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12 March 2007, 09:48 am
SANTA CRUZ Wins "The Best Worlds Ever"
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UBS J/24 World Championship 2007
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico

Brazil's Mauricio SANTA CRUZ and his team on Bruschetta were crowned 2007 J/24 World Champions, successfully defending their title in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Bruschetta led the boat parade through Nuevo Vallarta Harbour to cheers and horns on the final day of what everyone is calling "The Best Worlds Ever."
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Sitting in top spot all week, SANTA CRUZ went into the final day needing only to hold off the three USA boats that have been chasing him since day one. Mike INGHAM's Brain Cramp (12-7) finished in second place with Mark HILLMAN (28-4) driving WIP in third. Chris SNOW on Bogus, who was in the top four most of the week, dropped to 8th place after 36-8 finishes on the final day

SANTA CRUZ retired after the first race on the final day, the Championship in hand after his 18th place finish.

Japan's Cerezo, driven by Yasutaka FUNAZAWA, had consistent finishes and beat out Siesta helmed by 2006 second place finisher at the Melbourne Worlds, Wataru SAKAMOTO (JPN), who had both a BFD and a second place finish on Friday.

Fantastic Finish

This last day saw some of the best racing of the week with 10 knot winds and mostly flat seas. USA's Tundra Rose had its best finishes of the week with two bullets. Mexico's Kenneth PORTER sailing S, who has been in the top 15 all week, maintained his third place through all legs, with Argentina's Chimera driven by the team of ALEJO/GONZALES working their way up through the fleet to challenge Tundra Rose at the finish.

In race 2, Siesta led around all the marks, followed closely by Tundra Rose and Argentina's Tag Heuer driven by GRIMALDI/CONTESSI. In a tight finish, USA's Tundra Rose edged out Japan's Siesta to finish the Championship in 39th place.

Kathy Taylor (As Amended by ISAF). Image, Mauricio SANTA CRUZ and his World Champion Bruschetta team:© Jay Ailworth/Strange Bird Photography
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