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1 July 2012, 07:30 pm
Bruce Keen Wins Musto Skiff Worlds
Action from Weymouth
Action from Weymouth

Musto Performance Skiff World Championship
Weymouth & Portland, Great Britain

The final day of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship dawned with sun and wind and many happy competitors as the conditions at Weymouth, Great Britain were perfect for skiff sailing.
The wind was a good 16 - 20 knots and the racing was scheduled to be inside the harbour. With six races on the board four were scheduled for the final day and the fleet launched with plenty of drink and energy bars on board to see them through the day.

The first race got away under an individual recall. At the first mark Tom Wright (GBR) had a good lead followed by Bruce Keen (GBR) & Richard Stenhouse (GBR), at the next windward Wright was extending followed by Keen and Jon Newman (AUS) who had overhauled Stenhouse for third. At the finish these positions stood.

The second race of the day got away with an individual recall; at mark one Keen lead from Justo Martinez (ESP) and Andrew Peake (GBR). Wright again was on a charge and pulled through for the win from Keen and Peake.

The conditions were now getting even more fresh with white caps everywhere and the fleet bouncing around on the chop.

Although four races were scheduled it looked likely that this third race would be it, as the conditions were following the forecast and building to 25 knots.

Going into the race Stenhouse was still lead on points but it was all to play for. At the first mark Keen led from Graema Oliver (GBR), on the next lap Keen still lead followed by Newman and Roger Oswald (SUI). Stenhouse held sixth which was not a winning combination. Stenhouse needed to finish third to guarantee the win.

The conditions on the final run were very rough with boats on the limit as they charged downwind. Keen crossed the line then sat and watched hoping none of the boats between him and Stenhouse would fall victim to a capsize.

As it was the leaders all came streaming over the line with Newman second and Oswald third. Stenhouse could only manage sixth which meant Keen had taken the title by two points.

Rick Perkins
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