The two nations also took second places, with Jens KROKER, Holger SCHOENBERG and Tobias SCHUELTZ second in the three-person keelboat Sonars, while British skipper Helena LUCAS finished runner up in the single-person keelboat 2.4 Metre.
Norway was third in both events, with Bjornar ERIKSTAD slipping from first place overnight in the 2.4 Metres, while Jostein STORDAHL, Aleksander WANG-HANSEN and Per EUGEN KRISTIANSEN overtook the Australian Sonar crew on the last day.
ROBERTSON becomes the first skipper in the history of disabled sailing in the Sonar to defend the World Championship, putting in a very steady performance on the final day, with two bullets and a second place.
The British skipper said his coach had told him in the morning, 'Just relax and enjoy it, and we did.'
Elaborating on his success on the final day he said, 'The others made it very difficult for themselves, the Germans nailed themselves to the pin on the starting line twice.'
For Heiko KRÖGER, this was a return to the top spot, having won the Championship six times before, but only finishing second last year, 'So it's nice to be the Champion again,' he commented.
Talking about the sailing on the Swan River he said, 'These conditions were very, very tricky, this is one of the most challenging places I've sailed, it was hard to get a pattern with the shifts, also the competition in the best we've ever had.'
This Championship, being hosted by the Royal Perth Yacht Club on the Swan River, is the first qualifying event for the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition, with the top seven nations qualifying, subject to IFDS and IPC approval. This means in the 2.4 Metre, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand have secured spots for the Beijing 2008, whilst in the Sonar the qualifying nations are Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Australia, Israel, Ireland and Canada.
Top Ten Results
|2||GBR||Helena LUCAS||1||1||2||(11)||1||(20) DSQ||4||6||2||3.5||20.5|
|3||NOR||Bjornar ERIKSTAD||2||3||(19) DNF||2||2||3||2||9||7||(11)||30|
|4||CAN||Bruce MILLAR||6||(17) DNF||5||5||4||2||(13)||7||8||5||42|
|5||USA||Nick SCANDONE||9||9||8||(18) DNF||6||1||(15)||1||10||2||46|
|10||AUS||Aaron HILL||10||4||7||(18) DSQ||11||(14)||12||4||6||3.5||57.5|
|1||GBR||John ROBERTSON||Hannah STODEL||Stephen THOMAS||1||2||5||2||1||(9)||(6)||1||2||1||15|
|2||GER||Jens KROKER||Holger SCHOENBERG||Tobias SCHUETZ||6||1||2||1||3||4||(9)||7||(9)||3||27|
|3||NOR||Jostein STORDAHL||Aleksander WANG-HANSEN||Per EUGEN KRISTIANSEN||5||4||(9)||3||(8)||1||1||5||3||6||28|
|4||AUS||Jamie DUNROSS||Colin HARRISON||Graeme MARTIN||3||5||1||(9)||7||3||2||3||(11)||7||31|
|5||ISR||Dror COHEN||Arnon EFRATI||Beni Vexler||8||3||3||4||5||7||(8)||(17) OCS||4||2||36|
|6||ISR||Shimon BEN YAKOV||Moshe ZEHAVI||Yossi BARDA||10||6||7||5||2||(10)||(17) DSQ||2||1||4||37|
|7||IRL||Paul MCCARTHY||Paul RYAN||Chris THOMAS||4||(9)||8||(10)||4||5||3||6||8||5||43|
|8||AUS||Peter THOMSON||Keith CONDER||Barry Astwood||2||(12)||10||7||11||8||7||8||7||(11)||60|
|9||CAN||Ken KELLY||Brian MACKIE||Don TERLSON||7||11||(14)||8||6||(17) DSQ||5||10||5||10||62|
|10||ISR||Avi TZUR||Baruch PERETZMAN||Shlomo DAHAN||9||10||12||12||(13)||2||4||(17) OCS||6||8||63|
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