As matters stood at the beginning of the race, Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES in GBR 1513 had 18 points overall, and Lindsay Irwin and Andrew Perry in AUS 631 had 7. But with Irwin's big deficit at the first mark the question now was, could the Aussies climb up enough to be less than 12 boats behind Stevie Morrison and win the regatta.
At the beginning of the last beat Morrison was third and Irwin was 18, meaning Irwin needed to gain only three more places to win the Worlds. But the other pair of RMW sailors, Alister RICHARDSON and Ian BARKER in GBR 1516, sailed with Irwin out to the left hand side of the course during the final beat. Irwin finally got past them just before the finish line to take fourteenth for the race, which would not have been enough for the regatta win.
A subsequent protest by Irwin (AUS 631) against the tactics used by GBR 1516 was upheld by the International Jury. As a result AUS 631 was awarded redress which lifted him to tenth place in today's race and gave him the World Championship.
The rest of the race was exciting as well. CAN 586's Kris BUNDY and Jamie HANSELER won the race, Morrison took second, and Beebe and Berg held on to their good position, taking third. USA 1150's Ron BOEHM and International 14 President Peter MOHLER were happy with their fourth. 'It was a great race for us,' said Mohler. It was a beautiful day with a steady breeze. We went right, got a 20 degree lift and had good boat speed which brought us around the first mark in first. It was excellent racing, really fun.'
James FAWCETT, who took third overall for the regatta, also thought the racing was great today. Starting the week with broken gear put the pressure on, but their consistent results kept them in the running.
Auckland's Dan SLATER and Nathan HANDLEY joined the top regatta placers, coming in fourth overall. They thought they were over the start line early and came back to start again, which put them behind from the beginning. Given that, their 16 place finish was excellent, and assured them of fourth place in the Worlds. 'If anyone had told us at the beginning of this thing that we'd finish in the top four, I'd have been pretty happy,' said Slater. AUS 632's Brad DEVINE and Denis JONES rounded out the top five.
I14 President Mohler was delighted with the way the regatta turned out. 'The club management was good, the race management was good, and we were lucky with the weather. You really couldn't ask for more.'
The next International 14 Worlds will be held in Long Beach, California in 2006.Top Ten After Seven Races
|Pos||Nation||Helm||Crew||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 5||Race 7||Points|
|1||AUS||Lindsay IRWIN||Andrew PERRY||2||1||1||27||2||1||RDG(10)||17|
|2||GBR||Stevie MORRISON||Ben RHODES||3||7||4||1||6||4||2||20|
|3||GBR||James FAWCETT||Dave DOBRIJEVIC||DNF||8||5||2||1||6||7||29|
|4||NZL||Dan SLATER||Nathan HANDLEY||4||14||18||10||3||17||15||54|
|5||AUS||Brad DEVINE||Denis JONES||10||12||2||3||21||10||35||58|
|6||AUS||Jason BEEBE||Tim BERG||8||9||13||7||18||OCS||3||58|
|7||AUS||Roger BLASSE||Andrew GILLIGAN||12||13||17||6||11||11||40||70|
|8||AUS||Grant GEDDES||Dan WILSDON||1||3||9||29||13||OCS||25||80|
|9||GBR||Ian PINNELL||Richard KENT||15||17||7||18||14||14||28||85|
|10||AUS||David HAYTER||Alan POLLITTE||DNF||5||11||22||26||3||24||91|