Hungarian sailors Szabolcs MAJTHENYI and Andras DOMOKOS totally dominated the 2008 Flying Dutchman World Championships in Napier, New Zealand to claim their sixth World title win.
Despite their runaway success, Szabolcs MAJTHENYI
and András DOMOKOS
(HUN) were made to fight hard for the final bullet of the regatta by Dutch pair Enno KRAMER and Ard GEELKERKEN (NED).
The race started in 10 to 12 knots of breeze from the southwest. Dutch pair KRAMER and GEELKERKEN led MAJTHENYI and DOMOKOS around the top mark both times. Following a fierce gybing duel down the final run MAJTHENYI and DOMOKOS took the lead and held it through to the finish. Norman RYDGE
and Richard SCARR
(AUS) took third from Spanish pair Gines ROMERO and Alvaro MORENO (ESP).
In the overall standings, Hungarians MAJTHENYI and DOMOKOS take the 2008 Flying Dutchman World title in emphatic style with seven bullets from nine races, a clear 19 points ahead of second. Aussie pair Ian MCCROSSIN
and James COOK
(AUS) managed to hold on to second place by two points from compatriots RYDGE and SCARR, who were third overall.
Following winning their sixth World Flying Dutchman title MAJTHENYI said he and DOMOKOS were very happy to win and greatly relieved following their mast breaking in the pre-Worlds. They are especially thankful for the local support in making a successful repair. They do not intend stopping here and will continue to contest future championships.
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