The final races of the Access Class World Championships were abandoned on Wednesday with thunderstorms threatening. Organizers and sailors satisfied that they had completed sufficient races with all divisions sailing at least eight heats.
At the presentation ceremony, Duncan MACGREGOR (AUS) was crowned as the International Access 2.3 Single-Person World Champion. The young Queensland sailor won all but the first race of the series. Clare ANDREW (GBR) was second and Debbie BOYS (AUS) third. Martin WALLER (AUS) claimed the 2.3 Servo Assist Trophy.
Despite a strong finish from Jim BROWN (AUS), it was his countryman Michael LEYDON who claimed the World Championship by three points. BROWN was second with Zoltan PEGAN (HUN) third..
Joshua MCKENZIE-BROWN (NZL) maintained a five point lead after nine races and is the Inaugural Liberty Open World Champion. Second placed was Barry COATES (AUS) who moved ahead of Chris RIORDAN (AUS) on Tuesday. Cam PERRY (CAN) was only 1 point off the podium, but claimed the Canadian and North American Championship trophies.
Dan FITZGIBBON and Rachael COX (AUS) were awarded the SKUD18 International Championship ahead of Ame BARNBROOK and Dennis CRITCHLEY (AUS) and Rick WATTERS and Audrey KOBAYASHI (CAN).
There was little separating each of the top three teams in the Two-Person 303s. Eva MIRCSEV and Zoltan PEGAN (HUN) won every heat yesterday and were presented the World Championship ahead of Michael LEYDON and Debbie BOYS (AUS), with Jim BROWN and Tish ENNIS (AUS) third.
Trophies were awarded by Jim DIKE, President of the Canadian Yachting Association, along with Principal Race Officer, David SPRAGUE and Chair of the International Jury, Lynne BEAL.
'This has been a landmark event for the class and we have learnt a great deal for future Championships,'
said Class Technical Delegate, David STALEY.
'The support from Whitby Yacht Club has been magnificent with over 120 volunteers involved. Hospitality off the water was also tremendous and Access sailors from 6 nations have enjoyed the event thoroughly,'