCOCKS SIMON 60 pts
8 FIN JOHANSON THOMAS/PIIRAINEN JUKKA 62 pts
9 DEN HESTBEK MICHAEL/HANSEN RASMUS TERP 65 pts
10 POL KACPROWSKI PAWEL/KUZMICKI PAWEL 74 pts