The start of Race 9 was given at 12h24 with 20 knots of wind, After one General Recall and a clear start, the bulk of the fleet chose the left hand side and it proved to be the right direction to go. The wind strength increased (22-23 knots) as well as the swells and more than 15 boats did not finish the race due to the rough conditions and broken parts.
British Olympic representatives Leigh MCMILLAN and Mark BULKELEY won the race followed by French team of Olivier BACKES and Laurent VOIRON and Spanish sailors Fernando ECHAVARRI Anton PAZ in third. Echavarri and Paz will sail in Athens whilst the French nomination has not been decided yet.
Race 10 was cancelled before starting: the wind was blowing more than 25 knots.
Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA won the World Title, 11 points ahead of the second, Americans John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE. Australians Darren BUNDOCK and John FORBES finished the event in third, their hopes of adding another World title to their belt having diminished as the wind increased.
"Winning is the result of hard work and much training, dedication, focus. It was our biggest dream: to win a World Championship in an Olympic class. You can not imagine how happy we are!" said Champions Lange and Espinola.
The 2004 Youth World Champions are French sailors, Francois GABART and David ROMAIN that managed excellent results in such a high level Regatta and finished 21 overall.
"Now we are going to sail the rest of the season even more motivated. We are very happy with our results", told Gabart and Romain.
It was not a good day for Slovenians Dusan PUH and Alan BIDERMAN, who capsized and not finishing cost them an Olympic qualification. New Zealanders Aaron MCINTOSH and Mark KENNEDY also missed out on qualification, finishing 6 points behind the Brazilians Mauricio SANTA CRUZ and Kiko PELICANO.
The Portuguese team of Diego CAYOLLA and Nuno BARRETO, 15 overall, won the Portuguese selection and they are going to represent the country in Athens in August, their fellow countrymen Hugo ROCHA and Luis BRITO finished 19.
Russians Andrey KIRILYUK and Valery USHKOV, 10 overall, qualified the country and are probably going to be the country's representative.
Subject to ratification by ISAF, the following nations have qualified at for an entry to the Olympic Sailing Competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens: Russia, Portugal, Canada and Brazil.
Full results are available from the event website at the address below.
Overall Top Ten
|1||ARG||Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola||39||1||8||1||14||4||11||3||2||9|
|2||USA||John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree||50||5||1||8||16||6||16||1||3||10|
|3||AUS||Darren Bundock/John Forbes||50||8||7||30||5||14||2||5||1||8|
|4||ESP||Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz||56||9||6||13||12||5||5||9||7||3|
|5||GBR||Leigh McMillan/Mark Bulkeley||58||12||4||3||3||3||DNF||8||24||1|
|6||FRA||Olivier Backes/Laurent Voiron||61||22||3||11||11||9||13||4||8||2|
|7||NED||Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen||63||20||32||2||1||1||1||28||4||6|
|8||FRA||Xavier Revil/Laurent Guillemette||87||10||9||6||13||20||9||13||23||7|
|9||AUT||Roman Hagara/Hans Peter Steinacher||91||13||5||10||2||29||22||30||5||5|
|10||RUS||Andrey Kirilyuk/Valery Ushkov||93||29||14||7||9||7||6||10||31||11|