Hugh Styles (GBR) and Ferdinand van West (NED), Team Boskalis had climbed to first place, but lost their lead in the third and final race. Multiple World Champion in the Tornado and F18 and double Olympic silver medallist Darren Bundock (AUS) decided to match race them, which caused a bad result for Styles and Van West.
Ferdinand van West explains what happened: 'We were leading after today's first two races. The committee started a third one only three minutes before the time limit. Darren match raced us and we ended up in the far back fleet." That was extra unfortunate for Styles and Van West, as they had a redress for race 8 and 9, when they could not compete after a collision with a media boat just after the seventh starting gun.
Van West continued: 'That redress is calculated with the average points over the final series, including the discard. We had only scored top four positions since yesterday, which was good for the average numbers. Darren was in third place and could not win the title anymore, but we were in a weak position. One bad score would have pretty big consequences for our redress calculation and therefore our series." Styles and Van West protested against the fact that the calculation included the discard, but lost it.